Well it is a Tuesday morning. The weather is fantastic, air is crisp, and it is the end of the semester.
Yup it’s finals week.
But I don’t really want to talk about finals. Most of us have faced them before. Some soon will experience, others can reminisce of the days gone by. But finals, in reality, are a reflection of what you learned all year. So that’s what I am going to write about today.
Things I Learned:
I took a genetics class this year. This is a challenging course, I learned a lot, I beat my head against a table a lot, I cheered for joy when the times came. But I can talk to you about mutations, the genetic code and how to translate it. I know some things about population genetics, and I can do some new math.
I am color blind. I have had a grudge against colors most of my life because I suck with them. I have failed multiple times when it comes to matching and identifying colors. But this year I took a 2D design class and I am beginning to like colors now. I understand them. I feel my real issue was I was never taught anything about colors, and I have suffered all my life because of it. So the lesson learned, teach your kids. Never assume.
I have already talked about horses. You can find that post from a few weeks ago
Being engaged is awesome, but sucks really badly. Make sure yours is short.
Take a public speaking class. I learned about how to create a great presentation. I learned that a great presentation is not made up of lots of bullet points on a power point. In fact most power points I ever did growing up really sucked, and I should repent of my wicked ways. Read a book called Resonate, it will change the way you do presentations.
Thanks everyone for reading my posts, and making comments. I have enjoyed this semester when it comes to writing for tbirdnation. I probably wont do it next year. I have a few new responsibilities, and a Bio-Organic Chemistry class that is going to consume me next semester. I hope you all enjoyed your school year. Come to SUU if you are contemplating it, and have a fantastic summer.
WOW! School is almost over and I can’t really wrap my head around that. My 1st year at SUU has been absolutely amazing and I am so happy I’m here and will be back next year as well. As I have sat here thinking about what this 1st year has done for me, I see so many things that have been a positive influence and have changed my life for good. The people I’ve meet, the professors I have been able to work closely with, my leadership organization, ect, and it’s times like these when I just stop and really see how amazing SUU is. Its been so amazing, that I kind of get all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it all! That, people, is exactly how it should be. When you think about your school, when you think about where you want to be for the next few years of your life, make sure the feelings there. I can say this from experience, college becomes your new home. If you want to like your new home, make sure that the chosen school (sound all epic saying this! ), is actually the one.
I am proud to say that I am a life long t-bird with pride as big as the ocean blue, and I hope that you can be too.
So go and find that place where you need to be and stick with it. SUU is my groove because of all the amazing things that have made it that way, and I knew from the beginning that this was going to be my new home. I have never, EVER regretted that decision.
Last week SUU had their annual SUNFest. The theme this year was “Cirque du SUNFest,” a play on “cirque du Soleil,” which means “circus of the sun.”
Events during the week included a comedian; the Mr. SUU pageant; bingo with great prizes; a showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; a carnival with fun bouncy inflatables, free food, carnival games, prizes, and live music; the Thunderbird Awards Ceremony; and a masquerade ball.
I love dancing. Any time I have an excuse to go dancing is a good time. Sometimes I’ll go to rather sketchy places if I know there’s going to be dancing. When I found out about the masquerade, you can imagine how excited I was to go.
I went with my dancing friend Ali (whenever there’s a dance beat, chances are you’ll see us together) and our outfits matched. Unintentionally.
At the dance (which was free!) I ate lots of cookies and fruits and vegetables, danced, sweated, and got some photos done in a photo booth.
I love the great activities and events SUUSA does.
Did you know Cedar City has an airport?
Did you know they have flights to the Salt Lake International Airport every single day?
CLICK HERE for a link to Cedar’s webpage about their airport. You can view the regular flight times there.
Did you know that flights are pretty reasonably priced? I’m not saying to fly up north every single day, but perhaps for the occasional concert, event, or wild spontaneous weekend…it’s an option. So, let’s say you want to go to your nephew’s fourth birthday party in Salt Lake on Sunday night but you have to be to class at 10am on Monday morning. Why not just fly back? Or let’s say that you’re super homesick for your rich parents. Why not just have them fly in for lunch? (I recommend the Pastry Pub.) It could happen (for those of you that have rich parents). There are other scenarios I could paint, but let me just tell you, flying from Cedar City to Salt Lake is a pretty good deal. I went home this last weekend for that nephew scenario. Happy Birthday, Cooper….thanks for letting me come to your party.
