When in Rome?
OUA counselors and student tour guides are frequently responding to myths about going to college in the South. Perhaps most often we’re asked, “Is it true that girls wear dresses and guys wear button-ups to football games?!” I find myself, fellow counselors, and student guides falling over ourselves trying to explain the tradition. Sometimes our explanations sound like an apology. I overheard such a conversation the other day and wondered whatever happened to the ‘when in Rome’ mentality? I don’t hear California colleges apologizing for hippies or New Yorkers explaining their tendency to sport an all black attire. The South has a tradition of finely dressed sport spectators. It’s not something we’re sorry about, rather we celebrate the tradition! Kentucky Derby, anyone?
That being said, it’s a tradition, but not the rule of the land. Plenty of women choose jeans and a t-shirt and plenty of male students paint their chests in true SEC spirit. I wore a jean skirt and football jersey to my first tailgate here in the South. My favorite outfit is a black sundress with fun, gold accessories. In the cold, though, you’ll find me bundled in my fleece! The option to dress up for tailgates and celebrate in style is just one of the many awesome traditions that make going to college below the Mason-Dixon line so much fun!
Here are some other fun reasons to go to college in the South:
- Fried chicken for breakfast is perfectly acceptable
- Everyone knows the words to Wagon Wheel, Dixieland Delight, and Callin Baton Rouge
- Cowboy/cowgirl boots keep your feet warm in the winter and look more stylish than Uggs
- Nobody does football like the SEC
- Sweet tea is the default option
Any other comments/ideas/thoughts on going to college in the South?