How To Support Your Tiger During Finals!

tcMeet Tori Callais! Tori is a Women and Gender Studies Major with a Social Work and Sociology Minor. She is from Denham Springs Louisiana and will be serving as the 2015 Orientation Team Leader! Tori is also involved with LSU Ambassadors, LSU Women’s Chorale, and NSCS. 

You start to notice your student is drinking an excess of coffee, they begin to take on the smell of caffeine and fear, they have currently set up house in the library, they are beginning to only wear pajamas in public, you see their social media accounts flood with hashtags like #clubmid #finalsprobs #letthecurvebeinmyfavor and you may or may not have heard from them in a couple days…what on earth could this mean? It means it is Finals Week at LSU.

Finals week is the one thing in between a relaxing holiday break and finishing out the semester. As much as the images of endless sleep and countless home cooked meals over break are in every student’s thoughts, they sometime are not enough to take the edge off the “week that must not be named.” So what do you do as a Parent to make sure your student is less stressed throughout this week?

Send positive messages to your students

Hours upon hours of studying tends to lead to some pretty thorough procrastination. Every Facebook page from their best friend in pre-k to their friends in college have been scrutinized and inspected and some throwback pictures have made its way to everyone’s’ newsfeed. With that being said, your student is more or less checking their social media accounts and/or phones frequently to take a break from the daunting task of studying. Leaving a word of encouragement on their Facebook wall or shooting them a meaningful text can help to alleviate some stress from their plates. Seeing positive words can really push a student to keep working hard when the week begins winding down.

Send care packages (through the residential halls/apartments)

Some days can seem like the end of the world during Finals, especially if it is your first college finals week. Walking back to your room in a residential hall and finding that you have a surprise package from a loved one can turn a bad day into a good one in less than a second. LSU Residential Life offers care packages during finals week in order to help family members support their student in midst of their studies. On Residential Life’s website are step by step instructions on how to send a package to their particular hall or apartment on campus (see below for directions). Opening a package full of candy, cards, maybe a stuffed animal or two can help stress levels decrease for a good measure of time. It adds a light to the end of the finals tunnel! 

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My personal favorite that my parents make sure to help me out with during finals is home cooked food. That’s right, I said HOME cooked food. My dad sends me “rations” as we like to say throughout finals so that even while I’m studying day and night, I still have a little piece of home with me to comfort me. They are all in microwavable Tupperware that fit perfectly in my mini fridge, and boy does it come in handy when days seem to last longer than before. The dining halls do an excellent job of preparing top quality food especially during heavy testing periods, but sometimes the smell of my dad’s gumbo is enough to make me forget about that calculus final that is coming up.

Finals week can seem like a lifetime or a blink of an eye, but having loved ones support you in some way throughout the process is a feeling that really does stay with you throughout college. And if your students ever forget to say it, thank each of y’all for constant love and reassurance that we can do this!

Directions to send care packages to your Tiger on Campus in the Residence Halls & Apartments: 

All on-campus residents will be assigned an LSU Box at Ricoh Mail & Printing Services in the LSU Student Union, and the charge is posted on the student fee bill.

To claim a box and key, visit Ricoh in room 101 in the LSU Student Union. This box will be able to receive both regular mail and packages. The student’s name and mailbox number must be on all mail and packages. Students will receive a pick up notification via e-mail when a package arrives and should bring a picture ID to claim packages.

To send mail and packages to an LSU Box, please follow this address format:
Student’s Name
101 LSU Student Union Bldg.

LSU Box # _ _ _ _ Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Residential communities will accept deliveries (from local businesses only) of fresh cut flowers, cut fruit bouquets, or cookie bouquets. For the safety and security of residents, the residential front desk staff is unable to verify, identify, or disseminate the contact information (including phone numbers) of specific residents. If the delivery agency requires a signature or direct contact with the receiving resident, the aforementioned student’s phone number must have already been provided with the order by the ordering party. After receiving delivery, the front desk worker will notify the resident through their LSU e-mail account that they have a package to pick up at the front desk. The Department of Residential Life is not responsible for lost packages.

