Last Week of Classes

This past weekend was Millsaps’ annual Spring Parties. Spring Parties have been reserved for the weekend before the last week of classes. Spring Parties and Bid Day are the two weekends which I look forward to most every year. At Spring Parties, every fraternity has an impressive beach themed setup in their yard. Each chapter hires a band and cooks lunch (either grilling burgers or boiling crawfish) during the day. The party continues into the night with each house having their own dj play music. I had a great time like always, but my only complaint was that it was a little cold this year.

Most students have been using this week to do some preparation before the brutality kicks in during finals week. My finals week won’t be quite as stressful as many student’s week because I only have two finals. Two of my professors have assigned us a paper which will take the place of our final exam grade. Those papers have been my top priorities for the week.  I’m hoping to have those done before this weekend so I can have a lot of time to devote to my two finals in Managerial Accounting and Geology. I desperately need to finish strong!

In addition to my academic obligations, there’s a few other things which I have to take care of before summer break can officially begin. Every organization on campus has been meeting this week to communicate with their members before everyone goes back home. There’s a few which I have had to attend this week. I also have a job interview tomorrow with Wilkins Tipton, a law firm in Jackson. I’m crossing my fingers that it goes well!

Unfortunately, this will be my last blog for the school year. I hope that my blog has been helpful for prospectives and their families, and not just for the amusement of my friends. It’s been fun for me to be able to look back on the school year through my blog. It really has been a great year at Millsaps. I’m excited for what next year has in store. I know it’s going to keep getting better.

Coming to an End

It was another successful weekend at Millsaps College. I was invited to Phi Mu’s spring formal. They had their formal at the Jackson Zoo. It was a very cool venue as we were able to walk around and see the Black Bear and Alligator exhibits. There was also a joint at my fraternity’s house where a Grateful Dead cover band put on a small concert.  Below are some pictures from the weekend:

On another note, the school year is quickly coming to a close. There’s only two weeks left including finals. It’s a bittersweet feeling because I’m ready to be done with school work, but I’m also not ready for everyone to go back home. I wish that everyone could stay at Millsaps over the summer without classes…wouldn’t that be awesome?! I’m currently in the process of getting my summer plans in order and finalized. I’m excited that I’ll be living in Jackson over the summer. Today, I’m actually sending my resume out to two companies about possible internship opportunities (hopefully they work out). Millsaps’ Career Center is extremely helpful to current students and alumni. Students most often come to the Career Center for help with their resume or help in seeking employment/internships. I have a meeting set up for Tuesday where one of the directors will go over my resume and suggest other possible employment opportunities which will fit well with my major and professional aspirations. It’s hard to believe that I’m almost half way done with my undergraduate career at Millsaps. Time has gone by way to fast!

Easter and Baseball

Millsaps’ students got out last Thursday for our short Easter break. Thursday was sort of a special day since my little brother, who is a Junior in high school, made his first official visit to Millsaps. The admissions office at Millsaps does a great job of personalizing visits for individual prospective students. On his visit, he was able to meet with his admissions counselor, sit in on a History class (he wants to major in History), get a tour of the campus from a current student, and eat lunch with the Track and Field coach. He really enjoyed his visit. Hopefully, he’ll be in Millsaps purple and white two years from now.

Many students left shortly after their Thursday classes wrapped up. I, on the other hand, decided to stay the night and not leave til Friday morning to go back home to Memphis. Instead, I went to Mississippi Braves opening day that night. The Mississippi Braves are the AA baseball team for the Atlanta Braves. I am a huge baseball fan so I get very excited when April finally comes around. I make it to a good portion of their home games during the season. They play their home games in Trustmark Park in Pearl, MS (about 20 minutes away from Millsaps’ campus).  Unfortunately, they lost their first game 2-5, but that didn’t keep my friends and I from having a good time.

Trustmark Park

The next morning, my brother and I woke up early to head back home for Easter. It was a great break and I was happy to get to spend some time with my family. The great thing about Easter break is that every school has it at the same time, obviously. That, of course, meant that I was able to see several of my friends from other schools. It’s always nice to be able to catch up with my high school buddies. Sunday morning, my family and I went to church. We had a great lunch together afterwards and then I made the three hour drive down I-55 S back to Jackson. Luckily, I was able to see the closing of the Masters and watch Bubba bring home the green jacket.

Ol' Bubba Watson

Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

Weekend of Formals

One of the best things about the month of April is that there is a fraternity or sorority formal pretty much every weekend. On Friday night, I went to Tri Delta’s formal. They held the event at the restaurant Wasabi downtown. It was an awesome venue! They have a great outdoor dining area where the DJ was posted. The only downside was that several people were incapable of dancing because they couldn’t leave the sushi table (best sushi I’ve ever had).

 My fraternity hosted our annual Spring formal on Saturday. Our group made the bus ride over to Basil’s downtown on Congress Street. I didn’t participate in as much dancing at our formal because of the Final Four games on that night (Boo Coach Calipari by the way!).

