Best and Worst Things About Your First Week at Ball State University

The thrill you’ll get the second you set foot in your dorm room for the first time is an unforgettable feeling. The world (well, campus’s teensy-tiny corner of it) is yours, and it’s up to you to make the most of Week One. Those seven days are going to be jam-packed with adventure, but you’ll probably encounter a few things you’d rather not experience. Wondering what you should know in advance? Check out this best/worst breakdown.

Best

1. Finally living on your own

No parents! No siblings! No emptying the dishwasher or driving your cousin to soccer practice! Sure, having a roommate means you’re technically not living on your own. But this is the most freedom you’ve had thus far.

2. The open doors

Throughout the first week in your residence hall, you’ll likely find more doors open than shut. Everyone’s so eager to put themselves out there that they sacrifice privacy for the sake of potential friendship. Because there’ll be plenty of time for locks once the semester starts, you should take advantage of your door prop. You never know who you might meet!

3. Decorating your dorm room

Your walls are like four blank—no, bland—canvases, which means you get to spruce them up however you please. Photo collages? Perfect! String lights? Heck yes! This is your chance to truly own the space you’ve been given—no interior design skills required.

4. The parties

All those floormates who follow the open-door policy will be equally eager to throw down. Shocking, right? Get ready for zero dull moments and about a million stories you’ll end up retelling to anyone and everyone you meet over the next four years.

5. Free stuff!

Week One is the time for freebies. So. Many. Freebies. From neon t-shirts to beach balls and lanyards, you’ll find enough school swag to build a second wardrobe. If you’re hungry, there may even be free pizza! Snag as much as your arms can carry.

Worst

1. Unpacking

Decorating can (and should!) be fun, but it’ll require a lot of unpacking that, if you’re like me, you’d rather not do during Week One. If you haven’t already started packing, take this as your warning to pack wisely. Doing so will save you from shattering ceramic mugs and struggling with mismatched socks.

2. Sleep? Good luck.

The dorm room parties will last all night, every night, and your super-thin mattress is going to take some getting used to, so I repeat: good luck. Try to appreciate the restless week for what it is. If you just can’t take the tiredness, though, pick up a pair of earplugs and nap during periods of downtime.

3. Getting lost

You won’t automatically know your way around campus. Unfortunately, finding it means you’ll have to lose track of where you are and wander aimlessly for a bit. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are plenty of upperclassmen and faculty members willing to guide you.

4. Homesickness

Whether you’re far from home or just a quick drive away, you’re going to miss your bed. And your bathroom. And your parents’ stocked fridge. Though tough to conquer, your homesickness can and will get better with time. Consider it your motivation to immerse yourself in clubs, classes, and other campus activities.

5. Pre-college nerves

This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for since you got your acceptance letter! However, it also means college is officially happening. You’ll be nervous. You’ll have some dreams in which you sleep through an exam or lose your keys. You may wake up in a cold sweat, but hey—don’t sweat it. Everyone’s jittery during Week One.

7 Types of Boys You Might Meet at Ball State

1. The 1st Week Fling

He is everything you have imagined in a University boy, maybe even more! Funny, great to dance with, AND confident. Or is he TOO confident? The answer will be clear after the 1st week.

2. Your Floor Fellow

Maybe you have a secret crush on your floor fellow. He’s older, wiser, and nicer than the boys from home. The crush will end as a crush though. BUT there is a chance he will become your strongest ally when you are in trouble with life at UCLA! And maybe someday you would want to be him to other younger Bruins.

3. The Boys Next Door

Whether you’re in Rez or any other type of housing, you will establish a some sort of relationship with him. Like it or not, he will be someone you can’t avoid. AND plus, if you are in Upper Rez, he will be the guy who knows all about your “personal life” and your music taste. 

4. Business Boys

All suited up for school? YES PLEASE! You will never meet another group of people as motivated and well-dressed in the entire campus. 

5. The Frat Star

You might not be able to identify them during day time. But during night, they are fun, extreme, and SUPER ENERGETIC! No wonder you spot lots of your leaders in Frats. 

6. Gym Enthusiasts

Yeah, pretty common on Campus. With so many varsity and intramural sports to choose from, you can spot them at the gym. Usually sweating and way too focused on their sport or bod.

