18 Signs You Went To FPC/FPU

Franklin Pierce, the 14th President of the United States and widely regarded as one of the worst Presidents in American history, has an institution of higher education named after him in southwestern New Hampshire. As the alma mater goes, “we remember well”… or do we? Take this stroll down memory lane.

1. You know how to say Rindge properly.

2. Two words: Mr. Mikes

All nighter? No problem. Mr. Mikes has fried food, red bull, and slush puppies.

3. You totally understand why buildings on campus are named after a bunch of Italian men.

The school was founded in 1962 as a means for men to dodge the draft.

4. Even though they have a football team now, you still refuse to acknowledge it.

What is Sprint Football anyway?

5. You have told a freshman that the school motto “Ex umbris ad lucem” really means “there is nothing left to do but get drunk”.

Franklin Pierce was quoted by his chief aide after he was not renominated by his own party after only one term as president, “there is nothing left to do but get drunk.”

6. You still have issues with the transition to a university.

You wear that C with PRIDE and are pissed that the bookstore doesn’t carry anything for FPC alumni.

7. Walter Peterson… enough said.

The second president of FPC, former NH governor, President Emeritus of Pierce, and knew every students name on campus.

8. Temple Grandin is our most famous alumni.

If you watched the documentary of her, you would see that she went to school in SW New Hampshire. Sadly, Pierce was poorly depicted in the movie. Pierce’s roads weren’t paved until the mid-90s.

9. You wish they would institute geese hunting season again.

The geese at Pierce will chase you down whether or not you have food. You also don’t want to walk around campus barefoot.

10. You have gone skinny dipping in Pearly Pond.

You also know the pain and pure joy of jumping in Pearly from the rope swing naked.

11. Your friends don’t understand how there are no real bars near campus and how you have to make your own entertainment.

Yes that is a staircase filled with balloons and wait… that IS a slip and slide.

12. The Manor will never be Peterson Hall. Ever.

While we love Walter, it’s the manor… and in your mind, it will still be barn red.

13. Party in I tower?

Northwoods has F, G, H, J, and K towers… but no I tower? It has to be somewhere on campus!

14. You have either seen, heard, or taken part in the bubble collapsing.

The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Activity Center aka the Bubble collapses once every seven years.

15. If you are a history or political science major, you desperately hate the business and sports management majors.

1 hour, no book, competency examination on the past four years your education. Anything is game.

16. If you are a business or sports management major, you don’t understand why the history and political science majors hate you.

You have a 20 question, multiple choice examination to graduate. Now you have your answer.

17. You know the hardcore, tree sleeping hippies live in the Sawmills.

The other faux-hippies “slummed” it in Lakeview.

18. After you graduate in an assload of debt, you still long for the good old days of raging in Lakeview with a 30 of stones and/or waking up to this view.

Mount Monadnock still makes us all feel at home.

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