College is a weird twilight zone between childhood and adulthood, where the rules of neither seem to apply. Indeed, college is the only place where people won’t look at you sideways for wearing pajamas in broad daylight.
At college, you can get away with things that would either be too embarrassing, dangerous, undignified, or socially stigmatizing to get away with as a fully actualized adult.
This is a time of self-exploration, expanding horizons, and just general indulgence in the many bizarre impulses that must find outlet before students are released into the general population as adults.
Steeped in tradition or lost in obscurity, campus traditions attempt to capture this reckless joie de vivre.
Several themes recur here.
Sporting events often provide just the excuse that students need to let go of what limited inhibitions they may have.
Many a student tradition—we’re sure you’ll be shocked to learn—centers on a robust consumption of spirituous beverages.
And then there’s the nudity. So, so much nudity. College students just love to take their clothes off.
But before you judge too harshly, remember that this is the only opportunity that many will have to behave so…conspicuously.
College is a crazy moment in life that passes by in the blink of an eye. These 50 Campus Traditions help students to pack all of that craziness of that moment into a single, indelible memory.