7. Your Guy Friend

Probably the craziest out of all of them. There’s always a crazy drunk story following you and him. AND That’s why you keep him around! 

 

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The Best and Worst Things About Ball State Greek Life

You’ve seen them in movies, caught them on TV, and heard all about them from your older friends. But which Greek life rumors are actually true? Here’s why pledging a fraternity or sorority could be the coolest and craziest decision you make in college.

Best

1. The letters

Think of all the Greek life swag you’ll get! There are t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and, heck, probably even socks—all with your chapter’s letters on them. Make sure to leave a little room in your closet on move-in day.

2. The friendships

You’ll meet plenty of people at college. However, the friendships formed through Greek life are next-level deep. Pledging brings fraternity and sorority hopefuls together, and, if all goes well, initiation makes them brothers and sisters for life.

 

3. The parties

Let’s be real—you probably won’t make it through the front door of at least one party this year. (Pro tip: When in doubt, say you know “insert popular name HERE” and hope for the best!) If you join Greek life, though, you’ll get guaranteed access to mixers, theme nights, and some memorable chapter house parties. 

 

4. The formals

If you missed your high school prom or felt like the night ended too soon, then here’s your chance to do it again! Most fraternities and sororities hold formals near the end of each semester. Grab a date, toss on your dancing shoes, and appreciate the lack of parent/teacher chaperones.

 

5. The networking opportunities

Remember that bit about becoming brothers and sisters for life? Well, it’s no joke—especially when alumni weekends roll around. Greek life grants you instant access to a network of career people who carry their chapters’ letters with them wherever they go. And who knows? Sharing a CEO’s letters could land you an interview!

 

Worst

1. The price tag

Before joining Greek life, you’ll want to have a serious conversation with your wallet. The clothes, formals, and events are great perks, but each comes at a price. And, on top of those costs, the dues will definitely set you back a bit.

 

2. The not-so-fun pledge tasks

Just because hazing’s been on the chopping block for years doesn’t mean you’ll be able to make it through the pledging process with your dignity fully intact. You’ll most likely lose sleep, and you might even be forced to wear a mascot suit in the middle of campus. Hope you don’t embarrass easily.

 

3. The time commitment

Greek life takes up a lot of time. Between the weekly chapter meetings and mandatory events, it may end up feeling like you’re constantly on-the-clock for your fraternity or sorority. Make sure you keep an updated planner or calendar app by your side at all times.

 

4. The chaos

Hanging out with your Greek life family is fun…until you’re trying to study for a midterm but can’t think straight because everyone’s in the living room playing Super Smash Bros. Weekends are notorious for loud parties, but, unfortunately, weeknights may be just as wild.

 

5. The Greek life bubble

Some Greek life members get so caught up in their chapters that they miss out on opportunities to spend time with the world beyond the bubble. Sure, your fraternity or sorority is home to some of your best friends. But don’t let that stop you from chatting up your other classmates.

 

Greek life is unforgettable. The experience has its ups and downs, but, if you think the pros outweigh the cons, go for it!

The Best and Worst Ball State University Professors

The Best Ball State Professors

1. Professor Kathleen Kreamelmeyer 

Rating – 100%
DepartmentEducation

Courses Taught by Professor Kathleen Kreamelmeyer

1. EDEL244 – Learn More
2. EDEL300 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Kathleen Kreamelmeyer

“I love Dr. K! If I could have her for more EDEL courses, I definitely would. Few things she grades you on, so you gotta do well on what you’re assigned. She really cares, and honestly, is just the cutest lil’ lady. She’s genuine and will sincerely listen to you with any concerns you have.”

“She is by far my favorite professor! She doesn’t give a lot of homework, just a few reading assignments. She is a very caring and understanding teacher. All she really asks of you is to participate in her lectures. If you have a chance to sign up for her class, SIGN UP!”

“By far the best professor I have ever had! Her love for teaching shows in her lectures. She inspires me to be just like her! AMAZING PROFESSOR!!”

