Friday, March 23, 2012

Kayla's Good News

Hey Bloggers,

So how about this nice weather lately?! I have been taking advantage of it by going for a lot of walks, and lying outside and doing all of my reading for class. Last weekend my friends and I had a cookout and played bean bags while soaking up some sunshine!

Classes have not been very overwhelming, but I must admit that I am excited for it to be summer. I also have received some good news, I have been excepted into the Dental Hygiene program for fall 2012 semester; I finally get to start my program and will be graduating in two years!

Kayla testing out my friend’s motorcycle

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nick's Blog

Hello Bloggers,
We are over half way through the semester and time is flying by! Spring Break was an amazing time; I worked two days, worked the Admitted Open House, and just hung out with friends. I hope everyone had or is currently having an amazing spring break also!!
The semester is going so fast! My EMT Class is coming to the point to study for the State and National Exam. I started a new class a week ago call Horsemanship, which is a Horseback Riding class. It has been such a blast getting back into the saddle and enjoying riding around. This semester has been so amazing and fun.
I'm really getting excited for my cruise that is coming up here in May. I'm counting down the days for a nice long vacation and enjoying a nice warm place!
Well Good Luck in your guys test and rest of the school year, Ill check back and fill you in next week how everything is going.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cristen's Honduras Adventure

Hey Bloggers!

I have SO much to fill you all in on from my spring break trip!  This year I went to Honduras for spring break on a medical brigade, and I went with Michigan State University.  This was definitely one of my favorite trips I have ever taken, and hands down, the most rewarding one.

My group and I (there were about 40 of us) all stayed at La Posada, which was an amazing compound on the side of a mountain.  This place had one of the best views I could ever ask for with the valley close by and the endless mountains reaching far out into the distance.  We even had hammocks to lie in on our porch to take in the breathtaking view!

The town that I was working in was called, La Cebita Sabana Grande.  It was only 60 miles away, but because of the rough roads and terrain, it took us about three hours to get to our community each day.  At our community we set up a clinic that we ran for three days.  All of the services and medicine that we provide to the patients were free.  All of the citizens really appreciated this because the average income for families in the town was about $5 a day, meaning that they normally could not afford these types of services.

We (the students) pretty much ran the show at the clinic.  We did patient intake where we would ask the patients what was wrong, ask for family histories, and then take their vitals.  This was a great experience to use my Spanish as well!  In consult, we got to assist the doctors with their exams, and we got to see all of the interesting cases that came through.  In the dental office, we got to assist with teeth extractions and fillings.  We also ran a pharmacy and a charla (Spanish for “chat”), where we taught the children how to brush their teeth.

I was extremely nervous at first because I was going with no one I knew to a country that I had heard was extremely dangerous, but I have never had such an amazing experience.  This trip really reassured me that studying medicine and Spanish is what I want to do.  It really opened my eyes to an entirely different part of the world I had never thought about before.  Now, all I can think about is when I get to go back.

And now I’m back at school, trying to get back into the swing of things.  I hope you all have an amazing week!


 Cristen (second in from right) and some friends from the trip working in the dental office

 Cristen with a few of the kids from the community where her clinic was

View from the compound

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jeni's Blog

Hey Everybody!

Now that spring break is over it is time to get back to school work. This week I have a test in my analytical chemistry class and I have been spending a lot of hours studying for it. My friends and I get together and study a lot so hopefully I will do well on the exam on Wednesday. I have also been busy planning different events for the Student Ambassadors (our volunteer tour group). It has taken a little bit of extra time but I know it will all be worth it in the end.
Other than school and work I have been enjoying the nice weather! It is hard to stay inside and study all day when it is so nice outside. Kayla and I have gone on a couple of walks, which is a nice break from studying.
Well that’s all for now! I hope to see you all soon when you come down for a campus visit! J

Monday, March 19, 2012

Jake's Blog


I hope you all are enjoying this weather as much as I am! I finally got to break out the shorts again this week, and loved it. The homework is starting to pick up and I can see a few tests on the horizon. As we’re nearing the last month of the semester (crazy right!), studying becomes even more important but seeing that we’re in the heat of March Madness, focusing on homework is becoming increasingly difficult. In addition to that, I’m heading up to Minneapolis next weekend to watch the high school basketball state championship games with some high school friends.  So much basketball! 
I’m applying for a job in the admissions office next year, to hopefully make some extra cash during the school year since I can’t work at the golf course during the winter.  Hope you all have a good week, and get outside and enjoy the weather!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Kayla's Spring Break

(For Friday March 9th, 2012)
Hello Bloggers!
This whole week was our Spring Break for MSU-Mankato. It was nice to have a vacation away from classes. I was able to visit home for a few days; I have not been home since December! Then, a few friends and I ventured up to Duluth for two days, although it was not a warm, tropical location, it was relaxing! We stayed at a hotel in downtown Duluth, and went shopping and relaxed by the pool most of the time.
After coming back from Duluth, I worked for in the Admissions Office for a few days. I was also given the opportunity to attend a reception for students that have been admitted to MSU, in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. It was a great experience to be able to work with the Admissions staff and socialize with the students and their families.
Until Next Time,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Nick's Spring Break

(Post for 3/15/12)

Hello Everyone Again-

I'm glad you have come back to read my blog about campus. Spring Break is right now! I can't believe that the school year is almost over! Over spring break I'm going to be relaxing, catching up on some sleep, homework and hanging out with friends. I will be working the Admitted Student Reception in the Twin Cities on March 8th in addition- Hope to see you there.

Classes are still going really well for me. EMT took a couple a day off which was nice to get a break from that long night class. Most of my classes are wrapping things up to get ready for spring break with no homework!!

I hope you are all having fun with the last winter storm with a ton of snow. I know some universities closed but MSU had class =)!! Minneapolis is having their Polar Bear Plunge this last weekend and it's always a blast to see all the people plunging in the freezing water!!

Well I hope you all have a great week!!

Nick (far right)with some friends

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Spring Break with Jeni in Duluth

Hey Everybody!
This week is our spring break, finally! I am so happy to have a break from school. Spring semester always seems to last forever because the only days you have off are spring break. Right now I am in Duluth for spring break. It isn’t exactly the warmest place for a vacation, but it is nice to be somewhere other than Mankato for a little bit!
Even though I am enjoying a break from school I am still as busy as ever! I will be working in the office a couple of days and then I will be attending an Admitted Student Reception Thursday. I have also been staying busy with homework and big presentations that I have to do. Even on a break I still have to time find to study. One of my really big projects for the week has been making a binder filled with information on all of the pharmacy schools I want to apply too. It has been a lot of work but it will be well worth it when it comes time to apply to all of those pharmacy schools!
And as always keep an eye out for me when you visit campus! I love to meet and talk with all of the prospective students. J Until next time!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Spring Break with Jake

Hello All!!! 

We are on a much needed spring break this week, although in Buffalo where I am from it sure doesn’t feel like spring with all the snow we have.  In Mankato there is no snow, just a lot of puddles, seeing that instead of snow it rained for a couple days.  Classes are starting to pick up a little, and a lot of people had midterms last week.  I didn’t have any of those, but did have a few quizzes and a speech on Social Security.

A couple weekends ago I went up to Gustavus because one of my high school friends had a game there, so I got to see him and a few other friends I hadn’t seen in a couple months which was nice.  Last Tuesday was National Pancake Day, so a few friends and I made pancakes to celebrate!!  What else would you have on National Pancake Day?  Hope you all have a fun and safe week!

Jake (second in fron left) and friends at the game