Regardless if you’re a freshman or senior at UC Irvine, you have either said some of these common phrases or are bound to do so. Here’s a list of the 15 most prevalent things students have heard or spoken! Do any of them sound familiar to you?
1. “Where are the parties tonight?”
Since UCI has the notorious reputation of being relatively boring on the weekends, having connections to parties is necessary (if you’re about that life). You’ll often hear people, especially first years, ask around about where the parties are. Some even post this question on the UCI class pages, so this is how you know we aren’t a big party school. By the way, are there any parties tonight? Asking for a friend.
2. “What do they have at the (Ass)eatery today?”
Upon the opening of the new dining facility, the Anteatery, students have created a new name for it, replacing “ant” with “ass”, to supposedly reflect the quality of food. This eatery is directed toward freshmen, whereas the upperclassmen never had the chance to eat here before. Nonetheless, many students ask their peers this, to determine if they actually want to go, or eat at University Town Center instead.
3. Let’s go to Disneyland!”
Although this primarily applies to those who have annual passes (which is quite a few students), Disneyland is not too far from campus, causing students to constantly want to go. Honestly, I’m tempted to get a pass now just because of its convenience and the fact that so many of my friends have one. This is probably one of the best perks of attending UCI.
4. “Let’s just call an Uber”
Basically, if you don’t have a car or stable form of transportation in Irvine, Uber is the way to go! Nearly everything (besides UTC) is not within walking distance, so I can’t even begin to count the number of times my friends and I had to call an Uber or Lyft. I’m beginning to think I should have brought my car here, since it’s probably more economical.
5. “Newport or Corona Del Mar?
The two closest beaches by UCI are only around 15 minutes away, so deciding which one to go to is always the question. Newport Beach has the famous Seaside Bakery, but Corona has this hill you can climb to get an amazing view of the ocean. Regardless of which beach you end up choosing, it’s always a good time! Which one do you go to more often?
6. “I have to leave early, my class is at MSTB…”
So during my first quarter at UCI, my Math 2B discussion was at MSTB at 10 in the morning twice a week. At first, I underestimated the time it’d take to walk there and literally woke up 20 minutes before class. Biggest. Mistake. Ever. I should’ve listened to the people who told me this building was sooo far. It’s also across campus from where I live, and you have to cross a huge parking lot as well. Here’s a tip: leave early.
7. “I’m a bio major too!”
I’m not a biology major, but so many of my peers and friends are that when we meet new people, this is the line they tend to say. If you are a bio major, I think this is relatable, just based on how difficult it may to get the science class you want. I’m not sure why biology is such a popular major here, but then again, it’s popular at many other universities as well. If you’re pre-med, good luck!
8. “Did you see that one meme?”
Memes have taken over UCI, kind of. There’s a Facebook group called “Student Coalition of Dank Memers at UCI”, which just goes to show how seriously we take it. Sometimes I scroll through this page when I’m bored, and the things I see are truly interesting. If you want to laugh occasionally, I suggest joining this group- you won’t regret it. Maybe.
9. “Wait, the writing classes are full already?”
The biggest struggle at UCI is getting the classes you want, and it’s so disappointing to log onto WebReg to see the sad date of your enrollment window. Writing 39B is by far one of the highly demanded classes among freshmen, so the fight for it is vicious. It’s a game of whoever has the earlier enrollment window and whoever can type faster. But thanksfully, there’s always next quarter!
10. “I’m craving boba”
Boba milk tea is such a popular drink among UCI students, and you’ll constantly hear “2 dollar boba!” being yelled by fellow students. It’s no surprise that students constantly crave this, whether it be from Cha for Tea or 7 Leaves. Although some do not enjoy the sweet taste and the fact it may be foreign to some students, you have to try it to believe it.
11. “Who here has a car?”
This goes hand in hand with the “let’s just call an Uber” because at one point, you’ll get tired of paying strangers to pick you up. As the year goes on, you realize those who have cars end up driving people around a lot, so props to them! This question gets asked pretty often from what I’ve seen, especially when going out/coming back from parties. Or if people are just trying to get away from the dining halls.
12. “OMG I think I just saw Swagman”
Chances are, if you attend UCI, you know who Swagman is. When I first got here, I had no idea what my friend was talking about when she told me she just saw Swagman. Basically, he’s an unidentified guy who wears a Michael Jordan jersey with a white undershirt, baggy khakis, a Nike hat, and sunglasses. This whole thing is still confusing to me, but if you see him, don’t try to converse with him- he’ll just ignore you.
13. “Oh no I forgot my iClicker… again”
Many classes at UCI require you to have an iClicker to answer daily questions and mark attendance. More likely than not, you have probably forgotten your clicker at home (like me), and I know I’ve definitely said this line one too many times. It’s so frustrating.
14. “Why don’t we have a football team?”
Many freshmen tend to ask this question, and the answer is that UCI supposedly allocated its funds toward the creation of the Ayala Science Library. Many students believe that a football team at UCI wouldn’t be as beneficial as well. Others argue that a football team would increase school spirit. Nonetheless, at least we have more time to study in this library instead of going out to the football games. Yay!
15. ZOT ZOT ZOT
Alright I’m certain that every UCI student has spoken these words at some point during their college career. In case you didn’t know, it’s the sound that anteaters make and is a symbol of our mascot pride. So… zot zot zot!!! We’d be shouting this at our football games, if we had any.