2. Professor Srikant Devaraj

Rating – 100%
DepartmentEconomics

Courses Taught by Professor Srikant Devaraj

1. ECON201 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Srikant Devaraj

“Great and caring teacher. He puts a lot of effort into this course to make sure that his students succeed. The only downside is that he doesn’t normally allow laptops in class, but even then he would print out the lecture slides and hand them out if needed. Great guy.”

“Prof. Devaraj is hands down my favorite professor at Ball State. The class assignments are mostly done online, and you get multiple chances to get a perfect score. This makes the class easy, but you also end up learning the material from his lectures and the help you receive from the online material. Great guy overall!”

“I really enjoyed his class. Dr. Deveraj made Econ fairly interesting and simplified the material. If you do decent on the two midterms and do all of the APLIA and Problem sets you will get a high grade. Final is tough, cumulative and worth 30% other than that great class”

3. Professor Kathryn Gardiner

Rating – 100%
DepartmentCommunication

Courses Taught by Professor Kathryn Gardiner

1. ENG310 – Learn More
2. TCOM206 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Kathryn Gardiner

“Professor Gardiner is amazing! She really wants her students to succeed in her classroom. She provides great feedback and is always willing to help.”

“Gardiner is a great choice of professor for scriptwriting! She’s extremely caring, funny, and gives great lectures on useful topics. I learned a lot in her class and ended up signing up for another of her classes the next semester.”

“My favorite professor and only had her for 5 weeks. She’s thoughtful and very helpful. Such a fun and interesting class. I actually WANTED to go to class every time. A lot of movie clips were shown, which was awesome, but they actually taught so much as well.”

4. Professor Jason Dunham

Rating – 96%
DepartmentChemistry

Courses Taught by Professor Jason Dunham

1. CHEM100 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Jason Dunham

“Great Chemistry teacher who cared about his students and made it so that everyone could be successful. He never gave out anything for free but helped guide us to success. Amazing professor and I have nothing but good things to say about him.”

“He is the best prof I’ve had at Ball State. There was a time where I had missed class and missed a homework because of it and the next time he saw me he said I could take a pic and email it to him for full credit. He is such a funny, caring professor who does everything he can to help his students.”

“Really great guy. You can tell he cares about his work and his students. I broke my leg halfway through the semester, and he was more than accommodating to my situation. Met with me outside of class to help me, as well as to let me take tests. If you show up and pay attention, then you will do fine. Decent amount of homework, but its not that hard.”

5. Professor Carolyn Malone

Rating – 96%
Department – History

Courses Taught by Professor Carolyn Malone

1. HIST452 – Learn More
2. HIST150 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Carolyn Malone

“I absolutely adore Dr. Malone! Her HIST 452 class was so informational and interesting. She has cute jokes and keeps you intrigued. She gives tests, but with a study guide beforehand. A couple of essay’s which are simple. She gives homework sometimes, which is also simple. Extra credit available, too! 100% recommend.”

“Dr. Malone is SO passionate and enthusiastic about history. She genuinely cares about her students and wants them to succeed. There are 5 exams, and 2 extra credit opportunities, no assignments. You do not need to read the textbook except for the pages that she tells you to look over on each study guide. It is important to take good lecture notes.”

“I was fully expecting a boring history class. I was so wrong. She’s a wonderful teacher, loves her work and deeply cares. Her excitement for the material is infectious and engaging. I’m sad about the semester coming and already looking into her other classes. If you’re present to take notes, the material and tests are straight forward & manageable.”

The Worst Ball State Professors

1. Professor Abera Zegeye

Rating – 20%
Department – Economics

Courses Taught by Professor Abera Zegeye

1. ECON201 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Abera Zegeye

“Horrible”

“He is a terrible teacher DO NOT TAKE UNLESS YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO CHOICE! He is really strict and doesn’t allow phones. If you mess up he will embarrass you and won’t care. I have experienced this first hand, I was yelled at and kicked out for having my phone on my lap for a split second. If you miss a test day and try taking it he will chew u out”

“WORST PROFESSOR EVER! He is one of the hardest people to understand and will kick you out of class immediately if he even catches a glimpse of your phone. Class is all notes unless you are taking a quiz or test which are the hardest worded most confusing things on this planet, the class average one of the quizzes was a D if that tell you anything”

2. Professor Roger McConnell

Rating – 24%
Department – Music

Courses Taught by Roger McConnell

1. MUHI100 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Roger McConnell

“Roger does the point system where each assignment is worth a certain amount of points and to get an A you have to get between 900-1000 points. He’s a creep old man and boring. If you miss 3 DAYS he will take off 50 points. Pretty ridiculous.”

