- Class: Freshman
- Major: Marketing
- Gender: F
- High School: St. Mary's Episcopal School
- Transfer Student: N
Ole Miss is a cultural place, rich in heritage and proud of its background. Buildings and a cemetary date back to the Civil War, which is just one example of the lasting significance of the University. Many people here have parents and/or grandparents who came here. The Grove is probably the claim to fame here, as the greatest tailgating experience in the country. The small town of Oxford is cozy and warm, yet filled with things to do. To get the best experience out of Oxford, do as the locals do. There is always plenty of live music to be heard and restaurants to be patronized. The Square is another well known part of Oxford. There are always many students studying at Uptown Coffee on the Square. Students here have a bond that may not exist at other schools. The Southern pride of being a Rebel is an intense and emotional feeling that is rooted deep at the hearts of the students here.
Ole Miss academics seem to be looked down upon. Admittedly, it is easy to be admitted to Ole Miss, but that is mainly to give assistance to Missisippians who have not received quality education and who are mainly trying to get themselves to a better place in life. I am a member of the Honors College, which is second in the nation according to studies. The professors certainly know my name and my classes contain about twelve students. It is reminiscent of my small, private school that I attended from Pre-Kindergarten through senior year. In these Honors college courses, class discussion is common and students are encouraged to reach their full potential. Students in the Honors College are generally more motivated as well as more competitive than students in the regular University. Many non-Honors students place more focus on going out at night than going to class, but around junior or senior year, this tends to catch up to them. Either they realize they have no prospects for a future, or their parents threaten to quit paying the bills.
The student body of Ole Miss is mainly white, middle-class, Christian-raised, Southern-bred. However, there are many, many exceptions, as there are to any stereotype. Ole Miss is not a very diverse place. There are a number of international students, but they are a tiny percentage of the student body. Students are either in sororities/fraternities or they are not involved in Greek life. There is a big distinction between these two options. Sorority girls are not all spoiled rich blondes, but there certainly are a fair number of these.
The Best Things
The community and connection between students, faculty, locals
The Worst Things
The stereotype and the lack of diversity