Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Whenever someone thinks of Cedar City geographically, they remember it’s close to St. George. Since St. George is always hot, they naturally assume Cedar City is hot as well. Wrong. Well, it is hot during the summer, but regular hot, not St. George hot. During the winter though, it’s not. Well, the past few weeks have actually been quite nice, but that’s not usual.

Now, I’m not trying to discourage you from coming here because it gets cold. I just want to prepare you for what you will have to deal with in the winter. Sunday and Monday of this week, it snowed NONSTOP. It literally started snowing at midnight Sunday morning and didn’t stop until Monday night. Here are some pictures of that.
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This view is of a hilly area that is in front of the Education building.
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Lovely view from the ELC.

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My car (ignore the sticky notes on it). It doesn’t look too bad, but it literally took me 15-20 minutes to clean it all off.
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A happy snowman my friend made on the Business Quad on campus. If you look in the view from the ELC pic, you can see it from farther away. It’s 8 ft. tall.

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These last few pictures are to show that the snow isn’t all that bad. It can be fun if you make it fun. You can make snow angels, snowmen, have a snowball fight, draw faces on cars, or even just make hot chocolate, curl up in a blanket and hang out in your warm house. Everyone has their own snow traditions. If you don’t, come up with some before you move here so you’re ready. My friend has a hot chocolate maker and it’s one of the best things in the world. It makes the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had and it’s the perfect thing for a snow storm. I’ve come super close to buying my own. Come to think of it, I don’t know why I haven’t…Wal-Mart, here I come.

So thank you Punxsutawney Phil, for predicting 6 more weeks of winter. I will never doubt you again.

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And just for fun, here’s a funny scene from the movie “Groundhog Day” (If you’ve never seen it, go watch it. Now.)

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Fun All Around

Whenever you come to visit Cedar City, you kind of realize how small the city is. You might think “What does one do for fun in a college town like this?” well here I am to tell you. I’ll start off with the not-so-cool plans and lead up to the way cool plans.

In Cedar City:

Wal-Mart is one of the biggest hang outs in Cedar. My friends and I would go hang out there on Friday nights all the time. We’d go play with the kid toys, have picture scavenger hunts (watch out, some times they kick you out), dig through the $5 movies (there are some great find in there) and there’s food. What’s not to love?

Discovery Park is a great place to hang out. My friends and I always went at night and played hide-and-seek, zombie tag or just hung out. It’s a wooden park that is super great. There’s tons of little domes, bridges, monkey bars, swings and just places to play on. It’s pretty much one of the greatest parks in the world. You’re not supposed to go at night any more though because the cops now patrol it. Lame.

The bowling alley is actually a really cool place. It’s decorated all retroey (yes I just made that word up), they have a $5 night on Tuesdays I think. The food there is great (bowling alley food is always the best). It’s probably one of the coolest bowling alleys I’ve ever been to. They also teach the bowling alley class you can take at SUU there. The lady who teaches it is the manager of the bowling alley and she’s fantastic. I scored a turkey (three strikes in a row) while taking that class.

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There’s an improv comedy club here in Cedar called Off The Cuff. If you’ve ever heard of Comedy Sports in Provo, Utah, it’s kind of like that. I’ve never actually seen them, but I’ve heard that it’s really funny. I’ve been to Comedy Sports and it was hilarious so I imagine this is hilarious too.

The Sheep Tunnels. I’ve never actually been in them, but people explore them all the time. They’re graffiti’d and underground and creepy. I think hobos live in them. There’s once or twice a year when farmers take their sheep up and down the mountains through these tunnels and they close the streets down and have a little sheep parade. But people explore them for fun when there aren’t any sheep parades going through them.

Close to Cedar City:

St. George is just 45 minutes away. There’s tons to do there. Also it’s warmer so if it’s snowing here and you’re sick of the cold, hop in the car and you’ll be in warmer weather in no time. My friends and I take trips to St. George at least once a month. There’s the mall, the outlets, laser tag, warm weather, mini golf, more choices of places to eat, did I mention warm weather?

Zions National Park. It’s a great place. It has tons of beautiful hikes and there are some weekends where it’s free to go. If you’re this close to such a beautiful place, why not go and enjoy the beautiful world? It’s between 45-60 minutes away from here. They have the famous Angel’s Landing, Observation Point, Emerald Pools and more! Plus there’s a cute little town on your way that has awesome shops you can look at.

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Brian Head is about 45 minutes away as well. It’s a skiing resort for those who don’t know. I’ve never been but I’ve heard the snow is great and if you love snowboarding or skiing it’s the place to be. They also hire a lot of students to help out during the winter.

