Thursday, February 28, 2013

Layin' Down the Law

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone is having an amazing winter! We received so much snow last week but it was the nice fluffy snow not the heavy stuff. This semester is almost halfway over; I can’t believe how fast this semester has gone by. My classes are going so well, I really enjoy all the classes that I'm attending. My Law Enforcement classes are so interesting; we are learning how to deal with juveniles and victims.

I too attended the fundraiser for our former Student Ambassador President at Johnny B's last weekend. There were so many cool things to do. She is going on a mission trip again to help out people in another country. It was such a blast!

Thanks for reading my blog!


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Maverick Mom Weekend

Hey Bloggers!

Happy midterms!!! I cannot believe we are halfway through week SEVEN already!  I feel like I say that in all of my blogs, but seriously… where has time gone?!  Don’t get me wrong though, I’m definitely not complaining.  The faster time goes, the sooner it will be 70 and sunny all day everyday!  My weeks have been pretty uneventful recently.  School is super busy so basically all I’ve done is go to class, work, and do homework.  Being really busy with school keeps me from being bored, though!  We have had lots of different open house events on campus in the past few weeks, so Student Ambassadors have been especially busy.  It’s so cool to see and the prospective students and their families on campus and to chat with them about their future plans.  I get so excited for everyone, I love it!!  We also have 10 new student ambassadors, which is AWESOME!!  Our group is growing to be a pretty big (and incredibly awesome) group!

My mom came and visited me last week, which was really great.  I never realized how much of a homebody I was until I moved away to college.  I hadn’t seen my mom all semester, which was the longest time I’ve gone without seeing her in AGES so it was great for her to come hangout with me in Mankato for a day.  We went to Mom & Pop’s ice cream shop downtown Mankato.  It was the first time I had ever been there but it definitely will not be the last!  It was so cute and the ice cream was delicious!  They had so many different kinds, it was so hard to choose which one I wanted to get!  So naturally I had to go with multiple scoops, each a different flavor. Then we hung out and watched the movie Pitch Perfect.  If you haven’t seen that yet, please watch it!  It was so, so awesome!  My new life goal is to join an acapella group.  I cannot sing to save my life, but I want to SO badly after seeing that movie!  It was a great day to just relax and spend some much needed quality time with my mom. =)

That’s all for now, have a great next few weeks!  Think a lot of warm thoughts for spring!!


Kira and her Mom in Maverick gear!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to Keep Busy While Keeping Busy!

Hey Everybody!

These past couple of weeks have been packed with things to do! As always I have stayed busy with schoolwork and studying, but that is what college is all about. I had my exams in each of my classes these past two weeks so I have been reading material and studying all over the place. With my schedule being so hectic I try to find time to study between classes but I spend a lot of time studying at night. Caffeine and coffee are my new best friends! ;)

I also went to a fellow Student Ambassador’s fund raiser this weekend. She is going to Honduras for a mission trip to provide medical care there. She was really excited about it and I wanted to support her in her trip! There was food and prizes and it was a nice break from school. I went with two other bloggers, Jake and Nick, so it was fun to spend some time with them outside of work too.

I have also been busy applying for different scholarships offered through campus. It is a little bit time consuming writing the essays and getting references but it always seems to be worth it in the end. I am also counting down the days until spring break still! I cannot wait to lie on the beach and have nothing to worry about.

That seems to be all for now, time to get back to studying! : )

Jeni and Cristen at the fundraiser

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That

Hey Bloggers!

Two weeks from spring break and we got six inches of snow overnight.  Isn’t it supposed to be warm over spring break? Either way I’m still looking forward to it.  I made a spur of the moment decision to go home this last weekend to see the new puppy we are getting, watch my brother play basketball, and help my roommate catch a bus back to his hometown.  Our old Student Ambassador President Cristen is going to Honduras to do some volunteer work and most of the current executive team went to an event on Saturday to help pay for medical supplies for the children they are helping out down there.

I seem to be having more tests this semester than I have in the past, but they are spread out for the most part which is good.  Word of advice, if you aren’t a morning person like me, avoid early morning classes at all costs and try to stay away from night classes too.  Neither option is extremely enjoyable if you ask me.  I’m also finding online classes to be a good change in the routine when taken in moderation.

Until next time, stay classy.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Free Money is the Best!

Friday February 15th, 2013

Hey Everyone-

The first month or so of the semester has been so busy for me! Not a whole lot has changed since I wrote last, but I am finally starting my clinic portion of the Dental Hygiene Program. My very first patient was last night. I am enjoying everything so far, it just takes a little bit to get used to, rather than only having lecture courses I can finally have hands-on application of the information I have been learning. Lately I have been swamped with school work and studying, I am trying to get ahead of my classes by working on projects and assignments before I leave for Spring Break in March. I am so excited to go to Florida and relax on the beach with my friends!

