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December 11, 2008

The Week Before Finals Week.

Gutentag Everyone!
Feeling as if I've been prompted by the Big V. (Mike Vandenberg, and no, we don't have such a developed relationship that I can get away with calling him the Big V.), I think I should write a new post.

Recently, I've been very busy with papers and jobs. So busy in fact, that every once in awhile I find time to go to class. I'm kidding, I find plenty of time, at the expense of having time for papers. This week I spent a considerable amount of my sleep time in the Briggs Library, researching early agriculture and organizational behavior concepts. the amount of resources available to a student at a university (especially a university as large as the U of M) compared to a high school. Universities just have more article databases, electronic and physical, books, and journals. It's easier to use the Library of Congress filing system, as opposed to the more common dewey decimal system that you would see in a regular city library. And of course, there are lots of good movies in the library, and they are totally free.

Some other things I've been up to would include the end of Cross Country running, and the beginning of indoor track. Tonight I am bowling with my CC team as an end of the season closer, with pizza being served and such. That will, of course, be lots of fun. Indoor track, however, is not very much fun at all. Sure, it's pretty much all the same guys, which is awesome, but running outside (since we are distance runners) in the freezing cold is not very enjoyable. We run about 8 miles in 5 degree weather, on the windswept prairie.

I have to go now, but I'll try to remember to update this next week and tell you how the finals are. And I plan on giving some nice collegiate advice sometime, too. Ciao

I leave in 5 days?!?!

Hey all!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve written, and I apologize. The past few weeks have been kind of busy around here. I leave on Tuesday (the 16th) and have my last final (yay!) tomorrow morning. It’s really weird to think I’ll be leaving Belgium already. In many ways it seems as though I have just arrived.

This morning I received some WONDERFUL news. I have been accepted into St. Thomas School of Law. It was my first choice of law school, and although I’ll think it over a bit first, I believe that’s where I will be attending. I really wanted to stay in Minnesota, and St. Thomas is the ONLY law school in the country that has internships for their students every year. As much as I learned on my internship in one semester, I can’t imagine how much I will learn in three, each being a year. It will give me a better idea as to what area of law I will want to pursue, and will also give me all the practical experience that you need, but don’t really receive in the classroom. I am very excited.

My overall experience studying abroad has been AMAZING. I have met amazing people (both European and American), made some great friends, learned more about myself and others, and truly grown as a person. In many ways I think this was important to leave the US for the semester, so I could really figure out who I am while not under the guise of people I know. In many ways it was like going off to college for the first time (again).

On the other hand, it has been very difficult. You can’t just call people up whenever you want (you must factor in international charges and the 7 hour difference), or see them, for that matter. Also, many of the friends I have made over here I may not see again, and will only be “facebook? friends. Those that live closer I may be able to see, but then what about after graduation? It’s kind of a curse to get to know people and then never see them again (or not with any regularity).

I also had a very interesting experience with my host family. In many ways it was more like a boarding house, ie I rented a room, and they cooked meals, but that was it. It was also interesting to live with a fiery Spanish woman and her quieter, Belgian husband. Belgian people in general were interesting to meet. There were more cultural difference than I expected between the US and a western-European country, but that was fine. The biggest was probably that Belgians expect perfect manners, but are also brutally blunt. It’s nothing to tell a person they’re fat, or that shirt doesn’t look good one them, so long as you say hello and goodbye, and ask about each other’s health. Very curious.

All in all, they study abroad time for me has been worth every penny (and it has been pretty costly). If someone would have told me when I first got on that plane back in August how I would feel right now, tonight, I probably wold have laughed them off as a crazy. But it's true. Studying abroad really changes a person, all in different ways, and probably not all for the best, but for me this has been an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I'm so glad I didn't pass up because I was afraid of missing people back home too much. Thank you to everyone who pushed me to do this!

It's been a long long long time,
How could I ever have lost you,
When I loved you.
It took a long long long time,
Now I'm so happy I found you,
How I love you.
So many tears I was searching,
So many tears I was wasting,
Oh Oh now I can see you, be you,
How can I ever misplace you.
How I want you,
Oh I love you,
You know that I need you,
Ooh I love you.
~ Long, Long, Long

Those were the days...

Warm greetings from Morris,

Last evening, I was sitting by my fireplace listening to some old Count Basie albums while sipping some hot chocolate. In the midst of the tune One O’clock Jump, my mind wandered back to when I was a senior in high school at Mound Westonka. Mid December of my last year in high school, I remember it well... The flurry of activity, the late nights, the early mornings, the Italian dunkers for lunch (oh man, I could go for some of those right now!), yes of course… it was college application season. Did I get that letter from Morris, I would say to myself every day after school. Of course that day finally did come, after what seemed like an eternity (I think it was actually just a month or so.) Those were the days...

Now I’m on the other side of the fence, helping high school students work through the maze that is the college search. It is easy to forget how busy life was as a high school senior; how quickly that first few months of the year past me by. Well to all of you prospective Morris students out there, that is why I (and all the other Admissions Counselors at Morris) am here! Consider me your second set of eyes, always trying to keep one step ahead when it comes to dates, deadlines, and forms to fill out. One of the major things that I do at this time of year is remind students to apply for admission by our upcoming deadline, which happens to be December 15th. This date also happens to be the deadline for our competitive scholarships at Morris, so do not miss out on applying for these very generous awards! You can find out all the info you need to apply for admission at this page and all the info you need on scholarships at this page

As always, please feel free to email your Admissions Counselor anytime with questions about Morris, this link will help you find which counselor works with your area. Once you do that, of course we want you to come out and see us on campus! Just surf over to our visit page and set up your campus tour!. If you're lucky, I might even wear my best suit the day you're on campus.

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Until next time, this is Mike Vandenberg, reporting live from good ol' Behmler Hall in Morris.