Native Austinites are hard to come by, and they wear their local status with pride. If you went to high school in Bat City, then you experience Austin a little differently. If your coming-of-age story took place in ATX, then you know these 10 things to be true.
1. Driving lessons took place on early Saturday mornings to avoid traffic.
Of course, you occasionally hit that bizarre 7 am traffic stall, but that's part of living in Austin.
2. Homecoming mums weighed more than your overloaded backpack.
But you wore them with pride!
3. Every monumental moment required a photo session at the Texas State Capital
Graduations, birthdays, and prom photos all had the capital's majestic dome in the background.
4. You saw bands like Young the Giant and Kings of Leon before they hit Top 40s radio.
And they probably played in cozy, intimate venues.
5. Your idea of teenage rebellion involved escaping from your parents at ACL Fest.
There's no way they'd be able to find you amongst the 80,000 revelers.
6. Neglecting to wear burnt orange on game day was like forgetting to wear green on St. Patties.
High school pride is all fine and good, but everyone was a Longhorn fan first and foremost.
7. Everyone was vying for a spot in the top 10% of their class so that they could get into UT Austin.
The top ten percent rule grants automatic acceptance to Texas state schools, and UT Austin was almost always the top choice. The competition was fierce, and nobody wanted to leave this amazing city.
8. The Zilker Trail of Lights signaled the wonderful beginning of winter break.
You couldn't really celebrate the holidays until you had some hot chocolate amongst the vibrant twinkle lights.
9. You constantly comment and complain about how much the city has changed.
With construction cranes on every corner, these changes are hard to deny.
10. You're frequently referred to as a "unicorn" and you wear that title with pride.
Like the mythical creatures, local Austinities are exceedingly rare.
What else is true about attending high school in Austin? Austinites are a quirky bunch. If you’ve been here long enough, you’ve definitely had
one of these bizarre experiences at least once.