Viva Las Vegas! Vegas is only a few hours away. Tons of students go down for the weekend just to hang out and have fun. Plus it’s really warm there. I’m not a big Vegas person, but you could just hang out on the strip. Go gambling if you’re of age and have money…I’m honestly not sure what else. I know there’s more but I’ve only been once and I didn’t do anything…so ya…

Well there are some ideas for you so you don’t get here and get bored. There are tons of more things, but I can’t come up with any more off the top of my head. You’re all clever so you’ll be able to come up with more things to do as well.

The “Little Gems” of SUU

I know you already think that SUU is pretty fantastic, who doesn’t? There are small class sizes, a cool library, The Globe Theatre, ghosts etc. But to me, it’s the little things like these that make SUU even cooler.

1. We have FREE Zumba classes for students! I went tonight and it was literally one of the best things in the world. Guys: the room was packed with girls. If you’re looking to meet someone, that’s the place to go. For those of you who don’t know what Zumba is, it’s exercise but fun. You dance, but do dance moves that are fun yet still get you strong. It’s the best way to exercise. Plus you get to learn some new dance moves so when you go to dances, you can do more than just hop up and down.

2. We have “Toilet Times”. These wonderful creations are in your stall in every bathroom on campus. When you’re sitting on the lou and don’t have much to do, you can look to your left or right and there should be a toilet times that you can read. It usually has what events are going on within the next week or so, fun facts (I have learned so much from the fun facts these past few years) and other cool things. It might sound weird to you now, but  trust me, it’s awesome.

3. They are making a documentary on the “Old Sorrel” story of how SUU came to be. They shuttled anyone who wanted to go up today to watch them reenact the story. I wish I could have gone, but I went to class like the good student I am. But here’s a pretty cool picture of it.

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(Whenever I think of this, I keep thinking of the line from the movie Holes “you must carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain” but that’s not important.)

4. We just got a new sushi place in our rotunda. I’m not a huge sushi fan, but I know some people are. Personally, I’m happy we have a Papa Johns because they have the best pizza in the world. Also T-Bird Grill has some pretty good fries. But getting a new sushi place is pretty cool, and I’ve heard it’s pretty tasty. Yummy Sushi opened Monday in the Sharwan Smith Student Center next to Papa Johns.

5. Gunther. We have a big rock sitting in the Business Quad that has been painted over a bazillion times. Clubs use it to advertise for activities they have coming up. This week, the Bronies club painting My Little Ponies on there because they have an activity soon. Apparently it used to be a lot smaller, but it got so many coats of paint that it started to grow bigger. Speaking of clubs, we have over 150 on campus.

6. “The Dancing Calves”. In the SUU Museum of Natural History, we have our very own two-headed calves. I wish I had a picture but I didn’t take one, and I can’t find one online. They were born here in Cedar, and due to radiation, they were stuck together. They didn’t even live once they were born. Sad story. But at the museum they also have cool rocks and other animals you can find in Southern Utah. 

7. President Wyatt. Our school recently got a new president. He came to us from Snow College, and I’m so glad he joined us. When our school played Quidditch, he totally dressed up like Dumbledore. I couldn’t even tell that it was him when I saw him walking around. I was in such awe that Dumbledore was on our campus. Then someone told me it was him and I was in even greater awe that he would be that awesome to dress up as Dumbledore for the whole day.

Also here’s this cool video “What Would You do with an SUU Master Key?” starring him.

He’s pretty great. Plus, he’ll wave and say hi as you pass him on campus instead of ignore you like the people you kind of knew in high school.

It’s not always the big things that count. Sure, they do matter, and they’re great, but it’s the little things that bond us together as a school.

Celebrities at SUU

Throughout my three year stay here at SUU, there have been multiple accounts of famous people coming to visit here. My very first year, for homecoming we had Rocket to the Moon come and have a concert for us. If you don’t know who they are, you are uncultured and need to listen to them. One of my favorite songs of theirs is “Baby Blue Eyes” which you can look up here: http://youtu.be/UcUODundEtQ. One of their more famous songs is “Like We Used To” which you can listen to here: http://youtu.be/US46cHVj0-M.

My second year here, we had Hellogoodbye came and had a concert right before they went on tour. If you don’t know who they are, you are even more uncultured than if you don’t know who Rocket to the Moon is. Their most popular song is most likely “Here in Your Arms” http://youtu.be/5qKu8HE38Yg. If you’ve never heard this song, you are missing out. This was one of the most popular songs when I was in junior high. It was my alarm in the morning for a really long time.

Also my second year, we had a Kenny Loggins concert. You might not recognize the name (I didn’t when people said he was coming) but you will most likely recognize one of these songs: “Footloose” (from the movie “Footloose”) http://youtu.be/wFWDGTVYqE8 and “Danger Zone” (from the movie “Top Gun”) http://youtu.be/siwpn14IE7E. If you don’t know either of these, or only know one and not the other, go watch the movies. They are fantastic! Also, I was just reminded of possibly his most famous song “Return to Pooh Corner” from Winnie the Pooh http://youtu.be/wQhCNOV5Gnk. If you’ve never seen Winnie the Pooh, what kind of restricted childhood did you have??

