Roommate Etiquette


So now you’re living with a bunch of people you probably just met mid-August. At this point in the semester, I really hope you guys are getting along. I can tell you that college was and still is an amazing experience because of the people I lived with. The fact that I had people that I lived with who were just getting acquainted with the “First Year Residence Experience” and the college life just like I was was great as we bonded over similar struggles despite being in completely different majors.

I can say that having diverse roommates can definitely help you out by letting you glimpse into the life of a stranger. You never really know someone until you live with them after all. You can have absolutely everything in common or you could be polar opposites. But that is what makes the whole roommate thing (especially random roommate thing) really, really fun.

I want to help you out with your new living partners. I want to give you guys 5 things you can do together to have fun and get to know one another a little better. They worked (and still work) for me, and they will hopefully work for you!

1. Go eat together

Whether it is at Stingers (where you can meet up with your other awesome new friends), or at the Marietta Diner, nothing bonds two people better than eating in one another’s presence. During this meal time you can learn about each other and you can figure out what you both like to eat. You can talk about how good, or bad, the meal is and the habits of other patrons. As you probably already know, dinner is a great way to get into those very awkward silences where you’ll both be scrambling for something to say to fill in those empty spaces. While that may be a bad thing at first, soon enough you guys will stumble on topics that you both are very enthusiastic about and you’ll be having normal conversations just like normal people… Great huh?

2. Walk to class together

Do you guys leave at the same time to go to the same building or at least in the same direction? I think rather than awkwardly waiting three minutes for your roommate to leave and give you sufficiently enough time so you can walk alone, try ad switch it up and make the trek together. It beat silence and it is a great way to gripe or praise the class and teacher decisions you made earlier in the summer. Hopefully you took my advice from my “Choosing Your Classes” post from late July/early August!

3. Study together

The conference rooms were made for a reason. I know I made my very best friends by studying in the conference rooms. By having your roommate come with you to study, you can bypass the weird stage of being in a room or space by yourself and have your living buddy there with you to spark conversation. After all, let’s face it you both need to be studying for your classes regardless. Even with your roommate there, you can also make other friends as other studiers who just want to make a better grade and a new friend join your group.

4. Chat with one another 

As you can see, I am commanding that you guys spend a lot of time talking with one another. How else do you expect to know one another better? Since you guys are living in the same place you guys can just make the short walk into the common room and just talk. If you have already reached a close enough point, go into one another’s rooms and resume the chat from there. It is convenient and it is also great because you don’t have to go to another room to find your social fix, you can just talk to your roommate! Another pro to connecting with your roommate now is that you can room together again next year of you don’t like change. You also don’t really have to do all these steps all over again for your new living partners.

5. Go to campus events together

Finally, I think you guys should make an effort to go campus events together. Especially if you are a part of the First Year Residence Experience (FYRE). You should make every effort to try to be a part of the events going on on campus. Your Resident Assistants work really had to organize events for you to take a step back from your studies and instead of going by yourself you can go with your roommate. This eliminates the awkward wait as you hope for your other friends to arrive because you are with your roommate and you can make a safe return to your dorm as you will probably be walking in groups of two or more.

Like I stated earlier, I really hope you and our roommates are getting along! If you aren’t, please take a look and try these steps above. They helped me and I think they can help you. As you can see, talking in a major factor in getting to know each other so if you are introverted try to break out of that shell. I promise you, the results are way worth the risk.

How to Get an On-Campus Job


It’s been a hectic start to the semester guys, what with financial aid, dropping and adding classes and making sure to get enough sleep. I’ve been away for a while, but I’m here now! :)

I hope you guys are ready for me to drop some more knowledge on you. And this time it isn’t philosophical, moral, or parental-like guidance! No, what I’m going to give you is the precious key to making money (all without having to hop into your car and zipping off to some fat food chain to pick up after people you don’t know!). I know, I’m amazing.

I kid, obviously. But the sentiment is still the same.

So maybe where you’re from, while you were in high school, you were in school and working part-time to help pay for your car insurance, or your phone bill, or maybe even for the tuition for school now. Flash-forward and now you are probably hours away from your old job, you are in a new school but you don’t have any money. Not for the gas in your car, not for the toilet paper in your bather, not even for the dollar menu at McDonald’s (now that’s a struggle).

