Category Archives: First Year Students

What to do in Milledgeville – Results

A couple of months ago, I did a post inviting others to contribute ideas of things for the Class of 2017 to during their time in Milledgeville. Today, their  time in Milledgeville begins. They have spent this rainy morning moving into the residence halls of Georgia College.

So, from the locals, staff, faculty, and alumni (and sometimes a mixture of all the above), here is a list of the suggestions as well as messages from some of the participants.


  • Go to your professor’s office hours
  • Build a relationship with your academic advisor
  • Use the Learning Center and supplemental instructors
  • Visit the Old Governor’s Mansion*
  • Visit the Old Capital Museum at GMC
  • Go on a Study Abroad!


  • Enjoy the outdoors at the Oconee River Greenway*
  • Meet and form a relationship with a Milledgeville family.
  • Visit Lockerly Arboretum
  • Walk around Memory Hill Cemetery
  • Go on the Haunted Trolley Tour


  • Go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show on campus
  • Go see a Jazz Band Performance
  • Tour Andalusia
  • Attend as many Musical concerts, theatre performances, dance performances, and literary readings as you can.


  • Eat a Smiley Face cookie from Ryals’ Bakery*
  • Attempt the XXX Hot Wings Challenge at The Brick
  • Get a Spicy Chicken Biscuit from Golden Pantry*
  • Try the Chicken Salad from Goodie Gallery
  • Eat Stuffed Sticks and Hefty Nachos from The Brick
  • Get a “Meat and three” meal from Country Buffet. “If you miss home, go here for comfort food.”
  • Get some Sweet and Sour Chicken from Lieu’s Peking
  • Velvet Elvis has great lunch specials
  • Get some frozen yogurt at Yumo Yogo
  • Try every restaurant downtown


  • Play trivia at Buffington’s, Pickle Barrel, and Mellow Mushroom.
  • Get involved on campus (SGA, Judicial Board, political and academic organizations)
  • Cheer on the Georgia College athletic teams
  • Make use of the Wellness Center

* Multiple individuals suggested this activity


Enjoy your time as a GCSU student to the fullest! It’ll fly by and you’ll have a great education and some wonderful memories and friends (maybe even a spouse!) to take with you into the real world after you graduate!
~ Beth H., Class of 2010 and 2011

GET INVOLVED with your Student Government Association!!! Run for office, make new friends, and apply for the Student Judicial Board. There is no quicker or better way to have a say in the day to day issues that relate to all facets of GC life!
~ Justin T. Reeves, Former Attorney General, Class of 2010 (BA History) and 2012 (MPA)

Dear Class of 2017,

You are about to enter the best times of your life. From here on out, the choices you make today will indeed affect your tomorrow. College is the time people refer back to- the time they long for after the get into the “real world” and the place that will always hold a special place in your heart. Study Abroad at least 1 time- get involved in at least 1 campus RSO- and remember now is the time you get to completely reinvent yourself. You have the decision to choose to be something great- or spend your college time saying “man last night was so awesome- I don’t remember any of it”. Choose to make memories- not regrets. College is an opportunity to grow and change- but it will only happen if you let it. Never let someone else make decisions for you- about anything. This is your time to stand out- take it. If you ever find yourself in need of help- do the wise thing and simply ask someone. The only stupid questions are the ones you think about- but never ask. Learn from others mistakes and welcome to Georgia College!
~ Rachel Sullivan Pope, Class of 2006 and 2009

Welcome to Georgia College
~ Member of the Class of 2013

And with that, I will add my welcome. I look forward to working with you over the course of the upcoming semester as well as the next four years. If there is any I can do for you, please let me know. Welcome to the Bobcat Nation.
~ Daniel R. Simpson, Class of 2008 and 2010

SpringFest 2013

Every spring, Georgia College hosts SpringFest for students who have been admitted, but may have not made up their mind about attending. The advisors take over a computer lab and assist students completing their course preference selection (known in Bobcat land as POUNCE).

Here are some pictures from today.


The Library and Information Technology Center had a large display to welcome the incoming students.

The path to the POUNCE lab was well marked.

The path to the POUNCE lab was well marked.


Elena, who advises the pre-education majors with Leeann, who advises biology and environmental science.

Nikki (Psychology) tried photobombing Chris (English, Foreign Language, Theatre, and Music) but he turned it around on her.

Nikki (Psychology) tried photobombing Chris (English, Foreign Language, Theatre, and Music) but he turned it around on her. Chris is approaching retirement and working on his “get off my lawn” face. 🙂

I had to present at a conference this morning, so I was wearing a vest and bowtie. Bad decision... It was far to hot for me to be wearing a sweater.

I had to present at a conference this morning, so I was wearing a vest and bow tie. Bad decision… It was far to hot for me to be wearing a sweater.

So, for all the incoming Bobcats, welcome to Georgia College!

Attendance Matters

As instructors, and as advisors, we teach attendance over and over again. One of my professors even included a bonus question on every assignment, “The number one factor in student success in college is attending class.” This information is nothing new, but sometimes it is good just to see how right you are in a certain area.

I took my three courses where I tracked attendance for the fall (two were at Georgia College, one was at Georgia Military College) and compared the attendance to the final grades. I had to do it as a percentage of total classes because it was different courses, different institutions, and different meeting schedules, but the results are obvious. While there were some students who attended class and didn’t turn in all (or any) of the assignments, the correlation between the two measures are quite striking.

Campus Life

Every year, my department partners with Georgia College Campus Life for a presentation to introduce new students to some of the opportunities which exist on campus. This year’s presentation was last Friday.

We had a HUGE turnout. I managed to snap a picture in between signing-in students. Here are the assembled first year students hearing the portion of the presentation from our GIVE Center.

It’s great to see all the new students integrating into campus and Milledgeville society. I can honestly say I learned a lot from my classes while a student. But I learned my life lessons from extracurricular involvement.

Music Monday, and Happy New Year!

No, I have not taken leave of my senses. At least no more than normal. It is not the beginning of the calendar year, or the fiscal year. But, by the time this posts, it will be the start of the new academic year at Georgia College. This year is going exciting. A new class of freshmen have already moved into the residence halls. By the time this week is out, I will have lectured to new classes of Politics and Society, and what is technically five sections of First Year Academic Seminar (three of them are combined).

I look forward to meeting, and learning from my new students. Yes, I learn from them as much as they learn from me. So, from now until May, I will work on an exchange of information. I hope to impart to my students the skills and knowledge they need to be good students, good citizens, and good human beings. From them, I hope to learn about each student and what motivates them. And how I can help them better in their journey.

This is supposed to be a Music Monday post. I honestly had a difficult time selecting a song. “New Day Dawning” seemed appropriate, but I used it a few weeks ago. So, in honor of my undecided majors, I present “Every Major’s Terrible.”


Always Double Tap

In my seminar course, I go over the rules of the Rules for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, as adapted by GradHacker for grad school, and then by me for undergrads (instead of a bar, go to a café, etc). Rule #2 is Double Tap, or double check and proof read everything. Every now and then, I find where this rule has been violated, sometimes with humorous results. Last night was one of these occasions.

Let us also not ignore the fact that the label is on a Klondike Bar…

Snickers bars ARE very good. My thesis advisor described them as the nearly perfect food (“They have peanuts, chocolate, and caramel. Only other thing they need is bourbon.”). But, they are not that good. I didn’t bother asking for a price check. I grabbed the Reese’s instead. 🙂