Being A JSU Freshmen Isn't As Hard As The Rumors Make Them Out To Be

Being A JSU Freshmen Isn't As Hard As The Rumors Make Them Out To Be

Being a freshman is confusing , but all you need to do is make friends and have fun!

In my last three years of college, I have experienced many trials. I contemplated if I was studying the correct field, if I was good enough, if I belonged, I felt lonely and broke. Things every freshman, sophomore, junior and senior will experience. But if there is any advice I can pass, it is something I realized three weeks ago when I was at my lowest: make friends of all sorts.

1. Friendships can start at any point.

When I came to JSU I knew one person, my boyfriend at the time. That was it. I decided to be a music major but I did not join the Marching Southerners, which left me as a major outcast. I never understood jokes, everyone had bonds, I think it took a good year for anyone to remember my name. I remember crying on the phone to my stepmother, realizing I was most likely not going to pass my aural skills class. A class that is extended across four semesters. I had never encountered anything like it before so it was one hundred percent new to me. Although, there was a guy I had met during orientation day that just so happened to be in my registration group, who was a music major and a pianist. I texted this guy after 10 PM, the night before a singing exam, and he showed up and helped me for two hours until I could sing do-re-mi perfectly. This is a friend that I never thought I would see again after orientation, but that is a long-term friend I will always have.

2. I am not fit for a sorority/fraternity: but it was fit for me.

It still was not enough, I missed my sisters and parents, people to talk to daily. I remember sitting on the floor at Mason Hall crying because of loneliness when a colleague passed me. She asked what was wrong and I expressed my emotions the best I could. She replied with, “You are just an introvert!” A term I had never heard before. I later was invited to recruitment week of a music fraternity, something I would have never in a million lifetimes thought I would ever be a part of. But I needed a home, friends, a family here on campus, and Sigma Alpha Iota was just that. I remember crying when I get a bid, and I realized the girl that called me an introvert, would soon be the President of my fraternity. Funny isn’t it? Almost three years later, and I would not trade my pledge sisters for the world.

3. Join Clubs!

Before my fraternity, I joined JSU’s Fan Club. Well, partially. I would eat at Jack Hopper Dining Hall and just sit with them. We bonded over talking about video games, and anime, we would also have very deep conversations about the world and life. Most of these friends I do not see every day, but even though three years have passed, I have called them anytime I needed someone. They were always there for me.

4. Go to frat parties.

Fraternity parties are a great way to meet a broad spectrum of people from different majors with diverse strengths. Fraternities and sororities get a bad name due to being stereotyped in movies, but they are just groups of people who bond over similar interests. This does not mean you have to join, but you can have fun and make friends without the commitment! They might even talk you into doing a lip-sync battle one hour before curtain time to raise money for breast cancer awareness, my friends did and it is something I will never forget.

5. Be a part of the International House!

This is a group of people I had once thought I would never get along with, that I had nothing to bond with them over. But again, they are just students with a drive to learn and have fun like anyone else. I have eaten authentic Indian and Moroccan food. As well as help DJ for one of their events. It was my first time DJing alone, and it made me realize how much I love doing it! So because of the International Students, I have learned about numerous different cultures, discovered more about myself, and made more memories.

Therefore, to all the JaxState Freshman of 2017, get out, experience crazy things, and be apart of as much as you can because you might just discover more of yourself.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Cancel Culture Is Toxic And Ugly

Stop deciding for me who I can and cannot like.


I was really hoping that canceled culture died in 2018, but unfortunately here we are in 2019 still "canceling" whoever we personally deem "problematic." Whether it's tweeting from six years ago or falsely made allegations, waves of people will grab on to anything they can to bring down whatever celebrity or influencer seems to be doing well at the moment.

Of course, it is important to bring light to horrible things such as racism, misogyny, domestic abuse, etc., but remember these horrible things are still happening TODAY. We need to focus our energy on combating the horrible things people are currently doing and saying; it is truly such a waste of time to bring up the problematic words and actions that someone in the limelight did almost a decade ago.

Let me be clear, there is no one person I am trying to defend here. I honestly don't care much to personally defend anyone who is being canceled by angry twitter-users who found something just bad enough to hold against them for eternity. I truly just find the idea of it annoying and ugly.

The idea that any person is a completely static, flat character is so inconceivable and unlikely that I truly have a hard time understanding why we cannot accept an apology from a matured person.

If we have no evidence that a person has made any recent damaging remarks, then how can we prove they haven't changed since they tweeted something wrong in 2013?

Of course, there are people who have recently or continuously proven they are indecent people who are not deserving of any sort of public exposure, but if they are truly so horrible, people will drop them without you having to tell them to do so. You don't have to condemn those who still remain loyal; they are probably not the kind of people you need to waste your time on anyway.

If the people canceling others were constantly watched like the people they have damned, I am absolutely sure there is something we could find from their past to cancel them as well.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that famous people are still human beings just like us. Anyone is prone to make mistakes, and those mistakes can absolutely be rectified over time.

Nowadays, people love jumping on the bandwagon of finding a new person to hate and don't even stop to think about the damage it could do to that person's life and reputation.

Give people a chance to prove that they are decent human beings before deciding whether "we" as a whole should love or hate them based on such a small amount of evidence.

I am not saying you have to love every celebrity. If you don't like what someone has said or done you absolutely do not have to give them your attention or devotion, but you should not tell me whether I can like them or not.

In 2019 we should put an end to canceled culture, and, instead, learn to take people at their word and accept their apologies for their past wrongdoings.

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