arts & letters

Arts & Letters Ambassadors

Form study groups

Make friends with your classmates! You can form study groups for tests, discuss potential paper topics, and compare and share notes. If you make friends in your major early on, your four years will be a lot less stressful!

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Go to class, don't be afraid to ask for help, and always ask your professors if you can get a used copy of the text book in an older edition.

Become a better version of yourself

Focus on becoming yourself. A part of the college experience is having to learn to manage your time and decide what and who is important to you. This is your time to become a better version of yourself.

Major in something you love

It's really important to major in something that you love. Four years is a long time to take classes in a discipline that you aren't interested in or intrigued by. Once you find your niche, really commit to excelling in that field and utilizing all of the opportunities that Southern Miss provides!

Just do it!

Don't sit on your dreams, get up, get out there and just do it! Always help others and be a part of community service. Never look down or feel like you are alone, for you have a whole campus to explore and professors who will always help and take care of you as if you were their own child. And always remember where you came from and who you are. You can do this, now it is time to prove it! Good Luck! #SMTTT

Open your mind

Don't waste your 4 years here. Classes and schoolwork are important, but don't be so focused on finishing that you miss amazing experiences now. Get involved. Meet people. Open your mind.

Set aside some self-care time

In the words of Donna Meagle from Parks and Recreation, "TREAT YO SELF." It is easy to get bogged down in the course load and work responsibilities during college. Always set aside some self-care time and go do something for yourself.

Read all of your assigned texts

before the semester starts. Doing this will give you an excellent overview of the class before it begins and make your actual semester much less stressful.

Take risks!

College is about more than just classes. Take risks! Experience something amazing. Remember to learn about yourself and the world while making memories; don't forget these crucial aspects in the midst of all the work.

Stay focused

Stay focused. Don't let yourself become distracted from your goals and dreams.

Never turn down an opportunity

to experience: during your college career you will have the chance to experience things that you can only do during college…don’t say no.

Learn to pace yourself

Make a to-do list for the week and focus on completing one project at a time. This will make your life so much easier!

Have fun but stay on track

My best advice for college is to make sure you have fun but stay on track with your academics. In the end, we all want to graduate and dive into life!

Always come to class prepared.

 If you don’t, you’ll be lost and not know what’s going on, then you’ll have to spend time catching up instead of having fun!

Do what you love

Stay focused. There is always help when you need it. Do your very best, and take one day at a time.


I know from experience that just going to class and listening to lecture makes a huge difference when it comes to grades.

Prioritize what is important

One of the most important skill that you need to develop is the ability to focus. It is easy to lose focus with so much going on around USM and in your life. Prioritize what is important and pursue your academics with an intense focus on your future!

Go wholeheartedly

My college tip is a quote by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright: "You have to go wholeheartedly into anything in order to achieve anything worth having."

Talk to your teachers!

Talk to your teachers, go to their office hours. They are there to help you.

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