Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween at USU - Yuzhen Luo

It's Halloween!!!! This is a celebration and it can be traced back to Christian (or religious) roots, for more information follow this link:
But what does this mean for USU and students? Basically, just another excuse to party! At USU, Halloween is celebrated extensively through dance parties, pumpkin carving, watching scary movies, costume competitions, trick or treating, and everything that is spooky, scary and freaky. Back home, we don't celebrate Halloween so it was a learning experience for me. Since I am not a fan of ghosts, blood, or scary movies, it was a rather scary experience for me to see myself surrounded in such an environment - good thing it only lasts a week. However, as time progressed, it just becomes a week of parties and candies and all the scary stuff just become a cliche - you'll get used it.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Live ON campus

Living on campus has gave me the opportunity to easily meet friends my first year of college, and also the rest of the years which is crucial for a freshmen that is new in the area. Every time that there is an event or activity going on I'm one of the first person to know because I live on campus and there are always posters of the activities around the residential halls. Also all my classes are yous minutes away. I love that I can wake up ten minutes before class and still make it. Plus, if I'm late for any class, I just need to throw something on and run to class and still make it, so there is no way that I will missed class.

Studies have shown that students that live on campus:

  • Get better grades
  • The drop out rate is lower
  • Take more credits, which will help them to graduate faster
  • Are more satisfied with their college experience
On campus housing is very convenient. The utilities are included as well as TV cable and high speed wireless internet. Depending on the location of the residential hall other things can be included, like laundry room, big common area with big-screen TV, volleyball court, covered parking, private work out and others.
We have different styles including family housing, single housing that can either be traditional, apartment or suite styles, and also different prices convenient for any student. You can find out more about this apartments at 

Personally from all the places that I've live in I like the apartment style more that any other just because I feel like I'm at home away from home. This apartment has a living room, a little kitchen, a private bathroom, and on top I can get a private room! Don't get me wrong, my first year I had a share room and a roommate, it definitely was the best experience I've ever had, but she left the next year and since to me she was the perfect roommate I was afraid to get a different one.

Something else that I love about my residential hall is that they always have an activity going on! sometimes they have Netflix and ice cream night, pizza night, game night, or other activities for the residents.  

I love being a resident at Utah State University!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

USU Housing - Yuzhen Luo

Okay! ...... Pause for a second....... Now imagine yourself in a foreign country; different people, culture, language, you are not sure how to get to the international office, you are not familiar with the transportation, you don't know where to find your academic adviser, you are not sure what to expect when it comes to dinner, in fact, you are not even sure where you can find food! Those were some of my barriers when I first came to USU. My starting point to overcome these barriers was on campus housing. I mean, if you think about 'housing' as a location where you are summoned everyday and where you report to at and the end of everyday - it actually does play a very big role during your time at college.

First I would like to clarify that campus housing is not simply a room or rooms with bed spaces and studying tables, there is a life there! Hence we also call it residence life. Living on campus is definitely a great way to be introduced to American culture. Yes,  American culture does exist! I enjoyed my experience as an international student living on campus for the past three years - here's why. 
I had to start somewhere. It could have been anywhere but I chose residence life (or campus housing) as my starting point. You know when you first end up in a foreign place, you tend to be this quiet person that just stands around, looks around, and just follow along? At least that's how it was for me. Residence life offered the opportunities for me to tag along with groups of friends that shared common interests - the community is very friendly and welcoming. For me, residence life was where I met some of the most influential people throughout my time. Whether it's sitting at the dining tables, playing volleyball at the lawns, converging in the studying rooms to play board games, or challenging each other in table tennis, pool or foosball, it was always a fun, entertaining, and engaging. 

Campus housing offered the convenience to literally everything! From classrooms, to fitness centers, transportation, entertainment, food, parking, etc etc... there's just too much to list. Imagine waking up at 7:20 am for your 7:30 am class (you know, it happens!), nothing beats the comfort to get to class in 5 mins! 

