If you were a varsity athlete in high school or participated in recreational sports dating back to when your parents signed up for sports as a child it does not have to end after graduating high school. You are in luck because the majority of colleges and universities offer intramural sports for competitive and not competitive athletes. For those of you that played varsity athletics in high school, club sports, or travel ball can continue to play intramural sports competitively throughout your years as a college student. For those of you who enjoyed recreational sports intramural sports is a great way to stay active in a competitive or non-competitive atmosphere. The great thing about intramural athletics is you do not have to have previous athletic experience or require a prerequisite for intramural participation.
Each school will generally offer the same typical intramural sports and schedule them throughout each fall and spring semester. For example, ETSU intramural athletics offers three different leagues are generally offered each semester. Flag football, volleyball and soccer are offered during the fall semester. Basketball, softball and a 4-on-4 flag football passing league are offered during the spring semester. Leagues for kickball, dodgeball, inner tube water polo, and ultimate frisbee have been added to the schedule. In addition to the team sports leagues, a number of individual and special events are held throughout the year.
To be eligible for intramural sports students must be enrolled in school. Spouse, Domestic Partner, and Dependent members are not eligible to participate. Each college/university will have their own procedure on how students will sign up to participate as well as scheduling games.
If you decide you want to participate in intramurals in college please don’t feel intimidated. Intramurals has something to offer all students with different backgrounds and different interest. It is a great way to stay active and make friends during your journey in college. So go out there and have fun! Intramurals will become memories for you and your friends to look back on for many years to come.
Hello all, this is Allison Eastridge and Allison Turbyfield and we are here to give you our best advice on transforming your dorm room into your new home for the next year but keeping it clean enough to have all your friends over!
Okay so first things first...your sleeping arrangements: Your bed will more than likely be an XL twin size bed but you need to bring your own pillows, sheets, and blankets. Pro tip, buy a mattress pad if you can, these beds have been around for ages and with all the late nights and early mornings, you’re going to need a good night’s rest.
The next big thing is storage: The dorm rooms are not very big so you need to utilize every space you have to the max. One way to do so is to raise your bed and put storage under your bed. You can buy stacking drawers or bins to slide under your bed for all your belongings.
For your “kitchen:” you will need a microwave. Most dorm rooms do not have a kitchen, they may have a shared kitchen but your chances at using it are usually slim to none. Can opener, plastic dishware (you don’t want broken glass), and travel mug are all things that will make your life much easier in your dorm.
Now for your bathroom: more than likely you will be sharing a shower and toilet with at the least one person. Make sure you bring your own towels and washcloths. Especially when sharing, you will need a shower tote, (something waterproof to carry your shampoo, soap, etc. in) flip flops, (it can get gross in there) and a robe (no one needs to see you when you nakey.)
You want to smell fresh on campus, so let’s talk laundry: if you are not able to go home on weekends and dump your laundry off with mom, you may want to take these things into consideration. Most of the time dorm rooms will share a common laundry area. You may want to set a specific laundry time when you are available to wait on your clothes, to ensure they do not go missing. You will need to keep plenty of quarters handy, as the change machine will not always be accessible. If laundry is not your thing, consider buying Tide color catchers, so you can throw in all your clothes together.
For most of you, this is your first time on your own. It’s finally your time to make your space your own with personal touches and decorations: If you want to keep it frugal, get crafty or hit up your local thrift shops for good deals. Most dorm rooms have concrete walls, which may make it difficult to hang things. Command strips are great when it comes to adding artwork to your walls without doing any damage. Some extras you may consider: decorative pillows, floor or hanging lights, lounge seating, tapestries, or curtains.
** We have put together a checklist for your dorm room to make sure you’re move in ready! Some of these will only appeal to you if you have a bathroom in your dorm room, or you have an accessible kitchen area. **
Sheet Sets (2-3)
Comforter or Duvet Cover
Blanket or Throw
Body Pillow and Covers
Clip Lamp and Lightbulbs
Storage and Organization:
Space Saving Hangers
Double Closet Rod
Shoe Storage Racks
Wall Safe Adhesive (3M)
Hair Tool Organizer
Kitchen Tools and Dining:
Dishes, Cups, and Utensils
Water Bottle and Travel Mug
Dishsoap and Sponge
Electric Kettle/Hot Pot
Towels (sets 2-3)
Flip Flops/Shower Shoes
Shower Curtain Liner & Rings
Electronics and Audio:
Laundry and Cleaning:
Vacuum or Broom and Dustpan
All Purpose Cleaner
Tide Color Catchers
Ready for Anything:
First Aid Kit
-Allison E. & Allison T.
