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Marissa Goins

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The Best-Kept Secrets of UAB


When you go to college, there are dozens of people designed to be your mentors. You are given orientation leaders, RAs, and advisors. Each and every one is set out to make sure you have the “best college experience ever.” They tell you the hours of the dining hall, which classes you need to take, and that finding balance is the key to happiness.

As helpful as this information is, this isn’t the only advice co-eds want to hear. Every college has secrets, and we are not talking about teachers having affairs with students or underground blackjack games; we are talking about the things you randomly stumble upon.

It is 2012: We are all constantly connected to our iPhones, tablets, and laptops. Everyone knows that Apple batteries only last so long. Thankfully, there are outlets everywhere you look. You know those nice lecture halls in Heritage? There are outlets in every chair so you do not have to worry about your computer dying while you’re Facebooking, er, well, taking notes in class.

And the library? Yeah, they’re everywhere. Power strips in group chairs, under tables, everywhere, except the third floor. If your iPad dies on the third floor, you might be stuck doing things the prehistoric way with a pencil and paper.

Forget your phone charger? There is a phone charging station in the lobby of the HUC right behind the help desk.

If you’re a breakfast person, go to the HUC café. During my freshman year, a friend casually asked me to breakfast and suggested the HUC. I had no idea that the HUC even served breakfast, and as it turns out most people were just as clueless.