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29 Things Northerners Need to Know Before Coming to Wake

1. It’s not Appa-la-tion but Appa-latch-en Mountains. While it’s not important to develop a southern accent, it is important to say their prized landmarks correctly. Plus, the mountains in the south are pretty cool.  

 

2. Lilly Pulitzer dresses. Everywhere. If you don’t think you’re southern enough yet for those, then learn to appreciate the bright colors and unique prints … or get a pair of Ray-Bans that will help tone down the pastels. 

 

3. Bean Boots: the perfect amount of protection from the light southern snow.

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4. Boys do wear bow ties on the reg.

 

5. Croakies: They’re great to help keep you from losing your sunglasses.

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6. Investing in a pair of cowboy boots is definitely “the move.”

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7. Monograms are everywhere (Benson Center even has a monogramming store…)

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8. Small collections of mason jars will suddenly find themselves into your dorm room without you even realizing it. 

 

9. Oversized t-shirts are the go-to comfy outfit.

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10. So are flannels.

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11. Drivers will go the speed limit and never above.

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12. Life moves slower.

 

13. You will start to involuntarily say “y’all” instead of “you guys,” and your friends from back home will definitely make fun of you for it.

 

14. Cheerwine does not have alcohol in it.

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15. One inch of snow = snow day.

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16. Forecast of snow = late start or early dismissal.

 

17. Snow on the ground = college-level humor snowmen. #Frat #Mandown

*Photo by Tori Boyle

 

18. Basically, the school and everywhere in Winston-Salem shuts down for snow.

 

19. Carolina Cup gives the perfect excuse to wear a floppy hat.

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20. Frat-agonias (Frat + Patagonias = Frat-agonias) are a must to stay cozy for cool temperatures… No matter how much they look like your dad’s hand-me-down sweaters from the ‘80s.  

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21. Boys wear boat shoes/Sperry’s even though we are at least a 4 hour drive from the ocean.

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22. Krispy Kreme was invented in Winston-Salem (you’re welcome).

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23. “Ma’am” or “Sir” is how you show respect for your elders (and yes, you’ll actually hear some of your peers address their professors this way).

 

24. If you order iced tea, the waiter will assume you want sweet tea.

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25.  The weirdest things are fried: Oreos, Reeses, candy bars, butter…

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26. People still wave their Confederate flags.

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27. Chacos are the new socks-and-sandals combination.

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28. Country music is the perfect soundtrack for any and every occasion.

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29. The south is truly an amazing place to live.

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Hailing from Chicago, this Midwesterner turned Southern Belle is the Editor-in-Chief of Wake Forest University's chapter. When she isn't journaling for fun in her free time, she is obsessed with running around campus in giant sunglasses, wearing gold glitter eyeliner, and munching on trail mix. She's still struggling on saying "y'all" and not "guys" and has yet to try Cookout's legendary milkshakes. Follow her on twitter @Hmonyek!
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