Why I Loved This Year

Like most people I’m looking forward to the end of the semester.  I’m ready to go home, relax and eat.  Mainly, EAT my through Europe while I’m there.  Although while all that is happening it still makes me sad to leave.

This year I loved:

Meeting some great people:

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Going to random places:

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yes that is a tank.

Creating great friendships:

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Making memories:

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he slept through all of that.

Getting involved:

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Cedar City sunsets:

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As we near finals and the stress sets in, I wish you all good luck and a great summer.

 

The End is Here…

Well T-birds the end is drawing near, I am kinda happy to say ITS ALMOST OVER!! This school year has been pretty crazy, from Roommates, to finding fun this to do in Cedar City, to hiking nearly every hike in Zion’s.

SUU has offered so much to all of us and I am pleased to call myself a T-bird. I am excited to be able to come back one more year and hopefully be able to see all of you lovelies again!

Keep it real Cedar City! Peace.

Kelsey Stone

 

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Sweet, Sweet, Freedom: Dyl’s Top Five Faves about Finishing Finals

Summer is upon us folks.

T minus < two weeks till finals and sweet, sweet, freedom.

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Here are Dyl’s Top Five Favorite things about being done with finals in no particular order.

1. Dance partayyy

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So maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy a good dance party; solo or no-solo. There is always a reason to dance, and what better time than when your finals are O-V-E-R. Can I get a “whoop whoop!”

2. Adventure Awaits

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Summer is the best time to adventure and explore. Might I suggest local Zion’s National Park or Bryce Canyon? Because that’s definitely where I am going to be for a week starting May 2. Just saying.

3. That weather though!

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Since summer will just be starting, so will the delicious warm weather. While Cedar weather can be a little iffy, summertime= perfect time. Get too hot? Hit up Tiki Shack (yum!)  Thunderstorm? Take advantage of that hipster life and hit up The Grind (double yum!) It’s a win-win!

4. New school supplies!!!!!!!!!!!

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Okay, so maybe this is the reason this is “Dyl’s Top Five” because office supplies are one of the greatest things ever created and I definitely think they should be celebrated. Sharpies, notebooks, pens, pencils, organization galore! *fabulouuuuuus*

5. YOU’RE DONE 

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Light up the ceremonial bonfire and say sayonara to homework, club meetings, and scholarly obligations. Unless you go to summer school… You are free as a bird! And like they say, “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” baby.

Here’s to (almost) summer!

It’s times like these

Well, the school year is winding down and summer is very quickly approaching. I can say that I know for sure that I am NOT the only one who is so super stoked about it either! Summer means sun, warmth, and working (for me), and I am completely fine with all of this.

As I sit here and think back over my year 2 at SUU, I can’t help but smile at all the awesome times and wonderful memories made. College is a time for really finding who you are and finding those people who will be by your side for the rest of it. Yeah, yeah I understand how corny that sounds, but when you get here you’ll think the exact same thing.

I came to SUU to further my education and get a degree. Sure I thought about how much fun I would have, but that was never the main focus. Never in my life would I have ever imagined that my world would have turned out this amazing. It really all comes down to the things and people during your college education that teach you who you are and who you will become. It’s the people that smile at you on campus. It’s those friends that seem to live more at your place than their own. It’s the staff you work with who seriously become your second family. It’s those activities and games you go to that teach you that you are where you’re supposed to be. And when you’re surrounded by all those other people who are finding out that exact same thing, you have a crowed of unstoppable dreamers who are ready to go out and make something of themselves.

So, it’s the times like these:

When you first move into your new home for the semester and you are excited for the up coming year:

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When one of your good friends gives you an RA survival guide at the beginning of the year because she knows how crazy you’re going to be:

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When you sit outside on campus after a magnificent rain storm and realize just how beautiful life is, no filter needed:

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When you come home on your birthday to see your room decorated because your roommate loves you:

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When you meet that person at an SUU club fair who becomes your very best friend and other half (he’s the crazier half, that’s for sure haha ;D)  and you fall head over heels for them:

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When you have those late, late nights studying in the ELC and your friend decides to take a break and do your hair:

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It’s when you finally have the chance to cook an awesome meal and prove to yourself that you aren’t going to starve your future family ;):

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When you go to a game or a gymnastic meet and you’re surrounded by hundreds of other students all cheering for one team:

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When you check out your first book from SUU’s amazing library and it just reiterates that you’ve chosen the right major:

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It’s when you plan and hold programs for your residents because you love them and you love your job:

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It’s when your friend writes sweet notes to you on your study card for class:

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When you go to campus events and have the time of your life with friends:

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When you go on spring break with those people who you met at school who have changed your life:

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When you take random trips with your roommates and friends to pick them out a bunny for their boyfriend:

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When your staff becomes some of the closest people to you and end up becoming your second family and you know you’d NEVER be the Resident Assistant you are without their constant support:

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And it’s when you find friends like these who become a second part of you and who will be by your side when you say “I do” to your future person, or when you bring your new baby home, or when you have a really bad day and they take you out for ice cream… anything really:

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It’s times like these will change your life. People like these people will change your life. School and your education will change your life. Make sure you’re making the right decision and choosing a school that will let you have all of these experiences. And you know what SUU is all about? Experiencing More.

What are you waiting for? You can’t let these moments slip by so come to SUU and realize, just like I did, there’s really so much more you can experience. Life’s waiting… you ready?

