43 Precious Memories While Attending University Of North Georgia

43 Precious Memories While Attending University Of North Georgia

I met the most amazing people at this university. Thank you. I wish you the best.

My years at the University of North Georgia were transformative years for me. Anyone who knew me in 2012 will attest to this fact. In so many ways I have grown — even almost beyond recognition. I credit this to the powers of education, my relationships (friends or otherwise) and God's enduring patience.

So, here is a handful of some of my most special moments at the University of North Georgia, not in any particular order.

1. Meeting the three people, in my first day of class ever, who would become enduring friends.

Melanie, Joshua, and Alicia — You have no idea the impact that you had on a post-high school me.

Melanie, your kindness and faith always made me want to be a kinder and gentler person. You help me to see the love of Christ when other Christians do not reflect it. You are truly a ray of sunshine and light up any room you enter.

Alicia, I still miss your presence in Dahlonega although I know that you are only a text away. Your level-headed and well thought-out and reasoned advice guided me through the choppy waters of my Junior year. You taught me to expect better from people and to have higher standards in whom I call my friend. Thank you for that.

Joshua, I never see you enough, but when we see each other, we pick up like we were never apart. Thank you for being someone who is interested in the "boring things" of life. You have such a sweet and kind heart. Your students, whoever they are, are extremely lucky to have you as their teacher. I am so proud of how confident and capable you are. Keep taking on the world and making everyone in Forsyth County proud.

2. Receiving the grade from my first English paper

Everyone in the 7:25 a.m. 1102 English class would wait until they were in the hall, then flip over their papers. Good or bad, we were there for each other. Thank you, Dr. Francis, for your firm grading, excellent teaching and human compassion. You stand out as an exemplary professor.

3. Going to the gym... then eating Zaxby's

Alicia and Melanie...we tried so hard to be healthy. We are just really bad at it.

4. The psychology class, 2013 Cumming campus students know what I'm talking about.

5. Being attacked by the geese on the Oakwood campus... the first time.

6. Quitting my job at McDonald's

Hardest, most thankless job of my life. It existed as my motivation to succeed.

7. Working as a live-in nanny

8. Finishing all of my math classes — forever

9. Losing 60 pounds.

10. Meeting a lovely friend group my first year in Dahlonega (The Nuclear Unit)

Snowpocalypse forever.

11. Meeting and befriending the man who would become my fiance

12. The Crimson Moon on Wednesday nights

13. Becoming pro-life

14. Meeting other pro-life activists

15. UNG students for life! You rock, Scarlet Baasch. Joshua...well, you are very tall.

16. Having a used tampon thrown at me

17. Eating outside of Chow on crisp fall days with my friends

18. Passing geography... it was a close one. Who would have guessed there would be physics in that?

19. Re-meeting a lovely woman who spent so much time helping me learn

I was not always an apt pupil, but you were a patient and enthusiastic teacher, Cynthia Vendetti.

20. Joining the UNG theatre guild (thank you, Shae Garrett)

21. Working for Jan's Family Daycare, and meeting a wonderful friend, Kate Koehler

22. Joanna Toso

Words cannot describe your amazing-ness. You are a blessing to everyone you meet.

23. A wooden swing outside of Young Hall, a beautiful spring day, Alex watching me while I swing. We chat, and that was the first time either of us really realized that we like-liked each other...a lot.

24. Cinnamon Coffee at Einstein's

25. That one time Alex, Walker, and I went to BCM, and it was way worse than any of us could have way imagined.

Way worse.

26. Sitting in the Jeep, listening to music

27. El Jimador

28. Going to March for Life in Washington D.C.

29. When Alex and I attended a bioethics conference in Atlanta (and every academic there loved him)

30. Haley Aponte. We survived ESL!

31. English Standard Grammar being the worst four hours of my life every week

32. Spanish. Soy no bueno.

33. My best friend, who became my boyfriend, who became my fiance

34. Bear on the Square festival

It's the best festival of the year.

35. The tranquility of summer classes, and the relationships you make in those small group settings

36. The absolutely incredible teachers in the history department

37. Waiting on Gabriel Scroggs and Taylor Strayhorn

Thank you guys for the memories.

38. Sitting at Einstein's, drinking coffee, chatting with friends

It's one of my favorite memories.

39. The 2016 election

If I can survive this, I can survive anything.

