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Help, I Can’t Get Off Southern Decision Day TikTok

It’s officially college decision season, besties. Although the official decision day isn’t until May 1, seniors have already started to commit. You can finally take a deep breath as the waiting season is coming to an end — now, your only worry will be how you’re going to hard launch your future college. Will it be an Instagram post or a subtle bio change? Or maybe a TikTok announcement? The Southern girlies have already taken to TikTok for their annual college announcements, and I’ve never seen anything quite like it. 

There’s something about Southern TikTok that gets me every time. This is my new Bama Rush

The Southern TikTok decision day announcement is one of the trends with an “original” that you have to watch. The trend originally surfaced during the 2021 college decision season when TikTok user @pb.and.jilly gave us this gem. 

If you want to participate in the trend this season (please do, I’m having the time of my life watching these), it’s easy. All you say is, “Hi, my name is [y/n] and I’m going to [your university], go [mascot]!” Don’t forget the hand gestures (they’re mandatory) and be sure to talk as fast as you possibly can. I also need to see the DIY college top and skirt, too.

In typical TikTok fashion, other users hopped on the trend to parody the original. TikTok user @friedchickenyummy posted one of the most popular parodies, which garnered over 396K likes.

“My name’s Ginger and I’m going to Salon Professional Academy, go scissors!” says one participant in the video. I’m losing it.

The trend is officially back for the 2023 season. User @heidialexismarsh posted theirs a few days ago, and I’m obsessed. I have to give it to them, the scenic landscape behind them is stunning. Don’t be surprised if I go off the grid and become a Southern girl. The outfits they’re wearing could double as Coachella fits, honestly – I love a good cowgirl boot.

The comments are what really sent me on this one.

“I was waiting for Topher to pop up,” the top comment reads. Bring back TopherTok, please and thank you.

“I’m European someone tell me what the HELL is going on here,” another says. I don’t think Americans really know what’s going on either.

As a Northeast girl, I’m way too invested in these. Roll Tide? H2P? Someone help.

Julia is a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh studying Media and Professional Communications with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies. She loves to go thrifting, grab a coffee with friends, and go on walks with her dog!