This week is “Body Image Awareness Week” and it’s pretty hard not to notice. I mean, even the gym has dressed to the theme. Since I and most everyone I know has been hitting the gym the last few weeks in some useless preparation for Spring Break, I am pretty sure this week has been strategically placed… but hey, I can’t complain, it’s nice to have a little reminder to Be You (tiful).
Joining this body image awareness train, Fraternity and Sorority Life had a little presentation/Discussion with Julie and Marie from Student Health Services. The discussion was about nutrition and your body, and Julie answered any and all questions as MSU’s nutritionist/dietitian. It was a lot of fun and super informative. I am hoping to set up a meeting with Julie one on one to learn a little bit more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle nutrition wise.
In other news:
This week was ASMSU Elections (aka the student body governments). I did my duties as an MSU Citizen and went to the debates and read up on the candidates, so that I could vote for who I felt was truly the best candidate. It’s all over now though.
My house had big little week, and it was awesome. It’s always exciting to watch the happiness on the faces of the big/littles as it is finally revealed who the bigs are! (Big=big sister aka mentor, to the little=little sister).
Okay, now I need to go pack… SPRING BREAK IN VEGAS HERE I COME!
These past few weeks, I have been lucky to be able to go to some pretty great events and am thankful that I am a part of some awesome communities. Here is a highlight of some of the events I have attended:
Love Without Borders was an event in which relationships around the world and in the US were discussed among participants and a panel of international students. It was an engaging and educational discussion, and will hopefully happen again in the future! Men Stopping Rape, the VOICE center and Sigma Chi put this event together.
Tracy Maxwell, a speaker from CampuSpeak, came to talk to the Fraternity and Sorority community about the implications and prevention of hazing. She shared a number of touching and very real stories, and delivered a simple message: you never know what an individual has gone through; something that may seem harmless to you can be incredibly traumatic for them. She really drove home why it is so important that our organizations remain hazing free, so that we may truly experience a brotherhood or sisterhood which represents all of our values.
Not In Our House is a student-led taskforce that is working towards shifting campus culture about sexual violence on campus. Representatives from so many groups, the athletes to the fraternity and sorority community to engineers without borders, have joined this taskforce. It has been truly inspiring to hear of all the events groups are coming up with to help bring awareness and education to our community about issues such as sexual assault and relationship violence.
In other news, the snow just keeps falling, and students just keep trudging through it instead of the nicely shoveled sidewalks to save a little time getting to class.
Looking for a good local place to eat? The Garage might be the spot. Food for all types of eaters, from the carnivores like my friends to the herbivores like me. Burgers and fries for all, which is awesome because I’m always craving a good veggie burger. I’ll admit, the fries weren’t quite salty enough for me, but it was an easily fixable problem.
Head down to the end of Main Street and you’ll find the Garage sitting on a corner.If you happen to visit when it’s warm, take advantage of the outdoor seating.
This past weekend, I attended my sorority’s Leadership Academy, in the city our Headquarters is located at, St. Louis, Missouri. Myself and three other members of my sorority flew in on Friday, and the weekend flew by. Friday night, all of Saturday, and Sunday morning were packed with information on how to successfully lead, with some meal and entertainment breaks in between.
It was on our way home that we had a problem… folks, flying into Bozeman is not fun. Although the small airport has it’s perks when you can get there thirty minutes before a flight and still be just fine, flying into it is a whole different story. There are not a large amount of flights heading there, meaning not a lot of options for connections. Our connection was at 9pm, but due to some flight delays out of St. Louis, we missed it by about thirty minutes. The next flight?? 9pm the next night. Out of Seattle. Which was not where we were.
So there we were, 4am on a Monday, having just gotten off a redeye from St. Louis to Seattle, wondering what in the world we were going to do until 9pm that night. We had booked a hotel to catch some sleep, but checkout was at 1pm, so we had a whole lot of time in between then and our flight.
Luckily for us, there was a Pi Phi chapter at University of Washington, and they picked us up and showed us around. Highlight of my day? There was an all-vegan restaurant, and for the first time in a long time, I had a club sandwich with “bacon” “turkey” and “ham”. Tasted just like a real life BLT (I asked a non-vegan to verify that claim. It’s accurate).
When the heated duck pond begins to freeze, you can be pretty sure the weather isn’t so dandy. Don’t worry though, you adapt. Kind of. I mean, I learned how to wear my jacket so that only my eyes are exposed.
