11. You know that a blizzard will not cancel class.
UNC has the utmost confidence in their students to be able to brave in the harshest of winter storms, either that or they don’t want to have to add days to the end of the semester for all the days that could have been canceled.
10. [B]ski’s was a staple in your diet at some point.
When it was finally time to study you headed to the UL, where you had a favorite section or spot that you definitely thought helped you study better.
8. You find Point-to-Point (P2P) kind of fun.
Having in house transportation for your campus is kind of great especially when it is probably going to be filled with your friends. Although having a transit demographic that is mainly students does make for some interesting sites.
How many unofficial college parties have their own Wikipedia page? Well, halloween on Franklin street has one that describes a growing tradition that began in the 1980’s and now boasts estimated attendance numbers as high as 80,000 people.
Everyone has heard the myth that if you drink from the well on the first day of class you are guaranteed a 4.0 GPA and everyone that says they did not do it probably snuck back that night to help boost their marks.
Our rivalry with Dook is one of the best in all of college sports. One that has seen blood, sweat and tears of its long history and never disappoints.
2. MJ, that’s all.
Arguably the best athlete of all time. The two-sport powerhouse began his legacy with the Tar Heels and cemented his name as a school great when we hit the game winning shot against Georgetown to bring home the 1982 National Championship.
1. You know that UNC is best college in North Carolina!
Although there is debate about where the term “work hard, play hard” was invented – Duke’s stellar academic reputation and incredible school spirit make a strong case that Durham was its original birthplace.
10. You have an opinion on Greek life.
You may not have been in a frat or sorority but with such a small student body, you more than likely attended a few parties/mixers/socials that were hosted by one. Heck, you may have even met your significant other there.
9. You miss Shooters II.
Cheap drinks, a pound of wings, a mechanical bull, the cage and hundreds of your best friends make Shooters II pretty easy to miss.
8. You’ll never forget LDOC (Last Day of Classes).
The giant celebration to close out the year. Packing the main quad with big name shows and partying with all your friends before you head home for the summer is an irreplaceable memory.
7. Campus is known to you as the “Gothic Wonderland.”
The Gothic-style architecture of west campus has earned it the nickname of Gothic Wonderland and it’s a big contrast to the east campus which houses all freshman and is known for its Georgian-style architecture.
6. You might still be paying off your student loan(s).
Duke has one of the most expensive tuition’s in the country at an average of $43,623 per year. A steep price to pay, but it does get you a premier education.
5. Christian Laettner is a personal hero.
Widely regarded as one of the best NCAA players ever – Laettner lead the Blue Devils to back-to-back National Championships and is a legend at Duke regardless of what anyone else has to say.
4. You consider Mike Krzyzewski a professor of yours.
AKA The Master. Coach K has won 5 Div 1 NCAA National Titles in his tenure as the men’s basketball coach at Duke making him something of a legend. If his basketball games were considered a class then you probably would have gotten straight A’s with perfect attendance.
3. You love that other schools don’t like you.
Having a reputation as one of the most disliked schools in the NCAA might bother some people – but Duke students and alumni alike embrace it and take it as a sign of endearment. This is especially the case considering the fact that Duke ranked 8th in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges.
2. You are a basketball fan… at very least every March.
Known as the “Cameron Crazies” the student section in Cameron indoor stadium holds 1,200 of the most, “rude, crude and lewd – as well as cleverly funny,” fans in all the NCAA. Smudged body paint and a hoarse voice is probably something that you have experienced multiple times.
1. The glory days!
You look back on your time at Duke and wouldn’t trade it for the world.
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Professionals at bringing you that ‘backyard barbecue’ experience that everyone enjoys. Established in 2007 they have moved their cooking style away from commercial methods and made grandma’s old fashion cooking techniques their own. Cooked in a pit over oak and hickory, their full flavored ribs and brisket bring people from miles around.
Listed on USA Today’s 10 Best Southern Barbecue Spots this little shop has been a living monument in Lexington for over 50 years. Known by locals as the “Honeymonk” or “The Monk” Wayne Monk has built his business on great service and a delicious product. Definitely a must have if you are in the area.
It is not hard to see, or taste, why The Pit has more than 2,300 5 star reviews. With a solid reputation for mouth watering ribs and a welcoming NC environment The Pit continues to diversify their menu by adding their own creations to keep barbecue lovers excited to come back.
“BBQ as tender as a mother’s love” is how they describe all their meats which are smoked in-house with a blend of hickory and mesquite wood for a full and natural flavor. Q Shack’s fans are not only in love with the food, the business is also active in the community – giving back to locals every chance they get.
With more than 50 years experience in the barbecuing industry Wilber Shirley has grown his business from just a handful of employees to more than 100. Wilber’s philosophy is that every part of the hog is different, and when cooked as a whole it is the combination of flavors that makes their BBQ special.
5. The Pig 630 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Source: The Pig’s Facebook
One satisfied bride described The Pig’s catering service as, “I mean, we already knew they were fabulous, but Cathryn and her team really made our reception something to be proud of.” She also added that they offered a vegetarian option which is something that you do not often see at barbecue joints. If you have an upcoming event be sure to consider The Pig team, they will help you steal the show.
Named best bbq and fried chicken by the Triangle Downtowner Magazine in 2014 as well as making an appearance on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, this spot has a reputation for producing some of the best barbecue in all of America. Friendly service, affordable prices and out of this world chicken and ribs make Clyde Cooper’s one of the best BBQ joints in North Carolina.
