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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"What would I do without you guys???"

1. "Can I wear your shirt out tonight?"

2. "Does my hair look greasy?"

3. "We should probably clean tomorrow..."

4. "What should I caption this??"

5. "Is it bad if I text ____ first??"

6. "Should we order pizza?"

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9. "I need a drink."

10. "McDonalds? McDonalds."


12. "Okay like, for real, I need to study."

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15. "What do I respond to this?"

16. "Let's have a movie night."

17. "Why are we so weird?"

18. "Do you think people will notice if I wear this 2 days in a row?"

19. "That guy is so stupid."

20. "Do I look fat in this?"

21. "Can I borrow your phone charger?

22. "Wanna go to the lib tonight?"

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24. "I kinda want some taco bell."

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26. "I wonder what other people on this floor think of us."

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34. "Sometimes I feel like our room is a frat house..."

35. "Guys I swear I don't like him anymore."

36."Can I borrow a pencil?"

37. "I need to get my life together...."

38. "So who's buying the Uber tonight?"

39. "Let's walk to class together."

40. "Are we really pulling an all-nighter tonight?"

41. "Who's taking out the trash?"

42. "What happened last night?"

43. "Can you help me do my hair?"

44. "What should I wear tonight?"

45. "You're not allowed to talk to him tonight."

46. "OMG, my phone is at 1 percent."

47. "Should we skip class?"

48. "What should we be for Halloween?"

49. "I love our room."

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The Glory Of Moving Far, Far Away

There is beauty in new beginnings.


In this day and age, people everywhere seem to have wanderlust. I like to say that July is when it is at its peak, especially for me. I am now adjusting to life in Coatesville, Pennsylvania with my family after moving from our previous home in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This is not my first time moving away, and it will certainly not be the last one either, but it still feels different to me. The main reason for that is because this is my last summer before I graduate from college.

It not only marks the end of my entire childhood, but it symbolizes the end of freedom. While I am still familiarizing myself with my new home, I want to take the time to write down how I feel right now.

Finding New Places

I am originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. I spent most of elementary school there, and I managed to stay for all four years of high-school as well.

So, it is safe to say that I know it pretty well. I loved living there, but I fell into this routine of frequency. I knew where I wanted to go out to eat and what movie theater I liked the most.

However, all of the places in Coatesville are new to me right now. Who knows what kind of memories I will have from all of the restaurants and stores here?

There is beauty in new beginnings, and I am already looking forward to stepping into a Wawa.

Happiness At Home

Fortunately, the moving process went very smoothly from the beginning for all of us. I kept the necessary belongings with me for the car ride and reunited with my other belongings quickly since the movers arrived the day after us.

One of my favorite things about coming to a new house is having a different room. I like sorting all of my stuff and thinking of crafty ways to arrange everything. The yellow walls actually closely resemble my dorm room which helps me think of ideas for the upcoming semester.

Plus, I have two side-by-side windows which give me a gorgeous view to our front yard. The first observation I made was all of the green surrounding us. The trees and grass just paint the entire neighborhood. It must be a sign for me to relax and enjoy the outdoors from time to time.

Make It Count Every Day

Like everything else in life, summer does not last forever. Even though it is not always easy to live in a new place, I am determined to make the most of it.

On one of our first nights at our new house, my sister chose the movie "Titanic" to watch that night. This is my most beloved movie and it made me feel more at home.

I cannot finish this section without giving credit to Jack Dawson. He once said, "I figure life is a gift and I do not intend on wasting it."

Since it has been almost a week since our journey here started, we have become accustomed to our family rituals including walking the dogs around the circle and watching the weekly showings of "America's Got Talent."

I am so glad that I have the chance to live in Pennsylvania and I am looking forward to the future. I am now more inspired to explore the area around me and learn more about myself.

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