I never lived in the student housing complex known as Juniper Hall. But I know many people who did. People who lived in Juniper, LOVED Juniper. Last year there were some irreparable problems and they had to move everyone out mid-semester. Yesterday, a part of every former-Juniper-resident’s heart was torn into little pieces as SUU said goodbye to the building forever.
The good news is that there are still many wonderful residence halls on campus and hundreds (or thousands) of off-campus housing options. Someday there will be a Juniper Hall replacement. In the meantime, you have my permission to cry just a little bit. Or a lot. (Or cheer if you’re one of THOSE people.) All emotions are welcome when an era ends. Goodbye Juniper Hall…here’s to the future of SUU student housing.
For my birthday, my roommates and RA thought it’d be funny to post up a billion Girls’ Generation printed pictures all over the apartment and room. Girls’ Generation is a Korean Pop group made up of nine females, if you didn’t know. The colorful pictures definitely made our apartment more lively, now that we had pictures of nine different girls all over our walls.
Then it started to get crazy. I would open up doors and there would be a picture of one of the Girls’ Generation members looking at me. They were in my closet, my pantry cupboard, behind my door when I closed it, by the bathroom mirror, and even under the toilet seat! Don’t worry, I removed the picture before I did my business.
That same night, I went to sleep over at a friend’s house. When I returned in the morning, I was met with a lovely surprise.
This monstrosity greeted me in the dark.
That is Edward Cullen with Im Yoona’s face plastered onto his. I felt super scared at first because I thought a tall man was just waiting for me in the dark. I also was scared every time I opened my door or walked past my room while looking inside. That cardboard cutout was freakishly tall and freakishly scary.
This was almost a month ago and he unfortunately returned home, but Im Yoona’s face is now on my door. I’m only blogging about it now because I found this cardboard cutout at an acquaintance’s house tonight.
I was just so excited because I love Audrey Hepburn and not so much The Godfather. She was behind a couch so I didn’t want to go out of my way to stand right next to her.
College students like cardboard cutouts and shenanigans and you should too.
As everyone may notice I am an active person. I like going and doing, playing sports and hiking. Well a few days ago I had the opportunity to play walleyball. If you are unfamiliar with this let me explain. It’s like volleyball but you play it in a racquet ball court. You can use the walls to bounce the ball off of so that adds a new element to the sport.
Well at the P.E. Builiding (J.L. Sorenson Physical Education Building) here at SUU there are about 6 racquet ball courts and you can rent them out for free (if you are a student). So with some preparation we had two courts reserved and at 7 o’clock we hit the gym and had a good time. We did it as a church activity so we had a decent turn out of about 15 people using up both courts.
I like the PE buliding, there is always a good time there. If you are ever in need of something to do, hit up the rock wall, basketball and racquet ball courts. Or just take a swim.
My oldest nephew’s first grade class is learning about maps, map-making, cities, towns, and all things of that sort. In order to help the class learn, they read a book called Flat Stanley. My awesome nephew has his own “Flat Stanley” and sent Stanley to visit SUU and Cedar City. After showing Flat Stanley around for a bit, I’m proud to report that he’s a proud member of Tbirdnation and he’s a little sad to be sent back to my nephew on Monday. Here are some pictures of what Flat Stanley did while he was here and some of the things you might want to see next time you’re around these parts.
Thanks for visiting SUU, Flat Stanley! We hope you enjoyed your stay and when it comes time for you to choose your college, please consider SUU!
Over the semesters and years at college, you’ll accumulate a variety of different roommates. Some will have crazy personalities while others will be mellow and calmer. Some will make you do crazy things such as dress up for an awkward family photo while some will not.
Some will stay with you until you graduate, others will transfer or leave school after a semester. One of my roommates decided to do the latter.
She decided she would trek the nation in a car to Florida.
Did I think she’s crazy? Yes. Every time she talked about it. But you know what? She made it to Florida, stayed there for several months, and came back to Cedar City to visit before moving back home. Oh and she’s going to Baltimore soon.