40. That one pro-life event where more than 10 people changed their minds on abortion.

41. Becoming assertive, caring more, desiring more out of life and gaining confidence

42. Passing all of my classes, meeting all of my own expectations and feeling a sense of pride in hard work

43. Complaining about UNG

I have so many friends that I could not name everyone, but I want you to know that if you ever shared a table at Einstein's with me, you are special and I am very grateful to you. All of you have changed me. Thank you for that. Thank you for being in my life.

Cover Image Credit: Carly McCurry

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.


As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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8 Mistakes Auburn Freshmen Always Make, Without Fail

You do NOT want to be guilty of #6.


With the summer coming to a close, the anxiety of incoming freshmen heightens. You wonder if you've bought enough stuff for your dorm, you worry that you won't have enough room to fit all the things you bought for your dorm, and there's always that thought in the back of your head, wondering if you'll be "freshmeat" to the upperclassmen all over again. While they might not look down on you as much as they did in high school, here are a few mistakes you need to know to avoid making yourself look like a total noob.

1. Only studying 1-2 days prior to a test.

We're all guilty of this one. The first test of freshman year is always a slap to the face because freshmen aren't accustomed to the vigorous studying that has to come before a test. They think, "I usually studied the night before a test in high school and did just fine, so if I start studying two days before a test I should be good." Nope. Professors know that freshmen don't prepare enough for their first test, but that doesn't mean they make it any easier. Use it as a learning experience to figure out what study habits work best for you (obviously not this one).

2. Doing laundry on Sundays.

Ahhh, Sundays, the day everyone collectively decides to get their crap together. The library is packed, Starbucks is sold out of venti cups, and freshmen migrate to the laundry rooms. It's annoying enough to have to break a $20 just to get quarters for the washing machine, but nothing is more frustrating than finding all the washers full with damp clothes, ready to be dried with no one around to pick them up. My best advice is to do laundry on Saturday morning when everyone's asleep till noon recovering from the night before.

3. Bringing every single thing on those online packing lists.

Universities don't release packing lists for a reason, because everything on those lists is basically useless after the first month. You're not gonna keep up with filling your Brita water filter, you'll probably just end up buying water bottles at the C-store. You'll most likely only use your mini ironing board once until you realize its pointless since everyone wears their clothes wrinkly anyway. Figure out the things you use on a daily basis at home, and only bring the necessities.

4. Going home every weekend.

This might seem tempting, especially after the homesickness kicks in, but you can never fully adjust to college if you're spending every weekend with your parents. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with seeing your parents while in college, just limit the contact to once or twice a month in order to make friends and feel comfortable being away from home.

5. Never utilizing the library until finals week.

The library is basically my home now, but nothing is more frustrating than not being able to find a table during finals week because they're all filled with freshmen trying to cram a semesters worth of information in a week. The library is always there, 24-7, but people forget how useful it is until the last week of the semester. Work as hard as you work for finals week every time you have a test. It'll make the stress of finals week a little less since you'll already have a grade you're comfortable with and won't be killing yourself for an A on the final in order to pass the class.

6. Wearing your favorite shoes to a frat party/downtown.

Even if you're wearing the cutest dress known to man that goes with nothing but your OTBTs, you're gonna have to sacrifice the outfit and switch out those wedges for converse if you want your shoes to survive. Between drinks getting spilled and people stepping on your feet, you're gonna be saying goodbye to the $125 you spent on those shoes. Bring an old pair of converse or vans with you to college that you wouldn't mind getting a little dirty.

7. Only studying with friends.

Studying with your friends sounds like a good idea until you find yourself gossiping and watching youtube videos, getting nothing productive done. Lots of freshmen are scared to go to the library alone but don't be. A good 90% of people there are studying alone, and you'll get waaay more done this way, giving you time to hang with your friends after.

8. Not going to the UPC events.

Welcome week is when UPC throws the biggest events of the year, such as Paradise on the Plains, Aubie Fest, and the Gameday Experience. These events are held to welcome you to campus, so take advantage of all the free things they have to offer! Free food, free games, and most importantly, free T-shirts. Don't miss out on these events because you're nervous to go to things alone (like I was), this is a perfect opportunity to make friends and get to know the campus a little better.

Freshman year is a rollercoaster, but hopefully knowing these few things to avoid will make it a little easier. Good luck and welcome to Auburn!

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