Use the following address format when receiving perishables (ONLY those mentioned above):

Student’s name
Room number and building name

Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70803

You can also view this link and check out page 22 for info on mail delivery! http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/reslife/files/2013/06/LivingOnCampusHandbook.pdf

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Finals Week. Ohhhhh Finals Week.

10485965_875397085826157_5158197220351958095_oMeet Drake Boudreaux from Lafayette, Louisiana! Drake is studying Mass Communication Digital Advertising and minoring in Business and Visual Communication. Drake is involved as a LSU Ambassador, Head Parent Orientation Leader, Student Government, and STRIPES!

I doubt any other combination of two words would evoke such a wide spread negative response.  Possibly “root canal” or “roll tide,” but who’s to say? The simple fact of the matter is a week full of tests designed to reveal students’ knowledge on a semester’s worth of information in a variety of subjects can be quite daunting. Although the amount of information may be overwhelming, our grades may have a first class ticket on the struggle bus, or no amount of coffee seems to be efficient enough to carry us in to hour 8 of studying, there are a few finals week pointers that I feel make it easier to come out on top.

Make an individualized study plan

Where do you study most efficiently? In what ways do you learn large amounts of information? What people hinder or distract you from concentrating? No one knows you better than yourself. I find it extremely important to sit down before finals week begins and layout my plan of action. I decide where I am going to study, how I am going to study, who I am going to study with, what grades I need to make on which exams, how far in advance I need to study, which exams I need to focus on, for what period of time will I study? I find it incredibly important to be honest with myself when doing this.

Utilize Resources

LSU’s campus is flooding with resources to help students. With things like the Center for Academic Success, the tutorial shell center, Middleton library, study groups, and professor’s office hours and study sessions, we as students have access to assistance. There is no shame in using these resources, especially in preparation for final exams. keep-calm-finals-week-ahead

Stay Positive

Finals week is no fun. But keeping a level head and remaining optimistic makes getting through finals week much easier. When all is said and done, I remain confident in my preparation through the entire semester and I don’t let any of my exams have power over my attitude. No matter how much time I spend studying, I try to work to a point where I can say, “I know this material as well as I can.”

Reward Yourself

On the same note as remaining positive, I find it important to recognize when I achieved my goal and reward myself for doing so. Whether you set little goals for every hour of studying, or one big one immediately following your last exam, it’s great to have something to work toward or look forward to.

When all is said and done, the key to conquering finals week is preparation. And if I’m being quite honest, most of the time the build up or anxiety surrounding finals week is actually worse than the exams themselves. As long as students maintain a level head and put in the necessary amount of effort, finals week is very doable.

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Welcome To Death Valley, Where Dreams Can Also Be Made

1UntitledMeet Jorge Herrera, the Facility Graduate assistant at University Recreation, better known as the “UREC”. A native from Silver Spring, MD, he currently studies in the masters of Higher Education Administration program. He enjoys taking part in various recreational activities while still focusing on helping his student staff develop critical thinking and transferable skills within the work place. As a first year graduate assistant, Jorge is ecstatic about learning the theoretical background of student development through Higher Education and practicing new theories within the field of recreation. He aspires a future career within recreation or student affairs upon graduation.

The alarm sounded at 5:30am on a Saturday morning. The Louisiana sun had yet to fill the blue skies over the field complex, but as 6:00 am struck I was already through the doors of the LSU Student Recreation complex for what seemed to be a quiet Saturday shift. As I hooked a radio to my belt and clipped on my manager keys, I greeted my student staff whom so diligently arrived to begin set-up for our event that morning.

As the sun began to rise over Death Valley, the UREC staff had worked hard all morning to prepare for the big game. Athletes started to arrive and the bleachers began to fill up. A sharp silence fell over the UREC field complex as LSU and Alabama players anxiously awaited the 9:00 AM game whistle at the 2014 Unified Special Olympics flag football game.

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A game filled with extraordinary athletes and ESPN covered the field to televise this historic show down. An event filled with performances from the LSU Tiger girls, cheerleaders, and special guests like President Alexander; it was truly one of a kind. As the game moved past each quarter, LSU’s nationally ranked special team surpassed Alabama and took the lead.

