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Blog Entry #5: Sophomore Caroline Hilton Recaps Road Trip To UNC For Football Game

Nov. 13, 2008

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Hey Tech Fans!

The last few weeks have been some of the most exciting of my time here at Tech. With football season in full swing and basketball just about to begin the atmosphere on campus has been electric. Students are wearing more Tech gear than ever and it’s obvious that people are excited about Georgia Tech athletics. Nothing could have fueled this more than the heart-stopping win against Florida State earlier this month. Having been a Tech fan since childhood this one win made up for all the heartbreaks against Bobby Bowden’s Seminoles. With the Yellow Jackets back in the race to win the Coastal Division, we decided that it was time for a ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!

Last Friday, Amelia Beach, Jessica Weaver, Christy Jones, Jessica Sinclair, Kate Kuzma, Kelsi Weseman and I left the ATL at six to go the football game at UNC. The sophomores were all in the same car, while the freshman all rode in a different car. After an hour and a half detour to get Weaver a new phone in Snellville, we finally left metro Atlanta at 8:00. With a long drive ahead, Peachy Beachy was prepared with a snack basket.

For those of you who don’t know, GT Softball players don’t go anywhere without a snack basket. Ours was complete with Nerd Ropes, Sour Patch Kids, Butter Cookies, assorted potato chips, Peanut Butter M&Ms, Goldfish, Gummy Bears, Swedish Fish, Now or Laters, Candy Necklaces and much more including pirate eye patches and earrings and tattoos. After about three hours of singing our hearts out to the steering wheel, we decided to break up the monotony by putting our eye patches and earrings on. After a stop to get gas in Greensboro (yes we went into the gas station with our eye patches on), we were back on the road for the rest of the trip. Peachy Beachy, Weave, and Jonesy took a walk down memory lane with the butter cookies. You all know that you used to put butter cookies on all of your fingers and eat them one by one. If you have questions look at the pictures. After a drive of three more hours and one more pit stop we finally arrived at our destination at 2:00 a.m. We stayed at a family friend and fellow Tech fan’s house.

Being girls, all of us finally went to bed around 3:30 a.m. only to wake up at 7:30 a.m. to get ready for the noon game. Seven girls in two bath rooms — it was a bit crowded to say the least. We were all ready by 8:30 and left the house to go tailgating. Our GPS Camille came through in the clutch again and led us straight to the Friday Center, a very convenient parking place just off of the UNC Campus. After walking around the beautiful campus in Chapel Hill we were ready for the game to get started. After getting to our awesome seats in the parents’ section we were ready to cheer the team onto victory. Even though the game didn’t turn out the way we wanted it was an awesome experience to watch the game in a new place with a different atmosphere. And I’ll be glad if I never hear UNC’s bell tower ring ever again.

We left right after the game was over to try and avoid traffic and get on the road for our six and half hour drive home. You may be thinking that some of us slept on the way home because we only got four hours of sleep, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Everyone stayed up the whole trip home and we again sang our hearts out to all the people driving by. We also bonded through deep conversations about life, love and happiness. We made it back to Atlanta around 9:00 and fell asleep until Sunday morning.

Even though we got beat by UNC, the direction of the football team is making GT football more exciting than ever and giving everyone a reason to get back into Bobby Dodd Stadium. Remember to wear white to the Miami game and bring a toy for the Toy Drive. We will be collecting them before the game.

In a team competition update: In Yo’ Face (Shannon Bear, Blair Shimandle, Kate Kuzma and I) are on the comeback. We have won the last two team competitions including the blind obstacle course which consisted of two teammates doing obstacles like jumping rope, throwing medicine balls, weaving through cones and jumping hurdles while blindfolded and being led by their teammates that could see. I hope to see you all at the Miami game with a toy and at our new stadium in the Spring.




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