My Freshman year of college is coming to an end. Although the reality of this has yet to sink in, I’ve begun reminiscing over this past year. I’ve loved it for many different reasons and learned many different things throughout the school year. These include-
1. School work, even at college, really can be fun. Example- Radio and TV Broadcasting, English 2010, Comm 1010, Nutrition, etc.
2. A fun group of friends can make the best out of any situation.
3. I love going on hikes. I never really knew that until this year.
4. Don’t attempt handstands after doing Ethan’s arm and chest workout.. You will crash and burn.
5. Sometimes, a white pair of pants is sweet. Seriously, they can be pretty cool. Who’d of thought?
6. I was lucky enough make a ton of AWESOME friends here at SUU. To everyone I know here at SUU- It really was great getting to know you. Even if it was only for a little while, I really did enjoy it.
Now, I learned many other things throughout the year, but there are WAY too many to list. All I know is that I am extremely lucky for the experiences I’ve had while at SUU my freshman year. I was lucky enough to be a part of this blog, as well as the Presidential Ambassadors program. I was able to give over 30 tours to potential students for SUU and tell them why I personally love the school. I was able to start my own real radio show on Power91. Although college life does have ups and downs, I’ve loved it here at SUU. While I am going on a LDS Mission for the next two years, I’m already excited to continue on my education, and my life, here at SUU.
Thank you to my parents for helping me go to college here at SUU, SUU itself for all of the awesome opportunities I’ve had in my freshman year, and thank you for reading. It means a lot to me.
Now, if you want to keep reading, I have some exciting news below.
As a part of my TV Broadcasting class, we had freedom for our final project to do whatever we wanted. I decided that I wanted to make a short action parody movie, and then began filming. My ambition took over however, and I ended up creating a 15 minute movie instead of the required 2-5 minutes. Because of this time and effort put into my film, I decided to enter it into the Thunderbird Film Festival, and…. I was lucky enough to receive the first place award.
At this time I’d like to give a giant thanks to everyone that helped out. We spent a massive amount of time on this film, and I like the way it turned out. My friends and I all got together and had the “Premiere Showing” tonight, and it was great.
So thank you to everyone who had a part in my film, big or small. I really appreciate what you did for me. You are the best.
So, without keeping you waiting any longer, here is my short (15 minute) action parody film, complete with fighting, a super evil bad guy, bad Chinese lip dubbing, and many other jokes.
It’s, “The Epic Movie!”
I hope you enjoyed it!
That’s right.. SUU is evolving.
How is it changing? Our own SUU Bookstore is mixing up the possible ways to get textbooks next semester.
Now, instead of only having the option to buy the book from the bookstore and hope that you can sell it back later, students will be able to pay smaller rental fees in order to rent the textbook for the semester. No more worrying about trying to sell your books during the last week of school! The school bookstore will also offer E Textbooks for those who own any type of E Reader.
In order to raise awareness of these changes, SUU had a PR stunt on campus last week. Our very own Sam Taylor helped with the campaign to notify students of these changes. They had candy for students, music playing out on the quad, stickers, and one more thing… A giant box fort.
Yes, in order to spread this new knowledge, they built a huge building out of cardboard boxes. It was awesome! One of my good friends Kendall was over the project of building the fort. I spent a little bit of my afternoon there helping build the fort and painting it. It was a lot of fun and raised a lot of awareness for the changes our library has coming our way!
Join the Evolution.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve loved playing soccer. It started with AYSO as a young child, and went through my high school “career” playing on the Union Cougars soccer team. However, as much as I’d like to dream, I’m not really the type that would ever play on a college soccer team.
While that is sad news, luckily, my soccer days are not over yet! Thanks to SUU’s intramural soccer league, I’ve been able to play with a group of friends against 20 or so other teams over the past month.
A few people that live in Cedar Hall with me decided to make a team, so we asked around, found six or seven people, and were ready to play!
The games have been a ton of fun, and we’re actually doing pretty great! Our last game is today, followed by a huge soccer tournament on Thursday and Friday! I’m excited!
I am a communications major and I love it. I’m going to be studying Broadcasting, Advertising, and PR while I’m in college, and I really liked it this first year of college. I took some really cool broadcasting courses that were a lot of fun. One of my favorites?
That’s right, for about 8 months now, I’ve been a Radio DJ/Personality on SUU’s own radio station, Power 91.1.
My show has been every Tuesday from 4-5 through the entire school year. I’ve gone through several different show ideas, ranging from Tech News to Relationship Advice. One thing’s certain… It’s always an adventure working in a radio station!
One great thing about the classes here at SUU is that many classes have a mixture of lecture based classes and work experience. Classes like my TV Broadcasting class and Radio class have really helped me find what I really like within my major through experience and have also been a lot of fun.
Thanks for the awesome experience of being on Power 91.1 this year!
