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!

What on earth is the Festival of Excellence?

Today is the annual Festival of Excellence. Or, as you may come to know it better, the day when classes are “canceled.” But before you head home to watch Netflix, you should know what Festival of Excellence is really about and why it might be better than another episode of Game of Thrones.

Festival of Excellence is a day when classes are suspended - but it’s for a reason. And that reason is to give students the chance to go to presentations by other students. These sessions can be about anything: a trip to Nepal, an art display, or even a musical performance. Basically it’s a day when a bunch of students who have done awesome things get together and tell you about it… to let you know you can do awesome things too.

So, when you’re at SUU and you hear “Festival of Excellence,” don’t let your mind jump straight to “no responsibilities.” Instead, take the opportunity to expand your horizons.

To view a schedule of this year’s Festival of Excellence, click here!

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What makes YOU unique?

I recently had my quarter life crisis; I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, or what made me different.  How I stood out from the crowd? I had to think long and hard about it, and I came to the conclusion that I’m weird and that’s what makes me cool. I tie mustaches in my hair. Image I think that sending my mum pictures of me with my rent in cash and captioning it “blood money” is funny, until she threatens to ground me (which at 20 is still scary even though I live 5,529 miles from home). Image, I spend the weekends learning useless skills, like crossing my eyes. Image   p.s. this photo got more likes than it should have.  It must be that impressive.   I take awkward family photos with my cousins. Image I’m that girl who takes photos and makes them the background in stores (I apologize). Image I take selfies with Lincoln and hashtag them.  #homiesforlife Image

All in all, I think that people have things about them that make them unique.  One thing that has made my love for SUU grow is that everyone here tends to embrace their differences and it feels like home.  So thank you for SUU, for helping me, I love who I’ve become since coming here.

Biking in Cedar City

Riding a bicycle around Cedar City is one of the things that gets me most excited about the weather warming up this time of year.  I have gotten more into biking as I’ve spent time here, and I can tell you it is a great place to try it out.  There are plenty of places for students to go riding with their mountain or road bike, depending on their style, but they all have great rides and good times.

First, there’s the easy ride that some students still don’t know about.  It is the Coal Creek Trail and it starts (or ends) by the skate park next to Bicentennial park on 1045 N.  and ends (or starts) about a mile up the canyon running parallel to University Blvd.  It’s great for running, but taking a bike up to the top and coasting all the way down is a blast.

Coal Creek Trail

Next is a little bit harder, but it’s one of my favorite rides ever; it’s the Navajo Lake Trail.  You have to drive a little ways to get to it, but you make your way up Cedar Canyon and go around Navajo Lake about 3/4 of the way and the road will stop.  This trail is for beginning to intermediate riders.  It has beautiful views and great hills to climb and ride quickly down.  The lava rock is a little tricky, but it all makes for a good ride and is an excellent place to take a date.

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Another of my favorite trails is the C Trail.  It begins where the giant C is that overlooks our grand town.  There are two ways to get to it, but the easiest way is to look up directions here.  It’s a more advanced ride and should not be ridden after a rain or snow storm.  It’s pretty rocky and has a lot of technical portions.  There are a lot of switchback and it requires your attention, but it is as fun as it gets for a downhill ride.  Make sure you have at least a little suspension and hang on.

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One more downhill trail for the enthusiast who can’t get enough gravity is the Blowhard Mountain Trail.  This one starts near Cedar Breaks National Monument and will take you down to Moot’s Hollow where the climbers climb and onto the road back to Cedar.  This one is a doozy and I’ve only been able to ride portions of it.  Nonetheless I have heard only great things.  It is more advanced and should be researched before riding. Here’s a preview from someone else:

The final trail is actually a group of trails out at Three Peaks Recreational Area.  They have a “choose your own adventure” type of approach.  It has a lot of good technical riding if you want with beginning level obstacles all the way up to more advanced options.  The best part of this ride is the crazy things you’ll see along your way like broken typewriters, old office chairs, and a crazy “Voodoo” tree pictured below.  It’s a great place to spend a day or go camping with your mates for a time and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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Remember to wear your brain bucket and be safe.  If you need extra help, sign up for SUU’s new class on Mountain Biking that started this semester.  Grab your bike, get in some clean rides, and have some fun.

 

The Final Straw…

So the time is drawing near, and finals week is approaching. I (as you can tell from my last post) have sorta been in denial mode. Well I finally decided to not be in denial mode, and “reflect” on all the great opportunities I have had this year.

 

I have developed more or less a “passion” for hiking.. (This is a real problem I live at Zion’s.)

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I am famous now… ( I was really excited so I showed my rents and my Dad said I was like Mike from Monsters inc…. Thanks Dad….)

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And to top it off, I have been able to be apart of Presidential Ambassadors and Orientation Leader, two wonderful organizations on campus.

This semester has been great! I have learned so much and I have grown as a person! I am excited to see what next semester holds for all of us T-birds!

Love ya all peeps! Until next time.

 

 

The final stretch…

It’s official. There is one month and one day left until graduation. Which means there are like, 17 school days left before finals week and then a few tests and then I’m done with college. 

In order to make it through these last few weeks of school, I have a plan to keep me motivated. I know I do these kinds of posts a lot, but seeing as you, the reader, are probably almost done with high school, I think we both could benefit.

The Plan:

  • Get plenty of rest (but don’t overdo it). Seven to eight hours a night should give you the energy you need to get through the day.
  • Eat a good breakfast. They’re not lying when they say it’s the most important meal of the day. Cook some scrambled eggs, butter up a piece of sourdough toast, and wash it down with some orange juice and yogurt. Yum.
  • Pay attention in class. I know it’s hard, especially with Google Maps being littered with Pokemon that you can spend hours catching. But playing games on your phone won’t help you keep that GPA up till the end of the semester.
  • Get outside, or at least to the gym. It’s probably the last thing you want to do if you’re feeling unmotivated but trust, those endorphins are actually all they’re cracked up to be.
  • Do homework first. I know, I know, all I want to do when I get home from school is get a package of Oreos and curl up with Netflix too. But if you get your work done first, you won’t have it looming over your head, and you’ll have a clearer mind while you’re doing it!

The last part of the school year is always rough, but if you follow these suggestions, I know you can make it! What are your ideas for getting through the last bit of the semester? 

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THE WORLD IS HUGE

I’m warning you now, imma get a little cheesy on you.

Bear with me.

So I’m driving back from St. George after going down to see my family, and all the sudden it hits me:

THE WORLD IS HUGE

Brilliant right?

I know.

But seriously.

There are so many opportunities to take advantage of, and people to meet, and places to go, and I literally yelled out loud in my car, “HOLY COW. THE WORLD IS HUGE.”

*tiny panic/excitement attack here*

And then I started thinking, “Okay, I’ve got about two-ish more years of college to focus in on. Getter done. Get my degree in something I love. Then I EXPLORE. Like Indiana Jones! Or Zooey Deschanel!” (Made sense at the time. Don’t ask.)

I know that parents and old folks drill it in your head from the beginning, but for reals: an education opens like, a bazillion doors and opportunities. So far my experience at SUU has done just that. It has given me opportunities to learn and grow and meet new people so that I can leave Cedar City confident and excited and ready to take on the world.

BOOM. (duck face gang sign photo (use your imagination.))

Guys, life is great.

Aren’t you stoked?

Also, I would like this T-Shirt.

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