Not everyone is blessed with parents who give them a college allowance like a salary. So let’s get you some extra change in your pocket so that you aren’t looking at your “bordering on zero” bank account any longer and when your friends ask you if you want to go to Marietta Diner this weekend, you can confidently tell them yes and have a good time.

So Step One!

Go to SPSU’s Website –> Go to Current Students –> Go to Career Services under “Student Services” –> An then click on Career Link!

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Or, you know, you can click right here to go straight to Career Link. But because I doubt you have this blog post open 24/7, I suggest you should do the above steps to familiarize yourself with how to get there on your own. I’ll tell you why in a sec.

So now you scrolling all the way to the bottom and register just like you would with Facebook or Twitter. And when you finally log in, you should be brought to a page that looks like this:

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Once on that page, click on Jobs! And you will see a list of jobs in the area. Can you see now why I suggested you familiarize yourself with how to get to this page? The Career Link database can help you find jobs, internships, and co-ops that are not just on campus or for the duration of your education, but for graduation and beyond. Career Link is a valuable tool if you want to find employment quickly and easily as these jobs (& employers if you are brave enough to click on that tab! ;)) are looking to hire Southern Polytechnic students! Cool right?

So anyway, click on jobs and click on Advanced Search. It is to the far right of the search bar.

A complicated list of drop down menus and text boxes will show up, but all you have to do is just go the box that is labeled Position Type and select On Campus Job.  Them press search!

Bam! Life made easy! You found a list on on-campus job! Congratulations! Now start applying.

The best times to look through this list is the beginning of the semester and the end of the semester. The departments will then be looking for hire-es because people may have graduated, transferred, or you know, dropped out. Who really knows?

Another great place to find jobs is through email and then just walking around and asking if the department is hiring. It pays to do work. … (hahahahaha…)

Okay so hopefully you guys have a glimpse of what Career Link is, and you know how to find some jobs on campus! Off campus jobs are great, but on campus jobs are very convenient and do not require much from you. These positions are very competitive though so make sre you get in there early!

That was my gold nugget advice! Hope to see you guys soon!


Reasons to Consider Greek Life



So for those of you who have not already heard, Sorority and Fraternity recruitment is right around the corner. For some of y’all, that might sound scary but for others, it might sound awesome and interesting.

For both groups of people, I suggest coming out to the Panhellenic meet and greets (for the ladies) or the IFC round robin (for the guys), which is where you really get a chance to meet the chapters in a more casual setting and have the opportunity to find your forever friends. I made the decision to “go Greek” and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made; I love my sisters and know that if I ever needed anything I could go to them for help.

But, enough about MY experience because this post is all about what YOU can get out of joining Greek Life at SPSU.

  1. A home away from home

I don’t care how cheesy you think that sounds you will shortly realize how important a support system is and in my opinion nothing is better than a support system that is ultimately working towards the same goal. This is especially important to those females on campus because I am sure you have noticed in your classes that there really are not that many females at Southern Poly. Sororities are a perfect way to find your fellow females because even for myself who was raised with boys it is nice to spend time with other females. Also you learn “It’s not four years it’s for life” which means once you are a sister you have friends that you can count on for life plus going to bid day as an alumni is pretty exciting.

  1. Leadership Opportunities

Joining any organization is really going to give you the opportunity of learning leadership but with Greek life there are a lot more opportunities for education on what leadership really means. With Greek lettered organizations, your brothers or sisters really want nothing more than to see you succeed and that includes in leadership roles. My first year after recruitment in the sorority I took on a position that was really perfectly suited for me and with the time you’ll spend with your brothers or sisters they will help you find that perfect position for you as well. There is also a minimum GPA requirement to join each Greek lettered organization which you are required to maintain which also ensures your success in college itself.


There are literally a bazillion other reasons that Greek Life is amazing but I don’t want to bore you with a ten page paper why I love Greek life when you can get out there yourself and fall in love with Greek life like I have.

Visit the link below to check out the dates for Panhellenic recruitment events

Visit the link below to check out this last week of IFC recruitment events.