“Don’t take this class with him. Don’t do it. He will grade you on criteria never mentioned and tell you about assignments days before they’re due. This Professor needs to retire.”

“Take your computer to the test days, he doesn’t watch your screen… a very easy class but it will cost you time and money to go see shows outside of class for credit.”

3. Professor Darrell Butler

Rating – 24%
Department – Psychology

Courses Taught by Darrell Butler

1. PSYS100 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Darrell Butler

“Roger does the point system where each assignment is worth a certain amount of points and to get an A you have to get between 900-1000 points. He’s a creep old man and boring. If you miss 3 DAYS he will take off 50 points. Pretty ridiculous.”

“Don’t take this class with him. Don’t do it. He will grade you on criteria never mentioned and tell you about assignments days before they’re due. This Professor needs to retire.”

“Take your computer to the test days, he doesn’t watch your screen… a very easy class but it will cost you time and money to go see shows outside of class for credit.”

4. Professor Ira Rice

Rating – 25%
Department – History

Courses Taught by Ira Rice

1. HIST150 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Ira Rice

“Very tough class. The assignments were easy but also hardly did anything for your grade even with a 100%. His lectures had nothing to do w/ the quizzes which were trick questions mostly. Lectures were boring and very strict about attendance. I studied for about 8-10 hours for the final and still received a C. I highly recommend a different prof.”

“Assigned seating, points off if you are late. 6-8 pages of notes every day. His lectures are all over the place and annoying to listen to. Impossible exams with trick questions and he doesn’t care if you pass or fail, I would strongly recommend getting a new professor! Worst history class for sure.”

“Assigned seats. Mandatory attendance. If you miss a class, you miss getting any notes. Showed up to every class and still struggled through the course. No late assignments. No make-up anything. Nothing covered in class is on the Exams! Definitely harder than a 100 level course. I recommend getting a different professor. Nice guy. Awful professor.”

5. Professor Beckie Bergs

Rating – 26%
DepartmentMathematics

Courses Taught by Professor Beckie Bergs

1. MATH162 – Learn More
2. MATH166 – Learn More
3. MATH161 – Learn More
4. MATH111 – Learn More
5. MATH108 – Learn More
6. MATH125 – Learn More

Student Reviews of Professor Beckie Bergs

“Awful.”

“Drop if you can. This is hands down the worst professor. She mostly talks about her dying husband and her granddaughter. No cell phone use, and she yells at anyone she can. I dropped within three weeks, best choice I’ve made.”

“Worst teacher I’ve ever had. Rarely teaches about the subject. Talks mostly about dying husband and favorite granddaughter. Cannot have phones/laptops. Yells at people randomly. Get out now before it’s too late.”

The Best and Worst Things About Living in a Dorm at Ball State

Dorm living is essential to having the complete Ball State experience. Where else will you learn important life lessons, like surviving on less than 5 hours of sleep or sneaking your whole squad into your tiny room to pregame without being caught by your RA?

Best

1. The Freedom of Living on Your Own

No parents! No curfew! No rules! Going to college and moving into a dorm room at Ball State provides you with the opportunity to be free and live independently. If you want to wake up at noon every day and eat ice cream for all of your meals, no one is going to stop you.

 

2. There Are People to Hang Out With 24/7

When you live in a dorm at Ball State you are constantly surrounded by other students. Whenever you’re feeling bored or lonely you can simply walk next door and chill with your friends. The people on your floor will become your new family and will share the struggle of dorm living together.

3. You Don’t Have to Clean the Bathrooms

Everyone at Ball State loves to live independently, but no one wants to do chores. Luckily, there are janitors in residence halls that clean all of the bathrooms and den areas for you! And believe me, when you see a wad of hair on the shower walls, you’ll thank god for them.

4. You Can Eat All You Want at a Dining Hall

Living in a dorm most likely means that you’ll have access to a meal plan/dining hall. This perk is super convenient when you feel to lazy to make food (which is always). And c’mon, where else can you order pizza, ice cream, and breakfast food all in one place?

