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February 17, 2009
Stress exists in college? What? No!
Wow. I'm almost done. I can almost taste graduation in the air. In three short months I will be a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris. The only thing that stands in my way are two senior seminars, club responsibilities, work, doing my taxes, figuring out FAFSA for grad school, wedding plans, day-to-day work, and planning the rest of my life. Easy enough, yes?
It always amazes me as a college student just how easy people think we have it. We can sleep in until all hours of the day, go to class in ratty sweatshirts and sweatpants, live off of pizza and pop (without gaining weight, of course), and we have all that free time to just hang out. When friends, family, complete strangers tell me this, I just want to ask them, "Really? Is that what you think college is?" And for some people it is. But for me, if you are not challenged in college than what's the point? Why spend all this money and not learn something? Sure there are nights where you have to stay up until 2, 4, 6 am working on a paper or studying for a test. There will be times you'll consider if you really need to eat fruits and vegetables (they're actually kind of expensive!), and there will be times that you question if it's even worth spending all this time, energy and money for all the stress that comes with it, and my answer is yes!
I'm so glad I'm nearly done with my undergraduate work, but I am really going to miss Morris. The challenge I have had here both in classes and out of class has been worth every minute. I feel as though I have truly grown as a person, for the better. So just remember, whether you are in high school, or college, the stress that comes with this education IS worth it. You WILL be a better person because of it, even if it doesn't seem so at the time. So, should you ever get asked why college is so rough, proudly respond, "Well, I go to Morris, where professors constantly challenge their students and real knowledge is discovered. And that takes a lot more work and time than the version of college portrayed in today's media." Plus, then you'll sound super smart.
Now you're mine,
My happiness still makes me cry.
And in time you'll understand the reasons why
If I cry it's not because I'm sad
But you're the only love that I've ever had.
I can't believe it's happened to me.
I can't conceive of any more misery.
Ask me why
I'll say I love you and I'm always thinking of you.
~Ask me Why
February 15, 2009
Tis the season... for Financial Aid.
Good Sunday evening,
Now that Valentine's Day has past, it is time to clear all the candy hearts off the dining room table and get cracking on the next step in the college search. Drum roll please... wait for it, wait for it, wait for it... the FAFSA! If you love acronyms, get ready to live because the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is full of them. Perhaps you are saying to yourself, "Wait one second, Mike... back this trolley up. What is this FAFSA and why do I need to fill it out?" Not to worry, the Financial Aid Office in Morris has you covered. Click on the picture below to head on over to Financial Aid's site about the FAFSA and how to fill it out.
I know what you're thinking, my parents do this whole FAFSA thing, right? Not quite. While it is true that your parent(s)/guardian(s) will need to help you with the FAFSA in most cases, your information will be needed too. I was in your shoes once and take it from me, the more you stay involved in the financial aid process now, the better off you'll be when you finish college. I'll admit, it is not as exciting as playing Rock Band on expert, but then what is, right?!
Of course, if you have any questions about the process of applying for financial aid at Morris, just give a ring up to the Financial Aid Office at 800-992-8863.
Well, my work here is done for one more night. As always, give a shout if I can help with anything as your college search continues. I'm hoping to see you all at Don's Cafe in downtown Morris next fall! (because that means you are a student at Morris, now do you get it?)
Reporting live from Behmler Hall, I'm Mike Vandenberg.
February 7, 2009
Busy Weekend in February!
On a fairly temperate night (compared to most recently) I'm working at the Information Desk, my work study job. This has been a busy weekend for myself along with most of campus. This weekend was the community of scholars event for the admissions office. For the past two days, admitted students have been touring campus and interviewing for the competitive scholarships. I gave a tour to a group of parents yesterday, which was a lot of fun. It was my first tour in quite some time so I was a little rusty but I had a lot of fun giving the tour. I've been busy working in the Ceramics studio this weekend trying to get a couple projects done. And now, while I'm working, there is a concert going on in Edson. Brother Ali is preforming along with a couple other groups. So the student center has been hopping all day.
Currently this semester I'm taking Advanced ceramics, Elementary Education Middle Level Theory, Mathematical Statistics, and an independent study - Survey Methodology. So far this semester hasn't been too bad. Things have been pretty evenly spaced. This is the last week of swimming for the 08-09 season. This is also my last year of swimming so I'm a little sad but excited to have had a great season with a wonderful group of girls. The Blood Drive is this next week so I think that is what has made this last week super busy, trying to get ready for that. Like always, things in Morris are good but busy but that's the way I like it.
To my swimming girls: Thanks for a great senior year and you have been the greatest freshman ever!