But really, don’t panic. These days are far and few between, and it’s kind of cool to be able to brag that you live somewhere so “extreme”. Plus, unless you choose to, you don’t have to be outside for more than five minutes at a time.
Anyways, here’s some pictures to prove my point:
This past week, besides being busy with all the typical stuff, was busy with fun and social time for me! On top of just spending quality time with my friends, recruitment events were happening for my sorority, and I happily attended as many as possible. Here’s an idea of some things I did right here in Bozeman, and that you could do if you wanted!
For my Adult Development and Aging class I had an assignment involving the Museum of the Rockies.
Basically, I had to go there and visit the “History Hall”, and take notes on what it must have been like to live in different points of history. I had to think critically about what each time period meant for development, how it affected things like food preservation and clothes storage depending on the size of the houses or how they were set up, and so on.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t incredibly intrigued by the history hall, but I do love checking out the dinosaurs in MOR and would love the chance to see the planetarium. If you are trying to figure what to do if you visit here, visiting the MOR just may be a good idea.
The icy lawn…
If you don’t know what the first couple weeks of college are like, regardless of how long you’ve been in college, let me tell you: Syllabus days.
What does this mean? You may ask. Basically, that in every class, every teacher goes over the syllabus. How they do grades, their policy on technology, the schedule, and so on. It’s pretty nice.
Now, I happen to be a junior, so after the first syllabus day we usually get right down to it and you take a lot of notes and stuff. Lucky for many Freshman students, they don’t have this same experience with every class, since they take a course called University Seminar 101 which, even luckier, I peer lead in.
University Seminar, US101, is a class meant to help college freshman transition from high school to college. It’s what you may have seen more often in high school, a small class which is very discussion based and you have a number of assignments to complete throughout the semester, but it’s a bit more focused on honing your skills for college. Skills like critical thinking, presentations, facilitating discussions, and so on. I love the class and the chance it gives students to work on their weaknesses and strengths.
If you are a Freshman at MSU next fall, you should definitely think about taking this course.
Notes from US101
A friend showing excitement over the first day of classes… Mother Nature welcomed us with some wet snow!
Week one of Spring semester is coming to a close, and perhaps one of my busiest semesters begins. Why? Well, I have quite a few responsibilities:
- Being a student, AKA classes, duh
- Being the president of my sorority, AKA a lot of meetings. And just being the member of a Sorority means a lot more to do.
- Being a VOICE center Advocate, requiring a 2 hour shift per week and meetings every other week
- Continuing as a peer leader for US101, AKA a lot of planning and grading and stuff.
- Continuing 15 hours a week at my job, the Fraternity and Sorority Life Program Assistant/ Dean of Students Office Assistant
- Order of Omega Vice President- no idea what this means yet
Here’s what my class schedule looks like:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday:
- 9-9:50 FCS 359: Theories and Skills for Helping Relationships
- 11-11:50 US101 (Freshmen University Seminar Class that I Peer Lead)
- 2:10-3:00 PSYX 335: Psychology of Gender
- MONDAYS: 3:10-4:00 US460: Peer Leadership Class
- WEDNESDAYS: 12:10-1:00 PSYX223: Research Design and Analysis Lab
- 8-9:15 FCS261: Adult Development and Aging
- 10:50-12:05 PSYX223: Research Design and Analysis
What classes sound interesting to you?
Check out my actual full schedule here:
Happy Holidays! An awkward family photo from three MSU friends to you!
Christmas break is coming to a close, beginning with my flight back to Bozeman tomorrow at 12:50. Classes already start on Wednesday!
These weeks at home have gone by much faster than anticipated, highlighted by the visit of my two friends from Montana and (coincidentally) my 21st birthday. It was so cool to be able to bring my college friends to see what my hometown is like, but weird to mix the two! Check out some of the things we did in NH:
A visit to Long Trail Brewery in Vermont!
A Visit to Red Hook Brewery in NH!
New Years Eve with College and Home Friends!
Matching Sweaters? A Must.
I hope that you are able to find friends in college that you become so close to that you want to show them around your hometown. It was no small cost to fly to Montana, but well worth the trip to be able to spend a week together during the break. It’s been a whirlwind three weeks, with a whirlwind semester to come. Junior year, semester two, here I come… *sigh*