Venereal Disease (VD): Any sexually transmitted disease or infection; includes chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, syphilis and HIV/AIDS.
Yes, we realize this is not the most fun topic. Okay, it’s not really fun at all. But you need to be aware of it because college campuses are very sexually active, and not everyone protects themselves – causing college students to be more susceptible to VD. Always keep this in mind when you are about to have sex: “No glove, no love.”
Walk of Shame: The mortifying walk (or run) back to your dorm after spending the previous night in someone else’s dorm room.
Walk of shame girls are usually pretty easy to spot — after all, most of us don’t go for a Saturday morning jog in pumps and a strapless dress. Walks of Shame typically become the center of jokes among friends and are best to be avoided (especially if you just met somebody that night or don't know them very well). Typically, the walk of shame is the result of being a sloptart the night before.
Written Up: (Also called “underages”) Either receiving a citation from an RA for breaking a dorm policy or a citation from a police officer (usually for consuming alcohol under the age of 21).
Being written up is one of those things you want to avoid throughout college. If you’re smart and make good decisions, there is no reason why “written up” should need to be a part of your collegiette™ vocabulary.
X: A slang term used to refer to the drug Ecstasy, popular on some college campuses.
This is not a drug to play around with, experiment with or even try once, as it can have very serious and even deadly side effects—stay away!
Year: The college equivalent of what grade you are in.
NEVER, under any circumstances, ask anybody what grade they’re in. It will create one of the most awkward silences of your entire life. I guarantee it. Once you’re in college, you have a year, not a grade. And you might be surprised when the answer is more than four.
Zombies vs. Humans (or Humans vs. Zombies or HvZ): An intense game of tag that more and more college campuses participate in every year.
If you see a few people dressed as zombies on your college campus, don’t freak out and think the zombie apocalypse is happening. It’s not; instead, it’s probably just a few students participating in a game of HvZ. Not every college campus plays this game, but many do once or twice a year. HvZ is a campus-wide game of tag that students can choose to take part in: there is one person who is chosen to be the “Original Zombie,” and everyone else is a Human. The “Original Zombie” must tag (or “eat”) the Humans, turning them into Zombies. A Zombie must tag/“eat” a human every 48 hours, or they starve to death and are no longer in the game. The Humans win if they survive long enough for the Zombies to starve. On the other hand, the Zombies win if every Human is “eaten” and turned into a Zombie. Sure, HvZ is a little nerdy, but it’s a whole lot of fun.
It’s probably worth mentioning that you can memorize this dictionary from A to Z, but you'll soon find out that there are some terms that are simply specific to your school. This will be especially apparent when you return to your hometown and your friends have no clue what you’re talking about when you say “grilled sticky” or “Football Eve.” One of my best friends from home and I recently had a very interesting conversation when I mentioned that I had had an especially good brunch one weekend. It turns out “brunch” at her college takes on a WHOLE new meaning. I'll let you do the math...
Now the only thing left to do is hit print!
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