Dear Freshman Emily

Dear Freshman Emily

Please do not wear any other school in the SGA office.

Dear Freshman Emily:

Congratulations! You lived to see another day. I know how hard that can be at the moment, but if I can tell you one thing, it's that you will be okay.

Right now, you are the girl who cries herself to sleep at night because she hates college so much. At the current moment, you want to die. Actually, scratch that. You have become so obsessed with dying that you think about it constantly. I know that it can be a struggle to be the outsider, but pretty soon, that will all change.

You are about to apply for something that is so beyond amazing you will do it for the next three years. SGA will change your life. The people you meet just from sitting in the office will have a profound impact on you for a very long time. No matter what you may think at the current moment, you will find people who love you. For you, though, it just might take a bit longer than the average Joe.

This year, even though it will not be looked back upon with the fondest memories, will change your life. You will meet people who will become your life line in so many different situations. At the moment, it is easy to feel alone. Hoewever, give it some time, and things will work out the way they are supposed to.

You will fall in love with politics. So much so that your fiery passion will shine through. Do not, under any circumstances, let anyone put that fire out. Since you are different in the South, it will be hard. However, the Emily Rasch that I know would not let that passion die. A lot of things are worth fighting for, and there needs to be a voice like you to stand for those who cannot.

You will love Southern Miss. Yes, really. It will take time, but there will come a day when you realize that Southern Miss was, and will always be, the school for you. A lot will depend on what you decide to do with that. If I could offer you any advice, though, please do not wear anything not USM related in the SGA office. Unless you want a verbal buttocks whipping, I highly advise against doing that.

You will become comfortable with the idea of change. It seems strange now, but some of life's greatest treasures come from it. Frankly, nobody likes change and what comes from it. You are not any different from the next person in terms of that. You have to be the catcher of whatever life throws your way. I promise, girl, you've got this.

My last word of advice for you is to embrace the struggles. It will be a long time before you will hit your breaking point and finally ask for help. But you've got this. No matter what people think of you, you will be that ray of sunshine needed in this heavily overcast world.

And if that's not something to celebrate, what is?

All the best,

The Junior you

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My brother and his wife recently blessed our family with the sweetest bundle of joy on planet earth. OK, I may be a little bias but I believe it to be completely true. I have never been baby crazy, but this sweet-cheeked angel is the only exception. I am at an age where I do not want children yet, but being able to love on my nephew like he is my own is so satisfying.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a very protective person.

From making sure the car seat is strapped in properly before every trip, to watching baby boy breathe while he sleeps, you'll never meet someone, besides mommy and daddy of course, who is more concerned with the safety of that little person than me.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her a miniature best friend.

There is something about an aunt that is so fun. An aunt is a person you go to when you think you're in trouble or when you want something mom and dad said you couldn't have. An aunt is someone who takes you to get ice cream and play in the park to cool down after having a temper tantrum. I can't wait to be the one he runs to.

When you make a girl an aunt, she gets to skip on the difficulty of disciplining.

Being an aunt means you get to be fun. Not to say I wouldn't correct my nephew if he were behaving poorly, but for the most part, I get to giggle and play and leave the hard stuff for my brother.

When you make a girl an aunt, you give her the best listening ears.

As of right now I only listen to the sweet coos and hungry cries but I am fully prepared to listen to all the problems in his life in the future.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the best advice giver.

By the time my nephew needs advice, hopefully, I will have all of my life lessons perfected into relatable stories.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her a number-one fan

Anything you do in life sweet boy, I will be cheering you on. I already know you are going to do great things.

When you make a girl an aunt, she learns what true love is.

The love I have for my nephew is so pure. Its the love that is just there. I don't have to choose to show love every day, I don't have to forgive, I don't have to worry if it is reciprocated, it is just there.

When you make a girl an aunt, you make her the happiest person in the world.

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!


It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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