Before I got to college I thought I had a pretty good idea of what community service was and I felt like I was pretty good at it. I was “Ms. Community Service” of my senior class - literally - I have the yearbook to prove it. But it wasn’t until I walked onto Sewanee’s campus as a Bonner Leader that I really understood what it meant to not only serve a community, but engage with it at every level.
The Bonner Foundation helps students attend 65 of the best colleges and universities across the nation in exchange for a commitment to service. Becoming a Bonner leader made it possible for me to attend my dream school, Sewanee: The University of the South. It’s also what shaped my perceptions of myself, others, my community, the nation, and the world. The Bonner program taught me to think deeply about the service I was doing and whether or not it really did help people. It taught me to love unconditionally and fix my judgements and prejudices.
For four years, I served about ten hours a week at local food bank down the road from my college. It was there that I made some of the most important friendships I’ll ever have. I befriended retirees who volunteered once a week; women who had lived fantastic lives and had wonderful stories to tell. I met old ladies in an all-girl band, retired professors who played the banjo with college kids, women who still went to Nashville for protests, and an Episcopal Deacon who wore Chacos well into her seventies. These women and men became my closest friends in college. We would go out for lunch, stop each other on the street to say hello, and crack jokes every morning that we were together. But these volunteers were not my only friends from the food bank. I also built lasting friendships with a number of the people we served. Most of our clients were retired or reaching their golden years, but these older men and women were often raising grandchildren and feeding extended family daily.
Every Friday, one of my best friends and loyal food bank clients, would shuffle up the ramp to the food bank. He’d take his seat in the chair close to the check in table and I would run to the kitchen to grab his coffee. He didn’t talk much, but would laugh when the other Bonners and I talked about our weekends or something funny that had happened to us. After he finished his coffee, we’d carry his bags out to his car, give him a good hug and wave him off to pick up his grandkids from elementary school. We did this almost every single Friday for four years and on the Friday before I graduated, I cried when I waved him goodbye. That man, a man I’d never expected to have anything in common with, had become more than a friend. He’d become family.
The friends I made don’t always fit the image of what college friends should look like. Sure, I joined a sorority and made friends in my classes, but the relationships I built over a cup of coffee and a bag of groceries are what made my college experience so wonderful. I encourage you to find friends like mine! Engage with the community around you, wherever you go to school. Join intergenerational clubs, volunteer, sit and talk with the little old lady in the library, and be open to new people and experiences. Really investing time and energy into the community you’ll be spending the next few years of your life in will make your college experience so much richer and full of love.
Check out my Senior Reflection Video below if you want to know more about the impact of Community Engagement in my life!
When planning for college, one of the first questions one may ask is this: Where am I going to live? Many colleges offer a wide variety of housing options on campus, and there is a world of possibilities from which to choose. But what if living on campus just doesn’t seem like the best option for you? Regardless of the reason, some students begin leaning towards the possibility of off campus options. While this option does have its challenges (such as some colleges requiring freshmen to live on campus), there are ways one can live off campus and still be involved in campus life in order to maximize their college experience!
I will start off by saying that if you tend to want to seclude yourself from others, living off campus may not be the best idea. While it can be hard at first to step out of your comfort zone, putting yourself in an on campus dorm (at least your first year) is the best way to make new friends quickly and help you settle in faster. This is one reason most colleges encourage students to live on campus in order to ensure they become involved and feel at home during their college years. That being said, if you are the type of person who enjoys socializing and getting out but much prefer your own space at the end of the day for “you” time (especially for studying), living off campus can be a great way to get the best of both worlds!
