There are many things you have to learn from experience that people just don’t think to tell you about. What’s popular and what’s not? What useful resources are at your fingertips and often forgotten? What do I wish I knew when I was a freshman?
“Late Night” in the dining hall is something many students go to. It’s like the Taco Bell “fourth meal.” It happens between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and often includes themed celebrations and events hosted by the Campus Activities Board. Right before finals, faculty and staff serve us at a special Late Night called “Cram Jam” where they wish us luck and raffle off prizes.
When the weather gets warm, you can probably convince your teacher to have class outside (except Dr. Steve Harvey who does not like bugs). Don’t be surprised to see tons of people having class on the grassy lawn or at the gazebo at the beginning and end of the year.
The library rents out laptops so you don't have to use a desktop. They stay open as late as 11 p.m. on most nights and have a 24-hour study room with access to computers, comfy couches and a vending machine. Next year, students will get to enjoy the new three-story Zell and Shirley Miller Library and I can only imagine how amazing it will be.
The Academic Success Center has free printing and tutoring. Rhetorica is a tutoring building by the Campus Gate Art Gallery with students that will help you practice a speech, write or edit a paper—basically anything related to speaking and writing. Many classes even require you to visit Rhetorica at least twice a semester. Trust me, it is worth your while.
There are many little things that come together to build the culture at Young Harris. We now also have to take into consideration that there is a huge and fancy new building that is going to be ready in the fall—the Rollins Campus Center. It will have the library, dining hall, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and so much more all in one place.
Many things are going to change next year, so I would like to challenge upcoming freshmen to make Young Harris culture represent you and the student body. This campus will never lose its history, but it’s always striving to make a new future.