As a volunteer on the sideline, I began to realize how lucky I was to be a part of this event. This flag football game stood for much more than just a game for these special athletes. It was an opportunity for athletes, spectators, volunteers, and all viewers to come together and celebrate the efforts of athletes from all different backgrounds. It was an opportunity to celebrate diversity and unify people from within the communities near and far and empower individuals who were unique in their own way.

As the 4th quarter arrived, LSU significantly dominated Alabama’s valiant athletes, but regardless all of the athletes were true champions. I was fortunate to have been part of this magnificent experience through my assistantship at UREC. This event opened my eyes to the impact recreation and wellness can have on all members throughout any community and how even setting up some tables or putting out a few cones can contribute to changing lives of the athletes.

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How To: GEAUX Find a Job!

UntitledMeet Morgan Decuir, a current senior at LSU majoring in Elementary Education. She loves serving her university as a member of LSU Ambassadors, and she is also one of the founding members and President of Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL). Throughout her years at LSU, she served as the 2014 POL for the College of Human Sciences and Education, served on the SPRINGFEST Executive Board as the Associate Chair for Events and Training, is a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon, and served on the Student Support Service’s Student Activities Board as the Communications Liaison. Morgan is more than thrilled to begin her career as a teacher in Fall 2015.

It’s the beginning of senior year and I have everything planned out: some lesson plans that can be altered for grade levels, a small portfolio that features some of my previous students’ work, and even a some-what completed resume. I thought I was prepared for it all, until the same question was asked by everyone I came to contact with, “Where do you want to teach next year?”…Wait, what? I did not even begin classes yet and I have to think about where I want to begin my teaching career? It did not hit me that I will have my very own classroom in less than 10 months! This is where I began to have slight panic attacks every other night. I told myself, “Morgan, you will have a position waiting for you before you walk across the stage at graduation.” Then I began to ask myself, “Where do I even begin?”

After a month or so of small panic attacks about my life, I received an e-mail from the LSU Olinde Career Center. This e-mail was specialized for all College of Human Sciences and Education students to give us an update of services and events that can help us for our future careers. Mine looked like this:

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Each student receives their own e-mail from the LSU Olinde Career Center that is specialized for their college. Since the College of HSE encompasses many career options, students are able to take a look at other events that are occurring as well. Although I am an Elementary Education major, it didn’t hurt that I looked into the section about Careers in Student Affairs Month. I’ve thought about doing other career options in the far future with my degree in Elementary Education. However, my main focus in this e-mail was Teacher Interviewing Day.

Teacher Interviewing Day (TID) is an event where representatives from many school districts all over different states come on campus to interview aspiring teachers. Since I am a senior and I had my plan of landing a position before graduation, I made an effort to be there. From that moment, I fixed my resume to the best of my ability and uploaded it on Careers2Geaux—another amazing resource that LSU offers to all undergraduate students for free. The week before TID, I found out that I could not attend because I had to teach that day. Discouraged, I took my mind off of TID and continued to focus on lesson planning. I put off going to the LSU Olinde Career Center for assistance in perfecting my resume because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it to TID. But then on the Monday evening week of TID, I get an e-mail stating that I had a request to be interviewed. I was super excited! I knew that I could not turn an interview down, especially when the employer asked me.

On the day of TID, I taught my math and science lesson, and right after I zoomed to LSU to prepare. I walked in so nervous, but more excited that I was asked to be here for an interview. The interview went AMAZING and I was given the opportunity to tour the location over Winter Break and begin filling out the application for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year to have a position waiting for me—my dream was turning into a reality!

My experience with TID was possible through the LSU Olinde Career Center. Encourage your student to stop by their offices and utilize all of the resources available. From resume building, interview tips, and even renting an outfit for interview day, the LSU Olinde Career Center makes sure that your student is prepared to excel at any interview and land their perfect position. By the time your student is a senior, it will be super easy for them to geaux find a job!

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Louisiana State of Mind Homecoming 2014

885915_10152275359531330_3053369881712374346_oHomecoming Week is Here! The LSU Homecoming Student Committee is proud to present the 2014 Homecoming Week Celebration. The week will be filled with fun, excitement and awesome LSU traditions. We are excited to celebrate the unique culture of Louisiana with this year’s theme “Louisiana State of Mind”. 

