Hattiesburg, MS
University of Southern Mississippi


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jessica
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were dedicated, enthusiastic, caring, driven indivudals.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates were dedicated, enthusiastic, caring, driven indivudals.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell parents and/or students to look closely at finacial aid. In the end you will have to pay it back if you take out loans. Make sure you will be set up to do that one day. Don't take more then you need, and make sure you don't change schools too many times. Look closely at what you want in a school. Do you want an education or a social life? Think long and hard, but remember study hard and have fun.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had know more about finacial aid before coming to this school.

Lindsey
Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are interesting, academically-oriented people interested in the class material.

Describe the students at your school.

Classmates are interesting, academically-oriented people interested in the class material.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important thing to remember when choosing a college is that it will not be anything like high school. Some of the major distinguishing factors include living without your family, classes at strange hours, and generally going about your day without supervision. There are some really wonderful things about college, like classmates who are actually interested in the class material, and an immense lack of drama, but there is a great deal of responsibility that goes with this that some students find hard to adapt to, especially after being used to having their days heavily scheduled with extracurricular activities. Many get lightheaded from all the freedom and party or skip classes so often that they flunk out and have to return home. To avoid this, it is important to realize that you are the one responsible for getting to class on time, for cleaning your dorm room, for knowing when to turn down a party when you have a big exam the next morning. Yes you can go out and party or stay up as late as you want, but remember how that is going to affect your academic performance. You did come here to learn, after all.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The lack of school-funded transportation. My dorm is several blocks off campus; I have to bike to class every morning. And don't even get me started on how long it takes to walk to the cafeteria.

leonardo
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take time to find the right school to finish an degree, do not go to a school because of how they party.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take time to find the right school to finish an degree, do not go to a school because of how they party.

Delaney
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There is a great deal of advice to give parents of newly-enrolled college students, and indeed the students themselves as wel...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There is a great deal of advice to give parents of newly-enrolled college students, and indeed the students themselves as well. The first piece of advice is that unless university housing is truly horrible, that students should try to live on campus; it will benefit them academically, financially, emotionally and is quite simply convenient. Another piece of advice that I would have appreciated, it that your major will not determine your life, often students come to college so convinced of their career paths, that they fail to take classes that interest them and that will help to build them not only as a future employee but also as an individual. Finally, I would encourage all new college students to get involved on their campus, that fastest way to fight homesickness and boredom is to be involved in everything from clubs to honor societies to Greek life.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Before I came to the University of Southern Mississippi, I would have loved to have more information about financial aid, I went into college with no financial aid, and have received little despite my high GPA. The most useful knowledge would have been where to find the aid, how to apply for it, and what was available to me. I also wish I had known how to navigate the rather complicated university bureaucratic system, between admissions and advisement and other factors that shape college life, but I have learned through trial and error how to operate in the college system.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about the University of Southern Mississippi is its nearly total lack of diversity. While the two major ethnic groups of the geographical region are well represented, there is a serious lacking of other ethnic groups; the university is simply a reflection of the surrounding population. Unfortunately, religious diversity is not present either. Finally, the university if not culturally diverse, southern culture, food, lifestyle and thought dominates both the students and the majority of the faculty. While this can provide a positive insulating effect for some students, for others it can be smothering.

Jessica
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give parents and/or students advice on finding the right college and making the most of his or her college experience...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would give parents and/or students advice on finding the right college and making the most of his or her college experience. I would tell them to make sure your first college is the one for you. I would advise them too look at the size. If you went to a small highschool you will probably feel more comfort in a small college; however, if you went to a large highschool you probaly will feel more comfort in larger setting. Also, make life long friends but choose them wisley. Remember in the end you will be a college graduate, and no one ever looks at how many parties you went to during your college experience.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person that is goal-oriented and foucsed on life. One who wants to make a life time of friendships and memories.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

One who attends school only to party. One who thinks college should be small and easy.

Carol
Describe the students at your school.

They are easy going students that want to go far in life. The like to study but enjoy having a good time, also! They try to...

Describe the students at your school.

They are easy going students that want to go far in life. The like to study but enjoy having a good time, also! They try to help each other. They are cautious about taking care of the environment and keep it clean. Most try to work hard and try to be good people.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take the time to make the right decision for yourselves. Study and try to have the right knowledge to make the decision you will need to make for your future. Stay true to yourself and do right in life.

What's unique about your campus?

I think it is how the teachers and professors try to help the students . I feel it has to do with my experiences and how teachers have always tried to help me. They have always been helpful and considerate.

Jaclyn
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice to students and parents is to visit colleges before deciding to attend somewhere. If you have any anxieties about ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice to students and parents is to visit colleges before deciding to attend somewhere. If you have any anxieties about a college then do not go there. Go where you feel most comfortable and try to make the most of your college experience. Always go to class is my most important advisement. Try to get involved on campus and get to know your professors. Professors can be your worst enemy but they can also be your best friend.

What's unique about your campus?

People at my school are very friendly and hospitable. This is the best attribute of The University of Southern Mississippi. Everyone makes you feel welcome.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Most frustrating thing about my school is having teachers who are foreigners and I am not able to understand them when they speak. These teachers also make no allowances for not being able to understand.

Tamara
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USM is where you can be yourself without being judged, feel free to express yourself, and a place that you and your many frie...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

USM is where you can be yourself without being judged, feel free to express yourself, and a place that you and your many friends call home.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college isn't easy. The most important thing to remember is that college is for you. You shouldnt let your parents choose what you do for the rest of your life, even if that means being removed from your family. The college you choose will be the one that guides you to what will do "when you grow up". With that being said, chose the college that fits you. Research and go to the different campuses to familiarize yourself with the atmosphere. If you love it, then you are in the right direction to finding the right one.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that you always feel at home. There is always something to do or a club to be involved with. From attending the football games to having a picnic outside, there is never a dull moment. Since USM makes many things convenient, it is easy for anyone to enjoy themselves without the hassle.

Stephanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Most students need to figure out a college that is the right distance from home. Not too far, but not too close. I usually see the people who are struggling with thier first year of college chose to come here, when home is aver 200 miles away. Also choose a college that seems like it has the right atmosphere. A college that is medium sized is perfect!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about USM is the professors! Of course there are always going to be those few bad ones, but the majority are amazing! They are very well educated and resepected nationally

Terria
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for having some of the greatest fooball players and coaches to play as well as coach here, such as...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for having some of the greatest fooball players and coaches to play as well as coach here, such as the great Bret Farve of the New York Jets and Tyrone Nix, offensive coordinator at the University of Ole Miss.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For those you searching for a college to go to, make sure you do extensive research on everything the school has to offer for whatever it is you want to major in. Although using the internet is good and taking other people word about the school, I feel its best if you take a visit to the school and there is where you'll learn all you need to know in your orentation.

What kind of person should attend this school?

From my experience at the University of Southern Mississippi, I feel that the kind of person who should attend this school are people who are really into the medical and business field because this school seems to be filled with people who are in those fields and have me told on serveral occasions that the curicculum is very high, also someone who is from out of state would also be a perfect fit especially if you've never been to Mississippi.

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