I Got A Florida Man's Opinion on Mississippi, and Here It Is


It was a normal Mississippi morning in May. 9 a.m. and already sweating. Typical, right?

I was stepping out of my car to make the walk to my job as a student worker at Mississippi State University when a man called out to me.

This man was probably in his sixties if I had to guess, and I could tell right away that his accent wasn't one of ours. He approached me and pointed across the parking lot to his car, which had a Florida tag. Parking on any college campus can be a dangerous endeavor, even with a decal. He needed direction to the office that provided parking passes.

Of course, parking wasn't the only topic of our conversation as he proceeded to ask about me and talk about his travels. He had come to campus to spend the day in the John Grisham Room, one of Mississippi's own outstanding writers, in our university library.

Before long, we were on the topic of Mississippi in general.

He described the importance of driving through our beautiful state in order to "truly be capable of appreciating it." He went on to tell of most people's misconception of Mississippi.

"It isn't the picture we have in our heads," he said."People wouldn't believe the diversity here on this campus."

And he's right.

I added that I wished I knew just how many countries are represented here at my beloved Mississippi State University. Right here in our beloved, misunderstood Mississippi.

That Florida man made me smile yesterday morning in a matter of about two minutes.

Our Mississippi is home, and our Mississippi matters.

"It isn't the picture we have in our heads," he said.

Thank goodness this man gets it. Am I right, fellow Mississippians?

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Mississippi is home to almost 3 million people, and she has produced some of our nation's most prominent writers, sports stars, and music prodigies. More Mississippi-made leaders are impacting the world every day.

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Madeline Burdine is a Communications major with PR concentration at Mississippi State University. As Founder & Editor of Mississippi Millennials, her passion is to push people to higher heights within themselves, thinking more and doing more. Madeline enjoys running, reading, and learning.