Our week kicks off with Splatterbeat presented by the Residence Hall Association. Our day will be filled with games and fun at the first annual Homecoming Field Day. We’ll party and cheer during the Pep Rally and Rave where lucky raffle winners will have the opportunity to pie their favorite LSU faculty, staff and students. There will be performances by each of our phenomenal spirit squads, awesome student performers and so much more. We will jam to the beats of our featured concert artist Love and Theft for our annual Homecoming Concert, and we will round off our week with all of our Game Day activities. Join us at our annual Homecoming Parade and Tailgate, and end the night in Death Valley as our Fighting Tigers take on the Rebels.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the week as we celebrate this great LSU tradition. For more information on Homecoming Week and all it has to offer visit our website at lsu.edu/homecoming or contact us via email at homecoming@lsu.edu.

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Tiger Bridge Program

photoMy name is Sara Carver, I am currently an eighteen year old, freshmen, graphic design major. I spent most of my life with my single mother living in San Antonio, Texas. Late in my sophomore year I moved to Ponchatoula, Louisiana to live with my father and his wife. At LSU I have become involved with Community Council and ended up being voted as our hall President. My joys come from participating in clubs such as Habitat for Humanity and Sustainability, and hope to be part of CHANGE Break.

Being involved in the Tiger Bridge program has made the transition into LSU a bit different. As bridge students we take our classes at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC), but we spend our social time here at LSU. The majority of us are in the same classes with each other so being able to come back to the residence hall, do our homework together (or being able to ask others around for help), and socialize with each other because our work is done, is extremely convenient. I think the common misconception about bridge students is that we lack the intelligence that all other freshmen on campus do. This makes fitting into the campus life a bit difficult. Frankly, we aren’t that different from regular freshmen students, we just take classes at a different location than normal LSU freshmen. Most Tiger Bridge students are aware of what it takes to actually become full time LSU Tigers. At the end of the spring semester we must have completed 30 credit hours, 3 hours of Math and English, and uphold a 2.5 GPA. Because we are trying to reach this, most of our time is spent dedicated to studying. However, study groups are where we find our social life takes root. We try to be as involved in FYE and other freshmen activities – or campus activities in general, but most of us are very tired by the time we get back from commuting. There are two things that most of us don’t miss – football games and any activity Bridge puts on for us. Our mentors, Bridge Director, and GA’s give us every opportunity to get out of our dorm rooms and participate in activities.Untitled

One challenge is the commute back and forth from LSU to BRCC. I can’t say things have exactly been “hard” per say, but if I had to pick one difficult thing, the transportation would be my specific pick. Instead of us having to get to the bus stop and then go from A to B, we have a different location which picks us up to stop at one BRCC campus, and then a shuttle picks us up from there to take us to the main BRCC campus. Not only is it over an hour bus ride for a 13-minute regular drive, but riding the bus almost feels like riding the Knight Bus from Harry Potter. That is the one thing that has really made the transitioning life here hard because we all absolutely love LSU

I think a lot of us agree on the fact that transitioning into college life has been completely different from high school. Here is what some other Bridge students had to say:

  • “When you’re in high school you learn one thing and move on. It’s become more of a lecture, learn, take a test, make an A and move on….now you have to study and apply it in different things because things build on each other. I’ve never cherished sleep as much as I do now either.” – Bria Boatner, Business and Sports Management major.
  • “High school doesn’t prepare you at all for college. I get less sleep. Our coffee addiction has increased 10 fold. I’ve become a coffeeholic.” –Connor Hart, Political Science major.