As someone who chose to live on her own off campus during college, I can tell you the key to living off campus is that you MUST be proactive in getting involved in campus! Since you won’t be able to just walk outside your room and be surrounded by your peers, you must be willing to drive to campus. Some days this will involve leaving much earlier than your class time just to ensure a parking spot or have time to get food. It is also important to stay on campus when you can instead of going to class and leaving right after. Use your free time to wander and explore campus and find some favorite spots for break time, and to find the areas where upcoming activates and events are posted. Even if you don’t know many people, get yourself to these events! You will be surprised with how much fun you will have and how many other students come alone and mingle to meet others. Not only will you meet new people, these events really help to take off the stress of school work and homesickness.
Another way to be proactive in meeting new people is to get a job in the college town (or on campus) if you are able. Many college students work and will be at the same type of places (fast food, retail, etc.) and this gives you another form of getting to know fellow students. You will meet people from all different programs at your college and it is really neat to learn about their studies/future plans and being able to share your studies/plans as well. You will also meet people who are not students but can talk about their town and what there is offer outside of campus life when you want a change of scenery.
While this might be obvious, joining a club or team of any kind is a great way to not only do something you love but to make new friends from all different walks of life. This could be a sports team, debate team, video game club, etc. If it brings you joy, there is probably a club for it. If not, it is even possible to start a club! I joined the Equestrian Team in college, and while I could not show due to work schedule, I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about my passion during that time, and I would not trade it for anything. You will realize that even though you may be different people, having something in common with others helps bring people together and there is nothing like it.
College has the potential to be some of the best years of your life, but every person has their own expectations and desires for what they want out of college. It does not matter how you choose to do college as long as you are safe, comfortable, and making decisions that are best for you and your success. It is more than ok to want your own place where you can come home at the end of the day and unwind in whatever way you need. If you are like me and your pets are something you need for comfort and stress relief, one reason to live off campus is to have your companion by your side. But whatever your reasons and decisions, it is up to you make this a time you will fondly reflect on for years to come.
“Venture outside your comfort zone, the rewards are worth it!”
- Rapunzel, Tangled
We are so fortunate to live in beautiful East Tennessee. There’s mountains, lakes, four seasons, farmland that goes for miles, and, of course, the Vols! There’s nothing better than sweet tea and Dolly, right?
This is what I always believed. I’ve lived in Rogersville my entire life. Never traveled further north than Ohio, never traveled further south than South Carolina. I chose a college that would allow me to live “away” from home, but be just close enough where I could come home every weekend. I never knew anything else, my bubble was my oyster.
However, my sophomore year of college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Disney College Program. This program allowed me to move to Orlando, Florida for a semester and work for The Walt Disney World Resort. This was not only the most rewarding time of my life, but also the most nerve racking.
I know what you’re thinking.. There’s no way I could ever do something like that. Trust me, I thought the exact same thing. I know Orlando isn’t as exciting as traveling to Paris, but for me it was a huge step. At that time, I barely knew how to turn the stove on. I think that’s why I needed to do something like this. I needed to learn how to take care of myself. I was very blessed with two wonderful parents who continuously supported me in any way they could, but I knew the only way I was ever going to “grow up” was to rip off the band aid.
Growing up in East Tennessee, we don’t get a lot of diversity. When I worked at Typhoon Lagoon water park, many of my coworkers were from Australia, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and Great Britain. My roommates were from Oklahoma, Michigan, New Jersey, and Arizona. I learned more about different cultures, religions, sexuality, and foreign policies in five months than in twelve years in the public school system and one-and-half years in a private college. I believe my exposure to these different cultures made me a more rounded individual. I am able to see different perspectives on issues I never understood before because it’s always been a one-sided conversation. The ability to step outside your norm and really listen to what other people around the world have to say is inspiring and exciting.
A question that comes up very often is how do you afford something like this? The wonderful thing about study abroad programs and internships is that they offer scholarship and many internships are paid and offer housing. With the Disney College Program, I worked 30 to 50 hours a week which paid for my apartment and left me with spending money to explore. If traveling is something you are interested in, there’s no better time to go than during your college years. Colleges and universities offer so many affordable opportunities for their students that would cost thousands of dollars, otherwise. Be sure to ask your academic advisor or study abroad advisor about different opportunities and scholarship your school may offer.
“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them,” Walt Disney
Right now, think about the one place in the whole world you would visit if you could… Is it Hawaii? What about Rome? Maybe, it’s New York City? Now tell me, what is stopping you from going? If you’re college or university offers opportunities to visit or live in your dream travel destination, why not take it? College is the time to rip off the band aid, discover who you are, pursue your dreams, and go the distance.