 

Rock Chalk Jayhawk

It was a great weekend! It’s unfortunate that I won’t be able to really catch up on sleep until Easter. I have two tests this week and then I’ll make the trek back home for some quality time with the family over Easter weekend. Soooo close! Happy early Easter everyone!

Birthday

It was a busy weekend on campus as I predicted in my last blog. Major Madness is always filled with several events for both the current students and prospective students to enjoy. This weekend got me excited for next year’s incoming freshmen class. There were a ton of cool prospectives that I got the opportunity to meet.

Monday’s are typically not the most exciting day of the week for me. However, this Monday (March 26th) was my 20th birthday! I knew it was going to be a good day immediately after my alarm woke me up. The first thing I did was check my email from my phone. My night class (Business Ethics) professor sent an email, notifying my classmates that class was cancelled. Cancelled class was probably the best birthday surprise I could have possibly received! After I finished work at 1 o’clock, I went golfing with a few of my buddies. The weather was perfect as well. It was close to dinner time when we wrapped things up so we went to Little Caesar’s and grabbed a few $5 Hot n’ Ready pizzas. When we returned to our fraternity house, we cranked some music and relaxed on the front porch. To sum it up, it was a good birthday. What’s even better is that my mom came down Tuesday night. I basically got to have a second birthday. She took a few of my friends and myself out to my favorite restaurant in Jackson, Julep’s. Their honey fried chicken is AMAZING!

This week has flown by for me! This weekend also should be exceptionally busy. I’m going to Tri Delt Formal on Friday night. Saturday, during the day, my fraternity is hosting a brotherhood event at a paintball park. And that night, we’re also having our Spring Formal…a lot to look forward to!

Spring Break

For this year’s spring break, I went to Destin, FL with several friends. It was so perfect! It was everything we could ask in terms of weather too. Below are some pictures for all of y’all to enjoy:

Twister

The conclusion of Spring Break meant that it was back to the Millsaps’ grind for it’s students. I was excited to be reunited with the rest of my friends though. Today has been  a special day at Millsaps for Sophomores, such as myself. Today is Major Declaration Day. Major Declaration Day (March 22) is the last day for Sophomores to declare their major. Each Academic Department met with their newly added students. I declared a Business Administration major with a concentration in Finance. The Else School of Management hosted a pizza party for all Accounting, Business, and Economics majors. It was a cool experience. I was able to meet with my new Academics advisor, Dr. Neely, while we ate some Domino’s. He answered several of my questions and offered some great advice for my remaining 2 years. I’m excited to see what the rest of my undergraduate career has in store now that I’m officially declared. 

All the Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics Majors.

This weekend is filled with much excitement as well since it is Millsaps’ annual Major Madness. It is the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the college. There will be over one hundred prospective students on campus. Major Madness has several events planned for current students, prospective students and their families to enjoy. Friday night, the band Motion City Soundtrack will put on a concert in the Hangar Dome (basketball gymnasium). Saturday, there will be a crawfish boil in the plaza. Hopefully, some of prospective student readers will be in attendance tomorrow.

Thanks for reading! All y’all have a safe and fun weekend!

Foundations (First Year Experience)

Another great weekend at the Saps. Saturday, there was a huge joint party hosted by three of the fraternities. It was a great time as pretty much everyone on campus came out for it. The theme for the party was a rave. Everyone made sure to not wear nice clothes as they quickly became covered in various colors of neon paint. Check out some of the pictures below:

Sunday, there was a meeting in the afternoon for all of the new Foundations Leaders for next year. For those of you who don’t know, Foundations (also known as first year experience) is a program which all freshmen at Millsaps are required to go through. In my opinion, Foundations is one of the best things Millsaps has to offer. It’s such a great program and most students are unaware of it before they come here. Foundations is basically an additional class, which is pass/fail, that meets once a week for the fall semester.  There’s typically between 20 and 30 different Foundations groups. Each group is led by two Millsaps’ upperclassmen. The purpose of Foundations is to help ease the freshmen’s transition from high school to college. I can attest that college is very different from high school. Like most students, I knew only a few Millsaps’ students before move in day. Having two upperclassmen that I could go to for questions and advice, made things so much easier. I consider myself very lucky to have come to a school which has a program like this. The helpfulness of Foundations made me want to apply to be a leader last year. Serving as a leader made me appreciate the program even more (as cheesy as that sound). I loved being a person which the freshmen came to for help. I remember what it’s like to be in their shoes. As you can probably tell, I’m definitely excited for Foundations next year with a new crop of freshmen!

It’s also worth mentioning that I’m tired of being reminded that Spring Break starts this Friday! I’m ready to be in Destin, but it is imperative that I keep myself in a studious mindset for a few more days! I have a huge Geosystems test tomorrow and a few other assignments to take care of before I can officially relax on the beach. Friday, hurry up and get here please.