I believe high school doesn’t really prepare you to be fully emerged in school work. When I got to college I wasn’t really fully prepared to be completely dedicated to studying. Like Bria said, I didn’t realize how much actual studying I would do. Each subject adds on to the previous lesson where in high school I just needed to memorize material for that weeks’ test.Untitled.png1

Another aspect we all agree on is just how wonderful actually being independent has been. “The thing with college is you do get a lot of freedom, but you can so easily mess it up. If you’re not careful you can mess up your chances of being someone… so learning to balance has been the biggest struggle. Focus and regulating time is key.” –Teresa Bruno, Health and Nutrition major. No one is here to watch us. Everything we do in college we do because we strive to be someone or complete something. Mom doesn’t stand over us every morning shaking us awake and asking if we want breakfast or encouraging us to socialize. But the thing is, not one of us wants a hand to hold. We love being on our own and making our own decisions because now we’re taking our own steps into the future. Yeah, we know we’re not going to all make it through, but we are ready to charge full force ahead. The coolest part about being here is that even though we are in a sort of limbo, we are all in it together. Our hall is our family and I think that is really what separates us from the rest of campus.

LSU Family Association Scholarship Recipient

Untitled3Kat Latham is a Junior mass communication major from New Orleans, LA. She currently serves the university as an LSU Ambassador and a Student Government Senator. Kat has also served as an LSU Orientation Leader, a Parent Orientation Leader and was a recipient of the LSU Family Association Scholarship this year. As an LSU Family Association Scholarship recipient, I was so excited that my family would be get the chance to celebrate my achievement during LSU Family Weekend. On Saturday morning got game day ready and headed to the LSU Family Association Scholarship Breakfast, where I was recognized and awarded for being chosen for the award. This was such a special moment for my family and I as this scholarship represents how my family supports me in my college education. I am incredibly grateful for my family and being awarded this scholarship gave me a way to give back to them and make them proud. We took many pictures to celebrate and then headed to the parade ground for the Family Weekend Tailgate. After enjoying some delicious tailgate food and jamming to the band, we headed to the stadium for the game!Untitled After arriving at the game I immediately had butterflies of excitement in my stomach. I was so excited to get to go on the field before the second quarter to be recognized for my scholarship. With 10 minutes left in the first quarter I headed down to join the other scholarship recipients on the sidelines. I loved the opportunity to be so close to the action on the field and seeing my friends wave to me in the stands was unforgettable. When the end of the quarter came we all got to walk on the field and President Alexander personally shake all of our hands and commended us on our achievement. With a win from our Tigers, an on field recognition, and quality time with my beautiful family, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I had not only during this weekend, but also every opportunity I have had during my LSU Experience. Family Weekend was a great experience for my whole family and I cannot wait for next year!

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Where to go in the Capital City?

UntitledLexi Verret is a senior public relations major from Lockport, Louisiana. As a student she serves as Chapter vice president of the Public Relations Student Society of America at LSU. She enjoys meeting new people and spending time with friends and family.

Baton Rouge is filled with exciting people and places that exude Louisiana Culture. If you have free time during Family Weekend and are looking for a traditional Louisiana experience, then Baton Rouge is the place to be.

Downtown Baton Rouge is a great place to explore. You can start with touring the Louisiana State Capitol. Take an elevator 34 stories to the sky deck to get a one-of-a-kind view of the Capital City and the Mississippi River, take a stroll around the grounds and see the spot where Huey P. Long was shot. Untitled1

Once you have seen the Capitol, you can make your way to Louisiana’s own castle, the Old State Capitol. Tour the beautiful building, and learn the history of Louisiana. If you just want a place to relax, you can grab a signature Louisiana coffee from CC’s, and enjoy it on the levee next to the Mississippi River.

There are a few shopping centers in Baton Rouge. Perkins Rowe is one of my favorite places to shop. There are great boutiques, restaurants and a movie theatre all in one place.

If you are looking for places to eat to pass the time, stop in at The Chimes. It is conveniently located near LSU’s campus and the food is delicious! If you are looking for a sweet Louisiana treat, stop by Coffee Call on College Drive for some beignets. Beignets are easily one of the best things about Louisiana, besides LSU Football, of course.Untitled2

I hope you enjoy your visit to Baton Rouge! If you are looking for more to do in the Capitol City check out VisitBatonRouge.com for tons of fun Baton Rouge activities.

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LSU Cale P. Smith Student Financial Management Center

Today’s post comes from Raylea Barrow, a Graduate Assistant for the Student Financial Management Center. Read more to learn what the Student Financial Management Center is all about!