All I can say is that you will not regret your decision to live on campus. It has been a rewarding experience for me and I can only imagine that it gets better every year. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Housing and Residence Life

USU Campus

At Utah State University, there is variety of housing options that offer great accommodations and entertaining residence life. There are options for people with different preferences, and most importantly living on campus helps to be close to classrooms. This helps to avoid commuting to school every day and also if you are a freshmen, provides great opportunity to make friends and fully enjoy the Aggie experience!

Living on-campus can allow students to be close to main university facilities such as the recreational facilities and the library. My favorite part about living on campus, was the fact that no matter what part of campus I was at, it took me only 5-10 minutes to get to my room. Also, living on campus created great opportunity for me to make friends and get to meet a lot of new Aggies!

 So, there are two types of housing: Single and Family

There are number of residence halls on campus and here are some of them below:

Mountain View Tower - Single (all - men)

Valley View Tower - Single (all - women)

Living Learning Center - Single

Aggie Village - Family

Bullen Hall - Single

If you would like to check out more housing options at USU, please go to 

I hope this information helps you to choose which housing option will work best for you!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015


A couple of weeks ago, it was Homecoming week here at USU. In USU, traditions are a big part of our culture. 

First, let me start off with Homecoming week. Homecoming week is a whole week of activities that help us remember our past, live in the present and look towards the future. Some of the highlights of the week is the street painting. Clubs and associations have the opportunity to sign up and literally paint the street. It has become a competition to see which club has the best painting. And a chance for the clubs to showcase their different cultures.

Another big thing is the Homecoming Parade. This year, I was part of the International Student Council's float. It was so much fun seeing people from the community take part and show their support for USU. We got the chance to hand out candy to children along Main Street and scream and dance to music from various countries. So much fun!

I love homecoming. I love the fact that we have alumni, students, and families get involved in all the activities. This is what it means to be part of the Aggie family. There is no where else I would rather be. Go AGGIES!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Get Involved On Campus!

The USU Student Involvement and leadership center sponsors various events and activities to provide opportunities for student to have fun and get involved. Every day, there are a lot of fun/educational events happening on campus, most of them are free for students. So, if you ever need a study break or want to learn and experience something new, you are never out of options :)


As a new incoming student you will be introduced to the Aggie Passport Experience program. What this program does is it organize events selected from these four categories: academic, community, social and elective, to encourage you to become more involved in the university experience.

Okay here is the exciting  part, if you attend the given number of events in each of the four categories you will receive PRIZE(S). You can get money you can use to buy anything on campus and an invitation to a reception at the President's house.
I didn't know about this program until I got to my junior year, and I highly suggest you take advantage of this great opportunity :)

This is what the passport looks like on the inside :)

Cultural events are one of my favorite events on campus, different multicultural clubs put together a banquet throughout the semester to promote and share their cultures. For me, attending these events is like traveling to different countries, students do a great job representing their countries/cultures with different performances, ethnic food,  and more.

Below are some of my favorite events I attended / participated in :) The first two pictures  were taken during last years African Banquet, and me and my friends were dancing the flag dance, proudly representing our countries and AFRICA. 
Annual African Banquet 2014 - Flag Dance

           African Banquet 2014 - Fashion Show

Homecoming Parade 2014 - International Student Council

Homecoming Street Painting - International Student Council
Miss USU Pageant
International Banquet - We are all AGGIES 

DIWALI - Indian Student Association

                                                                   ~HENON GEBRE~

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Like I said before there is always something going on at Utah State University, so getting involve will be super easy, and not just only getting involve, but also participating in it will be fun!

The first suggestion I'll  like to give you is to grand the university with the permission to send you emails. This will keep you inform on what's going on not only socially but also academically.
Also you can go to then you can click on "campus life," and then just hit click on "calendar." This will  take you to a page that has detailed information of what is going on that day, and also it has a little description of what the events is and what they will be doing. If this is not enough for you join a club or an organization! I'm sure they will have a lot of fun stuff to do for every meting. Some of the clubs that we have on campus are listed at the USU page, here it is the link for it You can find the perfect fit by going to this link and selecting the college that fits you major the best. Also an other great way to be involve is to volunteer! If you love to help and believe in karma you should join the service center at USU. The link is here you will find a list of the events where they are helping at! Just have click on find out more, on the event that you would like to help, and then just email the person in charge to sing in.

