Red Riot!

This year we’ve started to do something a bit differently. Instead of just regular overnights,  we now have things called Red Riots. Our very first one was last weekend. It was super fun! We did a photo scavenger hunt tour, had Cafe Rio for dinner, had open rec night, had a dance and ate ice cream in a 100 foot gutter.

For the tour we split into groups, and ran around campus taking pictures at certain spots that were on the list. Students got to come up with their own creative ways to make the picture their own.

For open rec night, we went to the school’s gym. They had basketball for us, volleyball, the rock wall, Dance Dance Revolution. It was way fun. Then if you didn’t have fun at open rec, you could go to the dance they had. They hired a DJ and we just partied. Here’s a little video of the dance!

During the dance, they put ice cream sundae stuff in a newly bought, clean 100 foot gutter. It was super fun. Here are some pictures of that! IMG_0944 IMG_0946

The next day, we waived application fees for students who wanted to apply, gave away prizes (including a flipping GoPro!) and we had a tailgate then we went to the football game. It was so much fun!

 If you want, you can go on Instagram or Twitter and search for #suuredriot and you can look at pictures seniors posted over the weekend.

There’s one coming up this weekend and it sounds like it’s going to be even more fun! We’re watching a basketball game, we’re having another open rec night, but with karaoke, those giant hamster ball things. I think we’re also doing Minute to Win It. You should definitely sign up!

We have some more next semester so if this weekend doesn’t work, you can come then. Here’s a link to dates for the overnights and you can click on the date you want and sign up for it. It’s only $20!  http://www.suu.edu/prostu/overnight/

I hope you can come! It will be way fun and it will help you to see what college life is like. If you can’t come to a Red Riot, you should at least come get a campus tour. You need to come see campus because you’ll fall in love with it and never want to leave! It’s amazing!

I hope to see you soon!

Application Deadline

Guys. You know how stressed you were getting because if you wanted a scholarship to SUU you had to apply before December 1st, which is now less than a month away!? Well not anymore!! Now you have to apply before March 1st! That’s a whole three more months to get it done! I wouldn’t procrastinate though if I were you. I’d get it done ASAP because before you know it, it will be February 28 and you’ll be stressing because you forgot about your application.

And guess what? In the next little bit, they’re doing open houses where you can come apply for free!! And get awarded a scholarship right then and there! How great is that? Here’s the schedule so you can see if there’s an open house near you! http://suu.edu/prostu/openhouse/

Now, to help your stress of applying go away, here are a few comics about applying for college that I hope you find just as funny as I did.

And just one more because three is my lucky number.

I hope you enjoyed those as much as I did. Now go apply before you run out of time!

Fall Fun

As you’re receiving your acceptance letters to SUU, your friends might try to convince you not to come here because it’s a small town and there’s nothing to do here (well at least that’s what my friends said). Well they are wrong. Here at SUU we have tons of great activities to keep you entertained so you don’t go crazy from boredom.

One of the best events the school has, in my opinion, is the homecoming  concert they have. My freshman year, they had Rocket to the Moon come, my sophomore year it was Hello Goodbye and this year it was Party Crashers.
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It was super fun! Not to mention that right after the concert, we have “True T-bird Night”. If you don’t know what that is I’ll explain. After the concert, at midnight, you and a significant other (or a stranger if you prefer) will walk down to the Old Sorrel statue and kiss…Woo! Sounds fun right? Who wouldn’t want to do that? (confession: I’ve actually never gone to that part of homecoming week, I usually leave after the concert is done. I know, I’m such a party pooper. Anyway, I hear it’s cool so…ya.)

Another event that is super popular here at SUU is….

The Scream (Ahhh!!) This year’s theme was “A Haunting Night to Remember”. Confession time again: I’ve never gone to The Scream either…I know. I’m such a boring person! I’ve been here three years and haven’t been to True T-bird night or The Scream. But I did help set up for the dance my freshman year and it looked fun. Some of my friends went this year said it was super fun. They had a fake tattoo artist, hypnotist/mentalist, an artist to draw your picture and a dance. I think they had a costume contest too with a $500 prize for one person and $1000 prize for a group. Isn’t that awesome?! I totally could have won that contest too (I was a Hobbit. Don’t be jealous because my costume was cooler than yours).

So those are the main things that they do in fall semester but they do have small activities. Like this week is Disability Week where they’re trying to help people see what disabilities are like. Last night I went (yes I actually went and did something) and watched “Patch Adams” (great movie! Go watch it!) for Disability week and it was free! They do movie showings a lot throughout the year. A few weeks ago they did a showing of “Maleficent” (before it was even out on DVD) so that’s pretty dang cool if I do say so myself.

