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A Letter To Berry College Tourists

Dear visitors, guests, photographers, and overall tourists,

When you come to visit Berry College, there are a few things we as students would love for you to know, to avoid both our frustration and yours.

We pay $44,000 to attend Berry, you don’t.

So if we say excuse me if you’re blocking the door to our dorm, please don’t say, “you can wait a minute.” That’s a good way to frustrate us even further than we already are, which leads me into my next point.

Prom season coincides with finals season here, which means a few things.

We are overworked and under rested. We are frustrated and have spent the last seven hours studying for a bio exam, and we just want to go to our room and sleep. Also, if you’re here on a day when the entire campus is full of prom students, we may walk in the background of your pictures because there is NOWHERE ELSE TO GO. Don’t get angry at us, because if we didn’t walk in your picture, we would’ve walked in someone else’s.

The Gatehouse is there for a reason.

If you’re looking for the eagles, ask them when you come in. They can give you a map; a student walking up to Ford cannot. And we aren’t trained to give directions so we’ll probably fail at it miserably. If you’re going up to Mountain Campus, follow the Gatehouse directions; don’t try and go a different way because you will get lost.

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Also, not every student knows every other student.

We’re a small campus, but we still have over a thousand students and we don’t know everyone else. Please don’t say, “oh I’m just visiting my nephew so-and-so; he’s on the lacrosse team. Oh but of course you know him, don’t you?” The answer will almost always be no. Even though we both go to Berry, it doesn’t mean we’re best friends eating together at D-Hall every night.

Please watch your walking route.

If you’re on Bertrand Way – the road that takes you to the Ford Complex – and you come across the little circle median at the top of the hill, keep in mind that’s NOT a roundabout. Please do not treat it as such.

All our thanks,

Nicole Lea Gilmer and the students at Berry College

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Nicole Gilmer

Nicole Lea Gilmer is a Freshman Psychology and Communications with a concentration in public relations double major. Nicole Lea is originally from Winder, Ga. and graduated from Winder-Barrow High School. She is a huge fan of YouTube and spends way too much time keeping up with her favorites on other social media. Nicole Lea hopes one day to work with LGBTQ+ youth as an advocate. But currently enjoys working as a volunteer with Coosa River Basin Initiative and as a GED Teacher for the Berry College ESL Program as a Bonner Scholar.

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