For this blog, I was told to think about what I would tell an incoming Freshman if I could only tell them one thing, and I had all sorts of great lines like "You are your biggest obstacle," "Don't Stop Believing," and "Timing is Everything," and "Don't waste your time." However, despite the potential for countless Journey references available in some of those titles, I have decided to go in a different direction. I've decided that since I can only tell you one thing, it's going to be something shocking, something antithetical to almost everything you have heard or read about college.
In high school, I was able to breeze by with A's without studying at all. I could half-do my homework and never read a chapter and make it through the semester with better-than-most grades (except in math... I hate math). I didn't study, I didn't apply myself, but I never finished a class with a poor grade. I considered myself a natural genius. College taught me that I am, in fact, not.
As the school year approaches, it's likely that many of your friends will move to a different college than you, and both your and your friends' lives will start to look drastically different. The dreaded long distance friendship has caused many a once 'best friends for life's to drift away, with both content to carry on without the other. If reading that causes a face to flash in your mind and a stubborn defiance to take root, declaring, "No. Never. Not our friendship," then this is the blog for you. Here are some things to consider when you and your best friend have to go long distance.
Being a freshman is so fun because you're experiencing a plethora of new things while also learning how to grow up. You have college level courses, equip with college level home work and exams. But, you also don't have parents to update on your constant whereabouts or a curfew to honor. You have classes everyday, but you have a number of free skips. You have free weekends and friends across the hall to adventure with, but you'll have tests on some Monday mornings. You have responsibility and you have freedom, and in my opinion, in order to have a successful freshman year, you need to learn how to balance the two.
I am a huge documentary fan. I love to glimpse into someone else's life and to see their stories unfold before my eyes.
Now, before you continue to read this blog, I need to warn you. Some of these documentaries contain strong language and thematic elements. We believe that these documentaries all contain stories that are worthwhile, even if it's just for entertainment value. Since you're aware that you might come across some elements that don't necessary align with a Christian worldview, continue reading!
When you commit to Mississippi College, you're also committing to something else--the great state of Mississippi.
From the Mississippi Gulf Coast (my home region!) to the Northern Hills, Mississippi is full of people worth meeting, food worth eating, and sights worth seeing. Here are my suggestions to receive the Mississippi experience.
Last month, we published recommended some podcasts that could positively impact your life. This month, we are turning our attention to blogs and Instagrams, two forms of media that are ubiquitous to our social media society. In our list, you will find a variety of blogs and Instagrams, but we believe that they can serve as source of inspiration for your life.
Today, I'm going to attempt to share some of my wisdom with you, friends. If you're about to come to college, this is for you. In a few weeks, you'll load your cars just like a did all those summers ago and there's a big chance that you'll feel the rush of change upon you, too. It'll be overwhelming at first, and maybe even a little hard, but it's so important that you embrace it.
I had anticipated my life at MC starting for what felt like forever and orientation was the official start of my chapter as a choctaw. It didn't feel real, but it definitely felt a little scary. I knew orientation would be fun, but there was one thing that could keep me from making friends and enjoying my weekend: I'm an introvert.
If you haven't heard, "Being MC" serves as this our orientation theme. It's a great theme, really. Orientation usually acts as a freshman's first introduction to college life, the first lesson out of the many that will follow. You really do have to learn how to be a college student and in this case, a MC college student. At the same time, a part of me cringes when I think about my freshman self's interpretation of "Being MC."
Whenever I play one of those cheesy icebreaker games, I have a go-to fact about myself: I'm colorblind. That's right. Colorblind. And when people learn that fact, the usual reaction is something like this:
Me: I'm colorblind.
Every Other Person in the World: Really? What color is my shirt? What color is this pen? Does anyone have a box of crayons?
Podcasts have the power to change lives, to open our eyes, and to broaden our thoughts. If you haven't been keeping up with the Choctawk this summer, we've been trying to present ways to stay healthy and to enrich your/our lives. I fully believe that podcasts add so much to my day to day routine. Whether I'm on a run, cleaning, cooking, or driving, I have a podcast on to learn about new innovations, hear a great story, or become aware of current events.
The Clock Tower which sits upon Nelson Hall is the icon for Mississippi College. Sure, campus has the Kugel and the Arches, but nothing compares to our Clock Tower, which chimes on the hour and plays beloved hymns. Not only does the Clock Tower ring throughout campus letting its students know they're late to class, but it also looks amazing in any condition or angle. Don't believe me?
Check out these twelve times the Clock Tower looked flawless.
In a few months, students will flood the campus of Mississippi College, bringing distinct perspectives and life experiences with them. College provides one of the best opportunities for you to expand your mind through classes and the different people you encounter. It's exciting, growing, and sometimes, a bit shocking and frustrating. The truth is, though, that you can encounter different minds without leaving your room. Reading provides us with a way to step into others shoes, explore lands we've never seen, and think thoughts we would have never contemplated. Do yourself a favor and read something this summer. If you don't have any ideas, we've thought of a few based on your interests.
You're done with high school, and you're not at college yet. So what do you do? You may be tempted, as I was, to waste your time playing video games or watching Netflix while yearning to be at MC. However, I am here to tell you that you can actually prepare for your time at MC in the comfort of your own home!