Touted as one of the Triangle Region’s premier live music venues, The Blue Note Grill is the perfect spot for fabulous barbecue and a great show. The family owned and operated business has a very relaxing feel a delicious menu, definitely a great date night option.
Having just undergone an indoor makeover and the addition of an outdoor patio, Midwood Smokehouse’s Ballantyne location is setting itself up as a go to spot this summer. Their tender smoked ribs and pulled pork ranks among the best in the country.
Thrillist has named Skylight Inn as North Carolina’s most iconic restaurant and rightfully so. Their nation wide reputation has been solidified by consistently ranking among the leaders in food events and by catering to their loyal following by providing top notch barbecue for generations.
14. You’ll switch from heat to A/C in the same day
In a state where the greatest 24 hour temperature change is more than 60 degrees, it’s always good to have both your air conditioner and furnace system in good working order. There is a strong possibility you will use both in the same day at least a few times a year.
13. The Triangle isn’t a shape, it’s a region
Governor’s Mansion, Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill make up what is known as the Triangle Region. The area is highlighted by a rich culture and a welcoming sense of community. Encompassing three of the biggest universities in NC, it is a hotbed of research and development which is sometimes referred to the Research Triangle.
12. We invented Krispy Kreme doughnuts
In case you did not already know Krispy Kreme traces their roots back to Winston-Salem where it all began in 1937. The now franchised doughnut shop instills a sense of pride for North Carolinians because we know they were cool before they became mainstream.
11. In the summer time you have home-grown tomatoes with every meal
The residents of North Carolina take great pride in their gardens and notably their tomatoes. Having fresh picked vegetables from the garden with dinner is as common as sweet tea.
10. You’ll “go all the way” when you order a hot dog
Also known as Carolina style, “going all the way” means loading up your hot dog with chili, coleslaw and onions. There is room for local variation but you get the idea. Our hot dogs are no longer road side meat, they are gourmet works of art.
9. When someone says, “bless your heart,” they feel sorry for you
Depending on the situation hearing, “bless your heart” can mean a few different things. It can be used a phrase expressing sympathy, or conversely it can be passive aggressive.
8. Get ready to meet the friendliest people
According to topretirements.com North Carolina now tops Florida as the favorite retirement state. This can probably be attributed to the low taxes, extensive recreational opportunities and affordable cost of living. However, we know that it is more than likely our friendly demeanor that keeps people around.
7. You go out to eat and the only type of tea is sweet tea with ice
There is nothing quite like a tall glass of sweet tea with dinner. People from out of state will never understand this until they sit down for a good ol’ home cooked meal and jug of North Carolina’s pride.
6. Coke tastes better in the little bottles, and peanuts make Coke taste even better
Passed down from generation to generation this seemingly crazy combination of sugary sweet Coke and the crunch of a shelled peanut is considered completely normal in NC. No one really knows how it started, but we are happy that someone stumbled upon it.
5. Ya’ll is the only proper way to address a group of people.
Jashau Katz of NC State University compiled dialect data from throughout the USA and found that more than half the country is addressing groups of people wrong.
4. You will have a snow day…without any snow.
Everyone loves a snow day, sometimes we love them so much that we have them with just a snow fall warning.
North Carolina takes their barbecue very serious with nearly every major city having some sort of rib or grill festival. While one style uses only the shoulder and the other using, “everything but the squeal” both are delicious, but we will let you form your own opinion before we tell you which is which.
2. College basketball is king
Along with producing community leaders North Carolina produces some great NBA talent and it is not hard to see why. With universities that regularly rank atop the national NCAA basketball brackets, March Madness is a fun time in NC.
1. You’re moving to one of the best places in the United States.
We are all guilty of it, leaving the house, and no one can decide where they want to eat and you end up at the same old spot time after time. Well, before hunger strikes again check out some of the best burger joints in the North Carolina. Which hidden gems in North Carolina did we miss?
OnlyBurger has been leading the way on the North Carolina food truck scene since they started back in 2008 and has continued to evolve. Now boasting multiple walk-in locations OnlyBurger continues to take over North Carolina with their mouth watering menu.
Come in for the burger stay for a brew. Bull City prides itself on keeping it all in the NC family. Using ingredients sourced from local farms and grade A beef from the state, the in house beer and gourmet burgers are as one customer put it, “Best Burgers in town and Great Beer!”
Driven by their motto, “Simpler Times, Simpler Choices.” Char-Grill has been sharing their award winning, charcoal flamed burgers with the Raleigh community since 1959. Step in for a taste of local history.
With an all-star chef at the helm it’s no wonder that Bad Daddy’s continues rack up awards for their endless selection of delicious burgers. From a basic burger to bacon cheeseburger on steroids, they take your average burger to the next level.
Emma Key’s offers a premium classic burger grilled on a flat top, the secret sauce isn’t actually the sauce but the Lou Lou which is Emma’s homemade pimento cheese recipe. They also offer gluten-free options, fresh sweet potato fries and a juicy burger at a great price.
At Chuck’s quality meets price. From the Bear in Heaven to the Last Word Chuck’s signature burgers offer a diversity of tastes like none other. One satisfied costumer vividly describes her experience as “I took a bite, good God. Again, incredible.”
What are your favorite burgers in North Carolina? Let us know in the comments!