After the Kenny Loggins concert, we had a concert by Chris Wallace. I didn’t know who he was until the concert. His songs aren’t too famous yet, but they’re still pretty good. His most famous is probably “Hurricane” http://youtu.be/KbTICN114sU or maybe “Keep Me Crazy” is his most famous because that one has an actual music video http://youtu.be/0t3dezrKJyg. My favorite by him though is “Ready to Fall” http://youtu.be/HCabom0xphw.

This Year we had Three Dog Night come and have a concert. I only know one song by them and it’s “Joy to the World” http://youtu.be/yf-d-Ka30EY. They are an older band so I won’t be super offended if you don’t know them, mostly because I don’t really even know them.

Now before I came to school here, they also had famous people come. My sister got to escort David Archuleta to his room before his concert for the alumni. If you don’t know who he is, I’m super offended because I’m going to marry him one day and you should know who he is. My favorite song by him is “My Kind of Perfect” http://youtu.be/YaW5e2ANG2s?list=RDYaW5e2ANG2s.

I also heard a rumor that before Imagine Dragons was famous, they played here, so that’s pretty cool. If you don’t know who they are, shame on you. My favorite of theirs is “Demons” http://youtu.be/mWRsgZuwf_8.

And we don’t just have famous singers come, last semester, we had the famous poet Billy Collins come and read some of his poetry. He has only read his poem “The Names” twice. It was written for 9/11. He read it once for the supreme court because they asked him to write it. He then read it on 9/11 here at SUU for the last time. It’s an amazing poem, here’s a link where you can hear it http://youtu.be/XG7sl9yzgkc.

This week we’re having Will Jardell from the television show “America’s Next Top Model” coming to speak to us for Identity Week.

Last semester I also went to see Irving Roth speak. He is one of my new heroes. He was one of the Jews to survive The Holocaust. He now goes around doing motivational speaking. It was one of the most amazing things of my life.

I’m sure we’ve had way more than the people I’ve named. That’s one of the coolest things about SUU, we have famous people coming to visit all the time. If the possibility of meeting someone famous doesn’t excite you, then I don’t know what will.

Common College Thoughts

When you’re getting accepted to colleges and getting senioritis, you start to wonder what college will be like. You start to think “Oh I can’t wait to get to college, it will be (insert thought here)” or along those lines. Well I’m here to tell you if some of the thoughts you may be having are true or false. But just so you know, mostly everything about your college experience depends entirely on you.

Thought 1: “I’m going to party every night when I get to college” This may or may not be true. Now SUU isn’t necessarily a “party school”, but if you look, there are probably parties. You could find a party in an Amish town if you looked hard enough (not that I’m comparing Cedar City to an Amish town). Depends on 1: what your definition of party is, 2: the people you hang out with and 3: whether or not you have to study. If your definition of partying is playing board games with your friends, then you sure can party every night. If the people you hang out with are fun people, then every time you’re with them is a party. If you have a test the next day, I sure hope you choose to study rather than party.

Thought 2: “I’m never going to go to class in college, you don’t have to” This may or may not be true as well. Some teachers, a lot actually, make part of your grade your attendance. A lot of classes you can only miss up to three times without your grade dropping. If your teacher doesn’t require you to go to class, I still recommend going. You’re paying a lot of money to learn, so you might as well go to class and get your money’s worth.

Thought 3: “I’m going to change in college” Whether you’re changing who you are completely, changing your hair color or changing your address, chances are college will change you in some way. Hopefully it will be into a smarter, better person than you were before, but again that depends on you and the choices you make. College is the time where people usually ‘find’ themselves, and changing will most likely be a part of that.

Thought 4: “I can’t wait to move away from my family” You may think this for a while, but you’ll end up missing them, a lot. For some people, they miss them the moment their parents drop them off. For me, I didn’t miss them until after my first semester. At least once in your college career you will miss picking on your siblings and having your mom cook your meals. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great things about not living with your family, but you will miss some things. Cherish the moments you have with them now.

Thought 5: “I can’t go to college, I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up” That’s what college is for. Your first few years, you’re mostly taking general classes. These are meant to help you realize what you like to do and what you’re good at. They’re there to help you realize what you want to do until retirement. It’s okay to come to college without picking a major. And it’s okay to change your mind. If you think you want to be a doctor in high school, then come to college and realize you would rather be a geologist, that’s okay!

Thought 6: Choose two out of the three: 1. sleep 2. social life 3. studying. K, I know that wasn’t really a thought, but you’ve probably heard it somewhere. My first few years, I didn’t understand this, I thought I juggled them all pretty well. This last year though, I’ve noticed that I’ve been sacrificing more and more sleep. So this mostly depends on you; how social you are, how much sleep you can survive on, and how much you want to study. If you can juggle all three, awesome! If you only choose two, that’s okay. No matter what, you’ll at least get a little of each though.

