University of Georgia

10 big academic reminders

1. there is no shame in asking for help (academic, emotional, or mental) 

2. there is no shame in going to tutoring 

3. there is no shame in getting Bs, Cs, Ds, or Fs 

4. there is no shame in not knowing what you want to study 

5. there is no shame in having a job 

6. there is no shame in struggling in a so-called “easy course” 

7. there is no shame in withdrawing from a course you don’t feel comfortable in 

8. there is no shame in changing your major 

9. there is no shame in not taking a full load of classes in a semester 

10. there is no shame in realizing your school may not be for you

pencyls 100 days of productivity, day 6 

i’ve honestly been in the most disgusting funk, and I want to rid it completely from my life. ughjl;jkdflsdf I just want to feel productive. I even started my work for a cycle of 20 minutes and the motivation never appeared. alas, i still managed to copy the class notes, and finish half the stats homework that’s due (I guess this will be one of my two dropped grades)


She’s the Cleopatra to my Nefertiti. 👑👑👑

In honor of #MelaninMonday and #Blackout, I wish to send a special shoutout to the woman of my dreams, the person who I would award a Lifetime Achievement Award, and my lover who is also my best friend and the one who can make me laugh uncontrollably with her faces, baby voices, and her Happy Feet dance moves: @co0kiemonstuh. She is truly special to me and words can’t begin to express the love I have with her or how deeply in love I am with her. I can’t wait to see where our journeys take us, career-wise and together as a couple. We have so much to be proud of and we’ve overcome so much and our journeys are just starting. Moving in with you is going to be a new experience for both of us and no matter what happens, what arguments we get into, what near-disasters we have in the kitchen or the fight over how hot our shower water needs to be, I will be here forever and always. I’m not leaving. I’m here as your ride or die, your best friend and your baby. I’m proud of everything you have accomplished in these years and I’m looking forward to supporting you in your future accomplishments these next two years in grad school. You’re unconquerable royalty and no matter how difficult the road may seem, you will make it. You’ve already come so far and you’re going to go so much farther.

So, here’s to us.
The besties.
The lovers.
The graduates.

Cheers, baby. I love you. 💜💜💜


Before the big game (the one between Georgia and Florida), join the cast and crew for a special screening featuring new episodes, giveaways and a few surprises. Find out what happens when Sheriff lets loose at the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party.


One of our strongest (and certainly most beautiful) collecting areas focuses on costume design, specifically for Broadway and for the various Paris music halls.  

The heart of our costume design collections are the papers of Freddy Wittop (b.1911- d.2001).  Wittop designed for many venues, including the Folies Bergère.  Our collections of Wittop’s designs include not only an extensive holding of his original design artwork, but also his sketchbooks and slides of designs and productions, research material, awards, playbills, and genuine costumes from several of Wittop’s productions.

Beyond the Wittop materials, our extensive Paris Music Hall collection encompasses over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs from the fabulous music halls of Paris from the first decades of the 20th century.  Included in this collection are original designs from such eminent designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, José Zamora, and Zig, as well as more materials from Freddy Wittop.

Both the Freddy Wittop collection (MS2727) and the Paris Music Hall collection (MS714) are open for research and study.  The designs featured with this post are both from the Freddy Wittop collection.

College Confession #16

A girl just ordered Domino’s to be delivered to our lecture with over 300 students. The pizza guy came from across town, went to our lecture hall, called her name, and brought her the pizza directly to her seat in the middle of the room and now she’s eating a full pizza by herself in the middle of class. 

Meanwhile, our professor didn’t even miss a beat and has yet to act like he noticed anything.

- Georgia Southern University

what I learned about myself, after year 1 of college

(these are my own conclusions and not intended to really be advice) 

