If you were looking at my Facebook timeline, you would know very well by the many screen shots of the weather that it’s cold here. No, seriously, it is COLD. (See picture on left). Mother Montana Nature (I believe we have our own special one) has decided it’s about time to give everyone who has been complaining that “it hasn’t even snowed” a taste of winter. Now they’re all complaining it’s too much winter. Oh well.
How do you prepare yourself for this level of coldness? Let me give you some suggestions from my three years experience thus far:
- Get Footie PJs. Seriously, they’re awesome.
- Make sure you have pants you are able to layer. Leggings under jeans, jeans under jeans, long underwear under sweatpants… it’s all worth it
- Gloves. You need gloves. Unless you don’t value your fingers.
- A hat. Again, unless you don’t value your ears.
- A winter coat, duh. But like a really big and warm one, not one that’s just fashionable. Make sure you can fit layers underneath it.
- MAKE SURE YOUR GAS TANK IS OVER HALF WAY FULL. I just learned this tip this year. Also, before you fill it put heet in it… apparently it helps.
- To get from place to place, I strongly suggest going through as many buildings as possible.
- There’s a huge ice buildup so wear appropriate shoes for that and avoid falling in front of lots of people.
That’s my advice for the day. You’re welcome. And if you’re wondering, college does not get canceled just because it is -20 degrees or more. The buildings are heated, tough it out on the walk to them.
If you have read my past holiday blog posts, you know I don’t go home for any break except for December. Too short of a time for too much money. Usually, I go home with one of my sorority sisters and learn all about where they’re from (Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho…). This year, my sorority house stayed open, so I was able to stay here. It worked out much to my benefit, because I had two thanksgivings!!
Thanksgiving One: I stayed for a couple of days in a home here in Bozeman with one of my sisters and her family. They came here for the holidays from Utah since she has to work, and rented out the house for the week. Since my friend had to work on Thanksgiving, they celebrated on Tuesday night. I think I remained full until the next night…
Thanksgiving Two: Since the house remained open, quite a few other girls stayed here in Bozeman. Together (well, I didn’t really help) we made a thanksgiving meal on Thursday. A few of our friends in Bozeman who had nowhere to go came over to eat as well. We all shared what we were thankful for or a tradition in our own families, and then dug in. Highlight of the meal: dessert.
What a great week it has been so far! I’m thankful for this break, but ready for school to resume, since there’s only two weeks until I’m home!! I hope they fly by!
All in a day….
Went from THIS:
… to THIS:
And now it looks like THIS:
“Such an open eyed approach at the beginning of your freshman year can prevent considerable waste, disappointment, and anger by the time you’re a graduating senior.” - James L. Lancaster
Well, no, I am actually not. But I am a peer adviser for “university studies” (undeclared) students, and definitely should have come into college undeclared myself (7 majors later…). Due to the many encounters I have had with college students, Freshman to Senior, I take a pretty strong stance that everyone, and I mean everyone, should spend at least one year in university studies. Let me tell you why:
- About one student in five change their mind about their major between application and registration for the first class. Are you a prospective college student who thinks they know what they want to do?? Think again!
- Over 70% of all students change from one major to another while they are in college, often more than once (welcome to my life).
- Two students in five actually graduate in a subject about which they knew little or nothing in high school, and 50% of all graduate change their career plans after they finish college (aka, their career has no correlation with their major)
If you aren’t one for statistics, let me give you some other key arguments:
- If you decide to be undecided, aka are actively exploring and seeking information and advice about majors, careers, and classes, you will much better be able to find out what interests you. Note: undecided is different than uncommitted.
- There are more than 150 academic programs to choose from at MSU. How can you tell me that you have honestly looked at all of them and haven’t just chosen one because “it sounds like you’ll make money and your parents want you to”?
- It is useless to choose a major that your parents want or that you think will give you good job opportunities so you do it just because. Sure, major in Engineering when you don’t understand anything out about it. But know that when you are in the job market, you will be up against passionate, knowledgeable and well qualified people, and need those same characteristics to actually land that well-paying job you wanted
- Do you really want to wake up and dread going to work every day? Then you should probably explore what is out there so that you are sure you are going to be passionate about the outcome.
And, lastly, some advice:
- Your parents can be helpful, but they can not and probably should not tell you what to major in. Ask them what your strengths are and questions like that, but decide for yourself in the end
- Jobs don’t necessarily “require” certain majors. Now yes, nursing is going to require you to have a major in nursing, you got me there. But think about the huge amount of jobs out there. Start asking people what they majored in, and you’ll be astounded by what you hear. Bank CEOs were English majors?!? Yup.
- To expand upon my last point, it’s more about the experiences you have in college than anything, those are what will help you land jobs. I can’t stress in enough: Get involved. Get a job, do community service, get an internship, take on leadership roles, etc. The more experience, the better “human capital” you achieve, which employers want.
And a picture of course:
Linfield Hall on campus
Sigma Phi Epsilon had their annual “Rose Bowl”, a powderpuff football game between the sororities and open to the public. All proceeds went to the MSU VOICE center on campus (read a couple posts below). My sorority may not have won, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have fun!!
Well, I finally did it. I forced myself, on Tuesday of last week, to start going to cycling class again. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:15, that is where you’ll find me, wether I like it or not.
While most of the fitness classes are around 50 minutes long, but lucky me, this class is around 75 minutes. Actually lucky, not sarcastically, is that the teacher of the cycling class, Melis, is pretty awesome. While she leads the class on some pretty intense rides, allowing you to visualize the hills your going up or the bad guys you’re cycling after, she always makes sure that you know it is your ride, not hers. Meaning you set the pace, the level you’ll push and challenge yourself to, and therefore what you gain from it. She is careful to always make sure you are checking your own form (“SHOULDERS, ELBOWS, ABS!”) and will help whoever asks before or after class. Somehow, although I sweat every drop of water I have out and leave class drenched (and smelling terrible), I love it.
My goal: to translate my indoor cycling skills to the outdoors with my bike. First I have to get the fancy cycling shoes!
The point: the fitness classes are well worth it, as there are many classes and teachers other than cycling with Melis who have a lot to teach you and can kick start you back into shape.
Wondering what any of the classes are like?