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."
See I, and a lot of freshmen, thought that "Being MC" looked one way. It meant rushing a club or tribe, joining multiple Bible studies, wearing Chacos, attending every CAB event...and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I'm best friends with some of the girls in the tribe I rushed, I'm all for studying the Bible, I'm wearing Chacos right now, and I'm a sucker for a good "Lighting of the Quad." The problem occurs, though, when you let this MC identity subsume your individual identity. It may not be a conscious decision, but a lot of people end of doing it.
Then around Sophomore year, other parts of your identity that you've been neglecting - the bookworm, the introvert, the political aficionado - start to bang at the door, and you can't ignore them, so many people begin to feel worn out and discontented (hello, Sophomore slump). It took me studying in London for a semester to rediscover that I had let a lot of the things I loved disappear when I came to MC.
When I came back, I decided that I wouldn't pursue something unless I felt passionate about it. I invested in friendships with a core group of friends. I started an honors research project on Victorian poetry. I began tutoring students at the Writing Center. I started attending a church that engaged me intellectually, as well as spiritually and emotionally.
On the other hand, I gave stuff up. I gave up knowing EVERYONE's name but not actually knowing them. I gave up a lot of free time in order to do independent research and to work an extra job. I gave up going to a Bible study to which I had only halfheartedly committed . See, I gave up some of the things that I felt like I had to do in order to "Be MC." To quote my roommate, I became "invested, not involved."
Instead, I started "Being Myself," and somewhere along the way, I realized that this is what "Being MC" means. As a Christian University, Mississippi College thrives when there is diversity. Christians should embrace that the Creator made us all differently, with different passions, preferences, and talents. (If you are wondering how this applies to college majors, check out my blog on "The Truth About 'Worthless' Majors.) If we all try to fulfill a certain role for which we weren't made then MC will become stagnant, entrenched, and boring - incapable of effectively spreading the beauty and truth of the Gospel.
So remember at Orientation, on the first day of class, and throughout your time here, to be yourself, the self that is "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14). If you do then "Being MC" will follow as you glorify the Divine Maker.
Nolie, the Senior who knows how to be MC