Around December of my senior year in high school, everyone started asking me that dreaded question- “what are you going to major in?” My answer was a certain “Chemistry with teacher licensure.” The only problem was there was absolutely zero certainty in that answer. In fact, I changed my mind three times before I ever even got to the university! And while I was there- 2 more times. I eventually figured out what it is I wanted to study in that season of life, but I probably would have benefited from waiting to declare a major.
Raise your hand if my story sounds a little like yours.
Great! Good to know I am not alone in that.
Waiting to declare a major can be a great opportunity. Students should be able to do this at any 2 or 4 year college, and it is a great way to take extra time to think about what you want to study. But what exactly does is mean to be undeclared? When do I finally declare? How do I figure out what I want to major in? These are all wonderful questions to ask, and hopefully in the next few paragraphs, we’ll be able to figure some of that out together.
First, if you chose “undeclared” as your major, welcome to the majority. It is more than OK for you to be unclear on which direction you want to go in. Second, there are a ton of resources on your campus that will help you figure it out! You aren’t alone!
When you enter campus in the fall, you will work with an academic advisor to plan your schedule. At some universities, your academic advisor will be someone from the department you are in. For instance, Biology majors may have a professor or academic advisor specifically from the Biology department. If you are undeclared, you haven’t picked a major yet, but you will still have to meet with an academic advisor. Most likely, they will be someone from a department designed just for people in the same boat as you.
At Walters State and ETSU, it’s called Student Services
At Carson Newman, it’s called Student Success Center
At University of Tennessee, Knoxville, it’s called the Center for Career Development
It may go by different names but get to know this department!! These people will act as your academic advisors and help you plan your schedule, and ultimately declare a major.
Beyond that, Student Services can meet a multitude of student needs from Counseling, to Disability Services, and Resume/Interview assistance. I’m telling you, these are good people!
HOW DO I FIGURE IT OUT
As an undeclared major, you will have three semesters to really think about what you enjoy.
All these things, along with the guidance of your academic advisor(s), will help you nail down a major in no time!
WHEN DO I DECLARE
Students will declare by the end of their third semester (fall semester, Sophomore year)
If you are attending a community college and transferring to a four year school, you will declare a major when you transfer.
So there you have it. I hope you feel a little better about not having an answer when friends and family ask you “what are you going to major in?” The things that matter take a little time. Getting your degree is no different.
Are you moving out of your hometown to attend college or moving into the dorms at your local university? Being in a new place away from home can be exciting and fun, but can also be frightening. Seven years later, I still remember my first night in my dorm room after my parents had left. I thought I was ready to be away from home, but I remember feeling lost once I knew I was 5 hours away from home without my family and friends. While it may be impossible to completely rid yourself of being homesick, here are some ways to cope with it!
Get to know your resident assistant, or RA. Their job is to be there for you. They can help you connect with your roommate or with other people on campus. Some RAs plan events for the other students in your dorm. Getting to know your RA couldn’t hurt!
Get involved on campus. Most college campuses have many things to do for the students who live on campus. Intramural sports might be a good option for you if you like to play sports but cannot play for the university for whatever reason. Most colleges have anything like basketball and flag football to ultimate frisbee available as intramurals. If sports aren’t your thing, there are plenty of clubs to choose from. If there isn’t a club you are interested in, you could always start a club. Your college’s student organization’s office will have more information on starting a club. If you attend a college that has Greek life, getting involved in this is a great way to meet people and be charitable.
Write a letter to someone back home. This sounds old school since many people have cell phones or computers, but there is just something about hand writing a letter to someone. Something is more personable about it. And then when you get a letter back in the mail, it seems more special knowing someone took the time to write you back and mail the letter.
Remember why you chose the college you are attending. Did the campus life draw you in? Were you intrigued by the education you would receive? Or did the location catch your eye? Remembering the reason you chose to attend your college might help you feel more positive when you are missing home. You’re there for a reason!
Being away from home can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be all bad. This is an opportunity for you to find out who you are and to do things you may have never done before. Don’t be afraid to reach out to those around you. Remember, colleges want you to succeed!
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