A Letter To William Carey Students

A Letter To William Carey Students

Right now, we are all #SaderStrong
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Dear William Carey students:

First off, I just wanted to say how sorry I am that you guys lost everything in the recent tornado that ripped through Hattiesburg. While we are a campus down the road, through it all, we have your back.

I know that many of you have been displaced by the tornado. I wanted to say that although I cannot get your material things back, I hope that I can somehow help by creating new memories on our Southern Miss campus. It breaks my heart knowing that for many of you, irreplaceable memories and mementos are now destroyed.

This is no longer a "Southern Miss or Carey issue. This is about Hattiesburg banding together as a city and community and restoring faith in you and your campus. I know how hard it can be to keep morale up at this time, but hopefully through continued efforts, we can restore normalcy to you all.

I've seen many Crusaders on our campus. While it has been an adjustment to see red and black in a sea of black and gold, it is refreshing. I love seeing and meeting new people, so having whole groups come on campus is pretty cool.

I hope that you guys find our residence halls comfortable. I know that things like memories in your own personal dorm cannot be replaced, but hopefully by our accommodations, we can at least make it sort of feel like home. Home is where the heart is, and while we are a few miles away, I hope that we can constantly be reminded that Hattiesburg is home, too.

I hope that in this time, you realize how awesome Southern Miss really is. Our people, our campus, and our community are some of the most caring, welcoming individuals I have ever met. From what I have seen from you guys, so are you. I know that it's weird having class online and not being fully "present" academicallly, but I hope you remember that we want to help you.

I'm so glad that we have been able to accomodate you guys. I know that I have a greater appreciation for both of our respective administrations after this. It may have taken a natural disaster to bring us together, but I am so glad we can mesh together.

So here's to you, William Carey. We are ALL Sader Strong. Through this, we can show the world how great partnering between two schools really is. We are not rivals, we are brothers and sisters united in preserving the legacies of our respective schools. ALthough the situations we are in right now may be strange, we must band together and aide our cross town brothers and sisters.

Southern Miss, and William Carey To The Top,

Emily Victoria Rasch

Cover Image Credit: WJTV

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If You Still Don't Have These 8 Things In Your College Room, You're Doing It Wrong

Take it from a senior living in a residence hall, I know what I'm talking about.

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If this is your first semester or if this is your last, there are some things every college student should have in their room. Granted, some things are more of a convenience than a necessity, but, come on, you only live once, right?

1. Bluetooth speaker

Whether it's jamming to some study tunes, kicking it back with some chill beats on a Saturday night, or trying to block out the noise roommates down the hall, a Bluetooth speaker is a key piece of every good residence hall experience. You'll thank me later.

2. String lights

The easiest way to turn those glum room walls into your personal paradise is to hang string lights all around! If you are feeling particularly creative, adding some lights and print-out photos to an open wall creates the cutest memory board. Make sure to hang these below the sprinkler system if your hall has them!

3. Cute pillow(s)

Nothing makes your mostly-unmade bed look better than a cute throw pillow. Who cares if your comforter is crooked and falling off your mattress — you've got adorable pillows! Plus, they can be great to lay on when studying or watching movies in bed.

4. A fuzzy blanket

Nothing screams "college" like cuddling up in a soft blanket and procrastinating your homework. Whether it's for watching movies, wrapping up in while studying for that 8 AM exam, or just unwinding after a long day, a fuzzy blanket makes everything better.

5. Essential oil diffuser

Most residence halls don't allow candles or wax melters, but essential oil diffusers can be even better for you and for making your room smell great. You can even use certain oils when you aren't feeling well to help you get better sooner!

6. Reusable water bottle

Now, this is more of a college tip in general, but it is still extremely important. I find that when I buy a new reusable water bottle, I drink more water. Stay hydrated and reduce your eco-footprint by skipping the single-use plastic bottles.

7. Closet organizers

One of the hardest parts about moving into a college room is the closet space (or lack thereof). Go for practical. An over-the-door shoe rack, hanging cubby, multi shirt hanger, or jewelry pouch can maximize your space without forcing you to get rid of half your wardrobe.

8. Power Strip

I'm not talking about dinky little extension cords, no no, I'm talking power stips. These babies have saved me every semester of my college career. Many residence halls require them since they have surge protectors. Turn one outlet into five or more (some even have USB ports).

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11 Scary Phrases You, A College Student, Will Hear In Class Before Halloween

It's spooky time, Witches.

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Even though it's the beginning of September, college students have to deal with scary things all day, every day, regardless if it's Halloween or not, contrary to popular belief.

Not only do college students have to deal with overwhelming amounts of homework, but life really can be hard, why lie?

If school work doesn't frustrate you to the ends of the earth, friend drama, family drama, or just having an awful moment can turn your good day into one of the worst ones in history.

When it comes to bad days, all's fair in love and war, unfortunately.

Sometimes your soul will skyrocket out of the atmosphere because you're just so frustrated, while other time's you'll just give up on the spot, but whatever the case may be, it's going to be OK.

There's plenty of people on this world that relate to your pain. We understand.

Here's to all the spooky things you'll hear before Halloween.

1. "Single Spaced Essay's." 

That moment when the Professor thinks it's a wonderful idea to introduce a ten-page paper that's not due until Christmas, but it has to be single-spaced.

2. "Did you do the homework?" 

Uh - what homework?

3. "Hey, your Student Loans called." 

I can pay them back with my three dollars, right?

4. "The wifi isn't working." 

Scenario: It's 11:50 p.m. on the day your assignment's due, and your WiFi cut off just as you were about to press submit. Spooky.

5. "Are you ready for the midterm?" 

Let's be real, when is anyone really ready for Midterms?

6. "This is a group-related project." 

Why can't I just do my work alone? I'm not the only one that can't function with group projects, right?

7. "What are you doing after graduation?" 

If you asked me what I wanted to do in the future three years ago, I could've responded. Now, I'm just taking it day by day, my dude.

8. "Have you seen my headphones?" 

The worst feeling ever is trying to find your headphones, only to realize they're missing.

9. *Looks at Tuition Fees* 

Why? Just, why?

10. "I won't be here to teach the class, but you still have to come." 

Why can't you just cancel class? Please?

11. "I hope everyone did the reading for today. Pop Quiz!" 

Darn it.

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