How do I introduce the anomaly that is Marshall University? Do I start with why I chose to go here or how I’ve progressed in my academic career? Or do I just scream WE ARE MARSHALL over and over? ……. WE ARE…MARSHALL! WE ARE… MARSHALL! etc. etc. Now that you recognize the name, let’s learn about some of Marshall’s… attributes. Here are 10 GIFs that accurately describe what it’s actually like to be a student at Marshall University.
1. IT’S GON RAIN
Drainage problems + torrential downpours = time to whip out the kayak. No joke, one time the water was knee deep and people had literal kayaks out. That didn’t stop us though; we waded through that sketchy water to get to the library to print off one sheet of paper. As we reached for that door, we felt a sense of pride knowing we had survived our first flood, only to be struck with utter despair when it was locked. It closed 20 minutes before we got there.
2. Children, Children Everywhere
Pro – There’s a daycare near campus where you can drop off your kids
Con – your kids come to campus every day and LOITER (not really, but that’s how it seems)
3. Everyone leaves on the weekends
And they’re not at Gucci Kroger, I checked. (For those who don’t know the wonders of Gucci Kroger – it offers sushi, starbucks, and pretty much anything your heart desires, but it’s about a 15 minute drive away)
4. The Marshall Artist Series offers amazing concerts.
The years I’ve been going we’ve had Phillip Phillips, Andy Grammer, Wrabel, and a few others AND they’ve all been $10 or free.
5. Leaving early just to get a legal parking spot.
When your university sells more parking passes then actual parking spots, so you drive around and around until you have a mini breakdown and eventually decide to give up and try again tomorrow.
6. THE FOOD
If you live on campus freshman or sophomore year you’re required to get a meal plan. You’re not required to gorge yourself as I did, but hey, who doesn’t wanna get bang for their buck?
7. Dressing for the inside weather.
If you’re a gambler your’re in for a real treat. It’s a fun game I like to call: will I be blessed with AC today or will I age like fine cheese while sitting in satan’s armpit?
8. Awesome field trips.
I can only speak for dietetics majors, but for one of our trips we got to visit a potato factory and it was pretty bomb. (And we got free potatos)
9. A big ol’ gym.
If you’ve watched 14 seasons of your favorite show, cleaned everything, and you still feel like procrastinating, Marshall offers a gym (which you’re required to pay for if you’re taking on campus classes). If this makes you angry, take it out on the weights. #swole
10. The unique wildlife.
The wildlife includes squirrels that aren’t afraid of people, birds that are capable of chirping all hours of the day, and insects. But, you may be blessed with spotting a puppy when it’s nice out as people love to walk them around campus (show-offs) (totally not jealous) (it’s fine, really)
If these GIFs didn’t give you the full Marshall experience, check out this recruitment video submitted by a Marshall student.