A Hornet’s Tale

By: Shah Zafrani

There I was…

…17 years old and ready to start my real education. My plan was to attend a college in-state and then transfer to Georgia Tech after two years. So, my decision of where to go first didn’t mean much to me. I weighed out my options and finally decided to go to SPSU thinking I would enjoy a small school for a few years. I signed up for Jumpstart which was a program that let me start classes in the Summer right after I graduated from high school. I was very excited to start college and I had no clue that I was about to have one of the best summers of my life!

Fast-forward 4 months…

…I was a Desk Assistant for Residence Life on campus, and I had joined the Student Government Association. I was loving the small school environment and the green, walkable campus. It wasn’t long until I decided that I wanted to finish my 4 years off at this welcoming University.

Continue to fast-forward nearly three more years and I’m now counting down the classes till I graduate using the fingers on my two hands. I’m on the SGA Student Council and involved in running the International Students Association. I’ve been proud to call this place my home and look forward to using the skills, and knowledge that I’ve gained here out in the workplace and wherever I go in life. But first I have one more year of classes and debauchery.

And that, my friends, is the story of how I came here and evolved into a Hornet!


Red Top Mountain

By: Drew Forbes

If you like getting outdoors, you might not be a stranger to the fun of hiking in northern Georgia. I’ve seen many of the local mountains, but Red Top Mountain remains one of my favorites on the virtue that you can swim on location.

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You can also camp out in the park’s campsites. My high school swim team took a couple of camping trips here. I can confirm that you’ll have a good time if you like camping and don’t want to have to hike between your car and the campsite.

There’s an impressive total of six different trails here. You can go mountain biking, take a hike that’ll give you a good workout, or take a short stroll on a paved trail. Hear it straight from the website: “There are 12 1/2 miles of wooded hiking trails in the park. These vary from 1/2 mile to 5 1/2 miles, traverse the woods and the shoreline, and vary in ratings from easy to moderate.”

Parking is $5 for a day. If you want to plan a trip there, check out the maps or the other resources on the website.

Have fun!

Textbook Shopping for the Frugal

By: Laura Sherman

It’s almost that semi-annual time of buying your textbooks! But before you empty your wallet- try to save a few bucks by buying some not-so-new books.

Start by looking on Banner Web to see your required books for the classes you’ve registered for. Sometimes, you can already skip a few of the books that are listed as “optional”. More times than not, you can get by without them.

Mentally sort your books into these 3 categories:

  • Workbooks/Lab books that need to be purchased NEW
  • SPSU-ONLY Textbooks that were written by SPSU Professors
  • Generic Books (i.e. books that can be found on

For the SPSU-ONLY textbooks, you can save a lot of money by going right across the street from Southern Poly to:

Southern Engineers Bookstore at 1011 S Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060. You can see what their book prices are and then come back to the SPSU Bookstore. You can tell them the price of the book across the street and usually SPSU’s Bookstore will match the prices!

Most SPSU students end up consigning their books there. You can find many of the most recent editions of professors’ books gently used. You also get to flip through the pages to make sure nothing’s been ripped out or drawn in. But be sure to get there early! The best books go fast!

  • If you’re buying a new/gently-used textbook that you don’t need to write in, invest in a book sleeve and keep the book in like-new condition. Selling the book “like-new” immediately after your course can sometimes give you a full refund!
  • Don’t risk buying a used lab workbook. If the day comes that you’re in class and a page is missing, that’s a missed grade. The extra dough is worth it.
  • If you’re feeling extra-thrifty, try the SPSU Free and For Sale Facebook page. If you get lucky, someone might be willing to sell/give you a textbook on your shopping list!
  • For all your supplementary needs, go to a thrift store and rummage through their textbook section. Having multiple versions of the same information can help you study!

Pro-Tips For The New Semester: Choosing Classes

By: Ruth Petit-Bois

School is approaching soooo quickly. It may not seem like it, but trust me before you know it, it’ll be August and if you have siblings still in public school, they will be heading back and then it’s only a matter of time before it’s your turn.