Reuniting with this crazy woman and other roommates has never felt sweeter.
One day you too, will have roommates with thousands of different memories shared among you. Then you’ll make even more memories when you reunite. Look forward to them!
I love art.
SUU is a great institution if you’re interested in art.
And what is art? Well, everything is art. Athletics, singing, writing, chemistry, cooking, business, visual arts, acting, architecture, biology.
All those things are art.
Why? What makes them art?
Art, to me, needs to be created with passion. So if you are passionate about something you do and you create anything, tangible or not, you are an artist.
Mondo Guerra, Project Runway season 8 runner- up and Project Runway All-Stars winner, came to SUU last week as part of Identity Week. He is passionate about what he does.
“If you apply truth and honesty to what ever you do, you are an artist.” he said.
So there you go.
Passion. Truth and honesty. Create. You’re an artist.
A college education will likely lead to a better career.
And so sometimes, being at college leads to career fairs.
Like last week. Lots of future employers and future employees shaking hands and swapping informational materials. It’s a pretty awesome use of the SUU ballroom.
See? I wasn’t kidding.
College education + career & internship fair = a much happier world for everyone
There are a few advantages of going to school here in Cedar City. One, it is awesome and has some great programs. Two, the people are great and the girl to guy ratio is something like 2:1, so guys you have choices. Three, you are in the heartland of outdoor activities. SUU has two national parks withing an hour and half of campus. There are two or three state parks in about the same distance and we have one of the coolest national monuments within 20 minutes, and that is what I am going to talk about today.
About a week ago my fiance and I had the opportunity to go to Cedar Breaks on a snowshoeing excursion. Every winter during the months of January and February they have free (yes I said free) snowshoeing up at Cedar Breaks that is guided by their park rangers. There is a local meet up spot, usually in the Cedar City Visitor Center where everyone gathers in the morning and then carpools up the mountain.
After a bit of a drive and a stop at Brian Head Ski Resort, we headed up the road until we could go no farther. Here we hopped out of the vehicles and strapped the snowshoes onto our feet and began our adventure.
I feel like pictures right now would do this story more justice then me just telling you. So here we go.
This is the beginning of the hike. Walking down hill is much easier then anything else. Also remember, you cannot really walk backwards so to make any type of technical turn is a guaranteed way to end up falling.
After going and exploring a little on our own, we took a rest on a snow bank. All that walking and shuffling over heats you. It was 24 degrees up there but we were walking around in just our long sleeve shirts.
We headed into the woods after our stop and saw some cool things. Also take note, don’t walk to close to trees, especially little ones like this. The snow builds up around them and creates big open pockets that you can sink down into and is difficult to get out of.
After stopping at the ranger outpost and enjoying lunch we headed back and took some pictures along the ridge. We had a lot of fun that day and the great part of it all was that it was free for both of us to go! Check it out when you guys come down.
Looking for help with your classes?
Want to learn some better study habits?
Is your professor concerned?
Need help figuring out how to talk to your professor about the issue?
Would you like some free tutoring?
Look no further than your local SANS team on campus!
The Student Assessment Notification System is a program on campus designed to help professors connect their students with resources that will help them succeed. I get the awesome job on campus to be the “SANS Coordinator.” As a grad student, I work hard to coordinate efforts of the SANS team, all of the mentors, and instructors or departments on campus. I love my job. A lot! I work with some of the most amazing people at SUU!
Last semester SANS reached almost 1,600 students and worked with 179 professors or instructors on campus. There’s a good chance current Tbirdnation-ers received an alert (Satisfactory, Concerned, or Unsatisfactory) and later received a call from a SANS mentor. This is a very good thing. The 12 SANS mentors all work very hard to help students however they can. So if you’re looking into coming to SUU, be excited that YOU can have your very own SANS mentor here to help you out. And for those of you on campus, if you get a call, text, or email from a SANS mentor, answer them and let them help you!