Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homecoming is Coming!

Hey Readers and Future Mavericks,

School has been off to an exciting start. As you may know this is my first semester in the Dental Hygiene program here at MSU! I have had many exams and quizzes within these first four weeks, but I love the high energy and the challenge it gives me. Aside from class, I am working in the Admissions Office again this year and every afternoon I help complete paperwork and do various office tasks.

When I am not in class or working, I spend my free time working out and seeing my friends. Although school is important, it is crucial to maintain some free time away from studying to relieve stress! This week it will be Homecoming time on campus. This is one of the biggest events of the year, filled with a week of food eating contests, scavenger hunts, free food, prizes and of course, the football game on Saturday the 29th! If you are around Mankato this weekend stop by for the game, it will be a fun and exciting time.

For Now-

Friday, September 21, 2012

Nick's Summer Travels

Hey Everyone-

I hope everybody’s week went great! We are back in school again, and it’s nice to be back. I'm taking 18 credits this semester! A lot of the courses I am taking general education classes. I'm also taking Horseback riding again and it is such a fun class!! I took my first exam last week and it seemed so weird that I had one so quickly!

My summer went by so fast! I went on a cruise, worked at a water park, and worked at the Minnesota State Fair! It was such a great summer!!! The cruise I went on was probably one of the highlights of summer. It was a class I took my spring semester that was lecture based then, we went on the cruise after the end of the school year. We traveled to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Key West. I hope you guys have a great week!


Catching Up with Cristen

Hey Bloggers!

Well school is officially back in full swing.  Four weeks in and I’ve already had two tests!  So far I’m enjoying all of my classes and all of my professors are pretty cool.  My favorite class by far is rock climbing. It’s definitely one of the best classes I’ve taken in college. 

What I am most excited for is homecoming though! It’s only a week away and it’s definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year.  Eric Hutchinson is coming to Mankato this year too!  I hope you all have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

From Hawaii to Mankato

Welcome to a new school year here at MSU Mankato!!

We’re already four weeks into the year and it is going great! The weather has stayed warm for the most part and classes are going well.  It’s been great getting to see all my old friends again and making more in the process.  I decided to live in the residence halls again this year because it is easier in many respects and closer to class. I started working in the admissions office this year, which has been fun so far and I’m looking forward to continuing with that.

This summer I went to Hawaii with my family which was a lot of fun!  We went surfing, snorkeling, and spent a lot of time on the beach.  I also spent a lot of time working at a golf course.  It is pretty easy work, and I love the people I work with.  Since we get free golf, I played a few times a week and had a lot of fun.  Hope you all are having a good start to the school year!


Jake (top left) and his family in Hawaii

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bye Bye Summer, Hello Busy!

Hey Everybody!

This summer was fun. I spent a lot of time in summer class and at work, but I made time for some fun activities as well. I traveled to Wisconsin with my family for a wedding. Packing 6 people into a truck for 5 hours wasn’t exactly great fun but it made for some great family bonding time! I also went to see Thompson Square and Smashmouth in concert! Thompson Square was my first concert and it was great!

Now that summer is over and classes are back in session I am just as busy as ever. So far I have been focusing my attention on classes, joining new student organizations, and recruiting new tour guides. It seems like a lot but I enjoy being busy. Well that’s all for now!
Jeni (middle) and her cousins

Friday, September 7, 2012

Kayla's Here Back Too!

(photo from left to right, my brother Cody, mother Lori and Myself)

Hey Everyone!

My name is Kayla and I am a senior here at MSU-Mankato. I am studying Dental Hygiene and also have a minor in Psychology. This summer I spent the majority of my time working through the Office of New Student and Family Programs in which I assisted with new student Orientation! It was a great experience and I got to know some pretty awesome people. I also worked through the Office of Residential life to prepare the new residence halls for new students to move in and I also worked for Vikings Training camp here on our campus. The highlight of my summer consisted of a trip this past weekend to San Diego, California to watch my younger brother graduate from basic training for the United States Marines. It was a short trip but I finally was able to swim in the Pacific Ocean (check out the picture)!

Check back soon for more blog posts by myself and other awesome Student Ambassadors!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hello Again Cristen!

Cristen (middle) with friends in Minneapolis

Cristen (bottom middle) and friends

Hey Bloggers!

I hope you all had a great summer!  My name is Cristen and I am a senior at Minnesota State University Mankato this year.  I am studying Biology and Spanish and have plans to go to Physician Assistant School next year.  This was the first summer I ever spent down in Mankato and I had a blast.  I started off my summer by taking two summer classes, Biochemistry and Medical Terminology.  Summer classes were definitely a different experience than taking classes during the year, but I’m happy I have them out of the way now.

Other than classes, my summer consisted of a lot of days spent at the pool and hanging out with my friends, playing beach volleyball, going on bike rides, and a lot of grilling out.  My friends and I took a few trips to do big activities as well. My roommates and I went to the Minnesota Zoo one weekend, and another weekend my friends and I participated in Challenge Nation’s scavenger hunt in Minneapolis.  The scavenger hunt had our team running around downtown Minneapolis.  We were given clues and we had to go find certain places and take pictures in front of them.  Our team ended up doing a lot better than we thought and we placed 22nd out of 100 teams, qualifying our team for the national competition in New Orleans!

All in all it was a great summer however; it’s time to get back to the books.  This is my senior year so it is very bittersweet.  I am so excited to be taking my final classes here at MSU, but I’m sad that I will be leaving Mankato and all of my friends in a year.  I just sent all of my graduate school applications off to 13 schools so I’m waiting to hear back from the different programs.  This is going to be a great year and I am so excited to share it with all of you bloggers!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Nick's Back Too!

(Left to right: Heidi, Nick and Jessica- Cruise May 2012)

Hello Everybody!

My name is Nick Burkhalter, I'm a sophomore at MSU- Mankato studying Law Enforcement. I'm a Student Ambassador and a Tour Guide for the Admissions Office. I'm a Reserve for the Spring Lake Park Police Department, and a member for the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge. I'll be blogging this semester about different things that are happening on campus and everyday life!!

I hope you all have a great week!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Jeni's Back!

It's the start of a new academic year and our student bloggers are back to share their daily college lives through their blogs. This is a photo of Jeni (second from left) with her and her family in Wisconsin!