Although students at The College of New Jersey tend to be chronic complainers, life as a TCNJ student isn’t so bad. In fact, some would say we're actually the best public school in the Northeast. And with just a little over 6,000 students, you'll never end up drowning in a sea of undergrads here. Your professors (and even the cafeteria staff) know you by name.
Still, the rest of the world doesn't seem to have gotten the memo about who we are. Your mission is to correct anyone who still refers to the school as “Trenton State College.” (C'mon, it's been TCNJ since 1996.) You love to point out to everyone that your school isn’t actually located in Trenton but its friendly suburb, Ewing. (That you know it is pronounced you-ing.) And you’ve definitely gotten tired of explaining to people where exactly you go to school. No, it’s not Rutgers, Rider, or Stockton. It isn’t any other “College of New Jersey.” You go to The College of New Jersey.
If you went to TCNJ — or are lucky enough to be here now — then you know what I'm talking about. Because there are some things only we TCNJ students can truly understand. Things like...
You’re proud of the fact that the "T" in TCNJ stands for "The"
though you’ve probably made a joke that you go to the "CONJ"
Because that acronym is just as ridiculous.
speaking of acronyms and abbreviations, TCNJ has an abundance of them
Stud, PEC, Eick, TDubs, meal equiv, C-Store, Rat…
You love to point out that TCNJ isn't in Trenton but in its friendly suburb, Ewing
which you know it is pronounced "you-ing"
during your freshman year, you became instantly attached to everyone who lived on your floor
You loved every minute of Welcome Week. And ever since that first week, you began planning your epic Senior Week reunion.
and despite its lack of wifi, your freshman residence hall was the BEST. PLACE. EVER.
Which will, of course, be the location of said Senior Week reunion.
at first, you signed up for all the clubs at the Activities Fair
You never even went to a single meeting, but you still get emails from at least one of those clubs. When did I even sign up for The Order of the Nose-Biting Teacups?!
you carefully select all of your classes on PAWS for next semester
.... only to have them fill up 30 seconds before your registration time
Looks like you’ll be taking that 8:30 a.m. class after all.
Navigating certain buildings is a struggle
You've ended up finding your way to some professor's office in Bliss thinking it was your classroom.
and It's scary how necessary these signs are in Bliss
You could get lost in there.
You're still desperately trying to understand how to use Canvas
...But at least your professors are just as clueless as you.
and Printing using your Get It card may be the most challenging thing you've had to do
Seriously, why do we still have to print things?
You know you should avoid the Student Center food court during meal equiv
But you go anyway...
You've begged your friends for points at the end of the semester
Or even worse, your friends have begged you for points even though you carefully rationed yours.
and You’ve attended a random event on campus just to get free food
...Only to realize once you’re there they're serving the same cupcakes you can get in Eick
You've definitely played BINGO in the Stud at least once
And you probably had more fun than you're willing to admit.
...though maybe you were just waiting for the bus to Senior Night
You've embraced the balls
Even though they are a confusing choice in art, you are no longer phased by the colorful, glittery balls strewn across campus.
and Loser Hall
You've given up on trying to explain the actual pronunciation to visitors.
though You've been told that Kendall Hall is probably haunted
Or maybe not and you're just finding out now.
You remember that one time we made it onto Perez Hilton
And it was because a stalker spotted on campus had an uncanny resemblance to Christopher Walken. Strange, but true.
You’re still confused when you meet a TCNJ student who isn’t from New Jersey
How did you get here?
and most of all, though you’ve tried desperately to be retweeted by @TCNJPROBLEMS
You'll always be damn proud to have gone to this school