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23 Signs You Attended Kent State

Chances are if you didn’t personally do or think any of these things, then you know or saw someone who has. #GoFlashes

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1. You began your Kent State experience sporting a free Kent tee and lanyard around your neck...

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...and you thought either a) everyone did it too and/or b) you looked awesome.

2. Your mascot is a Golden Flash, and you still have no idea what that is…

…other than an oversized eagle used to pump up the crowd at sporting events.
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…other than an oversized eagle used to pump up the crowd at sporting events.

3. Black squirrels are infinitely cuter than any other colored squirrel…

…even if sometimes they appear to be taking over the campus, so they should probably just replace that oversized eagle as your mascot.
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…even if sometimes they appear to be taking over the campus, so they should probably just replace that oversized eagle as your mascot.

Which is proven by things around campus tending to have quite a squirrelly theme…

…such as Acorn Alley (I and II), squirrel sculptures (downtown--as seen above--and on campus), Black Squirrel Radio, the Black Squirrel Festival, McKay Bricker Gallery & Framing’s product logo, Water Street Tavern's logo, etc.
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…such as Acorn Alley (I and II), squirrel sculptures (downtown--as seen above--and on campus), Black Squirrel Radio, the Black Squirrel Festival, McKay Bricker Gallery & Framing’s product logo, Water Street Tavern's logo, etc.

And you’ve had your picture taken with at least one giant black squirrel.

4. Chalking was the best form of advertisement...

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...because it's hard to ignore something you walk across daily.

5. But rocks were pretty cool too.

Painting the one on front campus and seeing how long it lasted until the next group of people got to it was part of the fun, but it is also often used in remembrance of students gone too soon.
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Painting the one on front campus and seeing how long it lasted until the next group of people got to it was part of the fun, but it is also often used in remembrance of students gone too soon.

6. You participated in or witnessed a protest or petition of some sort...

…about everything from rising tuition to legalization of weed, and even had one of the most infamous protesters of all time threaten to storm your campus just to tweet horribly Photoshopped photos instead (as seen above). It was clear your fellow students (and maybe you) had no problem voicing your opinions or counter protesting.
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…about everything from rising tuition to legalization of weed, and even had one of the most infamous protesters of all time threaten to storm your campus just to tweet horribly Photoshopped photos instead (as seen above). It was clear your fellow students (and maybe you) had no problem voicing your opinions or counter protesting.

7. May 4: for some, it’s Star Wars Day, but for Kent, it’s a day to remember the tragic event that took place in 1970.

It’s also more than likely the only thing your school will ever be nationally known for (other than black squirrels), and you’ve visited the memorial site on campus (by choice or for a class assignment).
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It’s also more than likely the only thing your school will ever be nationally known for (other than black squirrels), and you’ve visited the memorial site on campus (by choice or for a class assignment).

8. You were only in the library Sunday night...

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...and during midterms and finals (if at all).

9. You’ve crossed Risman Plaza and felt like you had entered a tornado.

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Kansas has nothing on Kent State. Sorry, Dorothy.

10. Heavy snowfall and walkways untouched by shovels didn't lead to a class cancelation for the main campus…

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…but every neighboring branch had the day off.

11. So, you borrowed a dining hall tray from Prentice to ride down the snowy hill by Taylor Hall to make up for it.

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"Borrowed," meaning it sat in your room until move out day.

12. You’ve made the promise of using your meal plan to buy someone food as bait to get them to do something in return.

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Who knew the college equivalent of Monopoly money could be so powerful?

13. Speaking of meal plans, you’ve either completely drained yours halfway through the semester or had hundreds of dollars left come finals week.

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Never more, never less.

14. Rosie’s Diner was your only option of late-night sustenance (on campus)…

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…and having your order number called was like winning the lottery.

15. You have received one (or more) parking tickets…

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…and have Parking Services least visited locations on lock for those days you're running late to class.

16. Mondays were the only days to see a movie in theaters...

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...because nothing could beat Kent Plaza's $5 deal of admission AND popcorn.

17. You've attended FlashFest...

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...even if the artist wasn't your thing.

And perhaps other concerts around town...

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...because it was clear from the numerous on-campus concerts and various venues around Kent that there was a thriving music scene.

18. Halloween was an excuse to parade around downtown in costumes…

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…and you’ll always think your celebration is better than OU’s.

19. Any day of the week can be given a name to make drinking okay (#ThirstyThursday), and sometimes they repeat annually…

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...such as Drinkin’ on Lincoln and College Fest (R.I.P.) or the usuals--St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo--just to name a few.

Plus, we all know 21st birthdays will inevitably be spent in a bar despite the day of the week...

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...and more than likely required a spin of Ray's Place's free shot wheel.

20. You’ve consumed liquor out of something other than a real glass…

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…like a fishbowl from Brewhouse or Water Street Tavern.

21. You’ve ended at least one (but probably every) night out at the bars at Euro Gyro...

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...or Guy's. Because pizza.

22. An already awesome downtown was made infinitely better with yarnbombing...

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…because Yarnigami is the best and definitely one of the "most intriguing."

23. Graduation was bittersweet…

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…because that little northeast Ohio town has some of the best memories around.

What aspect of Kent is missing its voice?

No one can experience it all, so leave your own memories in the comments!

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