By GEORGIA GREEN
If you are a Mercer student, chances are you will be able to connect with 90 percent of these statements on a very personal level.
(1) “Wanna go to the Farm?”
From the caf (cafeteria), UC (University Center) to the Farm (Farmer’s Market) and Margs (Margaritas Mexican Grill), Mercer students can all relate to their first week on campus when it seemed everyone was speaking a different language. But don’t worry, after a few days we all caught on.
(2) “Are you going to the caf for lunch?”
“Duh, it’s Wednesday!”
The caf is well known for its “Fried Chicken Wednesdays,” a day where the homestyle section is packed with fried chicken, collard greens, mac ‘n cheese and the occasional mashed potatoes. Pair this plate with a cup of the caf’s delicious sweet tea, and your Hump Day is sure to get so much better.
(3) “Why are you out of breath?”
“Oh, I just hiked Mt. Kill-My-Calves.”
The UC is home to the gym as well as the food court and The Farm. But don’t worry about working out in the gym; the steps leading up to the entrance are so intimidating and exhausting. I personally call them “Mount Kill-My-Calves.”
(4) “It’s Monday! Let’s hit up Margs!”
Margs has dollar taco Mondays every week. It is probably the best deal near campus for Mexican food, so if you don't want to spend a bunch of money (#collegelife), you can go to Margs for less than $5.
(5) "How does there seem to be more squirrels than humans?”
There are sooooo many squirrels on campus, and half of them will walk up to you and wait for your snack crumbs. They are cute but they are ubiquitous and therefore are sometimes overwhelming.
(6) “What time did you get up for your 8 a.m.?”
“7:55, it’s a two-minute walk.”
No matter where you live, if it’s on campus, you will always be close to your classes. Some places are a two-minute walk to the academic building. I’ll say this much, it’s nice to know you can get an extra few minutes of sleep.
(7) “You going to Coachella this year?”
“Nah, Bearstock, Fam.”
Every year in April, Mercer holds its concert series that is an all-day experience. In the past, artists like Krewella, MKTO, Timeflies, Logic and Jon Bellion have performed. It is always a big event and a fun time for students here.
(8) “What is Mercer?”
“Oh, we are that random school that beat Duke.”
Mercer’s claim to fame is 100 percent the unexpected win we had against Duke in college basketball’s March Madness of 2014. This was so unplanned, and therefore our school is notorious for screwing up around 90 percent of the brackets made all over the USA.
The win was so impressive that our school’s name was all over the news for months, and the views on our website increased so much our server crashed. Needless to say, every year around tournament time, you are bound to pass groups of students discussing this win.
(9) After freshman year: “Why is my wardrobe 60 percent orange?”
Mercer is well-known for giving free t-shirts at every event possible. Whether it’s a basketball game or freshman orientation, trust me: You won’t leave the event without some sort of Mercer swag.
(10) “Time to use a meal swipe on caf cookies and a sweet tea.”
The all-time best part of freshman year is the unlimited meal plan. Yes, it’s more expensive than other meal plans; yes, it’s required. But this means so many things. (1) you can go to the caf just to grab cookies (which are Mercer’s second claim to fame); and (2) you can go and grab a to-go meal for later. AKA: Freshman 15 comes from this luxury.
(11) “Don’t touch the head of the statue of Jesse Mercer.”
You make ask why; my reply is simple: urine. People have spread rumors that students pee on his head. Why is this relevant? Students rub Jesse’s head to receive luck before an exam. It is tradition here at Mercer. But as always, beware of the pee.