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Last month I went “home” to visit my family. I say “home” because my home now is central Arkansas but I grew up in southwest Arkansas and that’s where my family still lives. Technically I grew up in Hot Springs but moved to the tiny town of Taylor when I was 7. Most people don’t know where that is so I usually tell people I am from Magnolia, a slightly larger town that most everyone knows about because of the college. What college you ask? Southern Arkansas University!
Southern Arkansas University is about 20 minutes from where I lived and I always swore I would never go there because I wanted to leave south Arkansas. I guess the saying “never say never” is absolutely true in my case because guess where I spent my first four undergrad years (2001-2005)? Yep…good ole Southern Arkansas University!
My stepmom works there now and it was fun to go see her at work when I was home and get to walk around campus and set lunch with her. I loved my time at SAU!!!
I lived at home my first year but then I moved into the dorms my Sophomore year and never looked back. Living at home was fun but I don’t feel like students who stay home get the full “college experience”. There is just something about living in the dorms and really getting involved on campus.
This is Bussey Hall…in my day it was an upper class women’s only dorm. I stayed on the third floor on the top left floor. That was the wing my sorority sisters stayed on. To this day SAU still doesn’t have Greek Housing so most greeks have a wing in a dorm they stay in, with other people too it’s not at all exclusive. I made some of my very best memories in that dorm!!
I was a Biology major and at the time I was in school Overstreet Hall held all of the biology and chemistry classrooms and labs. I have many not-so-find memories of that building…HA!! Now there is a fancy new science building but not when I was there.
After class I always met my sorority sisters in the Mall Area between classes. There was usually always something going on during the day…concerts, info booths, races, games, etc.
The Mall Area also housed the infamous Bell Tower. It plays chimes at every hour that you can hear all over campus so you could always tell what time it was. It was also decorated every Christmas with lights you could see from all over town.
The last picture I will feature is of the Bruce Center. In my day the Bruce was the place to hang. The cafeteria was on the bottom floor, Student Life and Student Activities were on the top along with a little cafe, a huge seating area with tv’s, and the campus post office! I worked in the Student Activities Office and my sorority held meetings in one of the conference rooms so I was always there. Now it houses a museum and a Chick-fil-a. Why couldn’t CFA have been there when I was in school??
So that is a little bit about my SAU. Now the campus is HUGE and offers apartments, a ton of new dorms, new new class buildings (Science and Agriculture), a state of the art fitness center, and so much more. It was crazy to see how much the campus had changed since I was there, but it was fun too. I love all of the changes and I really hope that all of the new students will have as much fun as I did!!
Sadly, I didn’t graduate from SAU but I transferred my senior year to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where I completed my first bachelor’s degree in Cardio-Respiratory Care!
Just for fun here is a pic of me with my sorority sisters, I am the top left!
Where did you go to college??
Has is changed much since you attended??