You’re probably really excited if you’re a freshman. It’s a whole new world! A whole new environment! These are the final years that anyone ever finishes off with “the best years of your life.” Now there is a pressure to making these next four years years all about the stories you can tell your kids and the stories you will keep under lock and key til the end of time (or til you reminisce with the ones who were witness).

I’m here to offer some last minute tips to making college bearable. Things I wish I knew before I entered college for the first time. Things that you learn as an upperclassman through experience (aka: the hard way). Be grateful that I’m telling you these right now.

I’m Studying What?

Fresh out of high school you still probably have this schedule in mind: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, Elective, Elective. Only now that you are going onto college you’re probably going to be thinking like: English 1001, Math 1113, HIST 1111, BIOL 2107K, SPSU 1001, Major Class. You’re going to have to get rid of the mindset that you need to take a bunch of core classes all at once. For one thing, college doesn’t work that way, and two, you don’t have enough time in the day to take a bunch of core classes while trying to complete your degree. If you were to do the schedule I listed above you’d be taking 18 credit hours. You would be pretty much struggling to handle your coursework and your social life. Not the best start to “the best four years of your life” and it will kill you at the end of your college career. Don’t be that person who is stuck in all major classes come your junior year. Your core classes offer a much needed breather in between all the stress. Space these out evenly over the years.

I Wake Up When?

There are only a very few orientations left. This information came a little late, but if you decide to take this advice to heart, there is still some merciful time to change it. If you are thinking of taking 8am-3pm classes on the premise of “I woke up at 6am to catch the bus/drive to school every day at high school and got out at 2pm. I’ll be fine”. Don’t. Take it from someone who made that mistake. My freshman year I signed up for an 8am Pre-calculus class for every day except Wednesday because I thought I could handle it much like I did in high school and the only reason why I don’t regret that decision is because now I know better. Love yourself. Take classes at a reasonable hour. If you don’t have to wake up at 7am every morning to make it to class at 8 because there is another slot open.Don’t. Take the other slot.

I’m Taking That Class With Who?


If you are going to pick a professor for the rest of the semester, please go on to double check if you really want to take them. Rate My Professor is a biased site as you can get feedback from both the slackers and the triers in one spot, but usually the advice on the site is legit and you can get a really quick snapshot of what the rest of the year is going to be like just by viewing a couple of comments.  Sometimes there isn’t a choice in who you want to take, but if you end up getting a choice, it is great to see how previous students reacted to the professor you are about to take.

I’m Supposed to Go Where?

The day before school starts, I always make it a habit to go to the classroom where my classes are going to be. That way, I eliminate the struggle of having to look for the classroom and showing up late because I don’t know where I am going. I also do this so I can grab the best seats in the room. Sometimes your grades correlate to where you are sitting when the professor is teaching. Make sure along with knowing who and what you are going to take, take care to also know where.

I Had To Leave How Long Ago?

I missed several classes at the beginning of my first semester because while I did create the schedule I would follow and who I would take, I still wasn’t used to going to class at say, 2pm. My roommate can attest the multiple times I’d scramble out the door in the most undignified fashion because I found out I completely forgot I had a date with the SPSU’s Hitchhiker’s 1001 class 30 minutes ago. Set up some alarms to make sure you get yourself to class on time. Walking in to your English 1101 class 25 minutes late isn’t a cute look (and it scores you ZERO points with the professor). You’re in college now. Act like it.

That is what I’m going to tell you about classes. Next I’ll be telling you about choosing your friends! I hope you can use this info well! See you next week! :)

You Might Be An Architect If…

By: Laura Sherman

After reading Lauren’s awesome “You Might Be an Engineer If…” blog post, I thought I might jump on the bandwagon with my own version!


You Might Be an Architect If…

1. You live by minimalism. Less is always more. Unless of course, more is less.

2. Your clothing is a rainbow of black, white and grey- but mostly black. Just like your coffee.

3. When your X-Acto blade cuts your finger off, you scream in fear that it will drip on your pristine, white model- not because of pain.

