For Mississippi State freshmen Brooke Paris and Mollie Cockrell, Saturday’s season opening football game against Memphis was just another realization that they were finally in college.
“Everything is finally beginning to sink in, but I was in hopes that our first game would make me an official Bulldog,” Paris says.
Paris, an apparel, textiles and merchandising major from Scottsboro, Ala., said she left home not knowing what to expect when she arrived at MSU.
“Leaving home to come to State was one of the most emotional experiences I have gone through. I didn’t know my roommate, and was an acquaintance with just two people on campus. Now that I am settled, I can see how necessary it was,” she said.
With the SEC implementing new cowbell rules, Paris didn’t know what to expect from the first game.
“It’s obvious that a lot of hard work has gone into ‘Respect the Bell.’ It’s great to be able to legally bring our famous cowbells into the stadium. I think the rules are very favorable and fair, but sometimes the excitement of the game makes it practically impossible to resist the ring,” Paris says.
The game on Saturday was Paris’ first time in Davis Wade Stadium, leaving her in disbelief at how much students react to their football team.
“I knew the importance of student seating at MSU, but I had no idea how many seats were reserved for students! That is a privilege not found at many schools in the SEC,” Paris says.
Cockrell is a freshmen pre-business major from Jackson and her expectations for her first MSU game were to experience the thrill of a new season.
“I was expecting a lot of cheering and a crazy student section with cowbells ringing,” Cockrell says.
Cockrell was excited with the outcome of her first game as a student at Mississippi State.
“I thought it was a great game and a great way to start the season. I had the most fun time sitting in the student section with my DG (Delta Gamma) sisters,” Cockrell says.
For both Paris and Cockrell, the first game was their first social event in their time at MSU, and both are excited for their journey as students at MSU, as well as many more football games.
“The game was exciting, loud, and completely unforgettable. I was so proud to be a student at Mississippi State, and to finally ring my cowbell,” Paris says.