Hey guys! It's Charlie, and I'm here to tell you that our final orientation is just around the corner...tomorrow, in fact. I know that some of you have already been, but a few of you saw that this blog was for orientation and immediately looked like this:
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!
Like most things at MC, the tower gets quieter in the summer. Most of our callers and bloggers leave for the summer to travel, work at camp, or chill at home. A select few, though, stay in Clinton and continue to call the Tower home in the warmer months. You'll be hearing a lot from us over the next few months, so we thought a proper introduction was due. Without further ado...
Something big happens at Orientation. Something that can be intimidating and scary if you don't know what to expect: making your schedule. The good news is you will have a wonderfully qualified advisors working one-on-one with you to help your figure what classes your should take. There are some things though that your advisor may not have time to tell you, so the Choctawk is here to tell you what you shouldn't do.
When I was a Junior in high school, I didn't even have college on my radar. I was content with putting all college decisions off until my Senior year. However, lots of my friends were already visiting schools, meeting with coaches and departments, and researching admissions requirements, so if you're not like me and want to get started on finding the right school for you, keep reading.
I have a confession. The other day, I sat all day on my couch and binge-watched The Office. My sole meal for that particular day consisted of chocolate chip banana pancakes and peanut butter. Now that's out in the open, I'm here to tell you that you shouldn't spend your summer like that. With the summer heat pounding down and left-over exhaustion from classes, lazy days are sometimes needed, but the problem arises when those days become the entire summer. You only have one body, so treat yourself well this summer. What does that look like practically? We have some ideas!
Throughout the school year, thousands of students call Clinton, MS home. Because there are so many things to do during that time (CAB events, informals, club meetings, class, homework, etc.), students can easily overlook the unique things Clinton itself offers, so the Tower brainstormed and thought of some of amazing things to do in our lovely town. If you are calling Clinton home this summer, visiting for a day or so, or taking notes for next school year, here are our ideas.