Southern Miss is Always at The Top

Southern Miss is Always at The Top

My first two years have been golden, and I can't wait for more.

Two years ago, had you told me that I would love college as much as I would love high school, I would have laughed in your face. Now, I am so proud to say that I go to the university that I do.

My journey to Southern Miss started my junior year of high school. When I toured it, there was something that I kept going back to. I did not know it at the time, but that something was falling in love with the little school with a big heart. I knew before my senior year of high school started that Southern Miss was my home, and I was nervous and excited.

I could have gone the way that many of my high school friends went and stayed closer to home. I could have gone to a bigger Southeastern Conference school that was also close to home. But I wanted to do something different. I have always been one that does not conform to what people think I should do, and with my college decision, it was no different.

I was a scared freshman when I walked onto the University of Southern Mississippi's campus in the summer of 2015. Looking back, I had no reason to be. My campus is diverse, and there is a 99.9% chance you will run into someone you know when you are walking around. At the time, though, I did not know any different. Orientation got me used to the idea of college, but I still had no idea what I was in for.

I moved in that August like all freshmen do. I attended Golden Eagle Welcome Week and got acquainted to my campus. A lot changed when I went through sorority recruitment and did not get into a sorority, but that did not stop me. That fall, I found SGA, but I like to say that SGA actually found me. In it, I have gotten to redefine my own definition of family. While my actual family may not be there for me through thick and thin, my Student Government and Southern Miss family always have my back.

The struggles I had seemed so big at the time, but my friend Amanda Jo is right when she says that "everything happens for a reason." No matter how big or small your struggles are, in the long run, they are worth it. You may not always get what you apply for, but sometimes, other, better things happen. It's serendipity.

I am the happiest I have ever been because of Southern Miss. I have two people to thank for being my light posts for it. First off, Mrs. B. Thank you for showing me that Southern Miss was my home and that the golden spirit that lives at Southern Miss is with me. Secondly, Mrs. Rotolo. You exemplify what it means to have spirit for Southern Miss, and you instilled that in me. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Thank you, Southern Miss, for being my light in my sometimes overcast world. Thank you for showing me who I am as a person, and that I am more than my struggles. Thank you for not allowing me to be a number. I am a proud golden eagle, and this university has given me wings to soar.

Southern Miss? You know the rest.

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25 Things About Me

On My 25th Birthday

Since my birthday is on Sunday, I decided to write an article all about me!

1. I love to cook for my husband. Actually, I like to cook period. I even have my on cooking blog titled "If You Want To Eat You Have To Cook". My favorite thing to make is anything with noodles because I love Asian food.

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2. I have a degree in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations.

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3. My favorite food to eat while I am out and about is sushi.


4. Cats are my favorite animal.


5. My favorite thing to drink is a margarita.


6. My favorite season is summer.

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7. I love making treats for my husband, such as cakes and love notes.

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8. My favorite artist is Lady Gaga.


9. My favorite movie genre is a crime drama, such as Lifetime Movies.

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10. I love wrapping presents for other people.


11. My favorite outfit is a long summer dress.


12. My favorite color is pink.


13. My most prized possession are my engagement and wedding rings.


14. I love taking black and white pictures.


15. My favorite dessert is coconut or red velvet cake.

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16. I love my parents and husband.


17. One of my guilty pleasures is binge watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette.


18. My favorite show on TV right now is Nashville.


19. I love to watch Disney movies.

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20. I love cooking with my husband.

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21. My favorite meal is steaks and gnocchi.


22. I love bingewatching TV shows on Netflix.

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23. I love taking road trips on the weekend with my husband.


24. I love getting things done early, and hate procrastination.


25. I love myself and I love being me.

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6 Signs You're Experiencing The Infamous Sophomore Slump

Stress goes up, excitement goes down.

As the end of my sophomore year in college is now in sight, I've begun to take a look back on this year and how utterly strange it has been. I've recently found a term that perfectly describes everything I've felt from this year in just two words: Sophomore Slump. This term has been coined to describe a,

"Period of developmental confusion where students may face difficulties in academic, social, and personal development. In addition, after the novelties of college social life have worn off, nothing seems quite as special."

I've definitely experienced this feeling this year, and although I find myself still enjoying college, the stresses have seemed to increase while the excitement has simultaneously worn off. If you're suffering through the Sophomore Slump as well, you might be able to relate to these tell-tale signs.

1. You went from going out every weekend to adopting a sleep schedule similar to your grandparents.

Freshman year, every weekend was full of constant opportunities for parties. You waited your whole life for the true college experience, and last year you went a little too hard. Now, you're making up for it by spending your weekends reading, sleeping and most importantly, binging the latest Netflix original special.

2. Frat parties are yesterday’s news.

I still remember the excitement leading up to frat parties during my freshman year, especially for tailgates. Now, if I ever even do go out, I prefer a house party with people I actually enjoy being around.

3. You begin questioning whether your major is right for you…and is it too late now?

Is my major the right one for me? I'm already too far in! I can't back out now! Sophomore year is basically a giant ball of stress and quarter-life crises.

4. You enjoy feeling more like an adult, but you miss the innocence of being a freshman.

As a freshman, you were still naive to adult life, and while that had its own problems, sometimes you miss being the new kid on campus with a whole world of opportunities ahead of you.

5. Somehow, if it’s even possible, your procrastination has gotten even worse.

If you thought last year was bad...

6. And you still find yourself in a constant state of denial.

It's fine, I'm fine, everything's fine.

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