Becoming an official Georgian may be a bit harder than you thought. It’s a bit more than simply moving into the great Peach State. There is history here in Georgia—history that the natives take very seriously. So let’s call this list an unofficial inauguration into becoming a legitimate Georgian. Check it out.
1. You've chosen sweet tea over anything else
Georgians love their sweet tea, so much so that it's pretty much just normal tea around these parts.
2. Attended an Atlanta Braves game
In order to become an Georgian, you need to visit Turner field and cheer on your home team, no matter what their record may be.
3. Explored Savannah
Savannah is such an important city in Georgia, in order to truly appreciate the state, you'll need to visit in order to understand and appreciate the rest of the state.
4. Ate delicious southern cuisine
Being a Georgian means eating amazing Southern cuisine whenever you can. We're talking grits, Brunswick Stew, peach cobbler, boiled peanuts, and pecan pie just to name a few.
5. Know how to pronounce Atlanta
People that aren't from Georgia tend to pronounce the capital as “At-lan-tah”. However, most locals pronounce it “At-lan-a.”
6. Picked peaches, blueberries, or blackberries
Fresh fruit grows in abundance in this fine state, which is why when you're from Georgia you've already done your fair share of picking.
7. You've said "Ya'll"
Georgians say "ya'll". They also say "sir" and "ma'am". So if you're looking to become a Georgian, you better incorporate those into your vocabulary.
8. Ate deep fried vegetables
Georgians love deep fried veggies. To be honest, anything that can be deep fried, they usually give it their best. Order up some fried okra or fried green tomatoes and you're good to go.
8. Tailgated an athletic event
Most Georgians spend Saturdays cheering on their UGA Bulldogs, and Sundays rooting for their Atlanta Falcons.
10. Hiked to a waterfall
Georgia has an incredible amount of waterfalls, most of which you can easily hike to. Whether it's Toccoa Falls or Amicalola, becoming an official Georgian means you've checked 'em out at least once.
11. Frequented a Waffle House
It might be weird to a visitor that there are so many Waffle Houses, but to a true Georgian they see a plate full of food and a cup of hot coffee.
12. Walked along the beach
Jekyll Beach is a must-visit for anyone looking to become a true Georgian. It's the ultimate weekend getaway, and also a beautiful place to get some fresh seafood and catch a sunset.
How many of these have you done so far? What else can someone do to become an official Georgian? We want to hear from you!