With a community as tight as 3rd vR, it’s impossible to not develop a unique sort of culture. As you can expect, 3rd vR, in its ‘cult-like’ fashion, has its particular customs and traditions. Here are some of my favorite traditions of 3rd vR:
1. Fancy Steak and Shake
Fancy Steak and Shake is one of those events that has the largest turnout. After all, what’s more fun than ironically dressing up to go to a fast food restaurant? It’s an excuse to dress up and be surrounded by some of your favorite people. What’s better than that?
2. Dress like your roommate
It’s often hard to pinpoint your exact style. What type of clothing that I wear makes me unique? However, nothing is more telling than ‘dress like your roommate day,’ when you see your roomie walking around in something that is so quintessentially you. If nothing else, we do it for the pic.
While it’s extremely sad to know that the closest Chick-Fil-A, for many years, was over three hours away, it does make for one of the greatest bonding experiences of 3rd vR. As many floor members as possible all squeezed into two or three cars as we embarked on a three-hour journey for the sole purpose of a $5 chicken sandwich. Crazy? Probably. Worth it? Every last bite.
4. Advising Break Wolfgang's
Wolfgang's is an insanely delicious breakfast place that serves a $3 early bird special for customers who arrive before 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. For poor college students, this is the deal of the century. Though it’s hard to commit to getting up that early, once we’re all there, sleep-deprived hilarity ensues as we fill our stomachs to the brim.
5. 3rd vR’s Got Talent
Probably one of the biggest events on 3rd vR is our Talent Show. Despite living on a floor with someone for a year, there are always aspects of a personality that you can’t possibly know. 3rd vR is an extremely talented floor, and it’s always amazing to see and hear our floor members express themselves in entirely new ways. Former acts include piano solos, quartets, poetry readings, and, my favorite, squatting while peeling an orange.