What is Survival Weekend?

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Survival Weekend is an event for new Southern Miss students at the BSU Center on the weekend of August 22-24. We want to help you make the adjustment to college life at USM. Survival Weekend can help you in so many ways.

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Family group time at Survival Weekend

Friends
This is a great time to meet new friends and people who you need to be friends with. Every student who comes is placed in a family group of 10-15 students. All of these students are new to Southern Miss. These family groups are led by two upperclass leaders who will be there for you even after Survival Weekend is over. Survival Weekend is a great way for you to meet other students at the beginning of school, but it is also a way for you to have accountability as you go throughout your first year at Southern Miss. Once you are placed in a “family group” you will be invested in by current USM BSU students who have been in your shoes before and can offer you encouragement, spiritual guidance and friendship through a year of many changes. Your family group has also been paired with a family in the Hattiesburg area who will also be there to invest in you and help you during your first year.

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Wacky Water Olympics

Survival Tips
Gary Permenter will be speaking during the weekend. He will share tips on how to succeed in college and make the most of your college years. Gary brings a wealth of wisdom and experience that will really help you make wise choices at college, plus he is really funny too!

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College “survival” tips from Gary Permenter

Church
By coming to Survival Weekend, you are automatically introduced to the Southern Miss BSU and to local Baptist churches. There are also some great churches in Hattiesburg that love college students. You will get the chance to experience them at Survival Weekend.

More about Survival Weekend
The cost for Survival Weekend is $30. (But if the money is a problem, please let us know. There are scholarships available!) 

You will get a T-shirt and meals are provided throughout the weekend. **Sign up by August 11 to assure you get a Survival Weekend t-shirt!**

Survival Weekend will start on Friday evening, August 22 at 5:30 at the BSU Center, go all day Saturday (we will have a break on Saturday afternoon) and will conclude on Sunday morning at a local church. You will go to church on Sunday morning with your family group.

Dress at Survival Weekend is casual. Shorts or pants, a t-shirt, and a comfortable pair of shoes are very appropriate for BSU. We will be playing games and staying busy pretty much all weekend so you will want to be comfortable.

Feel free to invite friends that are coming to Southern Miss too! They do not have to be Baptist. We have an active group on campus that includes students of other denominations so invite your friends to come.

If you have any questions, please call: 601-264-5160. Hope you to see you at Survival Weekend!

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