In my opinion the Spring semester is the hardest of the two to get back into the groove of things. You had a month off that flew by faster than the MU Chicken Bowls go at lunch. I need a lot of motivation when it comes to the Spring semester, I just can’t seem to find it. I think the best thing to do in that case is to take a look around Mis and the campus and get a great reminder of all the wonderful little things that are around here and that happen here! So look at the bright side of every situation and remind yourself of why you love this school.
One thing that first comes to mind when thinking of a wonderful little thing at Mis is the whole holding doors situation. I don’t know if we just have the nicest students ever or if it’s just something you gain as a habit as a freshman. Either way it’s something we all should appreciate, I mean have you ever been anywhere else where you are over 20 feet away from the door and someone will still hold it for you?! You know you will do the same for the next person too, it’s just the way we do things around here and I think it’s awesome!
Another awesome thing about Mis is the sympathy we have for each other. I’ve heard conversations that go something like this: “Hey I’m Marly and I’m a Communications major.” “Hi I’m Sara and I’m a PA major!” *insert facial grimace from Marly “Wow Sara good for you I know PA is a tough major!” “Yea, but that doesn’t mean Communications is any easier!” Everyone knows that each major here has its own difficulties, whether you’re in clinic or editing papers that take up all of your time, everyone understands and sympathizes with each other that we all take on a difficult major that challenges us and strengthens us. It’s nice to know you’re not alone.
Picture this, you’re in the library and the printers aren’t working, you wouldn’t believe how easily you can strike up a conversation with someone while waiting for something to print. Whether you’re both complaining about how the printers aren’t working or just striking up a conversation to kill the time while waiting for them to work, either way you make a temporary or permanent friend over the fact that the printers aren’t working. Hey you always have to look at the positive in negative situations! So remember this the next time you’re waiting there “patiently” in the library, you can make a friend over your misery of waiting!
Not many schools offer the opportunity for a professor to know your name and even know that you play a sport. Yes, I know you’re all thinking “well then they also know I’m not in class”, but again look at the positive! It’s cool that at the beginning of class your professor can look at you, say your name and ask you if you won your game or ask you if you got your crochet project done over the weekend. Not many schools can say that the majority of their professors know their students names.
This one still amazes me, so you’re at the deli line and it’s really busy, it’s finally your turn and you go to place your order, but the deli lady is already making exactly what you want! When Ralph (the egg man) was here he knew my friends order by heart and would have it ready for her by the time she got to him to place her order. How cool is that?! Another benefit of going to a small school, people just know each other better and crazy things like that happen! How can you not appreciate someone memorizing your favorite order?!
Another cool thing about Mis is that we all really help each other. I just started clinic as an undergrad, while working on things all of these grad students are offering their help if we have any questions. I know that doesn’t occur just in the SLP major either. Whether you’re a tutor or just a classmate helping a friend, I know everyone does their fair share to help out someone even in the slightest way and I think that’s something everyone should appreciate.
Along with that comes one of my favorite things at Mis. So remember last year when we got like two feet of snow? We had to move our cars (then move our cars again), but of course the cars were snowed in with the two feet of snow. So everyone is out there trying to get their cars out using everything from shovels, to their hands, to ice scrapers. I just remember seeing all of these people going from car to car helping everyone out even when they didn’t know each other. It was our snow day and we were helping strangers get their cars out in whatever way possible. That to me is something that’s pretty cool and should happen again whenever we have a snow day (and have to move our cars three times).
One major thing everyone at Mis needs to appreciate is the sun setting over the campus. If you have yet to see it please add it to the top of your to do list. I’ve seen some pretty cool sunsets in different places, but I must say the sunset over Mis might be my favorite. In the fall when the trees are at their purple-pink point and the sky is the matching color you can’t help but just sit there and stare at it for a few minutes. It’s amazing that the sky can do something so cool over our campus.
Overall there’s a ton of little things that everyone needs to appreciate when attending Mis, whether it’s something about the atmosphere or a part of the campus there’s tons of things we all love about this place. I know I missed a lot of things that need to be appreciated about our school, but if you remind yourself of a few of these each day, you’ll be back into the groove of things for this semester and it will be summer break before we know it.