Ann—A Few Tips
As I saw some upcoming freshmen coming to our campus for View Southern, I thought about how I wish I knew some important tips before I myself starting school here. So I decided to make a post solely dedicated to upcoming freshman. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom/tips/advice from an upcoming sophomore:
1. Get rain boots.
I remember during my summer classes, it usually rained at least once a week. Don’t get me wrong, the weather at Southern can be amazing. I just hadn’t invested in rain boots because I didn’t think about how when it rains here, it pours. I recall one morning before class, I walked in the rain to stop by at the Village Market just to buy an umbrella. My class was in Brock Hall, which is on the opposite side of the girl’s dorm (it’s the farthest building to walk to). By the time I got to class, my converse sneakers were soaked and I felt like a very unhappy, wet cat (It’s the most accurate depiction of myself I can think of). So yeah, get rain boots—and an umbrella.
2. Don’t be surprised by couples outside Talge and Thatcher before curfew.
I usually get caught off-guard by PDA, but now it’s just a regular thing whenever I’m going back to my room after a study night at the library. Don’t worry, it’s not hardcore PDA, haha—the couples usually just hold hands and stare into each other’s eyes like they’re never going to see each other again. I’d say there’s an average of about three to five couples outside the dorms by 10 pm. Just don’t make eye contact with any couples as you walk into the dorm lobby. That’s really awkward.
3. Don’t miss Pasta Wednesdays.
The cafeteria serves all kinds of delicious pasta and spaghetti on Wednesdays. It’s really, really good. Just eat it.
4. Learn to love exercise.
One thing I really like about Southern is that the university greatly emphasizes health. Personally, I enjoy exercise so I didn’t really have a problem taking Fitness for Collegiate Life. You’re going to have to take some other fitness classes during your time here, so I really encourage you take up some kind of exercise routine like running. Or get into a sport! You definitely won’t be a couch potato here. Getting the dreaded “freshman-15” won’t be a worry for you!
I know this wasn’t a lot, but I hope this list is helpful to some new students who may read this! Southern is a great university, but it’s all about what you make it. Take advantage of all the opportunities here :).