Oh, Georgia State University, how I love you.
Seriously, I had the best college experience at (the real) GSU. I was involved in so many organizations, exceeded in my classes, met my best friends, attended as many sport events as I could, and really just took advantage of the whole college experience. I was the first person in my family to go to college, so I didn't take the opportunity for granted.
Georgia State is making moves. From the new Creative Media Industries Institute to the headlines the university is making because of how they have prevented students from getting off track and leads the nation in African-American graduates, Georgia State is making a name for itself. It is a university that I am really proud of have graduated from.
Georgia State is also a really unique school. It is located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, which I loved, but that also means that the experience is a bit different than what you might expect. You're walking to class with other students, but you've also got a middle-aged person next to you walking to work. My sports journalism professor took a break twice a week from his job at CNN to teach us. When you go to Starbucks, it isn't just students and professors. You're waiting for your coffee with businessmen and tourists. Sometimes, you might pass a celebrity walking to class. I mean, I passed Ansel Elgort one day. I didn't expect to get a "hello" from a celebrity that morning!
The university is also really diverse. You've got people from all walks of life, different parts of the country and world, and different viewpoints and opinions. During my first semester at Georgia State, two of my roommates were from Georgia, like me, but the other three were from Africa, Korea, and France. We cooked the most amazing food, by the way.
When you're in the middle of the city, you can expect to see some odd things. It just comes with the territory, but when I saw this on Twitter, I had never seen anything like it in the middle of Georgia State's campus. Oddly enough, it didn't surprise me and everyone in the plaza seemed to be un-phased by it also. They just kept doing their thing.
Yes, that person is in our fountain. I sat beside that fountain with my boyfriend and best friends. I even poured cheap champagne in that fountain during my graduation photos.
I've seen some interesting things in my life, but not anything like this. What is something interesting you've seen at your college campus? Tweet me at @amandadalvarado!
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