5. There’s Always a Party

No plans on a Friday night? Doesn’t matter! When you live in a dorm, there’s most likely a party happening in every room. Just knock on any door, and you’re likely to find a game of beer pong or people taking shots. And, you’re more than welcome to join in.

6. There Are Lounges Where You Can Chill/Study

If you’re like me, then trying to study in your room turns into hours of procrastination. If you don’t want to trek all the way to the library, there are tons of lounges and study areas available to you when you live in a dorm. Or, they can be places to chat and gossip with your friends next door. Because hey, procrastination is inevitable.

7. There Are Always Activities

One of the most unnoticed benefits of dorm living are all of the activities that the RA’s plan. I have gone on countless floor dinners to Buffalo Wild Wings, played Jeopardy and Family Feud against my hall mates, and even gone on excursions to movies and sporting events. In the dorms, there’s always something going on.

Worst

1. Waiting For the Elevator

You’re obviously not going to take the stairs when you live on floor 8, so waiting for the elevator is the only way to go. And seriously, it’s a pain. Especially when someone is lazy and takes the elevator to floor 2. Not cool.

2. So. Much. Noise.

It’s fun to always have parties going on…until all you want to do is have a quiet night in. Then, it can get pretty annoying when you hear dubstep music blasting from the room across from you. The crazy social life that comes with dorm living can be both a blessing and a curse.

3. It’s Hard to Get Along With Everyone

You’ll probably become friends with a lot of people on your floor, but chances are there will be a couple people living near you who you won’t like. Living in a dorm, unfortunately, means that you’ll have to see their face every single day. Basically, there is no escape.

4. Communal Showers

Communal showers are by far the most uncomfortable part of dorm living. There’s nothing like seeing hair on the bathroom walls, having horrible water pressure, and walking past your floor mates in only a towel to put a damp start to your day.

5. Dealing With Everyone’s Gross Habits

You never realize how gross people can be until they are living just footsteps away. Everybody has a disgusting habit, and when you live in a dorm you have to deal with everyone’s quirks. Hopefully your roommate isn’t the worst one.

6. Getting Sick of Dining Hall Food

Pasta again? Having access to a dining hall is great…until you get sick of all of the food after the first semester. It may be convenient, but it also puts you on a direct path to the Freshman 15.

7. RA’s

You may think you’ll have no adult supervision in college…until you meet your RA. They will bust your parties, write you up for drinking, and sometimes get you in trouble for no reason. Just try to stay on their good side.

Whether your year in a dorm is the best or worst experience of your life, it’s a part of college. You’ll look back at dorm life and be thankful for the janitors and meal plans. Try to embrace it while you can.

What to Bring to Ball State: The Move In Day Packing List

We at OneClass know how stressful it is for Ball State freshman during move-in day, especially when you have no idea what you should or shouln’t bring to Ball State University or how big or small your dorms are. What do you need to bring and how much stuff can I fit in the room? Luckily, we at OneClass know exactly what you need and we have created a checklist just for you!

Feel free to bookmark a copy of the Ball State University packing list by pressing CTRL + D.

Room Basics to Bring to Ball State University

 Bedside table
 Shoe rack
 Closet Organizer
 Sheets, blanket, comforter & mattress pad – (XL Twin)
 Pillows
 Towels/washcloths
 Desk lamp
 Waste basket
 Full length mirror
 Bean bag chair
 Underbed storage (if you won’t be lofting your bed)
 In season clothing
 Robe
 Shower shoes & slippers
 Toiletries
 Hangers
 First aid kit
 Fan
 Plants
 Posters or wall decor
 Shower tote

Eating In Items to Bring to Ball State University

 Snacks
 Mini fridge (under 3 cubic feet)
 Bullet blender (Great for smoothies) (Ask First)
 Hot pot or coffee maker (Ask First)
 Pitcher with water filter
 Utensils
 Mugs, plates and bowls
 Can opener, pizza cutter
 Paper plates/foil/plastic baggies
 Pantry basics (PB, popcorn, soup, oatmeal packets)

