Today’s blog comes from Matt in our Category Management department.
Even though it’s been four years, I remember it all like it was yesterday. I don’t know how we did it, but we did – waking up at 6am on those fall Saturdays to get to our tailgate site bright and early. Morning chill in the air, dew on the grass, and the constant, yet subtle, thump of bean bags landing on cornhole boards echoing in the distance…this was Athens, Georgia. Perhaps one of my fondest memories wasn’t a big win between the hedges, but something that happened before the game. Though the stadium was always filled to capacity – unlike that other school in Atlanta – nothing could beat the eerie silence that overcame the crowd as they eagerly anticipated the trumpet solo from the Battle Hymn.
Surely, it is no surprise that a UGA alumnus (or anyone from a SEC school) will mention the rich football tradition as one of their most favorable experiences in college, but what separates UGA from the rest? Honestly, there are too many items to list…but, I have selected my top 3.
#3 Dining Halls — I’m not going to lie, I love to eat. My closest friends will tell you that I’m always looking for a “Man vs. Food” challenge. That being said, the UGA Meal Plan and Dining Halls come in my list at #3. Let’s be honest, who really has the time or energy to cook a great meal in the dorms? It’s every college students dream to have access to any type of food at any hour of the day or night at their fingertips. You heard right, some of the dining halls are open 24 hours a day. I could probably write a blog ranking the dining halls (Snelling, ECV, O-House, and Bolton), but I will save that for another time. The food quality is great…most of the food is made-to-order and there is no shortage of selection. No matter what, the dreaded “Freshman 15” is inevitable. A word of advice, if you stay on the meal plan for 4 years, like I did, be sure to visit the Ramsey Center for a workout every now and again.
#2 Night Life – For the fellow Bulldogs out there, this may be shocking that this isn’t rated #1, especially after the recent Princeton Review release as UGA as the top party school in the nation, but I wanted to mix it up a little. If you disagree with me…so be it. You can write your own blog and come up with your “Top 3” list. Regardless, Night Life will remain at #2. Athens is unique in that it is truly a college town. Interesting enough, it is really the student body that runs downtown Athens – not the locals. However, the locals don’t mind, and in fact love it. There really is something for everyone in Athens –music, art, shopping, and of course…bars. For those of age, Athens has 100+ bars that serve great, inexpensive adult beverages.
#1 Future Opportunity — And at #1, I have to go with the great opportunities UGA has to offer. Every time I return to my alma mater there is new construction on campus. This is a great sign, and ensures me that the school is still thriving. It is within these facilities that UGA students learn the skills that will help them succeed later in life.
It’s great…to be…a Georgia Bulldog.