Why Virginia Tech Is The Better Than UVA: 37 Things Only a Hokie Understands

Here at Virginia Tech, we’re known for our close-knit community, our amazing football team, and a Hokie Nation so spirited that many people deem Lane Stadium one of the most intimidating places to play for visiting teams. And can you blame us? Not only is our food ranked among the top five in the nation, but Virginia Tech boasts a beautiful campus and some amazingly stellar academic programs. Every day, I’m truly proud to be part of this family.

If you go here, you know what I'm talking about: there are some things only we Hokies can truly understand.

when PEOPLE ASK WHAT A HOKIE IS, YOUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE:

I am.

well, that, OR A PALM TO THE FACE

YOU START JUMPING EVERY TIME METALLICA'S ENTER SANDMAN PLAYS

YOU've TEASEd anYONE WHO went TO THE MATH EMPO AFTER FRESHMAN YEAR...

...and THEN went to MATH EMPO AFTER FRESHMAN YEAR

ANY building not MADE OUT OF HOKIE STONE LOOKS INFERIOR to you

you know EVERY VT CRUSH IS ABOUT A CADET

... BECAUSE CADETS. AM I RIGHT?

you've had people who don't GO TO TECH ASK IF YOU'RE AN ENGINEER

and WAITED IN LINE AT TOTS FOR 45 MINUTES

Even during winter. That's dedication.

you've YELLED "LET'S GO" IN A CROWD BEFORE

YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BOUGIE AND GUCCI KROGER

these days, MAROON AND ORANGE ARE the PREDOMINANT COLORS IN YOUR WARDROBE

you've gone TO NEWMAN LIBRARY just TO SEE IF THE HELPING PAWS DOGS WILL BE THERE

YOU KNOW enough TO AVOID THE DRILLFIELD DURING HOMECOMING WEEK

THE DINING HALL IS SO. DAMN. GOOD.

WHEN you FOUND OUT QDOBA WOULD BE INCLUDED ON your MEAL PLAN:

YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD NEVER ORDER MORE THAN ONE RAIL DOWNTOWN

But you probably have.

YOU KNOW WHAT THE HORSE ON A TREADMILL IS

and that when there's a SNOWBALL FIGHT, THE CADETS WILL PROBABLY WIN

HEARING THE BELLS AT BURRUSS PLAY MODERN SONGS AT 8 A.M. = FAIRLY NORMAL morning

YOU'VE SEEN THE HOKIEBIRD ROLLERBLADE THROUGH YOUR DORM

YOU try to LIVE YoUR LIFE EMBODYING UT PROSIM

YOU'VE made THE 30-MINUTE DRIVE TO HOMEPLACE

you suspect this CAMPUS IS AS CLOSE TO HOGWARTS AS IT'S GOING TO GET

YOU KNOW WHO JOHN BOYER AND THE PLAID AVENGER ARE

and THAT nikki giovanni is a world-renowned poet

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you secretly wish schultz hall was still around

YOU'VE BEEN PICKED UP BY THE GREEN HOOPTIE VAN

and you've TOUCHED THE HOKIE STONE IN LANE STADIUM

YOU KNOW WHAT THE VAN GOGH STARRY NIGHT HOKIEBIRD IS

And you know exactly where it is.

EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU'LL HEAR THE SKIPPER AFTER EACH TOUCHDOWN, you still GET STARTLED ANYWAY

you consider FRANK BEAMER A CELEBRITY

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YOU know you're BETTER THAN A WAHOO

AND most of all, NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO AFTER YOU GRADUATE...

you know one thing for sure:

ONCE A HOKIE, ALWAYS A HOKIE

Gotta love this school.

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