4. You wear glasses. Yes, you have a prescription, but they also enhance your architect-ness.

5. As an adult, your library consists of picture books and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

6. There is nothing more unsettling than a disproportionate space. Not even five-star food can shake that feeling.

7. You’ve eyed someone’s pile of recycling and asked “Can I have all of your cardboard?”

8. You have a favorite pen that delivers just enough ink with a line weight that has “character”.

9. When on vacation, you take selfies with architectural monuments as if they were your BFF.

10. Most of your life is spent with crushing amounts of work to do and the other part is spent pondering and doing nothing at all.

11. You carry a sketchbook everywhere you go but only you can understand what you are sketching.

12. You use the word “lettering” instead of “writing”.

13. While watching a beautiful sunrise all you can do is freak out that the project isn’t finished yet.

14. You have a dozen sizes and types of rulers.

15. You are the go-to person for all things arts-and-crafts related because you own 4 types of glue of various brands, 20 various materials arranged by color and size, and you always have scissors and a 20-pack of blades.

16. You’re on a first-name basis with famous architects: Corbusier, Mies, Tadao, Zaha.

17. When in a new building, you go around looking for connection details and snapping pics of them with your phone.

18. People can only relate and compare you to Ted Mosby.

19. You’ve added typology, morphology, topology, etc. to your vocabulary.

20. You go through more sketch/trash paper than toilet paper.


Sorority Recruitment Basics

By: Sarah Massagee

Alright ladies! Let’s talk. So, as you know there is that whole merger thing. Didn’t know about it? Check it out at: And of course KSU has some wonderful sororities. And you’re probably thinking, “Why not just go through recruitment once the merger happens?” Well, I guess you could do that. OR, OR, you can go through the LAST SPSU sorority recruitment. Now, I don’t know what’s going to happen to the sororities here; but, I can tell you that it is totally going to be worth it.  Because Alpha Xi Delta AND Gamma Phi Beta are pretty freggin’ sweet.

Alright, so let’s go over something to know about recruitment. I’m going to try to get the basics out of the way, and of course you can comment and ask questions if there is something I didn’t answer.


Let’s go over some basic lingo you’re going to hear: BIG, LITTLE, BID, PNM, PANHELLENIC, PHILANTHROPY, NEW MEMBER, ACTIVE, and ALUMNI

Alright let’s start this off with the most important one BID. A bid is something that you get AFTER you have gone through recruitment. Recruitment is when you get to visit both Alpha Xi Delta and Gamma Phi Beta houses. You have to go to at least one of the first two nights. (It’s a four day ordeal this recruitment.)

  • The first night is just meeting the girls and having one-on-one conversations.
  • The next night is all about each sororities Philanthropy. (Which I’ll explain later)
  • The third night is preference night. This event is by invite only. The sororities can invite you back, for this last event. After this event is done, you go to a room where you get to choose which sorority you want to be your home.
  • SO, on the fourth day you go down to the house where you have to wait for every single girl who has gone through recruitment show up. And then you get this envelope and a bag. You open the envelope AND THAT’S YOUR BID! The bid has one of the sororities name on it. That is your new sorority! And then you run to your new sisters and you get to enjoy BID DAY!!!!
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Bid day 2013

Big sis (Also known as Big): So this girl is a sister that you’ve grown close to. She’s a sister you admire, a sister you want to basically mentor you. She is someone who will be there for you during your ups and downs. Her job is to help you become a sister and help you when the time comes to initiate.  She might not be your best friend, but she’s someone who will do what she can to be there for you.


A picture of me and my big right after I initiated.

Little Sis (Also know as Little/Lil’): So, you’ve got your big. What does this make you to her? You are now her lil’.  And of course, once you have initiated, you can get your very own little! Your job as a little is to just enjoy the big. And get showered with much love and presents of course! And you may only be able to have one big, but you can multiple littles!


A picture of Taci from Gamma Phi Beta with her two littles. (The one on the left is on Panhellenic Council for rush this year and that is why she has a circle over her face)

Philanthropy: This one is pretty easy. A philanthropy is basically a charity you choose to support. Each sorority has their own philanthropy. Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropy is Building Strong Girls and Alpha Xi Delta’s philanthropy is Autism Speaks.

