5 Things To Consider Before You Choose To Attend The University Of Mississippi

5 Things To Consider Before You Choose To Attend The University Of Mississippi

Once you experience Oxford, you will want to stay forever.

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The University of Mississippi is a place like no other. It makes college more than just school. It makes the college experience unforgettable and makes Oxford feel like your home for the years you spend here. These are a few things you need to think about before you call Ole Miss your home.

1. It has a history.

The history of the university has some dark sides. It is definitely not accepted in today's world, but it is the history. I am not saying agree with it, but simply learn about it and accept that it happened.

Do not attend Ole Miss if you are embarrassed to say you go there because of what happened in the past, and do not choose Ole Miss in hopes to erase the rich history when you get here. History is not to be erased but to be learned from.

2. Roundabouts are everywhere.

If you plan to bring a car to college, consider the amount of roundabouts Oxford, MS has. If you are not a good driver or do not know what I am talking about when I say 'roundabout' then please research how to drive in them.

In Oxford, they are taking the place of every intersection, and they can get very complex. Like two lanes in a roundabout complex. The students and citizens that already live here would appreciate if you had a little knowledge about them before you show up in town.

3. Mississippi weather

Ole Miss is located in Oxford, MS, which is in the north part of the state. The weather is completely unpredictable. This area is known for showing all four seasons in one day, and it is nothing to see a sunny 65-degree morning with snow flurries expected at night.

So before you choose Ole Miss, buy a raincoat, umbrella, plenty of shorts and flip flops, and also snow gear. You will need this in your dorm year round because Oxford does not abide by the seasons set aside.

4. Overwhelming hospitality

Mississippi is known as the hospitality state. If you attend Ole Miss you will find this name very fitting. It will become very common to be greeted with a hug, a huge smile, and a question on how your day is going even if it is your first time meeting an individual. That is just how things work around here. Don't worry, you will get used to it and will be hugging everyone you see soon enough.

5. Are you ready to make Oxford home?

Obviously, if you are interested in Ole Miss then duh you are prepared to move to Oxford. I am talking about your years after college. Oxford is an amazing little town that holds such a welcoming feeling. I have been fortunate to grow up near Oxford my whole life; however, I know plenty of people that have moved to Oxford from all over the world to attend Ole Miss, and they never leave. It just has the southern charm about it. Once you experience Oxford, MS, an Ole Miss baseball and football game, good luck wanting to leave after four years. You will want to stay forever.

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I'm sure you've heard it before...

"Cut someone out of your life if they negatively impact your mental health."

"You need to cut off friends, family, anyone that is bad for you and your future."

"You will be so much better off once _____ is gone from your life."

At this point in your life, you've probably cut off one or more people who you believed weren't good for you. You were prioritizing yourself, and that meant letting go of someone, regardless of the memories, bond, and love that you had for them. It was probably difficult, but somewhere down the line, you knew that you did what was best for you. And you stood by that decision.

But how many times have you been the problem?

How many times have you sat down and took the time to analyze a situation, only to come to the conclusion that YOU'RE the one that's messing up? And that if you changed x, y, and z, you could save or help your relationship with your friend, family member, or significant other.

Probably not very often.

It's so much easier to pin a problem on someone else than it is to look deep within yourself and take responsibility for the things that you've done. But that's all part of growing up. At some point, I hope you realize that you weren't so perfect either, after all. And when you do, this is what I want you to think about:

We all go through different phases of our lives, and it's okay to understand and acknowledge that this phase doesn't represent the best version of yourself. Character development isn't a strict upward slope, where you start off being a shitty, underdeveloped, immature person, but then progress into being an angel. There are going to be ups and downs. There are going to be moments where you're really disappointed in yourself, and can't believe that you let yourself slip up to that degree. We all have flaws, we all make mistakes. But also all have so much potential.

As long as you're willing to put in the effort to change (because everyone around you deserves that), then you're on the right track. And I'm proud of you for having the emotional maturity to self reflect and be better. That's the first step.

And the next step is going to involve putting everything you're saying into practice. I can't promise you that it's going to be easy. And I can't promise you that you're going to drastically permanently change overnight. If I did, I would be lying. But what I can promise you is that everything you're going to do will be worth it in the long run. I hope that's enough of a reason to dig deep for a new you.

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