Queen's isn't just a school that likes to wear tricolour, we live to wear tri-colour. Heading into our 175th year of exsistence as one of the most beautiful and respected universities in Canada, we've had some time to develop a reputation we can't help but be proud of. From our kick ass sports teams, to amazing professors and facilities, it's really no wonder that Queen's is the sport of Kings. It's actually unofficially confirmed that they just changed the spelling of pride to Q-u-e-e-n's.
And when your at Queen's going through the in's and out's of the school daily, you start to develop your love for our little pocket of the 613. Only days at the pier, bagel runs to cogro, lectures in our beautiful buildings, Sangria nights at QP, and legendary homecomings like ours can fill us with such pride that we can't help but feel a need, nay, an OBLIGATION to protect. Here are some of the things that would have a 9/10 chance of having a crowd of people yelling CHA GHEILL running after you.
1. "Cogro ran out of top secret bagels"
Instant chaos. Don't do this, even as a joke. You'd be surprised how much our day is based off our beautiful gluten intake.
2. "You guys are all just a bunch of spoiled white kids"
Anyone saying that is probably swimming in their own pool of ignorance. Queen's does have a lot of people that look the same, yes (and that's hot AF by the way). But saying everyone acts the exact same way totally disregards everyones individual beliefs and experiences. We actually also have a huge international presence on campus (just under 2000 full time international students wassup), and attract people from different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. Call Pitbull cause there's a new Mr. World Wide and we're wearing tri-colour.
3. "Did you hear Fluid shut down?"
4. "Let's go to that party north of Princess St. tonight!"
So close but so, so far. Queen's students usually operate on a ten minute walk or less standard for transport time. That's the beauty of the student ghetto! It accommodates the stereotypical lazy student that won't walk more than 5 minutes for a party, but is on a budget so we won't pay for a cab.
5. "Ew, why are you wearing a purple leather jacket, is this 2002?"
It's called a GPA and it's actually one of the most cherished items of clothing at Queen's for engineers. Anyone who thinks it's ugly, get ready to face the rath of the cult like engineers and their jacket slam.
6. "I don't think I should go to Queen's, I mean I want to be on a sports teams that actually wins."
Please tell that to our three straight Grey Cup victories. Oh actually, I just reached in my back pocket and found our 11 provincial and national championship titles we got in the last two seasons. Did I mention our Women's Rugby team is pretty much the definition of domination?
7. "The Caf is serving fish tacos! Let's go!"
Chez lenny is fantastic don't get me wrong. But we aren't really down for mass produced seafood, just give me a four piece.
8. "We get it, you have a library that look like a Harry Potter room, chill out."
We'll chill out when you show us a more majestic place to study.
9. "Didn't your homecoming get shut down?"
It was a dark time, yes. And if your question is if we know how to party or not? The answer is f*ck yes. We admit it, we went overboard. But we've learned and can still throw unreal events, just walk down aberdeen during hoco or St. Patty's day and you'll see for yourself.
10. "I only pay $450 in rent in London!"
Don't. Even. Speak. To. Me.
11. "Your campus is over hyped, it's not even that nice"
HA. HA- I laugh as I walk through my magical Harry Potter like fantasy of a campus. Come join me won't you? Don't worry I'll pick your jaw off the floor after it drops from amazement of the sheer beauty.
12. "Yellow, red, and blue are really basic colours eh?"
First of all, it's gold (you know like the first place at the Olympics), not a left over mustard seed yellow. We will eat, bath in, and bleed tri-colour like it's part of our genealogy; so no. There's nothing about being decked out in 175 years of history.
13. "You won't have a good time at Wednesday night hip hop at The Spot."
False. You will ALWAYS have a good time at The Spot, espcially when they're blasting 2008 Alicia Keys. That's good time booty popping music.
14. "Why are you kicking your GPA across campus, you should just pick it up."
Oh you imbecile you. It's tradition that all first year engineers can't touch their jackets until they finish writing their final exam in first semester. The result? Upper years getting to tie jackets together, tie them on top of poles, up in trees, and even launch them out of catipults to somewhere beyond west (yes this really happened). And even better? The first years get the pleasure of getting their jackets back sans use of their hands.
15. "The Brooklyn is closing"
My heart is too fragile for this. Take away Tuesday Mod Club, take away my spirit, all the same right?
16. "Do you even know how to pronounce Cha-Gheill?"
It's known that no one really knows, so don't be that person. But we scream/say/yell/sing it with love and that's all that matters. It's a Gaelic war cry (badass!) that means no surrender and we won't surrender to your petty comments.
17. "Isn't this like your third day in a row at CGC?"
YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT IS. And maybe if you had some delicious gourmet sweet poTAT fries in your stomach you'd be much less judgemental about my life choices.
18. "How do you feel!!!?!?!????!"
Anytime passed frosh week this question is pretty much redundant. See me wearing a yellow shirt? No. You will get no hip thrusts from me.
19. "Don't worry it'll only take you 5 minutes to find your class in Mac-Corry!"
Why would you set someone up for failure like that! The building is a real life maze, I'd give yourself a solid 45 minutes.
20. "QP's shut down for homecoming!"
Oh wait that was really happening...yes a great way to address the drinking culture at Queen's is to take away a secure and safe space to drink on one of the rowdiest days of the year. Apparently the AMS is addressing the "hazing" that took place during the staff training week for the AMS pub service team, is apparently to let the employees off work instead of working directly with the employees to figure out what really happened. Ya, don't ask Queen's students about this, wounds are too fresh.
21. "So, how's London?"
Two words - AS IF. We're from the 613.
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