Well it is a Tuesday morning. The weather is fantastic, air is crisp, and it is the end of the semester.
Yup it’s finals week.
But I don’t really want to talk about finals. Most of us have faced them before. Some soon will experience, others can reminisce of the days gone by. But finals, in reality, are a reflection of what you learned all year. So that’s what I am going to write about today.
Things I Learned:
I took a genetics class this year. This is a challenging course, I learned a lot, I beat my head against a table a lot, I cheered for joy when the times came. But I can talk to you about mutations, the genetic code and how to translate it. I know some things about population genetics, and I can do some new math.
I am color blind. I have had a grudge against colors most of my life because I suck with them. I have failed multiple times when it comes to matching and identifying colors. But this year I took a 2D design class and I am beginning to like colors now. I understand them. I feel my real issue was I was never taught anything about colors, and I have suffered all my life because of it. So the lesson learned, teach your kids. Never assume.
I have already talked about horses. You can find that post from a few weeks ago
Being engaged is awesome, but sucks really badly. Make sure yours is short.
Take a public speaking class. I learned about how to create a great presentation. I learned that a great presentation is not made up of lots of bullet points on a power point. In fact most power points I ever did growing up really sucked, and I should repent of my wicked ways. Read a book called Resonate, it will change the way you do presentations.
Thanks everyone for reading my posts, and making comments. I have enjoyed this semester when it comes to writing for tbirdnation. I probably wont do it next year. I have a few new responsibilities, and a Bio-Organic Chemistry class that is going to consume me next semester. I hope you all enjoyed your school year. Come to SUU if you are contemplating it, and have a fantastic summer.
Last week SUU had their annual SUNFest. The theme this year was “Cirque du SUNFest,” a play on “cirque du Soleil,” which means “circus of the sun.”
Events during the week included a comedian; the Mr. SUU pageant; bingo with great prizes; a showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; a carnival with fun bouncy inflatables, free food, carnival games, prizes, and live music; the Thunderbird Awards Ceremony; and a masquerade ball.
I love dancing. Any time I have an excuse to go dancing is a good time. Sometimes I’ll go to rather sketchy places if I know there’s going to be dancing. When I found out about the masquerade, you can imagine how excited I was to go.
I went with my dancing friend Ali (whenever there’s a dance beat, chances are you’ll see us together) and our outfits matched. Unintentionally.
At the dance (which was free!) I ate lots of cookies and fruits and vegetables, danced, sweated, and got some photos done in a photo booth.
I love the great activities and events SUUSA does.
The feet marched to the sound of the call. What call you might ask? The call to action! The call to serve! And the thunder came and the T-Birds arrived to do their civil duty to those who fought in a war that eventually made up “the greatest generation.”
Hopefully you liked my flowery introduction to a service project I had the opportunity to be apart of. I currently belong to the Cedar City Young Single Adult 10th Congregation for the LDS church. My job is to plan Monday night activities. When the congregational leader (bishop) asked if we could do this activity for a Monday activity, I was happy to let them take over the evening.
So at 5 o’clock we gathered together our congregation and one other, which all are SUU students, and headed out to the service project. The project was to help out a World War II veteran named Ravena. She use to fly planes from the factories out to California to be shipped across sea’s and to the front line. That was cool to find out.
When we arrived we found out the project; which was to help bring her yard back to life. At the age of 90 it becomes very difficult to maintain your yard, so we were called in to save the day. With chainsaws, shovels, rakes, and willing hands we went to work.
It was a great service project, and everyone had a fantastic time. There is always someone out there that we can help, and we T-Birds are always excited to help. Hope everyone had a happy Easter and enjoy the rest of your week.
Of all the places on earth, I have a deep connection to Cedar City.
It’s my home and I love it here.
However, it is nice to get away for a bit, especially when it’s your friend’s birthday!
Las Vegas, Nevada is only 175 miles away, or 2.5 hours driving time, according to GoogleMaps.
Ten of us friends went to Las Vegas to spend time together and celebrate Nick’s 21st birthday!
