Once upon a time, I came to college as an overly confident, lazy, and mediocre student who had never had to try too hard in school. I was quickly overwhelmed by college academics, unsure of how to navigate the heavy course load and high expectations. I tried harder in school than I ever had, but it still didn't seem to be enough. At the end of my sophomore year, I was exhausted and discouraged. I had a lower GPA than I ever wanted and I had no idea what to do.
I've watched, year after year, as we all seem to feel like we have to overcommit. It's like there's something telling us that we aren't allowed to say "no" to opportunities. It's as if we believe that if we aren't busy, our time here isn't being well spent. We walk around campus, wearing busy like a badge of honor, priding ourselves on our packed schedules and endless commitments.
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.
Mississippi College's campus is full of odes to Greek and Roman architecture. (Don't stop reading because I said that. I promise this is an interesting blog!) Our campus was completed in the Neoclassical style, and several Neoclassical architects believed that architecture could actually make you better. Now, while I'm not so sure about that philosophy, there is one spot on campus that gives us incredible insight into the purpose of our education: the Arches.
Our class of 25 spent the semester reading classic works of literature while studying the culture and history of that literature's time period. Our class quickly became a community that was fostered through learning and tackling challenges together. My Freshman Honors Block helped me to develop solid opinions, a foundation of knowledge, and a love for learning.