In the midst of all the Valentine's Day hype - the blinding aisles of red and pink and shiny balloons - one important, albeit less flashy, day of February gets shoved to the side, but this day, too, celebrates love: love towards our fellow human beings. This Friday, February 17th, is one of the best days of the year: Random Acts of Kindness Day, and I think we would all benefit from sharing it.
I had an idea of what college would be like. In all my high school musings, I always pictured myself having the time of my life in college. Late night food runs and heart-to-hearts, road trips, and cool events on campus. Even studying for classes and taking tests were fun at my imaginary college. I do not attend my imaginary college. My time at Mississippi College has been transformative. The people I've met, the texts I've read, the pages I've written, and the questions I've asked have caused me to grow.
College and scholarship essays can be incredibly stressful to write. It often feels as if so much rides on the words you pick to represent yourself in front of a committee. Why, let's be honest, it can feel as if your entire future rests in how well you can write an essay. We as writers, however, want to give you some advice to hopefully make this time less stressful.
Directly across the North side of the Quad lies the Leland Speed Library. Upon entering the library, one is not swept up in a rapturous sense of the sublimity of knowledge. The carpeted floors, groups of arm chairs, and the circulation desk announce functionality, yes, sublimity, no. A weightiness and a seriousness characterize the library. This is because the library is, first and foremost, a symbol and center of learning.
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.
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.
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...
Do you like books, thrifting, wild squirrels, old records? Well, come by Alumni Gym within the next couple of days! MC's Leland Speed Library sponsors a huge used-book sale each year, and it's finally arrived. Nolie Ramsey joined me as we fangirl-ed our way through thousands of books. We have a plethora of photo evidence from our book bazaar experience. Check it out!