Bid-Day…pretty much a college gal’s Christmas…

After a rather hectic week/weekend, the hard work and time of the sororities on campus came to a much-anticipated close.  Saturday was my fourth and final bid day, and as the eager freshman faces greeted the upperclassmen with pure admiration, I couldn’t help remembering how long ago I was in their shoes.  Well, technically 4 years isn’t quite so long, but then again it is.  In the past four years I have made a bond with women from all walks of life that I am forever grateful.  I have learned how to effectively lead, help others study, organize events, and do my own makeup!

Being in a sorority wasn’t something that I had given much thought before pledging, but as I look back I couldn’t imagine a greater experience.  For seniors, Bid Day was rather bittersweet.  The satisfaction of gaining so many great new members is almost entirely overshadowed by the sadness of leaving them behind in less than a year.  Now I say leaving behind in a completely figurative sense, because if there is one thing I have learned is that memories are the best keepers time.  I may be leaving behind Millsaps and my sorority, but that doesn’t mean I won’t always have my amazing memories as well as pursue an active involvement in the alumni relations of both.

I have full intentions to be that old alumni that returns to every Millsaps Homecoming day, or drops snacks by the sorority lodge.  My college and sorority have given me so much, that I can only hope to give the same amount in return.  I realize at this point I am indeed rambling on about nothing and no one in particular so I shall leave you with some parting pictures!

 

 

Each of the sororities line up across from the new members and literally RUN at each other and embrace in a giant estrogen fest of hugs, greetings, and sister-ness!

Madeleine Hendrix (junior) and I before skit night. I am a dancer in “Ice Ice Baby”, Madeleine is Megan from Bridesmaids…I know you wish you could see that skit!

 

This just seemed like the appropriate ending.

 

 

 

Busy, busy, busy!

Well this week has officially been my busiest yet!  From beginning my internship to recruitment week to loads of readings for classes I have pretty much been running ragged!  But as strange as it is this is when I am the happiest.  I absolutely love having only a few minutes to grab a meal, running from one meeting to the next, and feeling like I am doing important things.  Seriously, there was no sarcasm in that statement, I really do love being busy!

Tuesday kicked off sorority recruitment week, which would be a monster to describe in detail to you, BUT just know it involves a lot of planning, sisterhood time, chanting, and eating junk food…oh and trying to recruit the best freshies for our houses!  Saturday is bid day, so I will be sure to post pictures and fun details, because the events and themes are sure to be epic.

I also began my internship at Southern Research Group this week.  SRG is a marketing research and political consulting firm locally owned and operated in Jackson.  If you need further proof that Millsaps is THE place for you, allow me to tell you a bit about how I landed the internship in the first place.  I have had a few internships over the years, but none have been directly related to my major or possible career paths.  While I enjoyed all of them, I realized oh …about 2 months ago that I had hardly any actual economics or policy experience! Something kind of important for an upcoming graduate hoping to land a job….

When this thought occurred, I immediately reached out to one of my professors, Dr. Blakely Fender, and asked for suggestions or contacts that she had in order to land me an internship for the fall.  Not only did she suggest SRG, but she had her brother talk to the owners on numerous accounts (even at a wedding), about the “Millsaps girl that she highly recommended!” A few emails and meetings later, I was given the opportunity to intern…if that isn’t enough proof that professors at Millsaps truly care about their students and will always go above and beyond I don’t know what is!

I have only spent a day at the firm, but I can already tell it is going to be a fantastic learning experience.  I mean on my first day I got to work with data and research about the Mississippi College Savings programs…sounds boring to you, but for me it was great!  Next week begins my first full week as an intern, so I will be sure to give you more details!

As I mentioned I am running from meeting to meeting this week, and it is actually time for me to set off for another!  Till next time loyal readers.

We are the champions!

Yep, you guessed it, Millsaps has once again become victorious in the Backyard Brawl against our rival Mississippi College.  It has been a few years since we have won, so the feeling of bringing home that trophy on our own turf was even sweeter as a senior.  Way to make my last first game a memorable one boys!
Because it is Labor Day, most of you are either A. cooking out with the fam and enjoying the last bit of summer of B. lazing around the house in you pjs.  Unfortunately for me, today won’t be spent doing either.  Job applications, scholarship essays, and schoolwork are all looming over me, so hopefully today will give me the opportunity to catch up!  This week begins women’s recruitment so I won’t exactly have the most time to catch up for the rest of the week, so today it is!