Tech & Entertainment to Bring to Ball State University

 Printer
 Tablet
 Cell phone charger
 HDMI Cable
 Extension cords
 Coaxial cable
 Power strip
 Cable organizer
 MP3 Player
 Speakers or docking station
 Headphones/earbuds
 TV

Academic Basics to Bring to Ball State University

 Pen, Pencils, Eraser, ruler, highlighter
 Notebook
 Stapler, Staple remover
 Desk supplies (Index cards, highlighters, sticky notes)
 Desk supplies (Index cards, sticky notes)
 Laptop/Desktop computer
 Flash drives
 Bulletin board/Dry erase board
 Book light

Cleaning Up & Organizing Items to Bring to Ball State University

 Iron
 Bleach
 Drying Rack
 Dish detergent
 Sponge and dishcloth
 Disinfecting wipes
 Paper towels
 Tissues
 Febreze
 Hand-held vacuum
 Laundry supplies (bag, detergent, fabric softener)
 Instant stain remover
 3M Wall hooks
 Double closet rod

Campus Gear for Ball State University

 Rain coat & umbrella
 Bike/bike lock
 Backpack
 Swimsuit
 Walking shoes
 Water bottle
 Travel mug
 Sunscreen

Don’t Forget to bring these to Ball State University

 Important paperwork (health insurance card, driver’s license)
 Financial Aid Documents
 Student ID
 Bank Documents
 Car registration and insurance information
 Debit and Credit Cards
 Emergency contact numbers
 Batteries
 House key for home!

What not to bring to Ball State University

  • No candles, incense, fireworks or weapons
  • Hot Water Heaters
  • No halogen lamps
  • Microwaves
  • No multi-bulb light fixtures or “octopus lamps”
  • No pets except fish
  • No masking or cellophane tape, nails, and other products that damage paint or wall surfaces
  • No two-pronged extension cords – only three prong cords are allowed
  • No hotplates or any electrical appliance with open or exposed heating element
  • No wireless routers or devices that might interfere with our network
  • No toasters or toaster ovens
  • No air conditioners
  • No waterbeds
  • No self built lofts of any kind
  • No alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia

Feel free to bookmark a copy of the Ball State University packing list by pressing CTRL + D.

30 Tips to Survive 1st Year at Ball State University

1. Meet your floormates as soon as possible

2. Pick your schedule carefully

3. Picking professors proficiently

4. Study groups are your friend

5. Keep your friends close, and your TAs closer

6. Meal swipes are your friend

7. The Freshman 15 is real

8. Clubs all day, everyday

9. GO TO CLASSES

10. Buy used textbooks or rent textbooks

11. Have enough sleep

12. Make use of Office Hours or Tutorials

13. Don’t’ stress too much

14. Avoid signing up for classes that start before 9:00 am

15. Call your parents

16. Try walking everywhere as much as possible.

17. Learn how not to procrastinate.

18. Keep up with regular exercise and a healthy diet.

19. Take advantage of your campus resources.

20. Get out of your comfort zone.

21. Manage your time

22. Save your money

23. Don’t sweat the small stuff

24. Keep your room clean.

25. Open up to other majors

26. Keep an eye on your stuff

27. Do not wear a lanyard with your keys on it.

28. Know your limits

29. Make sure you set a timer when you’re doing laundry.

30. Enjoy yourself!

 

15 Things You Will NEVER Hear at Ball State University

1. “I can TOTALLY get across campus in 10 minutes!”

When you come in for any kind of tour of the campus or even for orientation, staff will tell you that you can get across the Ball State campus in 10 minutes. Do. Not. Believe. Them. I personally had a class in the Rec Center and then had 10 minutes to make it to class in West Quad. It WAS NOT possible. Or, I guess let me rephrase, it was possible, but I had to sprint. Cardio on this campus is key, ladies and gentleman, if you want to make it across campus to your classes and be on time.

2. “Oh no! I totally ran out of prints for the semester!”

Okay, so maybe if you run into a TA or a grad student you will hear this, but if you’re around the average Joe type of student there is no way to even come close to using up all 500 free prints that the campus allots you per semester. At the end of the year last year I even considered typing up a paper for one of my classes and putting one sentence per page just so I could come close to using up all of my prints.

