The Daily Mississippian staff consists of university students of different backgrounds, ages and majors. We all have different interests and things we love about the university, so why not share them here? We listed our favorite study spot and most interesting class we’ve taken below.
My favorite study spot is always with my roommates in our living room. We throw on some pajamas, tune into Food Network, chow down on pizza and struggle through the stress together.
One of my all time favorite classes was Journalism 580: Presidents and the Press. Two Ole Miss legends, Curtis Wilkie and Charles Overby, taught the class, bringing in speakers like former secret service agents, the executive director of the commission on presidential debates and top political influencers and journalists. Wilkie and Overby have brushed shoulders with political elites for decades and told us personal stories in conjunction with the actual lesson, bringing the topics life. I took the course during the 2016 presidential election, so analyzing that craziness and trying to make sense of it all was super fun.
Lana Ferguson – Editor-in-Chief
My favorite spot on campus to read the paper or study is the outside patio on the Sorority Row side of the Honors College. The tables around the fountain are big enough to sprawl out on, and classes sometimes meet outside, providing great opportunities for eavesdropping or procrastination.
The first semester of freshman year, I signed up for an art history class by mistake, which turned out to be a pretty happy accident. The class I initially thought would teach me about style through the years actually showed me how big a role art plays in connecting the world. I learned how people’s influence on art is sometimes overpowered by art’s influence on people. AH 201 surprised me to become one of the most interesting classes I’ve taken here.
Slade Rand – Managing Editor
My favorite place to study is the Grove. I always get a ton of reading done there, and sometimes it’s really nice to get out of the library and be outside.
The most interesting class I’ve taken is History of the South in the 20th Century. I’m from Baltimore and didn’t know a ton about Southern history, so I really enjoyed the class. We even got to learn a bunch about Ole Miss history, which I thought was super cool.
Maddie McGee – News Editor
I personally love studying at the Graduate or the balcony of Square Books. The Graduate saved my life last semester during finals because it’s one of the only places I can stay focused while studying with friends. Also, the balcony at Square Books is a hidden gem. There’s nothing like getting your work done while sipping on a hot chai, occasionally people-watching from above.
I took Honors 101 and 102 classes freshman year as required by the Honors College, and those two classes quite literally changed my life (and my GPA expectations). They’re the most interesting classes offered at the University of Mississippi, requiring students to study lofty topics from religion to ethics to science, and the professors who teach them come from departments all over campus.
Devna Bose – Lifestyles Editor
I like studying in the government documents and maps room on the bottom floor of the library because there’s usually not many people there to distract me, but it’s still in the library if I need something.
My Southern Studies 102 class was called “The Southern Protest Mixtape,” and our professor, Brian Foster, gave us a survey of Southern history through a curated playlist. Each day had a topic and a corresponding song.
Liam Nieman – Opinion Editor
I always try to get a classroom in Lamar after everyone leaves. It’s nice, quiet, and the janitorial staff is there to greet you with a ‘good morning’ if you stay up past 3 a.m.
I enjoyed Business Law with Professor Schaefer. You gotta take it with Schaefer – he’s a game-changer. His class is the definition of “firm but fair.”
Sam Harres – Sports Editor
My go-to place to study is the Graduate or Highpoint Coffee. I really appreciate the friendly staff at the Graduate and its location. Highpoint Coffee is also another good go-to spot. They have the best pastries and even offer student discounts.
I’ve enjoyed all the higher-level political science classes I’ve had to take for my major, especially African-American Politics, which explored issues that affect African-Americans participation in politics and American Federalism.
Ethel Mwedziwendira – Design Editor
My favorite place to study in Oxford is at my house. I like to be able to curl up in my bed in my pajamas and have the peace and quiet.
Maggie Martin – Copy Chief