Seniors transition back to the freshmen years

Former staff members begin their freshman year all over again.


Photo courtesy of Savannah Simpson

Savannah Simpson, almuni, poses with her new Gamma Phi Beta sisters at the end of Bid Day. Simpson was exhausted after Rush Week.

Bronlyn Holland, Editor in Chief

This year our past staff members, Savannah Simpson, Kayley Boan, Taylor Watkins and Mycah Howell, began a new season of their lives as college freshmen. Simpson and Boan attends University of Georgia. Watkins attends Georgia Institute of Technology, and Howell attends Georgia State University.

Each person has their own unique experience when it comes to their college career. For Simpson, her adventure began during Rush Week.

“Rush week was more exhausting than when I did band camp in high school. You’re dressed up with make-up, dresses, curly hair, and you have to be at the Tate Center at six in the morning and you have to look on your best behavior and look your best and everything, because you’re competing against over 1,700 girls… It’s crazy, because you have to run up and down Milledge… It’s so worth it, because I love my sorority sisters,” Simpson said.

Simpson received a bid from Gamma Phi Beta and is now an out-of-house sorority sister.

“We are all about empowering girls, so our philanthropy is ‘Girls on the Run’ and we basically mentor girls at an elementary school in the area and help them remain confident in themselves and learn how to be respectful,” Simpson said.

By being in this sorority, it helped her with the transition from home and being independent after move in day.

“It wasn’t sad, because you’re excited to go and move in, so it makes telling your mom and dad bye way easier,” Simpson said.

After being at Ola High School for four years of her life, Simpson sees small, but major changes between high school and college.

“My science classes… have like 30 people in my chemistry class and about 30 people in my math class, but in my political science and government classes, there’s like 300 to 400 people… You definitely think you’re going to have more time out of high school, but I find myself with no time,” Simpson said.

Watkins attends Georgia Institute of Technology with a major in Biochemical Engineering, but that is soon to change.

“I think I’m going to change it. I’m going to a ‘Change Your Major’ meeting in October and do Computational Media, which has a combination of computer science courses and communication media courses and what I am interested in like design of user-interfaces…There’s a bunch of things you can do with Computational Media, staff for two years,” Watkins said.

Watkins sees this new journey as a way to expand her graphic design skills.

“I might get a little bit involved with The Technique… our print newspaper here. I might do design for them,” Watkins said.

With Georgia Tech. being known for their chemical and engineering classes, Watkins sees a major difference when it comes to college.

“I like the freedom… I was pretty independent in high school too, but there’s no parents here,it’s not like you have a curfew or anything…There’s like 200 people in my Chem class… that’s a bit crazy. I like that classes aren’t every day of the week… My Monday’s I have three classes and my Tuesday’s I have two classes, so that’s really nice,” Watkins said.

Along with Simpson, Boan attends the University of Georgia as well. Boan found the transition between high school and college bittersweet.

“It was really impactful, because my mom, my step-mom and my dad moved me in and my best friend, Jessica… It never really hit me that I was moving in and leaving everyone until I went shopping for toilet paper at Target, because when I got into the toilet paper aisle, I looked at my step-mom and started bawling. I was just so overwhelmed and so scared and realized I’m not ready for this… and leaving my parents like them pulling away and stuff and dropping me off was like I was proud of myself, because I didn’t cry at that point, ” Boan said.

Boan is branching out to find her friend group for her college career.

“The fear like pushed me to make friends… and if I hadn’t have made the friends that first day at game night, then I wouldn’t have the group of friends… You really have to open yourself up to new people… take your headphones off when you’re in the elevator and like talk to people…You never know who the person next to you will be in your life, ” Boan.

The amount of work change drastically between high school and college.

“This is already 10 times harder than anything I have ever done in high school. Like in high school, I feel like you can skate by…Here it’s all up to you to make sure you get your work done… you have to make sure you’re checking the calendar, you’re turning in your stuff, you’re checking the syllabus and the homework is just so much more abundant…A lot of it is your own learning…I have like seven plus hours of homework a night,” Boan said.

Howell is also like Watkins, but she attends Georgia State University and is excited about attending a university of a major city.

“Because it’s in the city, I get lost a lot. I just recently got lost. I got on the wrong bus and went to the wrong building…It’s like really good but pretty scary at times, because there’s a lot of homeless people here, so you”ll get stopped by them a lot…Some of them are pretty nice,” Howell said.

Move in day for Howell was a challenge.

“Physically moving in was probably the hardest, because you know you have to carry everything. You don’t know what you need, so you’re just coming in like blinded…What happened to me was I came in and realized what I needed and I would go back and get it…I would go back and forth ” Howell said.

With school just now getting underway, Howell is finding her groove in what is going on around campus.

“I’ve decided to join Camp Fire, which is freshman orientation camp…You get to travel around Atlanta and get to meet the other freshmen… You basically make friends before school starts,” Howell said.

Along with finding her groove, Howell is ready to take on what this new season brings.

“I’m looking forward to learning a lot more than I did in high school…Number one thing I just want to have is more knowledge…Georgia State has very diverse students, so I’m happy to meet new people from different countries,” Howell said.