Thought 7: “I’m going to starve!” False. You will not starve. Hopefully your parents are nice enough to give you food whenever you go home to visit (that’s what I do). If they’re not, we have a Wal-Mart, Smith’s, and a Lin’s. If you can’t cook, we have lots of restaurants. Maybe your roommates will take pity on you and share. If all else fails, I know someone who used to dumpster dive. So you’ll never starve. We also have these cool things called “Starving Student Cards” that you can buy for $20 and it has tons of discounts to places all over town and in St. George. There’s coupons for food and for fun things like renting a movie, going to a movie, going bowling etc.

Well, hopefully these helped a little bit. But as I said before, this is just my opinion. Most of your college experience will depend entirely on you.

“I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” -Invictus

Scholarships

Hopefully, by now you’ve applied to SUU. Just a reminder that you need to send in your official high school transcripts, your ACT/SAT score and make sure you have paid your application fee as well. All of these need to be turned in by March 1, 2015 if you want to be considered for a scholarship. And trust me, you want a scholarship if you can get one. They help out a ton for your schooling. I’m so glad I have one otherwise I’d be more poor than I all ready am.

Starting the next school year, SUU will also be willing to stack different scholarships you get! I wish they did that my first three years. If you don’t know what that is, if you get more than one scholarship you used to have to pick whatever one you wanted more. Now the school is willing to let you take both of them. So if you get one scholarship for $1,000 a semester, another one for $500 a semester, and maybe another one for $400 a semester, you don’t just have to pick one! You get all of them! So you’d have a total of $1,900 in scholarship money for a semester!

So if I were you, I’d go online and find all the scholarships I fit the requirements for and apply for them. They don’t even have to be super fancy scholarships. I’ve heard of scholarships for redheads, people with blue eyes, smart people, talented people, the list goes on and on. You could probably even find a scholarship for someone who loves Harry Potter. Wouldn’t that be magical? What have you got to lose applying for it? If you don’t get it, you might get another one; if you do, huzzah!

Scholarships do come with certain conditions though. Most of the time you have to be taking a certain amount of credits, have a certain GPA, etc. Now, I’m just taking a guess, but I think for the redhead scholarship, you’ll probably need red hair. So only apply for the scholarships you qualify for. If you don’t have blue eyes, you probably shouldn’t apply for the blue eye scholarship unless you can come up with a good argument why you still deserve it.

Remember to make sure you’ve sent in your official transcripts, your ACT/SAT scores and paid your application fee before March 1, 2015 to qualify for scholarships here at SUU! We want to help you out as much as we can, but we can’t do that if you didn’t send everything in to us. So send us everything we need and start applying for scholarships!!

Leadership Weekend

Are you a natural born leader? Do you like to participate in leadership opportunities? Are you currently in any leadership positions and want to continue doing leadership things in college? Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Then you should come to *drum roll please*….Leadership Weekend!!!

“What is leadership weekend?” you may ask. Well, my friend, it is an overnight event here at SUU. But not just any overnighter, a special one. It is for people who want to do something leadershipy (yes I just made that word up) in college. You come, we party and introduce you to different types of leadership positions we have at the school, you get to voice your opinion in which group to be placed in, we party some more and then you go home. Then a little while after the event, we contact you and let you know which group you made it into. You are the next generation of leaders!

Not so long ago, I was a senior, wanting to have some sort of leadership position at SUU. My sister convinced me to go to leadership weekend. I went and had a blast. I made new friends, got to know SUU a little more, and got a weekend away from my parents ;).

Now, I didn’t get put into the group I wanted, but I decided to try it out. I had a fantastic experience my freshman year that I never would have had if I hadn’t have gone to leadership weekend. After my freshman year though, I decided I wanted to try something else and I interviewed for a different group…and got in!

Moral(s) of my little story: you don’t have to accept the leadership calling if you don’t want it, you can try it out and then try something else if you want, or you can stay in it for as along as you like!

Even if you’re a little bit curious, you might as well come and try it out. What have you got to lose? If it’s not what you expected, you don’t have any commitments to keep. But if it’s awesome (which it obviously will be) you’ll all ready be set on making new friends in college, being involved in college (instead of watching Netflix all day) and guaranteed to have fun.

Here’s the link to find out more information on it and to sign up!

http://suu.edu/prostu/weekend/

Now, if you’re still thinking about it, let me encourage you with these wise words, “I will lead not follow! I will create, not destroy!”. I learned that saying in elementary school when a college came and gave their pep talk about leadership and not doing drugs. That’s the line that has stuck with me all these years. Be a leader! Don’t be a follower!