Panhellenic Council: The two sororities on campus are part of a national organization called the panhellenic council. This council is in charge of creating a fair and fun recruitment environment that gives all the sororities involved a chance to recruit fairly and equally. Each school that has sororities on their campus also has a campus panhellenic council that helps reinforce the rules of the National Panhellenic Council. You will meet these girls and hang out with them in-between your house visits. There are four girls on the SPSU panhellenic Council, but they have disassociated from their sororities to help you through recruitment. These girls will not tell you which sorority they are part of so you can have a chance to talk with them without any bias on their responses. On bid day, they will reveal their letters to you, so you will know which sorority they are apart of.

PNM (potential new member): A pnm is what you are until you join a sorority. And as it says, you are just a potential new member. Pretty self explanatory right? Right?

New Member: This is just a sister who has not yet initiated. These terms are getting pretty simple right?

Active Sister: A sister who is in the chapter currently AND has initiated.

Alumni: A sister who has graduated/transferred and is no longer an active sister. You will see Alumni at some events (such as BID day) but they will not be around as much as Active members.

Chapter: Chapter is simply a meeting that each sorority has. Chapter is held once a week and is just to keep all the sister’s informed of what’s going on and what needs to be done.

Alright, I think that’s it! I hope it has helped you in some questions, and of course you can comment if you have questions! If there are questions I cannot answer, (or you just don’t want to ask me) you can contact the panhellenic council here:



That’s all from me for now. Have a good evening!!! Eat some tacos or something.

Running That Race

By: Ruth Petit-Bois

Hey guys! It’s me again with another illustration! Hopefully you learn from this one too! Before I start, remember I told you before that I have been exercising in the mornings? I don’t think I’ve told you exactly what I’ve been doing.

I’ve been running!

I think it’s about the fourth week since I have started and I have come a long, long, long way from where I started. The ultimate goal was for me to be able to start from the couch (because I’m not really the active sort) to run a 5K in a good amount of time. So I downloaded the C25K app (which is running a 5k in hopefully 30 minutes) and got started.

get down to buisness

On day one, the regimen the app called for was for one minute of straight running and then a minute and a half walking to rest. When I saw that seemingly easy routine, I felt insulted. I could do a whole lot better than running for just one minute. I could do so many things in one minute! Why spend a minute and a half of walking breaks when I could spend that time getting better? Who did they think I was?

Yeah, right, not doin that.

Yeah, right, not doin that.

So instead I came up with a new and improved game plan. I was just going to run for thirty minutes straight and then see how far I could go in that time. Then I would try to increase how far I went to run a 5k in less than 30 minutes. It was great! What could go wrong?



If I could explain exactly how bad of an idea that was, I could give — a run for their money. I made it to about three minutes into my torture session before I was out of breath with my hands on my knees, wheezing and half a mind to quit. I couldn’t do this! It was way too hard! And I was supposed to try to go on for thirty minutes? No thanks!!!

Woe is me.

Woe is me.

But (thankfully) I got my act together and decided to do what the app suggested. Because of my earlier mishap the first run turned out to be worse than it had to be, but I did complete it and I actually felt like I could go from the couch to a 5K (provided I followed what the app said). And so here I am now on week four. The run calls for ninety seconds of running with ninety second intervals of walking along with a three minute run and a three interval of walking. By the time I’m done I’m tired, sure, but I honestly feel like I can keep going. Flashback to day one when I could barely run three minutes straight & I get excited to see such progress. Just what else can I do as the weeks go on?

This is so exciting!

This is so exciting!

So I guess my illustration for this week is that if you are starting something new, don’t rush it.

Yes, you can see where you want to be as clear as day and you are impatient to just get there already, and don’t get me wrong, that’s great because that shows you have a vision for yourself. But don’t lose patience with yourself. Sometimes you need to gradually make it to where you need to be. Not only that but listen to the authorities on the subject. You may think you know everything there is to know, but there is a reason why we go to college and why we have Google. We need the help and we need the instruction. So whether it is painting, coding, designing, researching, writing, or anything you want to set your mind to, take it one day (or one week) at a time. You may not see it now, but you are always improving. So keep at it and soon you’ll see it too!

I got dis!

We got dis!

Okay! See you next time! & if you are trying to learn something new, don’t give up! ;)