The life of an Ithaca College student is an interesting one, to say the least. There is something very peculiar, yet fantastic, about going to college on the South Hill. Ithaca, N.Y., for those of you unaware, is a city nestled at the bottom of Lake Cayuga in Upstate New York. It has been rated as the No. 1 collegetown on numerous occasions and has a quirky culture incomparable to your typical student-dominated area.
While the prestigious Cornell University is just a stone's throw away, don't get it twisted: Ithaca College is the best. As I get ready to graduate in T-minus 30 days (God help me), I've come to realize there are some things only we IC kids can truly understand.
You know you go to Ithaca College when ...
The tour guides didn't tell you that the weather was going to be absolutely miserable 80 percent of the year
It begins in late October and doesn't leave until May ... maybe.
You've tried to understand what exactly the Textor Ball is supposed to be
Is it a fish? A face? Whatever it is, it's supposed to be art.
Tuesdays are always associated with tacos
You have Late Night to thank for that.
You're kind of sad that we don't have a mascot
Remember the mascot search? We had three contenders — the phoenix, the flying squirrel, or the lake beast. I'm not kidding. And then President Rochon called off the search. What a disappointment.
You roll your eyes at any "Ithaca is Gorges" T-shirt, bumper sticker, hat, etc
And all of those fun spin-offs like "Ithaca is Cold" and "Ithaca is Gangsta." Over it.
Going to Collegetown bars instead of The Commons is an adventure
You worship Viva Taqueria and The Ale House
Registering for classes on Homerconnect was the most stressful experience of your life
And for seniors, it was registering for a Senior Week wine tour. All of the struggles!
You start going to Moonies and Second Floor sophomore year, because house parties just suck most of the time
Sometimes the swim team hosts a fun rager, but that's about it.
You don't know the name the gorges, you just refer to them as "the gorges"
As soon as the sun comes out and it's above 60 degrees, class becomes optional
You have super toned calves and quads from walking up stairs and hills constantly
You realize that the Athletic and Events center is basically a giant, middle finger to Cornell
Coincidence? I think not!
People refer to you as the "more humble" or "more laid back" students
Your spring class schedule is selected specifically so you can go to Prospect and Kendall day
A day you won't be telling your kids about. Unless they find you on YouTube.
You hate elevators because you have PTSD from living in the Towers
They were always so sketchy and so broken.
Every complaint about the school is met with "I pay $50,000 a year for this to happen?"
When the fountains get turned on, your Instagram feed blows up with pictures of them
It's the same photo, no matter what filter you put on it.
You've seen it be 80 degrees one day, and 30 degrees and snowing the next
The weather will toy with your emotions — no question.
You had no idea what Therm was...
...until some drunk freshmen pushed the sign over.
You have a crush on someone in one of the a cappella groups.
Cortaca isn't about football, because we end up losing anyway
Win or lose, we always booze.
Your sunsets are unbelievable, if the clouds aren't covering it
Taken by yours truly the other night.
You discover Dolce Delight and it's love at first breakfast sandwich
You soon realize that heels + hills + ice= disaster
And, often times, skinned knees and elbows. Ouch.
But come May, you don't want to move out...
...Because Ithaca has become your home.
Gotta love this place.
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