Enrollment: This is the time of the year, usually at summer orientation if you are a freshman or in the fall and spring if you are an undergrad, in which you sign up for the classes you will take the next semester. To be ‘enrolled’ in a class means you are signed up to be in it.
Evaluation: A questionnaire in which you grade the performance of your professor.
Yes, you have evaluations in high school. But for some reason, college evaluations are just so much sweeter. This is your one given chance in the semester to either praise that professor who changed your life or trash that professor who made absolutely no sense. You get to evaluate TAs, too. Make sure to be honest in your evaluation because you never know how your comments can affect the next semester’s curriculum and help out other students (unless your evaluation gets tossed in the trash, which it very well could be).
Formal: The college equivalent of a dance (usually hosted by frats, sororities or clubs).
Depending on your school, formals may be more or less common. If Greek life is big on your campus, then chances are that formals are lavish events. For the less Greek-inclined universities, formals are equally fun events, usually held at a local hotel or frat house.
Formals also serve as the ideal excuse to a) bring all of your pretty dresses to school (in the hopes that you will have a formal to attend) or b) buy a brand new pretty dress, so you have something fabulous to wear.
Fratastic: A fraternity brother that is the utmost definition of a bro.
If you tell a frat brother that he's the most fratastic guy you’ve ever met, he’ll be thrilled by the compliment. If you tell a girl that you met a super fratastic guy at a party, she’ll tell you to run as fast as you can from your new fratastic friend. If you still have any questions, feel free to reference the definition of “bro” again.
Frat Star: A fraternity brother that has achieved “fratastic” status (see above).
GDI: An acronym that stands for Gamma Delta Iota. It’s an ironic Greek classification created to describe anyone not involved with Greek life.
Basically, if a guy ever tells you that he pledged Gamma Delta Iota and invites you to a huge rager that they’re hosting this weekend ... enough said.
Greek Week: A week-long celebration of fraternities and sororities.
Usually celebrated by only those involved in Greek life, this is another one of those Greek events that everyone will be aware of on campus. Depending on the school, Greek Week can range from a few extra parties for frats and sororities to entire days filled with entertainment, skits and bonding among Greek organizations.
Hall: Short for residence hall; the dorm building you live in.
It's a favorite pastime of dorm residents to make up cutesy nicknames for the hall they live in that semester. For instance, I lived in Hartranft Hall, which we affectionately dubbed, “The Ranft.”
Highlighter Party: (Also called a Black Light Party) A party theme that requires guests to wear white or fluorescent colored clothing that appears to be glowing in black light. Guests may also write on each other's clothing throughout the night in highlighter.
Highlighter parties have become the new toga party of college. It’s just one of those parties that happens so often throughout the year that it’s almost impossible to not end up attending one. Caution: DO NOT wear anything that you're especially in love with to this party. You will leave with highlighter all over your clothes, and other guests will not care that your white t-shirt is a premium cotton blend by French Connection...they’ll add their own artistic touch anyway.
Intramurals: Recreational organized sports teams.
For those of us who aren’t quite athletically gifted enough to play sports at the NCAA level, intramurals offer the opportunity to continue to play a sport you love. And, always a plus, if your intramural football team loses the big game, your entire campus won’t be mad at you.
Jungle Juice: An alcoholic mixed beverage made with various types of liquors, sodas and juices.
Be warned collegiettes™: jungle juice can in fact be as wild as the name implies. Usually consisting of A LOTof alcohol overpowered with sugary drinks like Kool-Aid or lemonade, what tastes nonalcoholic can (and probably does) pack a powerful punch. Always make sure to ask what’s in the concoction before drinking it. After all, you don’t want to be that girl swinging from the ceiling by the end of the night.
Keg: A barrel of beer that is usually at parties.
Kegs & Eggs: A morning keg party.
These parties usually begin before daybreak (around 6 a.m.) and last until noon or later. Another version is finishing off the keg used at a party the night before while eating eggs.
Lightweight: A person who does not drink much, and, as a result, his/her tolerance is very low.
This term is commonly heard at parties if there is someone there who has never drank or does not drink much. Freshmen are particularly prone to being called “lightweights” because there are usually many who have not drank much before college. It does not take much alcohol, or at least not as much as it may take heavier drinkers, to get a “lightweight” drunk.