Monthly Archives: January 2012

From the outside looking in

Due to my study abroad decision I find myself currently in collegiate limbo.  All of my Millsaps friends returned to school weeks ago, my last few high school friends returned just after that, and I find myself still at home spending my days in the gym, on the couch, and at work.  Don’t get me wrong this is the life that most college students would kill for, and I do bask in its glory sometimes, but as most who know me will tell you I am not one for doing nothing. 

I have always worked a number of jobs (even while at Millsaps), I study around the clock,  and if I am not studying or working I am most likely doing something else to keep me busy.  Sure there are a number of things that I could be doing while at home.  I COULD be rearranging my room, but whats the fun in that?  I COULD be learning a new talent or hobby, but that just takes too much effort.  There are a number of things that I COULD be doing, I just find myself NOT. 

Last Wednesday I finally put this period of intense laze to rest and made the trek to Jackson for a weekend with my friends and Millsaps family.  My arrival was a complete surprise so I was greeted with everything from embarrassing squeals of joy to sheer confusion by some.  It took all of an hour to return to my Millsaps grind and remember just why I love this place so much. 

I began to indulge in the talk of the Millsaps scramble, students scurrying from here to there, my roommate and suitemates discussing just how much reading or work they had for their classes, and more. This experience was beyond any Millsaps experience I have had.  For the following days, I was an outsider looking in.  I had no homework to fret over, no meetings to attend, and ultimately no responsibilities. I was able to sleep as late as I wanted, roam the campus whenever I wanted, and basically do whatever I wanted. 

On Sunday, the usual time I find myself buried in homework I went and saw a movie!  On Thursday morning, when I usually find myself getting dressed for success I threw on a pair of Nike shorts and took the day by storm.  And on Monday when I would usually awake to a looming awareness of the week’s activities I awoke without a single thing on my agenda! 

It has been rather nice; traipsing the campus without a care in the world.  I will return home tomorrow to eagerly await February 22, the day that I ascend upon my semester abroad’s adventure, although yet again I will return a bit different than I left.  My visit to Millsaps reminded me just what type of students and community we are.  While we can appreciate the joy in relaxing on the couch with a good movie on, there comes a point when productivity must overcome laze!  I WILL NOT spend another day of my extended Christmas break lounging around waiting for something exciting to come along!  A few days at Millsaps reminded me that waiting is merely an excuse for other colleges’ students.  Millsaps students don’t wait…we organize, we do, we start, we lead!

What is SO special about January?

As a college student the month of January brings about so many monumental events.  For every student it brings about the new year.  Every New Years collegiate members throughout the country vow that THIS will be the year!  The year that the grades finally evolve to that which they should be, the year that you actually go to the HAC and workout as much as you should, or the year that you WILL get involved in the Speech and Debate team.

For freshmen January brings the month that you FINALLY get to return to the golden land of campus.  After living on your own for a little under five months, that solid December back home is great…for about the first 3 weeks.  January finally restores things back to normal and you are again footloose and fancy free!

Happy Friday all of you college students!

For sophomores, January is the first month of their second spring semester.  This is (at least it was for me) the first semester that everything began to fall into place.  I was able to take upper level classes, I had established a firm presence on campus, and I had more than a year and a half of college life under my belt!

For juniors (as I am classified), January is the beginning of the end.  The last semester before we are forced to come to the realization that we will be seniors.  As of January we have officially completed more than half of our college years.  For some students that may bring a joyful cheer, but for me and most other Millsaps students this realization is often unwanted.  Those first three years of college are the glory years!  No resumes, no real life job applications, no post grad job interviews, but this is all about to change!  After this semester (and for most during this semester) all of the above will begin and the real world will begin knocking at our door.

For seniors January is the beginning of the end.  At the end of this semester their college lives will come to a screeching halt and the real world will begin.  Millsaps will have done her best to prepare them, but we can only hope they will heed her four years of wisdom.

This January brought a much different experience for me.  Unlike the past two Januarys this is the first that I have not returned to Mother Millsaps.  Whoa Whoa Whoa before you start those rumors flying, I have technically returned; however, not physically.  Because I am studying abroad I remain a student at Millsaps, but the semester in Liechtenstein does not begin until the end of February so as all of my Millsaps life returns to normal I remain at home for another month.

This was just too cool not to add...

Most would be thrilled to remain home for 3 months instead of one for Christmas break, I am not one of them.  Don’t get me wrong I love being home around my family and friends, but I didn’t anticipate missing my Millsaps life this much!  I find myself spending my free time talking to friends at Millsaps asking about all the happenings and everything that I am missing out on.  At nights after work I return home to eagerly check Facebook for the latest pictures hoping to catch a glimpse of that campus I miss so much! Who would have thought that a Twit pic in the Caf would make me so “homesick”?! 

I have come to realize that my longing for Millsaps is a result of just how much I love that place.  I haven’t even missed out on an entire week, but I already miss the camaraderie of the residence buildings, the boisterous noise in the Caf, the mysteries of Millsaps night life, and even those late nights in the library!  I am thankful for my extra time at home, and I am eager to spend the next few months in Europe, but I had to put it on the world-wide web that I MISS MILLSAPS. 

Yes there you go world, I am confessing that I am a nerd, I love my college, and I miss it!  I will soon return for one last visit before I span the pond, but I can assure you it won’t be the same.  I am beyond fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend a college I love so much.  I can only hope that as those of you who are beginning your college search you consider this?  Wouldn’t you like to choose a school that after only a week you are dying to go back?!  What other college do you know that can provide that kind of experience?  Millsaps College surely can!

Oh and PS- For my roommate who of course never reads this I miss you too Hannah Enloe!