Moving On

When I was graduating high school, I could not be more excited. College was this beautiful idea: moving out on my own, meeting new people, and finding my calling. And it has been amazing. Attending Southern Utah University for the past three years has met all my expectations and more. I have lived with my best friends, explored the mountains of Zion, hosted karaoke parties, and danced through the night. I’ve worked for the newspaper, interned at a bookstore, and planned events for the city and local businesses.

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Now that my time has come to graduate and move on, I find myself looking back on my time in Cedar City with nothing but fondness. Don’t get me wrong, I have had some really, really hard times, and college definitely has not been easy. But if you’re not like me, and you’re more nervous about moving out and going off on your own than you are excited, know this: it will be worth it. You will have some of the most incredible times of your life and learn some of the best lessons about yourself. You’ll learn more about things that you’re passionate about, and if you’re not passionate about anything, you’ll find something that you’ll love. Nothing can prepare you for everything you’ll experience. You just have to do it, and have the time of your life.

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SURVIVAL

Just FYI, THE END IS NEAR.

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Okay, the finals end.

Same thing.

Like I mentioned in my last post, sweet freedom is just around the corner.

And now is the time to prepare.

Here are a few things that are absolutely imperative to survival:

ONE: A lucky water bottle. And yes, a lucky one. I believe in the scientific principle of diffusion. Therefore, if your lucky water bottle is near you while you are studying, that knowledge will absorb into the bottle. Next thing you know, your water bottle is feeding it all back to you when you take your final and BOOM. Increase in knowledge ten-fold.

TWO: A lucky pencil. (See ONE.)

THREE: Some solid jams. And not the strawberry kind. (Unless it’s the song Strawberry Bubblegum by JT) The right music will do wonders for your focus, attitude, and drive. Trust me.

FOUR: Confidence. Yo homie. You studied your little heart out and have done your very best (most likely…)! Go into that sucker glowing with confidence. Ten points to Gryffindor for dressing fancy!

FIVE: A Victory Dance Party. Okay so maybe not everyone in the world is like me and enjoys a good dance party, BUT it’s necessary. Once you leave that tension-filled room, throw those hands up in the air and fist pump baby. You deserve it!

Not only does this apply to end of the year tests and finals…

It applies TO LIFE.

Well probably anyways.

I mean it only makes sense…

Yeah life!

Woo!

K I’m done.

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!