Some of The University of Southern Mississippi's top incoming freshmen
paid a visit to the university's Hattiesburg campus April 2 to learn
more about the many opportunities awaiting them when they arrive
Priority Preview, was a way to introduce Luckyday, Leadership and
Honors scholarship recipients to the campus to help them become
acquainted with the university, its faculty, staff and fellow students,
while at the same time learning about the various activities available
at Southern Miss.
students offer so much to our campus community. By virtue of them
being awarded these scholarships, we recognize them as future leaders
on our campus, in and out of the classroom," said Wynde Fitts,
director of Freshman Year Experience. "This unique preview
experience allows these men and women to develop relationships with
one another before they come to campus in the fall as part of their
transition into true learning communities."
More than 200
students were on campus for the event.
a current freshman at Southern Miss from Vicksburg, served as a
student ambassador for the event to help the soon-to-be freshmen
with any questions they might have about the university and campus
she liked the potential of the new class of Golden Eagles.
to get a chance to see our future freshman leaders," Coleman
said. "There's some real potential in the people I've met."
Mary Beth Walker,
student activities coordinator at Southern Miss, shares Coleman's
excitement about the new group of freshmen and their potential to
develop as leaders at the university.
got so many students coming in who are already student leaders at
their high schools," Walker said. "It's going to be an
exciting year at Southern Miss (with their arrival)."
of Olive Branch, who received an Honors Scholarship, met with Honors
College staff to prepare for her freshman year at the school.
After her first
visit to the campus, Miller said she was immediately sold on Southern
Miss. "I loved the wonderful atmosphere and the friendly people,"
she said. "I knew it was for me."
the scholars also participated in an orientation session to help
them become more familiar with the university and the opportunities
for academic achievement Southern Miss can provide for their children.
the diversity of the student body, and the close proximity of the
buildings on campus," said James Harper of Jackson, whose daughter,
Jillian Harper, received a Lucky Day scholarship to attend Southern
James Harper said Jillian, who plans to major in journalism, had
no doubt she wanted to come to Hattiesburg for her college career.
"She was so impressed (with Southern Miss)," he said.
"She had several offers from other universities, but there
was no wavering on her part. She was set on coming here."