31 Things Binghamton Students Know To Be True

Posted by Bridget Kunz on November 17, 2015

You know you're talking to a fellow Bearcat when you can bond over bad weather jokes or your favorite Binghamton-area eats like old pals. Life at Binghamton is filled with so many great, and some not as great (cough cough...winter weather), experiences. Here is a list of things only Bearcats can understand, written by soon-to-graduate senior Bridget Kunz.

1. Attending a club or RA event for the snacks

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After they scan your student ID, you grab as much free food as you can possibly carry (even if you aren't hungry). Because hey, it's FREE!

2. Weekends mean pancakes at C4

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You live for Saturday morning so that you can order your chocolate chip-banana pancakes. But those lines, though.

3. Telling your parents during move-in that you don't need an umbrella

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You swore it was unnecessary. Well, now it’s your favorite and most essential accessory for combating the temperamental Binghamton weather. 

4. The pure joy of a class getting canceled unexpectedly

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You wake up to a Blackboard e-mail from a professor saying class is canceled. You could use this extra time to do homework that has been piling up, but you decide to binge-watch Netflix instead. 

5. Nowl is your crutch on both good and bad days

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College-in-the-Woods Night Owl milkshakes are by far the best you have ever had in your life. Upperclassmen remember the days when they cost $5, and shudder at the thought.

6. You've glared at high school students on a campus tour

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You're simply envious of their youth and that they are just beginning their college experience, while yours is on the way to being over. 

7. That glorious moment when you find a good parking spot

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Yet, it's a rare occurrence that might be more magical than Harry Potter himself. 

8. You have a favorite Dining Services employee

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They always makes your day brighter. 

9. Having to explain Binghamton acronyms and terminology to visiting friends and family

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But it's so much effort to have to say what SOM, ITC, UDC, CIW, C4, Nowl, E-board and PODS mean.  

10. Switching what line you're standing in to pay for your food in the dining hall

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That feeling of victory when you are standing in the one exponentially long line to pay for your breakfast before your 8:30 a.m. class and you are the first to sprint over to the newly opened register. 

11. Participating in your living community’s version of a field day (e.g. Hinman Hysteria)

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You become irrationally loyal to the building in which you live.

12. The struggle to avoid the classic Binghamton cold

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Everyone you interact with seems to be coughing up a lung. It finally catches up to you the week you have multiple tests and papers due every day. 

13. Playing Co-Rec football in the fall is a must

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You are a warrior on the field, because that championship title means everything. 

14. You had no idea what spiedies were before you came here

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But now they are a staple of your diet and you have a very specific way you like your order.

15. You've attempted to lift at the gym before dinner

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Attempted being the key word. Going to the East Gym and finding an open squat rack at 5:30 p.m. during the week is like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

16. Finding that perfect location on campus to study

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That one spot where you easily get into the zone and get through all the studying you've been putting off until last minute. 

17. You've tried to print your resume the morning of the Job and Internship Fair

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And experienced the crushing feeling of walking into Bartle and realizing everyone and their brother had the same idea. 

18. You've eaten at Lost Dog at least once

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Whenever you go, you tell yourself you are going to try something new, but always end up with a delicious plate of rigatoni ala vodka. 

19. Warm weather reappears during Finals Week without fail

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This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to choose hitting the books over a game of KanJam with your buddies.

20. Being confused about what a bearcat is exactly

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You know what Baxter looks like, and then you Google image 'bearcat' and are like "wjfkefbjenfklf?" 

21. Riding the OCCT buses should be a survival of the fittest test

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Throwing elbows and dirty looks is not uncommon during peak times. Has anyone ever heard of personal space?

22. Spring Fling is easily the most joyous day of May

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With finals and commencement ceremonies looming, Spring Fling is the perfect day of fun, festivities and food to take your mind off things. Let's be real. Who doesn't love funnel cake and carnival rides?

23. Joking about our undefeated football team

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Yes, we have been undefeated since 1946. Yes, that is because no actual football team exists. But here's hoping! 

24. Restaurant Week is the highlight of your semester

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It's something you put in your agenda before you even arrive back at school for the fall and spring. 

25. Proudly bragging about your favorite alum

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Flo, the Progressive Insurance girl, is probably the most referenced. Why not brag -- she's great!  

26. The Nature Preserve is incredible in the fall

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October is the month that your Instagram feed blows up with pictures of the leaves changing colors around the Nature Preserve pond and from the top of hiking trails. 

27. Correctly guessing where someone is from

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You make scientific inferences based on their clothing, personality and how they speak. Long Island. 

28. The anxiety of registering for classes

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Even as a senior you have cold-sweat flashbacks to your first time registering as a freshman at Orientation. Whether it was you or the kid next to you, tears were shed. 

29. In the winter your puffy jacket is your sole identifier

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People know it's you from afar based on your puffy jacket, hat and snow boots. No one knows what your cold-weather clothing looks like because your outer layer rarely comes off. 

30. Hearing Binghamton being referred to as a "public ivy"

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And then all your friends at actual Ivy League schools give you a look that says, "Whatever makes you feel better." You respond with a look that says, "In-state tuition makes me feel better!"

31. Being home for a holiday and getting asked how school is going by relatives

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You have a lengthy response about how you are triple majoring with a minor, have two part-time jobs, are the on the E-board of four student groups, have an internship with a startup and volunteer in your spare time. Oh, and you just nailed the GREs, but you might take time off before grad school to join the Peace Corps or write a novel, while working on plans to start your own business. 

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