  • I genuinely like to learn. I forgot how much I like to learn when I was so caught up in letter grades and scores. I’m still struggling with this.
  • I like college so much more when my personal life is stable and put together. When I was going out every night, it made it harder for me to perform how I wanted to. When emotionally I was yearning, my academics were put on the back burner. Even physically, if I wasn’t taking care of myself, I had to put my academics last. College wasn’t fun when I was struggling to pass. It was fun when I realized I liked staying in on weekends and playing board games with my friends. It was fun when I learned to balance.
  • Comparison is dangerous. I learned  that yearning for a goal that everyone wants was detrimental to my mental health and academic performance. I needed to find balance with the idea that I didn’t make the same score on that test as everyone else, or I’m not taking the same classes as my group of friends in the same major. I realized I didn’t need to copy the crowd or consensus, and that I shouldn’t.
  • Learning to move at my own pace was crucial. It was easy for me to get caught up in the “graduate in 4 years” or “take 15 credit hours every semester to stay on track.” I realized that for me to gain what I want academically from my college learning experience, that I have to go at my own reasonable pace. I have to do what I feel is right to reach my own goals. I’ve become okay and happy with the idea with graduating in 4.5 years or 5 years. As long as I’m learning.
  • Asking for help is OK. I learned that my ego is big, and so is my pride. This led me to believe that I never need any help. I know I am intelligent, but I wasn’t a good student. So, I let go of my pride and signed up for academic coaching, a decision that changed my college career for the better. I’m glad I wasn’t too prideful.

overall, realizing these things has put me in a place mentally, academically, and physically that I’m proud of. 


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the First World War, we’ve pulled these photos from our World War I collections. The first photograph shows American doughboys on parade past King George V and Queen Mary, as well as Queen Alexandra and other dignitaries.  The second photo shows African-American troops marching towards the front line in France in 1917.  

These two photographs come from one of our collections of World War I photographs (ms1187).  Our archives feature an array of materials relating to World War I and we will display some of this material here through the centenary of the Armistice in November 2018.

ATHENS, Ga. - It was in the best seller section of a Barnes & Noble in this college town that Kathy Rackley found a novel story of her own - a young man by the name of Malcolm Mitchell.

“I mean a chance encounter in a bookstore, how wonderful is that?” said Kathy. She had no idea who Mitchell was. “None whatsoever.”

And Malcolm didn’t tell her. “I knew they were going to find out,” Mitchell said. “But I wasn’t going to say it.”

Fact is, Rackley may have been the only one in Athens who didn’t know the name Malcolm Mitchell. Number 26 for the University of Georgia Bulldogs was one of the top recruits in the country a few years ago. He’s Georgia royalty.

And presumably, if Rackley had known that, she wouldn’t have stood in that Barnes & Noble talking his ear off about the book club she had just joined.

“I mean he like stepped back and he said ‘You did? You did?’ and he said, 'Can I join your book club?’” Rackley recalled.

“And I said, 'I don’t know if you want to join mine. We’re all 40-, 50-, and 60-year-old women.’”

But Mitchell was undeterred. So now, one of the top wide-receivers in the country has been meeting monthly with his book club lady friends.

He’s the only man, and the youngest by a generation – but Mitchell doesn’t care. Nor does he care what anyone thinks.

“Somebody called me a nerd. That’s not a word that I’m used to hearing,” he said. But he’s more than okay with the label. “I was proud of it… It’s like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from.”

Mitchell confessed that when he started college he could only read at about a junior high level, and it bothered him. So he started putting as much effort into his reading game as his football game.

Every free moment, he had a book in his hand. He’s now reading things he never dreamed he could, and although some of the book club selections he would never pick himself, Mitchell seems to enjoy them all.

After everything he’s accomplished, what’s he most proud of?

“I finished the 'Hunger Games’ series in about two days,” Mitchell said.

Wait, but what about the touchdowns?

“That came natural,” Mitchell said. “That’s a gift. I had to work to read.”

But his greatest talent may lie in his ability to step so outside his comfort zone, to be able to meet people and focus so sincerely on what they have in common, instead of their trivial differences.

Sometimes football makes men great. And sometimes, great men just happen to play football.


In honor of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter novel, we thought that we would celebrate by posting a couple of Potter-ish images from our archives.  

The first isn’t Hermione and Crookshanks, but it is a lantern slide from the 19th-century.  Lantern slides were small glass plates with images developed on them which were used with magic lanterns, a type of precursor to the (now itself outdated) slide projector.  

The second image is from our Robert Parks North American Birds collection (ms3396).  Robert Parks is a native Georgian and a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology who gained national renown as an ornithologist and an artist of birds.  The owl shown is an Eastern Screech Owl, which is common to the state of Georgia.