3. “I LOVE parking on campus. It’s just so simple!”

Parking on campus is a nuisance, there’re no ifs, ands, or buts about it. You have to pay to park at every single one of the parking garages, and on top of that, none of the parking garages are super convenient to any classes so there’s no point in parking in them anyway unless you want to go to Bracken or the Student Center. There are parking meters everywhere, which would be incredibly useful for class, BUT you can only feed the meter for 45 minutes and naturally classes are a minimum of 50 minutes! You COULD risk parking in a meter for longer than 45 minutes and hope you don’t get a ticket, but don’t hold you breath. Some would swear that parking services sits and watches your meter tick down the time so that the instant the meter runs out, they can print you a ticket. The same goes for parking in a lot that you don’t have a parking pass to. You WILL get a ticket. Basically, parking on campus is a nightmare. Just walk everywhere.

4. The elevators in Bracken move SO quickly.

It is almost comical how rickety and slow the elevators in Bracken Library are. Like, envision just feeling like you’re hanging by a string and could drop any minute because of the sketchiness of the elevators. That is what you will find in Bracken Library.

5. $8.20 is more than enough money to buy food in the dining halls!

Seriously. I want to create a petition and write a strongly worded letter to the university detailing just how awful their meal plan system really is. A single slice of pizza in Woodworth is $5.00 for God’s sake! Literally, one single slice in Woodworth is worth the same amount of money as an entire pizza at a pizza place. How do you expect me to get a healthy, filling meal when I can barely buy two things for $8 in any given dining hall? My suggestion that I will stand behind forever is that instead of only letting us use $4.60 for breakfast and $8.20 for lunch and dinner (only having very specific times we can use said allowance of money mind you), just give every student $21 to buy food for the day everyday. They can use it at whatever time they wish and they can buy as much as they want with that $21, but once they go over that $21 for the day they have to cover the rest of their expenses with their own money or with Cardinal Cash. The university won’t be forking over any extra money, and students won’t have to worry about not making it to the dining halls before lunch is over to use their $8.20 for lunch or having to starve if they already used their lunch swipe early in the day and want to buy an early dinner at 3 in the afternoon.

6. I have NEVER piggybacked into a residence hall before.

Let’s be real. Everyone piggybacks into the dorms and the people at the front desk do not care at all. When I lived in Lafollette last year I MADE people who wanted to hang out with me piggyback in because I was too lazy to walk to the elevator and ride down just to open the door and let them in. #oops #sorrynotsorry

7. I’m glad that Ball State decided to cancel classes in this ice storm.

Ha. Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ball State will never cancel classes even if it’s -70 degrees and the snow is piled 10 ft. high.

8. I love it when there is one pedestrian at the Scramble light and they force the countdown to begin!

I admit that having a light dedicated to allowing pedestrians 30-seconds to walk through an intersection in any direction they want without having to deal with cars being able to turn or move in any way is honestly cool. There has been more than one occasion where I have been late to class where being able to cross the street diagonally has saved my life. The scramble light is a blessing for pedestrians. That being said, I don’t think I have met one single person who enjoys the scramble light while they were driving through campus. Let me lay out a scenario for you: It is 9 o’clock at night and you are heading home after your night class and you just want to get home as soon as possible. You reach the scramble light just as it is turning red. On one corner there is ONE PERSON waiting to cross the street and they push the scramble button! The light scrambles and now this ONE PERSON has 30 seconds to walk 10 feet across the street. Why didn’t that person just walk across the street where they had the right of way without scrambling the light and making you wait an additional 30-seconds? The world may never know and it is infuriating.

9. The Wifi here is GREAT!

Don’t be surprised to look down at your phone and you are randomly using 3G because the Wifi on campus decided to quit working… again. Even in the library it is spotty!

10. The Ball State busses have NEVER left me at a stop after I’ve run to catch it.

You’d think that if a bus driver saw you sprinting to catch the bus that they would stay at the stop for 5 more seconds to let you on, right? Wrong. There have been multiple instances where myself or someone I know has been running to catch the bus and the bus driver has seemingly acknowledged that said person is running to catch the bus and paused at the stop longer than normal. Then, just as you’re about to reach the door, the bus just drives off! Now, not all drivers do this. There are quite a few of them who are incredibly nice and will wait for you to get there and let you on, but don’t be surprised if one day there is a bus driver on campus who is having a bad day and decides to leave you at the stop just to spite you.

