All Southern University students can attest that the state of Louisiana has its own culture. With its own unique slang, cuisine, and music, living in Louisiana is an unforgettable experience- even if it is just for four years not including summers.

Southern University is located in the state’s capital city, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, it attracts students from all over the United States and the world. While local students are used to Louisiana’s culture, out of state students are pleasantly shocked upon their arrival to campus. Charity Grant, a student from California, said, “Moving from Los Angeles to Baton Rouge has been a new and eye-opening experience. I have seen not only the cultural differences but also geographical, economic and social [differences].”

The first thing students often notice when arriving on the bluff is the southern hospitality of students and their unique accents. Naomi Ward, a student from Maryland, said, “The people here are a lot more friendly and hospitable than back home.” These warm welcoming voices, despite how different they may sound, help students quickly adapt to moving to a new state and home. Upon having further conversations, students quickly become accustomed to Louisiana’s slang as well. From words such as wazzam and joce, students eventually learn the locals’ lingo.

After being at Southern for a while, students, if they aren’t aware already, are introduced to bounce music and local artist, such as YoungBoy Never Broke Again, a campus favorite. As well as listening to local artist, students are also treated to local food in Southern’s two dining halls. This food includes but is not limited to gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and more.

Lastly, as students travel across the bluff, they learn to adjust to Louisiana’s hot climate. Along their walks on campus, students can see Greek row, the campus’ water fountain, and several unique animals. Students have had the pleasure of seeing armadillos, ducks, and raccoons, and owls in the past couple of weeks. Whether it’s talking to locals, eating, or exploring, Southern University and A&M students are lucky to experience such an enrich culture while also obtaining their education from such a phenomenal institution.

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