As a non-traditional community college transfer student, I had a hard time adjusting not only to a four year university, but to an entirely differently state. I had taken the risk and moved here from New York, I was homesick and dealing with culture shock. My first semester was the hardest, I limited myself to classes only and realized I was missing out on the Ole Miss experience. Over time I engaged with the campus community, and found a strong sense of tradition that I never thought I’d enjoy. Like the Hotty Toddy chant, hanging out in the Grove, going to a Rebels baseball game, or exploring the historic architecture on campus. The University of Mississippi has many traditions to enjoy. One of the most popular being the Walk of Champions, where the Ole Miss Football team walks through the Grove before each home football game. Fans gather on each side of the walk to wish the players good luck for the game. The culmination of this walk is at the Lloyd Tower, added to the walk only a few years ago. Bob Lloyd, an alumni who funded the tower expansion, said “It’s intended to be a symbol to rally around – a new beginning that the entire Ole Miss family can love and embrace without regard to race, gender, age or social status.” Written inside of the Lloyd Tower on each side are the words I proudly associate the most with this university, “Excellence, Integrity, Family, Rebels”. If you find yourself here and feel like you don’t fit in like I did, remember two things, that you can be always yourself here and, like Chucky Mullins said, “Never quit.”
Hometown: Holbrook, NY
Degree: A.A. in Liberal Arts, A.A. in Psychology, B.A. in Psychology
Community and Junior Colleges in the western half of Mississippi. Also, transfer students from states east of the Mississippi River.
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