11. Look how cool that guy looks with his lanyard hanging around his neck!

Never ever ever ever ever ever EVER wear your lanyard around your neck under any circumstances. You will look like a freshman and you will be made fun of for it. The same goes for wearing your high school letter jacket.

12. I love having to pay to take classes at the Rec.

I honestly think that Ball State is the only university in the country that MAKES you pay to exercise outside of already paying for tuition, room and board, a meal plan, etcetera… Technically you CAN exercise for free in the rec if you just want to hit the weight room or run on the track, but in order to participate in ANY kind of workout class (yoga, Pilates, Zumba) or join an intramural sports team you have to pay for it. We have an obesity epidemic in this country Ball State! The least you could do is make all exercise free!

13. Who is Benny?

If you go to Ball State and you don’t know who Benny is, go home. Beneficence, aka Benny, is a statue on campus that is the iconic symbol of the university. Technically, Benny was commissioned as a memorial for the five Ball brothers who founded the university. There is, of course, a bunch of lore surrounding Benny. It is said, that if you kiss your significant other while sitting underneath Benny and her wings flap, your love is true love, but if her wings do not flap, that your love is not meant to be.

14. The roads around campus are so great to drive on!

Pot holes. Pot holes everywhere! Actual campus is fine to drive on. McKinley and University and Riverside ON campus are perfectly paved and glorious roads to drive on, but dear God, don’t drive on any side street right off of campus if you value your car.

15. Ball State is a terrible university!

Despite how much I have seemed to rag on Ball State throughout this article, I honestly love this school. Though it has flaws (outlined above in numbers 1-14) there is no other university I would rather attend! There is always something fun going on somewhere on campus, there are a myriad of different majors and classes for everyone to take, and every person (staff or student) on campus is incredibly nice and helpful. I have met some of my best friends and created some of the best memories here in good ole Muncie, Indiana and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world.

10 Rumors About Ball State University That I Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny

1. There is an intricate tunnel system that runs underneath the campus

And it’s probably filled with the bodies of underclassmen that got drunk and went in half cocked, or a pile of discarded carcasses from the Biology department.

2. Beneficence (Benny, as we so lovingly call her)

The teller of all true love as her bronzed wings are said to come to life and flap if you kiss your true love in front of her. This is also a smooth way to break up with someone. #lifehack

3. The top floor of Elliot Hall is haunted.

It would make my life if this Hogwarts-esque building really was haunted…but I have yet to hear a truly convincing haunt story.

4. You get a semester of free room and board if your roommate dies.

It’s said the emotional trauma you go through if your roommate dies has pushed some people to leave campus, so this is a way to get them to stay and keep them in school.

5. You get free tuition if you get hit by a Ball State shuttle.

I was *this* close to testing this one out.

6. Rubbing Frog Baby’s nose will bring you good luck during finals week.

Due to the high amount of nose rubbing done by those in the early BSU years, Frog Baby was relocated to the middle of a small fountain to deter people from rubbing her nose…but now we just trek out to her in the dead of winter (when they have drained the water) and dress her in winter garb to keep her nice and warm. How thoughtful of us!

7. Parking Services

Parking Services personnel are actually vultures in human form that circle meters until they tick down to 0 minutes so that they can hand out parking tickets. I can actually confirm this rumor.

8. The University’s President, Paul W. Ferguson, was forced out of his position because he had an affair.

Another rumor: he’s dying. But that’s sad, therefore I choose not to believe that.

9. NBC’s Parks and Recreation

NBC’s Parks and Recreation is based off a TV show concept developed by a Ball State undergrad and that’s why the writers are so obsessed with Muncie (but we don’t mind). The story goes that said undergrad did this for a class, put the idea online and didn’t copyright it…therefore it fell into the capable hands of Amy Poehler and Michael Schur who made it a reality, much to the chagrin of the student who could have profited BIG time on his idea.

10. There is a boot buried under McKinley left behind by a student during construction years ago.

Another rumor that I might be able to confirm..