Remember the episode of Gilmore Girls when Rory, Lorelai and the grandparents visited Yale and it was full of college pride and historic buildings and the quaintest campus you could ever imagine? Well, that was essentially the bar I had set for what my college experience should be like. (Over 10 years ago) I toured a dozen schools before getting that feeling.
I may be biased, but Auburn, Ala. is the most quintessential college town with the greatest college EVER: Auburn University. Beyond the historic brick buildings, tree-lined sidewalks and perfect archways, here’s 11 things that I miss terribly about being an Auburn student:
1. Sunsets. Now, I’m not the most well-traveled girl, but I’d argue any day that Auburn has the best sunsets. Because just like our school colors, they’re orange and blue and completely breathtaking.
2. RBD Library. Come on, you know you miss that library. I would camp out there for days to study for finals, living only off of the basement coffee shop and occasional visits to the third floor, where you always saw friends who were in a shared state of delirium.
3. The pride. If you’ve ever met someone from Auburn, you have most certainly heard the phrase “War Eagle!” You’ve probably heard them talk about Auburn like it is the promise land. They say they bleed orange and blue and they’ll call any fellow Auburn pal family. I miss the passion and excitement of being immersed in something so infectious.
4. Hungover lunches. On a Sunday in Auburn, I’d head to Acapulco’s, Nihon Express or Fuji Sushi to fill up on carbs and reminisce on the happenings of the night before with all of my girlfriends.
5. Big Blue Bagel. I ate a lot of bagels in college. So, I can somewhat expertly say Big Blue had the best. What I would do for that glorious veggie cream cheese right now (coupled with my college metabolism that allowed me to eat said bagel).
6. “The Beach.” When I went to Auburn, it was a common pastime to grab your bathing suit and head to The Beach. This beach was actually a grassy field near the dorms that we’d lay out in and do absolutely nothing for hours. College = so much free time.
7. Rodeo. Because going to college in Alabama would not be complete without something so stereotypical. Imagine spring break + tailgate + themed fraternity party all in one.
8. Overly friendly people. Auburn’s campus has the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The university even hosts an event each year called Hey Day. It’s really what it sounds like. “HEYYYY!” to everyone you see. I could really use a Hey Day in the real world.
9. Skybar. Two words: The List. While half of the town was on “the list,” you still felt so freaking cool for being on the list. Eight years later, I am still on the list (currently brushing my shoulders off). Skybar is the home of $3 liquor drinks, a front bar and a back bar, killer music and the best night of your life, guaranteed.
10. Cheap rent. My senior year apartment was $900/month for a 3-bedroom! Tell me where else you can get a nice, big apartment with all of the amenities for $300? Not in the real world, that’s for sure.The best for last.
11. Gameday. I miss every possible thing about Auburn football game days. For one, as a student you get season tickets for somewhere around $80 (Face value for one game: $85). The best memories made in Auburn were tailgating in the amphitheater, watching the eagle fly, cramming 10 people into a portion of the student section probably made for four and of course rolling Toomer’s Corner.
Did I miss anything? Tell us what you would add.