We stayed in Circus Circus. Friday night we were going to party like 1999 and decided to walk from Circus Circus along the Strip to Excalibur for dinner. I wanted to drive because I was pretty sure the distance was a lot further than anticipated, but, in the end, I was glad we walked because we became closer friends and had some pretty awesome things happen.
Awesome thing #1: While enjoying the wonderful 80° F weather on our walk, a gentleman had the top down in his convertible and was blasting music. And it was good music. So I said, “Thanks for the tunes!” and he pointed to me and sang to us as we walked by. That made my day
We were walking to Excalibur to eat at Dick’s. It’s a restaurant where the servers are intentionally mean and swear at you and throw things at you and it’s quite the experience. They also make really inappropriate hats for you to wear. I, however, have a filter when it comes to posting things on the Internet so I will only be posting a photo of my hat, which was the only appropriate one made….
After dinner and drinking lots of water (I don’t drink alcohol. Notice how the pitcher I’m drinking right out of is water? I was super thirsty), six of us went to a dance club and danced the night away! It was the most fun!
Of all these people on the trip, there was only one that I didn’t know because of SUU. Every day it is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that I have the best friends in the world.
Thank you, SUU, for giving me friendships that I will value forever.
Last Thursday I got a text from a friend inviting me out to go play kick ball in the Upper Quad here on SUU’s Campus. I jumped on that idea real fast because I love playing kick ball, so when Friday came I was geared up in shorts and a t-shirt and was ready to go.
At five o’clock we met and set up our teams and the games began. I was the first kicker and sent a huge kick into the right field. Most people were not expecting that because they didn’t know that I use to play soccer and still have a good leg on me. From that point on it though, I no longer had that advantage so I had to really try to control my kicks.
The game went on for about an hour and a half and in the end I think our team won by a few points, but we stopped keeping track after 40 minutes or so.
Over all it was a blast! I was sore all weekend because of it, but that’s all apart of the fun and games of it all.
One thing that I love about SUU (that I’m sure I’ve said before) is the ample opportunities SUU students have to get involved with the community.
One of my best friends, Abby, had that opportunity, too. She was in The Sleeping Beauty ballet presented by Cedar City Junior Ballet. She was one of the fairies and I was so proud of the work she did.
My other friend, Alex (from this post) was also in it as Aurora. It really was a splendid production. The costuming, makeup, adaptation, and set were all exquisite.
Photography was not permitted in the theatre, so here’s the link to Parker Grimes Photography and you can see some great shots of the ballet.
When I was in high school, I was very involved with, well, a lot of different things.
Especially the performing arts. I love singing, violin, and acting.
My favorite thing was when I could combine all three of those things into one: musicals!
Well, maybe not the violin, but singing and acting for sure (although, we did do Fiddler on the Roof. But I wasn’t the fiddler).
SUU does many fantabulous productions in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, but due to my other interests and ridiculously busy life, and the fact that I am not a theatre arts major, I have chosen not to audition for SUU shows (in retrospect, I wish I had).
But guess what?
I’m going to be in a musical and I’m freakin’ excited!
I haven’t been in a play since 2008, so it’s been a while, for sure.
The production is being put on by Cedar Valley Community Theatre and it is Hello, Dolly! I was cast as Barnaby.
Events that happen in Cedar like this one are evidence that SUU is a major integral part of the community.
For example, CVCT’s board of directors: four out of the seven have direct ties to SUU.
Hello, Dolly!‘s cast?
Dolly: adjunct professor of voice at SUU
Ernestina: SUU student
Ambrose: SUU student
Ermangarde: SUU alumna
Cornelius: SUU student
Rudolph: SUU student
And some of my best friends are in it!
I think it’s fantastic that so many SUU students go out and find a place in the Cedar City community.
Sooooooo if you want to see the show, performances are May 30 & 31 and June 1 & 3. I’m not advertising. Don’t worry
Now I have a sudden desire to watch Wall-E.
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.
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