I have decided rather than procrastinating my homework with a lengthy wordy post, I will instead procrastinate further with a photo blog!  I hope you enjoy.

The age-old trophy that now will call the Millsaps Athletic department home.

 

The Majors get warmed up before the game.

 

We want YOU to be a Millsaps Major.

 

Just a little bro moment before the game.

 

 

Yes, he DID make that catch!!

 

 

No, that giant black thing is not a crazy form of water fountain, it is actually a camera. A documentary is in the works on the MS-Millsaps rivalry. Good thing they have winning footage of us!- Sorry MC.

 

 

 

Victory is OURS!

 

The two school join together in prayer, as we think the Heavenly Father for the opportunity to be on the field that day, safe, healthy, free, and victorious!!

 

 

 

 

 

Students welcome Hurricane Isaac with open arms…and a day off from classes!

Well… I currently write to you sitting on a friend’s couch while binging on animal crackers, rocking the college sweatpants wardrobe, when I would normally otherwise be in class.  Students here are enjoying our day off from classes thanks to a little friend we call Isaac…Hurricane Isaac that is.

When the email that classes were cancelled went out late last night, you would have thought the administration had just declared a last-minute holiday! (well I guess they kind of did…)  The dorms suddenly livened up, and what would normally would have been a subdued Wednesday night turned into the beginning of a six-day weekend for many upperclassmen! I can attest to participating in “Hurricane Party” activities which include getting together and riding out the storm in the company of friends, television, and lots of junk food of course.

Feeling about 10 pounds heavier this morning, I awoke bright and early to meet with one of the candidates for the new Vice President of Institutional Advancement at the college.  Dr. Pearigen and his staff repeatedly expressed how grateful they were that the three of us woke so early on a day with no classes and braved the rain to be there…I didn’t have the heart to tell him that contrary to his belief I’m not in fact one of those cool kids that can sleep until noon or so.  Breaking news: I am definitely that nerd that wakes up at 8 (at the latest) without an alarm, and even that is considered sleeping in!! But I’ll just let them think I made a HUGE sacrifice this morning.

Speaking of Dr. Pearigen, I can’t remember if I shared this tid bit with you all, but I am fortunate enough to be taking a class taught the president himself.  Yes, you heard that correctly, the President of the College is indeed teaching a class (and does so every semester)…talk about hands on administration and leadership!  We had our second class meeting Tuesday, and I can now say without a doubt he is probably THE smartest chap I know!  Seriously…The class is Constitutional Law, which assumes the professor knows a great deal about the Constitution, but this chap not only knows every word of the document, but also the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Federalist Papers, just about every Supreme Court case and decision, oh and EVERY justice that has EVER served. NOT A JOKE.   Dr. Pearigen sure knows his stuff, and he does all of this on top his ridiculously busy schedule running the College.  If you can’t tell by now, I (as well as the entire Millsaps community) am a HUGE fan of our president.  After all at what other college can you walk across campus and be assured to be called by name by the President?  Or find his wife just gardening away in front of one of the buildings on a Sunday morning?

Enough gushing about how amazing the Pearigen couple is, on to the weekend’s upcoming activities- The Backyard Brawl.  The event is the first football game of the season, and happens to be between Millsaps and our age-old rival Mississippi College.  While not a conference game, the Backyard Brawl is one of the most anticipated events of the school year.  Originally scheduled for tonight, the game (thanks to ole Isaac) has been moved to Saturday afternoon, and I will be sure to give you an update on who emerges victorious, but I have a feeling the winning team might rhyme with the Tillsaps Najors….Just a guess.

I assume I have taken up enough of your time and I have sufficiently procrastinated on finishing a job application so I shall leave you with this parting picture. Happy Thursday!

The weather isn’t quite this bad today, but as the rain continues our Millcats might in fact be in need of rescuing!

Millsaps in Fondren!