Thunderbird Awards

This past weekend I had the honor of attending the 64th annual Thunderbird Awards. The Thunderbird Awards are one of my most favorite events all year because they are so classy and I am all about classy!

The purpose of the night is to honor SUU students, faculty, and staff that make SUU such an amazing place. These people are nominated for certain awards after which they apply and those applications are reviewed by a panel of judges. Five or so individuals are picked from the nominees as finalists and then each finalist is interviewed for the award which they are nominated for. The process ends with a fun and fancy night consisting of an awards ceremony where the award recipients are announced and then the Thunderbird ball. The event is open for anyone to come and obviously everyone comes because it is seriously so much fun!

I had the honor of being nominated for an award this year so I attended the ceremony with friends and family. I loved cheering on the finalists for each award because it is a huge deal to even make it to the final round. So many of my great friends were nominated or received awards because of their contributions to SUU and it took all of my inner strength to keep from yelling, “I KNOW THEM!” Don’t worry I never yelled that because that probably wouldn’t count as classy, but after the ceremony was over I yelled it like you wouldn’t believe.

The Thunderbird Awards are such a great event because we get to celebrate everyone that makes SUU such an incredible place. l love the fact that I get to interact with these people every day and learn from their example. Trust me, you can’t find better friends than you can at SUU!

My family! Aren't they a classy crew?

My family! Aren’t they a classy crew?

Bailey & Alex! Like I said, you can't get better friends than you can at SUU

Bailey & Alex! Like I said, you can’t get better friends than you can at SUU

The whole crew. Some of my most favorite people in the world!

The whole crew. Some of my most favorite people in the world!

What’s “Lambing”?

I grew up in Richfield Utah, a small town of about 8,000 people. It’s a farming town so hay fields and cows almost outnumber the people. Because of this, I thought I was pretty “country” but I was soon about to find out I was about as far from “country” as a person could get. If you know me, you probably aren’t surprised by this but just roll with it.

One of my very best friends in the whole world and probably one of the coolest people you will ever meet, Alex Jones, has a farm. It’s conveniently named “The Jones Family Farm” and when you get an invitation to attend the Jones Family Farm you know that life is great. That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday when Alex asked if I wanted to go to the farm with her and experience lambing season. Of course I answered with a yes because these invitations are pretty exclusive. Okay let’s be real they are super easy to get all you have to do is ask but again, just roll with it.

We got to the farm and I bet you can guess what happened next…lambs were everywhere! If lamb-napping was legal I would probably have at least 10 of those things living in my room and coming to class with me. Obviously having a following of lambs is not socially acceptable in today’s society so I decided to leave them at the farm, but Alex did give me permission to visit whenever I wanted…SCORE!

Who knew that I would have a chance to experience lambing season in college? This is another thing that I love about Cedar City; there are so many random and fun adventures to go on all of the time! If you are into adventure, you will love Cedar City too!

Here are some pictures so you can feel the same joy I felt when I hung out with these fun little creatures for an hour.

The Jones Family Farm

The Jones Family Farm

Alex and I with my new best friend

Alex and I with my new best friend

Kori & Jaci love lambing season too!

Kori & Jaci love lambing season too!

SUN. FEST.

...we can just overlook Saturday...

…we can just overlook Saturday…

There could not be a more perfect week for the traditional spring and happiness filled-activities sponsored by SUUSA. In the past year, we haven’t had much luck with outdoor events–I’ll blame it on the absolutely unpredictable weather in Cedar City. One hour it can be snowing, the next, the sun is out and/or the wind is blowing 40mph.

Let me give you a quick rundown of the events this week:

On Monday we had Bread and Soup night on the quad. It was a perfect evening to enjoy some food and entertainment. If you need a little refresher on the awesome-ness of this event, check out my last post about eating on a budget.

Yesterday was Festival of Excellence. Shannon explained that one perfectly in her post yesterday. It was a lot of fun. I went to a few presentations, one about student retention at SUU and another about a student trip to Dubai.

Tonight there’s a showing of the Hobbit for all the hobbit loving people out there!

Thursday is BINGO BANGO PALOOZA! Always a favorite at SUU. Fun fact, I have never actually made it to a bingo night because they have to turn people away. You can only fit so many tables into the Ballroom and I never quite make it on time. Well, now that I’m graduating in May, might as well attend my first Bingo Night! I will go as early as I can! The prizes are unbelievably good this year too. We’ve got everything from a big screen TV, GoPro camera, Volleyball net, camp chair, a beach cruiser bike…and everything in between.

Friday is a big BBQ on the quad (free food everywhere) during the day and Off The Cuff comedy event that night. They are a local improv comedy troupe here in Cedar City  and they’re HILARIOUS! Can’t wait for that.

Then, Saturday is the ultra-classy “Thunderbird Awards” event! It’s like the Oscars, but at SUU. This is where students, community members, faculty, staff, come together for a night to celebrate the amazing people we have here. Even Thor is getting fitted for his tuxedo as seen in the picture below. After the awards ceremony, is the Thunderbird Ball in the Great Hall. Another unforgettable event.

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So there you have it, Sunfest. The best way to enjoy the sun before you’re trapped inside studying for finals. Ironically, there’s only one outdoor event. Cross your fingers the weather doesn’t suddenly change its mind!