Oh! A few weeks before Halloween, they did a haunted tour of campus. An administrator came and walked around campus with students and told ghost stories about some of the buildings. It was super creepy. I almost peed my pants.

So there you have it. A plethora of things to do when you come to school here so you won’t die of boredom. Tell your friends about these and they won’t have any other reasons to convince you not to come here. This might even convince them to join you!

It’s back — #admittedSUU

Ahhh… the letter that everyone is waiting for. The admissions letter. That prized piece of paper that has your name followed by “Congratulations! You have been accepted to Southern Utah University…” All those AP, honors classes, late night study sessions and group projects are now paying off and you are on your way to college.

Well… those letters are starting to land in mail boxes and we want to see them. Show us your excitement about getting admitted to SUU (and getting your scholarship) and we’ll show you the love by giving some lucky future T-birds some free SUU gear. Here is all you have to do:

  • FIRST — follow us on Twitter (@futuretbirds) or Instagram (@futuretbirds) or Like us on FB (FutureSUUTbirds)
  • SECOND — Post a pic showing off your admissions letter and tag us in it
  • THIRD – use #admitted SUU and #tbirdnation

Every week we will select one lucky future t-bird from the submissions to receive an SUU sweatshirt. Winner will be announced the following week.

It’s a kind of a big deal to get admitted to SUU and we want to make sure that you are relishing in your accomplishment. So snap those selfies for your shot at some SUU gear because… let’s face it… everyone looks good in red!

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Let the Countdown Begin!

*Cue intro music to  “Eye of the Tiger”

Ladies and gentlemen, the countdown has begun. In just a few short weeks, you will be packing up your belongings, saying goodbye to mommy and daddy, and welcoming the best four years of your life.

On August 21st, over 1,200 freshman will attend Thunder Academy. You and hundreds of Future T-Birds have been waiting for this moment since the day you said “I Do” to this marvelous institution of Higher Education. Your college career can officially begin.

Starting college may be exciting, scary, happy, and even confusing as an incoming student. Thunder Academy is an action-packed 4 day course to help you transition from living at home with your family to making SUU your new home. We recognize the storm of emotions you may go through during this transition, so here are a few tips to make Thunder Academy at SUU the best kickstart to your college career:

#1. Let your freak flag fly! This is the perfect time to be who you really want to be. Mandy Hale said, “Just be yourself. Let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful and magical person that you are.” You have a fresh start, so make the best of it!

#2. Make NEW friends. These few days of Thunder Academy should most definitely allow for some bonding moments. The friends you make during these first days may be your lifeline during the first few weeks of school when you get homesick or need some help with your math. You may find that your new friends need you just as much as you need them.

#3. PARTICIPATE! The activities in this course are designed to help you succeed in your first year at college. Go to all the speakers, and take notes. Participate in Campus Tie-Dye and the Red and White Dance. Have a good attitude about the Saturday Service Project. Active participation will give you a positive start to an exciting year. (Not to mention many of the planned events are required for the Passport Class.)

#4. Get some sleep. But not too much. New roommates. New friends. New campus. It’s like the night before your birthday, when you were nine. So exciting! All of these new changes make for quite a bit of energy, but make sure to get some sleep during the weekend. You want to be awake and ready for classes on the 25th. But I’m also going to tell you to stay up (some what) late these first few days with your new roomies. Get to know each other. Bond.

#5. Embrace SUU. You are now a TBird. Let me say that again. YOU ARE NOW A TBIRD!!! Nothing is more exciting than that. Wear your SUU gear. Tear up when you walk through the Carter Carillon Tower. Cheer as loud as you can when the fireworks go off and Thor repels from the ceiling. You are now part of the TBird Nation. And we couldn’t be more excited.

So let the countdown begin! We can’t wait to welcome you to our family.

10 Tips for Moving to College for the First Time

Not quite sure what to bring to college? Don’t know what to expect on move-in day? Here are some tips to help make the transition a bit smoother.

1. When in Doubt, Leave it Out

As you are packing for college move in, it is very important to step back and ask, “Will this really be used?” When it comes to moving in less is typically more. In the extreme case where something is forgotten at home you must keep in mind that similar stores that exist near your home typically exist on a college campus as well! Below is a list of items that can typically be left at home without losing out on much.

• Televisions – Spend your time meeting friends instead of Xbox Live!

• Extra Books – You will have plenty of these in college, trust me.

• Kitchen Utensils – I don’t foresee a great deal of utensils requires to heat up leftover pizza in the microwave.

• Unnecessary Clothing – Too much clothing and many shoes is never a good thing. You can always buy more!

