College Freshmen Who Want To Cram In "Freshman Experience"

To The College Freshman Who Wants To Cram In The "Freshman Experience", I've Got Some Words Of Advice

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Dear freshman,

So, you're starting your first year! First and foremost remember to breathe. There's gonna be a lot going on so be prepared for some sensory overload.

The most important piece of advice I can give you is to prioritize academics! You will meet so many people and be provided so many opportunities but ultimately, none of it matters more than your studies, So, if you know you're not fully prepared for that calculus exam tomorrow and could study harder, maybe you should back out of going to that party. If you start off with bad habits, it will be so difficult to break them in the upcoming years. So take this time to build good study habits. Something that has personally worked wonders for me is studying in public study spaces like MLC or a library. After all, humans are social animals and having social pressure to study works wonders for a lot of people. Maybe you'll even find your special study spot or room that really works for you. (I would highly recommend the fourth floor of the main library or downstairs of Snelling).

Pick your classes wisely. It's crazy how much of a difference a good professor makes. And if you pick a class at 8 am, make sure you have the self-control to not skip half the semester. I knew there was no way I could have a class that starts before 10 am if I wanted to actually show up to class.

Don't just focus on making friends. It's also imperative to build connections with your professors! I know summer after freshman year seems like a long ways away, but it'll go by in a breeze. And when you're applying for internships or scholarships, you'll need them. It's also good for future opportunities. Building connections is also a good skill to have starting now in your academic career and in the future.

Try not to come in with a packed itinerary! Leave some space to relax or go with the flow. Yes, it's important to make use of as much of the year as possible but it's also important to take some risks and venture into things that happen on a whim. Be adventurous! It's important to have a schedule and be organized about your day but also maybe check out that obscure club you've never heard of.

Know that there is no right or wrong way to do it. You don't have to go out every weekend or join as many clubs as you can cram in. College is not the time to conform. It's actually the opposite. It's your time to figure out your own path in life; figure out what works for you.

Definitely get to know a few of your hall-mates. Not only is this a great way to build a support system, but they'll also come in handy when you desperately need an Advil or someone to just stay in and chill with.

That's all I have to leave you with for now. Don't be afraid to reach out to older students if you ever need advice. We've been through it and we know it can be rough. You will have off days, that's normal. Prioritize your mental health and take care of yourself. Watch out for any bad behaviors and don't let that become a habit.

As my favorite teacher always says, go forth and be brilliant!

Sincerely,

An upcoming college sophomore.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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Bulldogs Get Their Shot At Professional Baseball

Four Georgia Baseball players were selected through the first two days of the MLB draft. The Bulldogs garnered national attention in the 2019 season after an impressive 46-17 record.

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Georgia baseball has been steadily improving ever since a string of sub-.500 finishes over the past decade. Consecutive appearances in the NCAA Regional Tournament shows the nation that Athens is once again a powerhouse. Even Major League Baseball is starting to take notice.

1. Aaron Schunk - 62nd pick, Colorado Rockies

Schunk was considered a two-way prospect going into the draft. He split his time between third base and closing pitcher. A winner of the Triple Crown award, Schunk had 15 home runs and 58 RBIs with a batting average of .339 as the Bulldog third baseman. As the closer, he had 12 saves with a 2.49 ERA. The position assigned to him by the Rockies was third base but he is likely to still get an opportunity to pitch in the minor league system.

2. Tony Locey - 96th pick, St. Louis Cardinals

A semifinalist for the 2019 pitcher of the year, Locey had a season ERA of 2.53 accompanied by an 11-2 record. His season was somewhat of a surprise after having a 3.92 career ERA at the collegiate level. MLB teams typically look at a number under 3.00 as being impressive. The Cardinals expect Locey to continue his upward trajectory.

3. Tim Elliott - 126th pick, Seattle Mariners

Another Bulldog pitcher comes off the board on the draft's second day. Elliott posted impressive numbers during his junior campaign with a 2.38 ERA and a 7-3 record. One of those seven wins came by way of the complete game which is becoming ever more rare in today's game. Originally coming to Georgia as a reliever, Elliott transitioned to a starter while posting a 3.10 career ERA across 41 appearances.

4. LJ Talley - 207th pick, Toronto Blue Jays

The best fielder on the team has shown yearly improvement with the bat which was the most crucial area needed for him to be on the MLB's radar. His fielding is solid with an appearance on the 2019 SEC All-Defensive team. Talley finished his senior season with a batting average of .332 accompanied by 8 home runs and 41 RBIs.

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