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.

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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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Tigers Road to Victory

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I am a junior biology major and football enthusiast who enjoys music, meeting new people, and the south. I am also a member of Phi Mu sorority, LSU Ambassadors, and Co-Chair of Relay For Life of LSU. 

Like many LSU students, I have been rooting for the tigers since I was just a little kid. In fact, my first word was probably “LSU.” There’s nothing quite as exciting as a Saturday night in Death Valley, or so I thought. When I found out the tigers would be playing in Houston, Texas for the opening game of the 2014 season against Wisconsin, I knew I had to take the four hour drive to cheer on my team.

It is safe to say that Baton Rouge took over Houston this weekend, as LSU fans were everywhere, clearly outnumbering Wisconsin fans. When we arrived at Reliant Stadium Saturday afternoon, the tailgating was a little different than the usual sea of purple and gold tents I’ve come to expect on Saturdays, but we made the most of it. I was so anxious; an 8:10 pm kickoff time seemed like an eternity away.10645106_10203629835499674_8537683475902582421_n

          Finally the moment I had been waiting for since December had arrived. LSU fans were in their usual high spirits and positivity as the game began. Wisconsin quickly took the lead, and continued to increase it to 24-7 at the beginning of the third quarter. All hope seemed lost. But if I have learned one thing being a tiger fan all of these years, it is to never give up on the tigers, and especially on the mad hatter, Les Miles. The comeback was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life. After the game the air was filled with chants of “Geaux Tigers” and people in red shaking their head in disbelief. My first away game was definitely one for the books and I can’t wait to experience another one.

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Welcome Back Tips

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Erica Peterson is a Junior Business Management Major. As a LSU student, Erica is involved in LSU Ambassadors and Vice president of AACC Ambassadors. Erica enjoys volunteering at LSU events and helping incoming freshmen.

By this time, you have mostly unpacked, met your roommates and at least called your parents once before school starts the next morning but now its time to get ready for the first semester of college. It’s completely normal to have your nerves and worries quickly kick into gear when you start to over think so take a deep breath relax. Remember that college is a time to have new experiences and explore what you want to do in the future. The first day of class is usually the easiest but here are some quick tips people often forget to tell.

 1) Go to every class

I know you have been told this a thousand times right but it’s the truth! Think of every skipped class as a wasted fifty-dollar bill. Besides learning the material directly from the professors, you often get inside information like what sections of a chapter may not be on an exam.

2) Calendars exist

I quickly found that my life was more stressful than it had to be if I waited to the last minute. Make a calendar and actually look at it through out the week. I put mine next to my bedroom door as a constant reminder that something may be due.

3) Wear comfortable clothing

I wish someone told me this before I wore sandals across the entire campus my first day of class. Ouch. It’s okay to be stylish and comfortable at the same time, LSU is not grading you on your personal style. I quickly discovered that no one is really paying attention to what I was wearing in the first place. 

image (1)4) Embrace the awkwardness

Anticipate some awkwardness when you approach new people but don’t let that stop you from trying. Embrace every moment of it and remember they are just as nervous. Talking to the people around you can be one of the fastest ways you find new friends.

 

 5) Chill out

Whether it is a nap or catching up on a TV show, find time to relax. Now, just because I said chill doesn’t mean it should become a habit. Taking time out your study schedule to do something you enjoy can help give you that boost to keep going.

6) Don’t try to copy someone’s experienceimage

Make every moment at LSU your own. Be yourself or start a personal journey to discover who that person may be one day. Make every second count.

As school begins, I would encourage you to figure what works best for your academic and social needs this semester. Every students needs are unique and these simple tips can help with coming back to school.

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Beyond the Boundaries of Campus

AndrewHall-1-2Andrew Hall is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business and a minor in Communication. This summer Andrew served as the Head Parent Orientation Leader for our Family Orientation Program. Andrew will continue to love purple and live gold by working as a full-time recruiter for the LSU College of Engineering.

This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to go on a mission trip with my local church to Chan Chen, Belize. I always look forward to these kinds of trips because they really give you a global perspective.

When I first came to LSU in the Fall of 2010, I was blessed to be a part of an on campus ministry called Reformed University Fellowship, or RUF for short. Because of my involvement with RUF, I was able to define myself spiritually and explore the options of international missions.

I first visited Acapulco, Mexico in January 0f 2012 for a weeklong mission trip and later returned in January of 2014 to continue to serve the children and staff of Casa Hogar del Nino, which translates to “Home Sweet Home for the children”

As graduation approached, I was unsure of what my next steps would be. Not long after I returned to Baton Rouge for my final semester at LSU, I received a phone call from my mother asking me if I would be interested in attending another mission trip, but this time to Peru.IMG_7483

As the semester went on, we later found out that a trip to Peru was not in the options. After talking with Mission To the World, or MTW it was decided that we would begin planning our trip to Belize.

If I’m being completely honest, I didn’t know much about Belize. I didn’t know where it was, I didn’t know what we would be doing, and I didn’t know if they would even speak English. But what I did know (and later find out!), is that this trip was where we were supposed to be all a long.

Visiting Belize was such a special experience to share with my church family. We worked with a local church in Chan Chen building a fence, but more importantly building relationships with the people of this village. The local church in Chan Chen loved us so well, and I honestly think that they served us more than we served them. Each time I attend a trip like this, I am reminded that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

belize team!Each person on our team has his or her own gifts and strengths, and though they are very different from the next they each serve a special purpose. Some of us worked well during the construction time, while others enjoyed playing with the children or serving in the kitchen.

As school begins to start back up, I encourage you and your student to look into the different campus ministries that LSU has to offer. If it were not for my involvement with RUF, I would have never experienced the beauty of international missions. A full list of on campus ministries can be found at: http://studentlife.lsu.edu/chaplains

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University Recreation programs and expansion

Tara Harrington is a Senior Kinesiology Major, with a minor in Psychology. This summer Tara served as a Parent Orientation Leader for the University College Center for Advising and Counseling, which is home to all our Allied Health and Nursing Majors. As a student, Tara serves as both a Residential Assistant and an LSU Ambassador. After graduation, Tara hopes to attend Physical Therapy School.

When coming to LSU from high school, one of my biggest worries was gaining the historical “Freshman 15”. I’m a Kinesiology Major, so I am very interested in fitness and I love to work out! For me, exercise is a great way to relieve the stress that comes from school and work. Thankfully, LSU’s University Recreational Center, or UREC, is located on campus. This place has it ALL! From machine weights to rock climbing, there is always something to do. For students that prefer working out in a group, the UREC offers several group fitness classes that are scheduled conveniently to fit in students’ schedules.

I decided to apply for a student job at the UREC during my second year. I worked in the weight room as a fitness assistant, and got experience helping patrons with any questions they had. I loved working there because I got to schedule my work hours around all of my classes!

LSU’s goal of being number one doesn’t stop on the football field. Currently the University Recreational Center is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation! This renovation includes updating the outdoor and indoor facilities, and adding an indoor inclined track, that when complete will be the largest university indoor track in the south! LSU is also adding a lazy river in the shape of the letters “L S U”! If that’s not school spirit, I’m not sure what is. Encourage your student to stay active and find out what the UREC can offer them!10410145_10204408465070949_8382853782003777935_n

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