Summer Suggestions: For (almost) Freshmen Only

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You're done with high school, and you're not at college yet. So what do you do? You may be like me, tempted to waste your time playing video games or watching Netflix while wishing you were at MC. However, I am here to tell you that you can actually use that time to prepare for MC in the comfort of your own home!  

                                   You reading the previous sentence

                                   You reading the previous sentence

No, really! I have some concrete tips for you to follow that will prepare you for MC, and you can even follow them while in your pj's.

                                You excited about preparing in your pj's

                                You excited about preparing in your pj's

So now that you're excited about preparing at home,  sit back, relax, and read about four things you should think about this summer! 

1. What Do You Want to Do at MC?

As an MC student, you will be bombarded during the first few weeks of school by people trying to get you to become involved with their different organizations, and, believe me, MC has a lot of student organizations. We have Clubs and Tribes, College Republicans and College Democrats, intramural sports, RUF, BSU, and theatre clubs, just to name a few. In addition to student organizations, we have several opportunities to study abroad during a summer or even for a full semester! That being said, if you don't think about what you want to be involved with, you might miss out on meeting incredible people that could change your life. 

         Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

         Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

            Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

            Photo Courtesy of Mississippi College

                      Photo Courtesy of Pi Chi Chapter Alpha Psi Omega

                      Photo Courtesy of Pi Chi Chapter Alpha Psi Omega

2. Your Class Schedule

Once you know what you want to do at MC, you'll want to begin thinking about your class schedule. At Orientation, you are going to register for classes. Although you will have experienced advisers helping create your schedule, it really helps to think about what you want to take before you get to the meeting. Of course, there are some general rules to keep in mind while registering for classes. However, you may have to bite the bullet and take those 8 AM classes in order to keep your schedule free for extra-curricular activities.

For example, I knew that I wanted to participate in the musical my Freshman year. I knew that rehearsals would be in the afternoons. So, I took all of my classes between 8 AM and 12 PM. I had to wake up early, but I managed to do what I loved. 

3. don't be lazy

Most of us probably experienced Summer Reading in high school. I have some good news for you! MC doesn't have any summer reading. So, it's tempting to veg out all summer, watching as many seasons of Parks and Rec as possible, but don't. College classes move at a fast pace, and if you haven't exercised your brain at all during the summer, you may find yourself falling behind at the beginning of the semester.

Now, I'm not telling you to teach yourself calculus or anything like that. I'm just suggesting that you set yourself some sort of academic goal. Maybe you want to read all of Shakespeare's plays (a formidable task), or maybe you want to read one of his plays (totally doable). Maybe you want to read a book about how math works, or maybe you just want to go to a local museum to learn about art, history, or science. Whatever you do, keep your brain active and sharp.

4. Family

This summer can be extremely frustrating because you are ready to start your College experience, but don't take your frustration out on your family. This summer could be the last time your family is all living under one roof. Therefore, spend some quality time with all those who are closest to you, showing your gratitude and your love. Hey, you might even volunteer to do some of their chores! I always find that doing the dishes for my mom goes a long way to say, "I love you."

                                           My family at Disney World

                                           My family at Disney World

So don't waste your summer. Get prepared for the new chapter in your book of life. Seize the day, people. Make your summer extraordinary. 

-Charlie, day seizer and summer reader 

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