Another important part of my time lately has been applying for various scholarships offered through campus. MSU has many scholarships for students of all levels in their academic programs. I am applying particularly for scholarships offered through the College of Allied Health and Nursing and the Dental Hygiene Department. Some students do not think that it is important to apply for them because they don’t believe that they will receive any of the scholarships. I used to believe the same thing, why would someone choose me out of 50 or more applicants? Last year changed my perspective as I applied and was awarded two scholarships through the Minnesota State Student Association (Student Government). The awards helped me greatly with the costs of my hygiene instruments and supplies, as well as my textbooks for this whole academic year. I hope to receive a few more scholarships for next year in order to help me finish off my last year here at MSU.

My advice for all new, current or transferring college students: APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS! Many opportunities are available within the community, schools and organizations. The more funding you have for school for various things such as textbooks or supplies, the better off you will be!


Polar Bear PLUNGE!

Hey Everyone-

I hope everyone is having a fun and safe winter! The semester is going really fast! I can’t believe that I'm almost half way done with my college career. My classes are slowing down for assignment due dates finally. I was really busy there for a while. My favorite classes are going extremely well, and already I have had 2 exams and 5 quizzes!!!

We accepted 10 new ambassadors to our organization! It has been really fun getting to know the new ambassadors. This weekend is the Minneapolis Polar Bear Plunge!! I will be working it with the department that I work with doing all the transportation for the event! We are expecting to get four thousand plungers and raise over one million dollars!! It’s going to be a great event!
Until Next Time,


Chemistry to the 6th Power!

Hey Bloggers!

Week 5 already!  Boy is time flying by!  It’s hard to believe how fast the semester is going.  Things have been pretty low key the past few weeks.  I had my first big tests in some of my classes so I’m glad those are over with.  The first tests are always the hardest until you figure out how the professor tests, what to study, things like that, so it’s always a big relief when they are over! 
The coolest thing that happened to me recently though was an assignment I got to do for one of my education classes.  For the assignment I had to give a 10 minute lesson on something in my content area to a class of 6th graders.  Well, chemistry isn’t taught until high school, so I tried to teach the four types of chemical reactions in really basic terms.  To get the students to understand the material and get excited about chemistry I came up with some super fun ways to remember the four types of chemical reactions.  They involved strawberry banana smoothies, trail mix, brangelina/Jennifer Anniston, and square dancing.  How can you not love chemistry when it’s explained in those terms?!?!  Anyways, the coolest part about this assignment wasn’t the lesson plan, it was the students… It was a class of 6th graders, like I said, but they weren’t your typical 6th graders, they were virtual!!
 It was seriously some of the coolest technology I’ve ever witnessed.  It’s called a teachLIVE lesson and the students are produced out of the University of Texas.  They are projected onto a screen in a lab room and that’s how you teach them.  They are fully responsive and act just like real students though!!  It was SO cool!  I still don’t get how the technology works though.  Even though it was only a 10 minute lesson plan, I learned so much!  I’m so excited just thinking about it.  I can’t wait to get into a real classroom! 
That’s pretty much all the updates I have for now, I hope everyone has a great Valentines Day filled with lots of chocolate! :)


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Busy Me, Oh My!

Hey Bloggers!

Well this week has been full of exams as it is that time of year! I have been studying a lot so I am able to do well on all of my exams. I have also made time to relax and do things I enjoy, like watch movies and go to the mall. I have been buying stuff to get ready for spring break! I am counting down the hours until we go!

I have also been working on a lot of stuff for our organization Student Ambassadors. We just finished up recruitment and we added 10 new members to our organization! They went through training last week as well, so I was busy with the other executive members planning a scavenger hunt and other activities for the new members. It was a lot of planning but everything worked out in the end!

That seems to be all for now! Hope your school year is going well and as always watch out for myself and the other bloggers when you come to campus! :)


Monday, February 11, 2013

Happy February!!!

Happy February!

We’ve now been through about a month of the semester already, and time has really been flying by.  It feels like the semester just started, but I am already starting to have mid-term exams!  Spring break is right around the corner, and I’m hoping it warms up enough to open the golf courses back up! 

We recently had our interviews for new Student Ambassadors, and we have a good number of new members coming in this semester! I’m excited to meet everyone and get them trained.  Maybe one of them will be on exec board one day and take over my duties of blogging for you all!

As you probably know, the Super bowl was last Sunday, and some friends and I got together and made some really good food.  We had cheesy hash browns, homemade pizza rolls, and ranch/bacon/cheese dip for Ritz crackers.  Thankfully I was able to finish all my homework on Saturday so I didn’t have to think about any of it on Sunday!
Have a good week!!