The other day, as I was making my way from class to class, I saw something that made my day. What was it? A sign for one of my favorite events here on campus.
Here at SUU, we have several events that are almost like tradition to students. Bread and Soup Nite, one of the students’ favorite, happened for the last time this Monday. A huge crowd of students came to support it on it’s last night.
Now, while this may not sound too exciting to some people, let me explain what Bread and Soup Night is.
Basically, it is a food drive that happens on the first Monday of the month. Students can either pay two dollars or one dollar with a can, then get as much bread, soup, and dessert as they want. The donated food and money goes to a food pantry for SUU students in need.
Yeah, that’s right- as much as you want. For two dollars. It can’t get any better than that!
All of the soup is always REALLY good, and they always have a form a entertainment to watch while eating. While sometimes it is Karaoke singing, this time it was dances by some of SUU’s talented dancers!
All in all, Bread and Soup Night is a fun, good way to support the local food storage, get some great dinner, and hang out with all of our friends down here at SUU.
P.S. This time I was a little weak… I only made it through 3 rounds of food. But it was great!
This past week I took a trip up to Salt Lake City. This was a very special weekend for me. I opened my LDS Mission Call, went to the brand new City Creek Shopping Center in Downtown SLC, then went to the Color Festival on Saturday. If you’re interested in the history of the City Creek project, click HERE to read more!
The City Creek project started in 2003 and was officially completed this past Thursday, March 22nd. It was amazing!
A few of the popular attraction at City Creek were-
Musicians spread around playing music all night-
A flaming water fountain. Yes, there were flames shooting up with the water.
It was as cool as it sounds!
The Disney Store! There was actually a line outside to keep the crowds in control.
All in all, it was an awesome weekend full of memories that will last a lifetime!
I’m glad to be here in Utah where I can go to places this cool over the weekend!
Like everyone else here at SUU, I had the pleasure of taking a vacation last week known as “Spring Break”. Now, when Spring Break was coming near, I had a choice to make. Make the 5&1/2 hour drive home or drive about the same distance to California with my friends. I’m sorry to all those at home, because I chose the latter.
Now, the cool thing about being down here at SUU is that we really are pretty close to great vacation getaways such as Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and the entire state of California. When I was growing up, going to California was a HUGE deal. We either hopped on an airplane in Salt Lake and flew, or braved the 10+ hour drive there. Now that I’m in Cedar City, we can easily make it to areas like LA and Santa Monica beach within one day.
So that’s what I did! My friends and I all spent the week up in Northern LA. A few of the places we went to include-
The Bench from 500 Days of Summer (This is a romantic movie with an iconic bench in it. More info on the movie can be found HERE)
Santa Monica Beach
Charlie Brown Farm (This was a Novelty Store full of weird foods such as chocolate covered bacon, peanut butter and jelly soda, and more)
My friends and I all had a fantastic time going to these place and having many other adventures with each other during our break. While it was really nice to have it, it’s kinda nice to be back to normal life here in Cedar City.
Now, I know what you’re thinking… Didn’t Mitch post about a comedy show last week?
Why yes, yes I did. But SUU is cool enough that we had another comedian come last week as well!
This time it was Melissa Villaseñor, famous impressionist.
Here’s a YouTube video with some of her impressions-
She came down and did a great show for us full of awesome impressions, funny jokes, and multiple “busted guts”. It was a really entertaining show!
She was hilarious live! Her Owen Wilson impression was FANTASTIC! My friends and I are still trying to recreate that magical voice.
Then, after the show we were all able to go up, talk to her, then snap a picture with her. Could it get any better? I don’t think so.
This was a great way to take a break from studying for Midterms and have a little bit of fun.
One of my favorite things about college is all of the free entertainment shown on campus. Last weeks? A comedy show!
Our own SUU Comedy club had a show this last Friday. My friend Adam and I had a ton of fun at it! There was a plethora of funny students performing at the show. I have classes with several of them so it was really cool to seem them doing what they love. They even did a few giveaways during the show and a student proposed to his girlfriend! All in all, it was a fantastic night.
Needless to say, I think Adam and I are joining the Comedy Club.
One of the great things about living in Cedar City is the different terrains we are surrounded by. While in Cedar it is snowy right now and you can snowboard at BrianHead Ski Resort, if you drive 45 minutes to the south you can still find warm weather in St George.
A few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to go to Zions National Park and do a little bit of hiking. When we got there, we were pleased to find out that while it was snowing in Cedar City, we would get to hike in pleasant 65 degree weather.
Needless to say, it was fantastic.
The hike was a cheap, fun way to spend our Saturday. We had a lot of fun climbing throughout nature and got some sweet pictures while we were at it.
While I love the snow we are lucky enough to have in Cedar City, it sure is nice to have a way to escape it for an afternoon.