The Cedar airport is a happy place where life moves a bit slower. When I showed up an hour early for my flight, the only employee I could find told me, “Oh, just take a seat by the fireplace and we’ll make an announcement when we’re ready to start the security screening and boarding processes for the flight.” That’s just how they roll there. I loved it. Here’s what some of my experience looked like.
Like I said, don’t necessarily plan on flying from Cedar to Salt Lake every day or every weekend, but if you ever get the chance, just know that it’s an option. And you never know, upon landing in Salt Lake, you might just run into some good friends off on a weekend adventure of their own.
The Salt Lake airport is pretty nice too, it’s just not quite what we’ve got here in Southern Utah. PS, getting through Salt Lake security screening on a Monday morning took longer than my entire 33 minute flight back to the land of SUU. Ain’t no thang.
My sister told me I was pretty cool for flying up North for the weekend, and honestly, I kinda felt cool. Walking into my class at 10am, nobody even knew that my flight had just arrived at 9:20 that morning. Always be aware of the adventures that are awaiting you…even in Cedar City, Utah.
Every year, SUUSA puts on a pageant for Mr. SUU as part of Sunfest! Sunfest is a week long of activities right before dead week, which is a week where campus-wide activities are prohibited. I believe Sunfest is held so that students can have some last minute fun before cramming for those finals!
Any male student can apply for Mr. SUU and it’s always a blast to enjoy. This year there were seven beautiful contestants. Today’s pageant consisted of two sections: a talent section and an evening-wear section with a random questionairre. Some of the great talents we saw tonight were rhythmic gymnastics, acoustic guitar performances, a piano performance, and stand-up comedy. I have to say that my favorite performance was when one of the contestants did rhythmic gymnastics to “Colors of the Wind” from Pochahontas.
In the evening-wear section, the question that stood out to me was “If you could have only one of the qualities listed, which would it be? Beautiful, intelligence, or rich?” The contestant chose beauty because he believed that almost anything could be attained with beauty. By the way, there was some spiffy outfits tonight! Looking good, guys!
Judges left briefly as the audience was entertained by Little Big Heart, a local band comprised of many great SUU students.
The constentants waited nervously for the results.
The titles awarded were 2nd Man Attendant, 1st Man Attendant, and Mr. SUU. Those who won one of the titles were given a brand new scooter! I’m way jealous!
In the end, Joey Cardenas took the win as Mr. SUU! All hail the new king!
Want to know how? It’s called Sweat for Clean Water.
For those out there who don’t know, I write for another blog called Southern Utah Hiking. It is about hiking here in Southern Utah (seems to match the name, right). I recently wanted to make a difference in the world so I came up with this event and now I need your help.
Instead of retyping everthing here is the info.
Welcome everyone to the first annual “Go out and Explore” Day put on by me here at Southern Utah Hiking and Trails360.com. I hope you are all excited because I am! What we are doing is going out and hiking Calf Creek Falls out in Escalante Utah.
Along with this we are going to do a fundraiser for a charity group called Charity: Water. All those who donate will get a free T-Shirt. We are trying to raise 1000 dollars which will put upwards of 50 new wells so that people can have fresh drinking water.
Location- Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Utah
Date: June 29th, 2013
In order to for proper registration I need everyone to go the site, and follow the registration instructions
This past week, SUU was able to put on the very 1st Festival of Excellence! This was a campus wide conference where students and professors alike where able to present their ideas or things that they had done in school with the rest of the student body. Classes where suspended and every student was encouraged to go and see what was offered. We had many seniors present their Cap Stone projects for SUU’s Edge projects and we had professors present on topics that they had written on.
The morning stated off early with a performance by our Cheerleaders and an introduction to the things that were provided for the rest of the day. Along with other single presenters, such as the students and professors, a Poster Session was held where many people or groups of students where able to present their findings on research projects they did, whether for Psychology or other things. I was privileged enough to have the opportunity to present with 2 other students on a Psychology research project that we conducted for more than a month. It was nice to be able to talk to students about what I had learned and share my findings.
The idea behind the Festival was to get students more engaged in the academics, as well as open other student’s eyes to things that they may not have know before and give them ideas to do more with their education. Which is actually what SUU is all about. We want students to take control of their education and do what they want with it and experience many different things.
Chelsea Kimptom, a junior History/Anthropology major, said that she really enjoyed having the Festival on campus and she was happy that we were able to have it and hopes that it will become an annual thing.
So when you think about where to attend, keep in mind that you’ll only find the best form of excellence at Southern Utah University