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Tweeting the College Experience

young woman using phone at group presentationThe NC State campus experience has moved to Twitter.

Of course, you can find your university-run Twitter accounts for your favorite State sports teams like NC State Football and Wolfpack Men’s Basketball.

Then there’s the campus activities, like NCSU Campus Cinema  and Wolfpack Club, and the dozens of colleges and programs like NC State CHASS, CNR @ NC State, and NC State Engineering.

And you can even follow famous Wolfpackers like Julius Hodge, Zach Galifianakis, and Scotty McCreery.

But nothing beats that authentic view of NC State campus life from the voice of its unofficial Twitter accounts.

Top 3 Twitter Accounts That Capture NC State Campus Life

Whoever runs these accounts is a genius. There’s a good balance of quick-witted humor that captures the everyday life on campus, from the critters that roam the Brickyard to the unofficial student news accounts.

Here are the three best Twitter accounts to check out for a unique picture of college life at State.

3. NCSU Squirrels

grey squirrel on a logEveryone know the campus squirrels. They’re fearless, and they’re everywhere.

So it’s not surprising that the NC State squirrel population has its own Twitter account. You’ll find lighthearted tweets on @ncsu_squirrels, with pictures of the squirrels stuck in trashcans and lounging around campus.

2. NCSU Problems

Unfortunately, @NCSU_Problems hasn’t updated since 2013. But you can still read the hilarious (and still so true) posts about WebAssign, fire alarms, Raleigh weather, and the Brickyard preachers.

Other related accounts include NCSU Engineer ProblemsNCSU girl problems, NC State problems, and Wolfpack problems.

1.   The Artifex

Basically @theartifexncsu is NC State’s version of The Onion.

This account makes fun of current campus events from Snowmageddon to campus celebrities, dishing out quirky humor with journalistic-sounding headlines that gets everyone to giggle now and again. But the geniuses at The Artifex tweet more than just headlines; they have quick-witted articles to accompany the headlines on a clean, minimalist website. Some of their best articles from past Tweets include, in all caps of course:

  • SCANDAL: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE COURSES STILL DISTRIBUTE TESTS ON PAPER
  • CLASS CANCELED AFTER STUDENT DUMPS ICE FROM DRINK ONTO ROAD
  • UNICYCLE KID REACHES ENLIGHTENMENT; UPGRADES TO NOCYCLE
  • STUDENT WITH ONE LAST WEBASSIGN SUBMISSION DECIDES JUST TO GO FOR IT
  • NC STATE GIFTS GIANT WOODEN WOLF TO TROY UNIVERSITY

Honorable Mention: NC STATE SUCKS

For being the supposed not-rival of Chapel Hill, we sure do have some loyal “fans.”

The NC STATE SUCKS account is generally only invested during basketball season, though you will find a couple of Tweets during football season.

The NC State equivalent of @NC_sucks_REX is @UNC_sucks_REX, which tends to Tweet more often if you’re interested in following them. (UNC’s State hate account is newer than ours; I guess imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery.)

Keep Up With Campus Happenings

NC State’s official and non-official Twitter accounts are great ways to keep up with the campus experience, especially when you live off campus. I post about NC State happenings from time to time, so you can follow my “NC State News” tag on my blog to see the latest in what’s going on at State.

Have another non-official Twitter account that didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments!

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