Jackson offers a number of benefits as a college town, and Millsaps students all too often forget just what great jewels are within reach! This past Saturday, students (including myself) were exposed to some of the greatness just down the street…literally.  Millsaps and an historical and eclectic area called Fondren partnered for what is sure to be an annual event called Millsaps Fondren Day where students, alumni, and faculty received discounts and promotions at stores all throughout the area.  From 15% off at Sal and Mookie’s the local pizzeria (owned by a Millsaps alum) to a 2 for 1 milkshake special at Brent’s Drug Store- coincidentally the same store featured in the movie The Help where Emma Stone goes for milkshakes!  Yes….it’s kind of a big deal.

The day was a smashing success, and I can personally attest to cashing in on a number of the days deals including 10% off of wine from the local Fondren Cellars to a free dessert with my purchase at Fat Sumo the sushi restaurant in the area.  I figure the best way to tell you more about the event is to share some pictures from the day’s festivities! The pictures are all courtesy of the Millsaps College Facebook page for whatever copyright things exist… Hope you enjoy.

Millsaps alumni, current students, and faculty gather at the Millsaps tent where participants received free Millsaps gear and coupons for the day!

 

Millsaps students enjoy lunch at Rooster’s, a local burger and fries favorite.

The Fondren trolley, which runs daily throughout Fondren and to Millsaps was the mode of transportation for Millsaps Fondren Day. Free rides and the nicest trolley conductor EVER!!

 

Freshman guys and Lewis enjoy the sunshine and fruits Fondren has to offer!

 

Susan Harmon, Jennifer Goebel, and myself enjoying a senior outing. Hopefully there will be many more to come! Oh and reppin’ our Millsaps wardrobe!

This is the line that resulted from Brent’s offering 2 for 1 milkshakes. Can you say…BUSY?!

 

 

Convocation brought tears to my eyes…wait what?!

On this bright and sunny Thursday afternoon, I must make a confession.  Yes, I do indeed have a little secret that only you loyal readers will now know! I ALMOST cried today…and not for the obvious reason of a sad little puppy or a sappy movie, but because I attended Convocation, an event at which the newest members of the Millsaps community formally sign the Honor Code and are welcomed home. I’ll explain how the tears came about at a later moment, but for now continue reading…

You see, the last time I was at this event I was an eager, bushy eyed little freshman who thought I was HOT stuff! Three years later, I attended Convocation as part of my Foundation Leader duties; however, this time as an older, worried, and no less bushy eyed senior.  Sitting in the Recital Hall that holds so many memories and watching as the beloved faculty marched in robed in their traditional garb, I couldn’t help but realize that the next time I see a sight like this I too will be in a graduation gown saying goodbye to the people and place I have called home for so long.

I truly believe Millsaps has, and will continue to prepare me to be successful in life and as the saying goes “With every ending there is a beginning.”  At this point in time that saying to me is merely a statement, because I just can’t quite come to terms with the “END” yet.  The end  of impromptu cafeteria stalking sessions. The end of late night trips to Waffle House with good friends and random students you met that night. The end of seeing everyday the people and community that have assisted in my educational, personal, and social journey throughout my time at Millsaps.

At this point the beginning to look forward to involves more fear and anxiety than I am used to. The beginning of bills, bills, and more bills. The beginning of living alone and no longer having my roommate to lay on the futon and watch Gilmore Girls with when we’re sick of studying! The beginning of a career (fingers crossed) that will lead to a number of other frightful beginnings.  The beginning of big kid life!  While I focus on the fear/anxiety/nervousness of the impending ending/beginning that will occur in May, I can’t let myself mislead you.  I can’t deny that along with these emotions I also am excited, eager, and ready for these frightening beginnings that lie ahead.

These new beginnings are my opportunity to show off perhaps the most precious gift Millsaps has bestowed upon me; the unwavering ability to tackle any challenge with eagerness, openness, and a MAJOR smile! ( You like that pun I just threw in there?)