Lets talk about my favorite events on campus! This are usually the Games or the big Dances like the one that are coming soon. I promise I will take pictures of these events when they happen and I will post them soon!

My beautiful international students stay focus but also stay connected! Go to every event and have fun!
                                                                Go Aggies Go!
                                                          Kateryne De La Rosa

Monday, October 12, 2015

What's not to love about Utah State University!

I always get asked this question: "Why Utah State University?"
It’s always fun to see people’s reaction when I tell them I am from Ethiopia, mainly because they have never met anyone from Ethiopia or Africa for that matter. 

Well this is how I ended up in this wonderful school which I now call home ………

I came to the United State in search of better education and to experience, what most people refer to as – “The American Dream”. When I started looking for universities, I was mainly looking for schools that offered a degree in my major and scholarships for international students, the rest honestly didn’t matter.  

Well, we all know how expensive tuition is for international students, and for me $$$ was a huge factor. 

I was getting advise on how to apply from my sister, who at the time was a student at USU. I applied to 5 different universities including USU. I applied to USU to stay close to my sister and of course because they have the field that I am interested in. In addition to that, accommodation and living expenses is cheaper in Logan compared to other places I looked at.

The process to get admitted to USU was easier and faster than any of the other schools I applied to, thus I was able to start college shortly after graduating from high school. Getting an acceptance letter form USU was probably one of the most exciting moments of my life. I didn’t know what was waiting for me but I knew it was going to be great.

I started school January of 2012, which was spring semester, and Utah welcomed me with lots of snow :) Seriously though, everything was covered in white and it was just BEAUTIFUL. Once I got to Logan, I was welcomed with open arms and people were really friendly and supportive.

Logan is a small college town, and its the perfect environment to focus on school because there are less distraction. Logan is just about two hours drive away from Salt Lake City, so if you are a "Big City" kind of person, you can still have that big city experience whenever you want.

I can tell you so much about how great USU and Logan are, but you will have to come and experience it for yourself to see if USU is the right place for you. Instead, I will share with you some of my greatest accomplishments as a student at Utah State University.

International Students Council 2013 - 2014

1.  Serving on the International Student Council 

I served as a financial chair person on the International Student Council (ISC) for two consecutive years and I absolutely loved the experience. As a council member, I got the opportunity to work with student leaders from other countries to promote diversity on campus. I met a lot of my good friends through this program and I got SCHOLARSHIP for it. The pic shows last years council members which included students form the following countries: Ethiopia (duhh :)), Dominican Republic, India, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia

USU Ambassadors 2013 - 2015 - oh hey there is an Ethiopian :)

2. Being a Student Ambassador

The Ambassador program is a unique program that offers students the opportunity to share their experiences at USU, through campus tours and various activities, to help bring students to USU.  I gain leadership skills while working with these amazing group of students. 
If you like working with people, this is a great opportunity to get involved in. plus you get compensated with a Scholarship YAY

3. Getting involved in Undergraduate Research

USU's Undergraduate Research Program is the second oldest undergraduate program in the NATION. So, at USU  you will have the opportunity to do research in whatever field you are interested in. I am very fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to do research as an undergrad, getting that hands on experience outside of the class room. 

Caryl Stern, President and CEO for U.S Fund for UNICEF 

4. Attending the 2014 Millennium Campus Network

As a member of the USU for UNICEF club, I got the opportunity to attended a student leadership conference in Florida, where I got the privilege to meet and network with leaders from around the world, one of whom was Caryl Stern, President and CEO of U.S fund for UNICEF.
I have always dreamed of working for/with NGO's like UNICEF, so this was a huge deal for me!
oh and USU paid for all my expenses to go attend this conference! YES THANK YOU USU.

Picture on the "A" with my sorority sisters 

5. Becoming a part of Greek Life

I joined Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority Inc. my sophomore year and I love everything about it.

To be honest before coming to USU, I have never thought about being in a sorority because of the negative things that is portrayed in movies/media. However, this sisterhood has provided me a support system and different service and leadership opportunities that enhanced my college experience.


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela