Is An All-Nighter Worth It?

BY MITCHELL MCEVER

Coming into college, I firmly believed my time management skills would lead me to get my work done efficiently so would get enough sleep. However, by the third week of college I found myself in the midst of a paper as the sun was rising and the birds began to chirp. There have been far too many times already in my college career I have found myself gazing at the blank stare of my alarm clock as it ticks onward through the morning, unaware of how badly I need it to slow down.

I will admit it hasn't been my workload that has caused these all-nighters, but rather my own choices.

Sometimes you just have to sacrifice a little bit of homework time to go explore Birmingham or visit Waffle House for the sixth time that week. Whether or not those are academically wise decisions is up for debate, but they've certainly made my Samford experience much more fun. Without being willing to drop what I'm doing at a moment's notice and go with some new friends to see the color tunnels or see Regions Field at night, my college experience would not be the same thus far.

Now, don't get me wrong. In the moment, all-nighters are absolutely brutal. No one else is awake to help push you onwards and all you want is to crawl into bed and sleep for the rest of the semester. You'll end up checking your email every fifteen minutes or so hoping against all odds that a class cancellation email comes in and gives you sweet release from your responsibilities. Unfortunately, those are extremely few and far between.

Somehow, you will push through the night.  You will finish that ten page paper and turn it in. You will sit there in quiet victory and wonder why you ever procrastinated so long as to put yourself through this horrible gauntlet of research and writing.

But then you will remember what caused you to have to stay up all night and you will smile. The memories of the fun you and your friends had will make you laugh and might just make the entire night you spent slaving away to finish your homework worth it.

Late nights are nearly unavoidable for me. Oftentimes, though, the very thing that caused those late nights have been experiences that I will always remember very fondly. 

Samford University in and of itself doesn't encourage all-nighters. But, if seizing opportunities to go on a new adventure with friends causes a late night or two, that all-nighter is totally worth it in my opinion.

Homecoming Week

BY LIV RIVERA

Homecoming week was a blast! It was definitely one of the best experiences I've had at Samford so far! The week began with the Bulldog Bash celebration on the quad complete with art, live music, food, and tons of games! I attended with my friends and we were thoroughly pleased with the donuts, free cotton candy, grilled cheese sandwiches, and delicious s'mores! We had a great time singing along with the student-composed band and we loved watching the athlete and dance team dance off! We observed in awe as each sorority, fraternity, and other student organizations painted a mural representing their bulldog spirit and we laughed as we each took our turn riding the mechanical bull!

After the Bash, we headed over to Vestavia with everyone else for free bowling. We played 3 games and made memories that will last a lifetime!

Additionally, we attended the homecoming ball on Thursday. Siegbert gym was completely transformed into an elegant dance hall! There were beautiful curtains and chandeliers, amazing desserts, and an awesome band! Everyone looked so nice in their suits and gowns and everyone was so happy to be with their friends and dates!

The homecoming queen and king were announced and it seemed simply perfect. The night was like a fairytale! I'm a little sad that homecoming week is over, but I had lots of fun and made tons of great memories!

I cannot wait to see what's in store next year! I hope you'll be here to enjoy it with me. 

 

 

Birmingham, My New Home

BY MITCHELL MCEVER

"It's Nice to Have You in Birmingham." I was greeted with these words as I took my first drive through the city I had committed to adopting as my own for the next four years. It was all quite different at first. There was little traffic and fewer towering skyscrapers than my former home of Atlanta, and I wasn't sure what to make of it. It was much less hectic to get to the heart of the city, of course, but I was curious to learn if Birmingham could really compare to the sights and activities I found in my beloved Atlanta. I quickly found that Birmingham would provide no shortage of adventure and joy.

From the weekend after I moved to Samford, my friends and I set off to explore our new home. We made our way to Regions Field to watch the Birmingham Barons play, and despite my lack of baseball knowledge I completed the seventh inning stretch like a true professional. After the Barons game, we set out to find what else Birmingham had hidden for us to find.

Visiting the pinnacle of frozen desserts in Homewood's Steel City Pops was a major priority. We had heard the tales and seen the signs regaling us with vivid accounts of the flavor and affordability of their popsicles and we were certainly not disappointed. Lying just a few steps from Steel City is Octane Coffee, another venue that we would quickly grow attached to. The environment of Octane is unique in the best of ways. I love going to Octane, but it often keeps me so comfortable that suddenly it's closing time and I am left wondering how I ended up spending the past few hours sitting with my open book and empty coffee cup rather than studying as I intended.

After taking care of our two basic food groups in coffee and popsicles, we set out to explore the nature and hiking hotspots in and around the city. We didn't have to search far, as it only took us a few miles to drive to Oak Mountain in search of its best hiking trails. Noting the hardest available trails, we took great care to avoid them in the hopes that our legs would still be able to carry us to class the next day.

Through our exploration of Birmingham, I found my preconceptions of the city to be startlingly different than the reality. I was told Birmingham would be a boring city, with less fun and more potholes than the city I had come from, but what I found was entirely contrary to what I had been told. What I found was a fascinating city ready to be discovered and embraced.

It can be a difficult transition to a new city and environment at first. There was certainly an adjustment period throughout the first few weeks in a new town, but it was so exciting to have an entirely new place to discover and enjoy with my new Samford family. 

More recently, as I've looked around at the city I now live in and the friends I am surrounded with, I truly could not be happier. I have found an actual home away from home and feel so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to live here and attend Samford.

Birmingham is my exciting and captivating new home, and I'd love for you to join me here.

 

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