2. Know Before You Go:

Know when move-in day is for YOUR apartment (on or off campus). Know the size of room or apartment you will be living in so you can plan accordingly. Know what comes with the place you will be living; for example, will there be a microwave, toaster, shower curtain, etc? Lastly, know what is and is not allowed in your living space.

3. Split it up!

If living in a double, triple or suite style apartment sharing the responsibility of purchasing certain items is crucial. Also, resist shopping until you are moved in and can assess what is needed. This will help you avoid purchasing items that are unnecessary. Some common items to divvy up with a future roommate are:

• Microwave

• Television

• Refrigerator

• Air Conditioning Unit (where applicable)

• Area Rug

• Mirror

• Cleaning supplies

4. Condense

The goal is to make the least amount of trips as possible, so pack smaller items into larger ones if you can, just like Russian nesting dolls. Get a hold of handbags, beach bags, or backpacks to stuff with small stuff, then place in larger containers like boxes.

5. Be resourceful

The last thing you want is to pack away your fragile belongings only to find them broken or damaged upon move-in day. Save yourself the cost of packing materials and use old newspapers, plastic grocery bags, dish towels, and old t-shirts to protect items like dishes, glassware and your computer.

6. Make it a family affair

This applies to friends, too. Moving in by yourself is dreadful, so enlist the help of family and pals to help you move furniture, heavy boxes and other bulky items. It will make the day go by quicker and much, much easier. Since no one likes moving, bribe helpers with a free pizza dinner afterwards to sweeten the deal.

7. Where’s the Elevator?

Not all dorms or apartments have elevators. Even if they do, they are usually filled to capacity on move-in days. Keep this in mind when choosing what to bring.

8. Dealing with the Masses

Keep in mind that on move-in day, there are going to be a lot of other students moving in at the same time.

• Set aside plenty of time for move in to accommodate for delays

• Arrive early or consider moving in the evening – if permitted

• Bring a small dolly to help move your belongings, especially due to human traffic. if there isn’t an elevator or if you have heavy items that you couldn’t part with.

9. Watch the thermometer

Even though it’s the start of a new school year, midday temperatures in late summer are still brutal, so pack items that won’t hold up in the heat in boxes that will be unloaded first. Things like candles, aerosol sprays and certain electronics can melt, explode or suffer damage if left in high temperatures for too long.

10. Decorate last

While hanging posters, pictures and other decorations might the first thing you want to do once you’re moved in, start bigger and work your way down to the small items. Things like beds, couches and television stands should all be in place before the fun stuff goes on shelves or walls. Having the big items correctly placed allows for a proper flow and will help make your new small space feel like home in no time.

Last but not least…….

Be Open

Be open to your new roommates and what you have to learn from each other. Take the opportunity to look at this through rose-colored glasses and make lemonade out of lemons. Your attitude and the way you choose to approach this exciting new dynamic is critical to a great year. After all, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”.

A Must Have at SUU:

A pair of shoes that you can take for hiking in Kanarraville or the Narrows and also to use for the paint dances!

10 Tips for College Success

10 Tips for College Success

As an Admissions Office, we want you to be successful when you arrive on campus for your first year. Admissions counselor, Jessica Burr, has 10 great tips to find success!

1. GO TO CLASS. If you are not a morning person, don’t sign up for early classes.

2. Introduce yourself to the professor

3. Keep all of your syllabi in one convenient place so you never overlook an

assignment, tests, presentations, etc.

4. Form study groups. When forming a study group, include people who

understand the material better than you and those who don’t understand it

as well as you. Teaching someone is the best way to learn a topic.

5. Get involved OUTSIDE of class. Join a club, get on an intramural sports team,

participate in a leadership organization, play a pickup game of ultimate

Frisbee with those who like to play. Anything! Just get connected to the

campus outside of class.

6. Don’t plagiarize. It’s never worth the consequences. Do your own work.

7. Proper prior planning prevents a poor performance. If you procrastinate,

understand that you won’t get the grades you want.

8. C’s may get degrees but you are only shortchanging yourself. Do the work.

Read the class materials. Participate in discussions. Learn all you can, while

you can.

9. Work hard, play hard. Taking time for yourself and doing things you enjoy

are just as important as working hard in the class and at your job. To stay

sharp, you need to take time to sharpen the saw.

10. Eat well. Not eating or only eating junk food will seriously mess with your

ability to concentrate, sleep, be active and even your mood.

 

Jessica Burr is an Admissions Counselor at Southern Utah University. Jessica graduated in 2007 from SUU with a Bachelor of Arts, Biology/Zoology Emphasis.