The LSU Cale P. Smith Student Financial Management Center is thrilled for our brand new location in the LSU Olinde Career Center of the LSU Student Union! This facility will further allow us to engage students in financial literacy education and advise students to become financially responsible. Financial literacy education plays an important role in teaching students how to properly create and maintain a budget, form disciplined spending habits and set financial goals. Students will gain access to these lessons through our personal one-on-one advising, First Year Finance programming and any additional campus activities related to our office. The LSU SFMC also offers Transit, a free online course requirement which first year students can use to test their financial knowledge through mock scenarios.

Students and famalies interested in the LSU SFMC can continue financial education by accessing our online resources at sfmc.lsu.edu or our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/lsusfmc. Emily Burris Hester serves as coordinator for the office and her associate, Raylea Barrow, serves as the current graduate assistant. Our office, 158BB Student Union, has appointments available on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This Thursday, September 18th, the Student Financial Management Center will be holding their first event of the year. Encourage your student to geaux check it out at Free Speech Alley!

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Location: 158 BB LSU Student Union

Email: sfmc@lsu.edu

Phone: (225)-578-1586

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From a Bobcat to a Bengal

IMG_5816Meet Paige Elmlinger, a first-year student in the Master’s of Higher Education Administration program. She earned her Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Ohio University complemented by a Diversity Studies certificate. An Ohio native, Paige has encountered many cultural differences since moving to Louisiana, which has made for quite the experience!

          Growing up in the Buckeye state I thought I knew what football culture was all about. Football in Ohio was witnessing everyone decked out in Scarlet and Grey on Saturdays (or more importantly Green and White, Go Bobcats!) or hoping for the Browns to pull through with a win on Sunday. Then I moved to Louisiana and began attending a SEC school; I quickly realized football isn’t just a past time down here, it is a way of life.

          I had no idea what to expect when it came to Tiger football- an example for you all to understand how unschooled I was, the first few times I read the motto “Geaux Tigers” I thought it was pronounced “Gee-awwx Tigers”. Being an Ohioan I had a lot to learn as a new Southerner. My first LSU game was a success, LSU defeated Sam Houston 56-0 and my day was filled with sun, food, and great friends! To be honest, my favorite part of sports is the social aspect and I was mainly looking forward to the tailgating aspect of Game Day! Ohio tailgating has nothing on LSU- it was a complete culture shock for me. You could not go a few feet across campus without encountering another tailgate. The campus grounds were filled with tents, music, tailgate games, TVs tuned into ESPN, food, and an insane amount of people- it was jaw dropping!

IMG_6650 Tailgating is a huge component of Game Day and here are some tips as a newcomer I have for those who have never experienced the SEC:

1. Traffic: Baton Rouge is infamous for their congested traffic and Game Day is no exception. Leave quite early to get onto campus. You may be unable to take your normal route to campus due to road closings in order for law enforcement to ensure a smooth traffic flow. Also carpool with friends because parking is limited!

2.Game Day Attire: I was so stressed over what to wear for Game Day, but it’s a simple as this: wear what you are comfortable in! You will see outfits ranging from LSU t-shirts and jerseys to purple sundresses with cowboy boots! I definitely recommend wearing something cool since you will be tailgating in the Louisiana heat. The most important part of Game Day attire: it is essential to wear purple and gold! Pair your purple and gold with neutrals such a khaki, white or black

3. Drink water: Drink lots of it! The heat can take the energy out of ya and it is important to stay hydrated! You do not want to pass out in Death Valley!

4. Familiarize yourself with LSU traditions: Especially the Garth Brooks song “Callin’ Baton Rouge”. You’re guaranteed to hear this song multiple times throughout the day and every time Louisianans go crazy! Witness the football team walk down Victory Hill and check out the Golden Band from Tigerland. 

5. Have fun and embrace the LSU culture: Step out of your comfort zone! Try new tailgate foods such as meat pies or jambalaya. Join in on “Geaux Tigers” cheers. Walk around campus just to people watch and take it all in!

My first SEC football experience was unforgettable and I can’t wait for the remainder of football season! I hope y’all have a better insight of a Northerner in a Southerner’s world!

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