So last week, I started my list of a few of my favorite things about Millsaps to give you a deeper look into the life of a student here at the college. Looking back, I realized I used a lot of smiley emoticons, so for both our sakes, I’ll try to tone that down this time around. This week, I give you my Top 4 favorite things about Millsaps College:
4. Homecoming/Major Madness: Each semester, we have a big week/weekend dedicated to celebrating past, present, and future students of Millsaps. In the Fall, Homecoming brings alumni from all over the country back to campus for great food, philanthropy events, and of course, football. Our Spring event is Major Madness which is used for many prospective students to come and enjoy some time at the college. SAPS, our student event coordinating board, usually fills the week with all sorts of events for students to enjoy, and the weekend always ends in a concert of a well-known band and a great comedy show.
3. Faith and Work Initiative: Millsaps College has a program dedicated to discovering and nurturing the passions of students and helping them find a career path that allows them to use those passions for the betterment of the world. I was fortunate enough to be a part of this program. It begins with a class called the Meaning of Work in which we examined the history and evolution of work and delved into ideas such as callings, jobs, occupations, and finding happiness in our career path. We then receive an internship with a professional in a field that interests us. For me, I was able to be an intern for an Emergency Room doctor at a local hospital in Jackson. It was one of my favorite experiences since I have been in college and allowed me to find meaning in the work I want to do in the future. It also gave me great experience (120 hours) that will impress graduate school admissions boards! You can go deeper into the Faith and Work Initiative and take courses in Work Ethics and obtain more internships (you even get paid in the later ones!)
2. Love for community service: One of the coolest things about Millsaps that brought me to the school and has kept me here since is the student body’s desire to serve the community. There are SO many organizations dedicated to the service of the local area, state, nation, and even the world. The Greek system is a great example of this in that every fraternity and sorority sponsors several philanthropy events a semester that is used to raise money for local service organizations as well as world-wide causes. Just this weekend, we have two huge events: Chi Omega’s Walk for a Wish and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Chili Bowl. Other organizations include the Campus Ministry Team, 1-Campus-1-Community, and an organization that I helped found, “A Tride Called Millsaps.”
And the long-awaited #1- Faculty: I bet you weren’t expecting that one! But just hear me out. One of the pride and joys of a liberal arts college and Millsaps specifically is a low student/faculty ratio. Not only is this true for our college, but the faculty is extremely personable and actually care for the students they are teaching. No matter what, you can ALWAYS email and/or drop into your professor’s office unannounced to get help with classwork and even non-school-related issues. One of my favorite examples of this is my Histology professor: Dr. McKeown (Muh-cow-in). On many occasions, I have been able to go to his office to ask questions about class, details of my degree, and even talk to him about life. He actually cares. He even gives us his cell phone number so that we can call him to ask him questions when we are studying at night. You don’t find that at many places! We are a blessed college to have a faculty as caring as that.
So, I hope this has given you a little better idea of what Millsaps is all about. Of course there are many things that didn’t make the list that I still love about the college, but I guess you’ll just have to come to see more!