Three years ago at my freshman convocation, the Millsaps Chamber Singers sang an inspiring  rendition of “Singabahambayo” an African folk song (I think). The song left such an impression I downloaded it onto my ITunes immediately after, and have since listened to every time I need a little uplifting reminder of how lucky and blessed I am!  Today the Chamber Singers again sang the song, and that exact moment is what brought tears to my eyes!  No matter how intimidating senior year may be, that song reminded me that there is an entire Millsaps community behind myself and the other seniors encouraging and enabling us to reach our full potential.  Upon a quick Google translation I found a common English translation of “Singahambayo” is “An Army is Marching”, and there is no greater truth.  The army of the Millsaps Class of 2013 is marching and we are ready to conquer the world one city, state, person, and society at a time!

Cheers to you Class of 2013 let’s show these folks how to go out in style!

Let the highlight reel begin!

Well the day has finally arrived…my LAST first day of school…Ever.  After all these years, I never thought the day would bring such great sadness/excitement/fear/any other sappy emotion. Those that know me know that I am not one to eagerly share my emotions or feelings, but after being gone for such time, I can’t help but unload my impending fear/excitement of the future on those around me.  Sure I am a senior, sure I graduate in less than a year; does that mean I have my entire life planned out? Unfortunately not. I haven’t quite come to terms with this lack of direction, but everyone assures me it is entirely normal and almost expected to have no clear path following graduation.  When I become okay with that sentence I will certainly let you know, but until then I shall continue late night Google searches that go something like “What to do with an Economics degree?” or “Jobs after college” or “What should I do with my life?”  So far nothing has been successful, apparently you have to be more specific or something…idk.

As I begin my fourth and final year at Millsaps , I only see it fit to remember some of the best memories from the past years. Some involve studies, others friends, some parties, and others professors.  There is of course not enough time or space to write all of the memories Millsaps has given me (plus you’d get bored anyway) so I will only include those that come immediately to mind. Here goes…

1. Getting kicked out of the FDIC in Washington D.C. – This of course sounds much worse than the actual story, but in fact the Economics department, including two professors, did in fact get asked by security to leave the FDIC building.  You see, every other year the Economics department takes a trip to Washington in order to meet professionals in the field and explore the Capitol city and last fall I was able to attend the trip.  We were a bit early for our appointment at the Federal Reserve and it happened to be raining, but of course all of the museums were closed on a Monday so we sought shelter at the nearest open building we could find- the FDIC. They had an “exhibit” on the history of the department which took all of 5 minutes to look at so we begin to lounge on the nearby window sills and air conditioning units as we attempted to wait out the storm. Well….. this didn’t last long, and we were shortly asked to leave the building and loiter elsewhere! So yes, Dr. Susan Taylor and Dr. Blakely Fender along with a handful of students have officially been asked to leave a government building! Check that one off the bucket list.

2. This second memory happens to involve bad weather as well, but don’t worry no government officials. Every year Millsaps play Mississippi College in a football game known as The Backyard Brawl.  At last years game, the weather of course refused to cooperate, and as cheerleaders we were obliged to cheer our team on- in the rain, for hours, WITHOUT rain gear!  Cold, drenched, and as attractive as ever (sarcasm) we cheered the entire game and the next week the President of the College’s wife, Phoebe, sent some brand new rain jackets our way and we never shivered a game away again! Good times…

3. Exams are a stressful time for all students no matter what the year or school. My sophomore year I was lucky enough to have a few classes with a dynamic group which included the one and only Jennifer Goebel, Konner Joplin, and Russel Pellicino.  Throughout the semester we formed quite the study posse and one of our favorite traditions became studying our behinds off and going on a late night Waffle House trip the night before the test.  It became our reward for studying hard and a ritual that was fortunately successful since we all passed the class!  I won’t mention what it did to our waist lines….

4. Freshman year I attended my first ever LSU game with  a gal I know call my best friend, but at the time we were two young, inseparable, giddy freshies. (Eh not much has changed really…)  I had never experienced anything like Death Valley, and while quite different from the Millsaps game day experience I LOVED that day so very much!  That is the moment I mark as the beginning of my official “movie like” college life. I was traveling home with a college best friend, we conquered the city of Baton Rouge and our friendship has only grown from there!

I figure over 800 words is about enough for anyone to read on this Monday morning, so instead of continuing I shall save my other memories for a later post!  I enjoyed this little memoir, so be on the lookout (a favorite Millsaps saying) for more like it!