Saturday, December 10, 2016

SNOW, COLD, SICK, FINALS, HELP ME

HOLA <3 How is everyone???? We are almost done with the semester and I just can't wait to go home. I am going crazy because finals week is next week and I feel kind of ready. Guys, I have the worst luck ever... a week before finals I get sick and if you guys know... it sucks to be sick while studying for exams. I have been feeling better but still..... I just wish I was fully good and healthy so that I could have more energy to study and concentrate.

I have 5 finals... but the good thing is that three of them are essays and the other two are normal exams. I am not so worried about the essays because I am almost done with them... but the one final exam that I am worried about the most is Business Stats. If you guys are religious... you guys should pray for me because I will need everyones prayers.

Anyways, I've noticed that I am getting sick and its because the weather is changing really randomly. It could be rainy today and within hours it could be snowing. I got sick because the weather here changes very constantly but I have learned to always carry one or two coats with me.

Below are some pictures of Logan Campus and snow :)







Monday, November 28, 2016

THANKSGIVING BREAK :)

Heeeelllooooo everyone! How are you guys??
Well I am doing very good so far!!! This weekend was the best weekend ever because it was Thanksgiving break and my mom came from Mexico to visit me :)))). The majority of my friends stayed while others left to their homes. My mom arrived on a Tuesday night, I picked her up from the airport and came back to Logan. On Wednesday, I gave her a tour (basically showing off my ambassador skills) and she loved USU. She also tried our famous Aggie ice cream and she fell in love.
On Wednesday night, there was this "thanksgiving gathering/dinner" that my boyfriend organized. We made a group chat on whatsapp and we all talked certain foods we were willing to make, etc. I had so much fun because I was with my friends but my mother was also there <3. After, I took my mom shopping to some of the stores in Logan and we found a lot of stuff (clothes, shoes, etc)

So on Thursday, I had a reservation at a restaurant called "Texas de Brazil" in SLC and it was AMAZING. The restaurant was serving basic Thanksgiving dinner, salad bar, and MEAT!!!! I really love that restaurant because the food was delicious and the service was amazing as well.

During Black Friday my mom and I went to City Creek Mall in SLC and bought sooooo many clothes ;) There was a lot of good deals at the mall and honestly I was not expecting the deals to be as good as they were. At some stores, the normal price for a shirt was $35 or $20 but during Black Friday the shirts were around $10 and some of them even $5.

On Saturday we woke up early and drove to Park City because we were still shopping for clothes ;) but this time the clothes were for my father and my brother. We had so much fun in Park City!!! My mom and I got lost somehow... but ended up at this hiking trail and instead of hiking we just walked around for a while and took pictures on the snow. My mom had never seen the snow (because it does not snow in Mexico) and ever since she was young, she always dreamed of seeing the snow, laying down and making a snow angel. Sadly there was not enough snow for her to make a snow angel but she did lay down and loved it.

Sunday :( was time to go back to reality. My mom had to go back home because she had work on Monday morning. I was feeling very upset and sad because I did not want to leave her but I knew that in about two weeks I was going to see her again.

Below are some images that I hope you all enjoy :)








Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanks giving break is coming

  Hi, how are you guys doing. The fall semester is passing by and all the mid term exams are getting done. Got tired of all the test, exams but there is a thanks giving break that we can take some rest! I know it is just few weeks away from final week, but still we have to take some rest. It is a break!
It is from Thursday to Sunday, which is not that short. There are many students that leave for trips and going back home. Many use this time for families to get together, enjoy their meals and get tighter on relationships. In Korea we have thanks giving around September. It is pretty much the same. We gather with family members and enjoy nice meal together. But right now I am here in Utah and cannot go back home ( South Korea, too far away).  Last year, I went to my friend's house for nice meal and had a lot of fun with his family. And for rest of the days, went down to Park City for black Friday shopping. As I look around many of my international friends, they tend to have events from their country's international council or go over friend's family house and enjoy the time.
For me this year, I am thinking of just going on a short camping around Logan and get myself ready for the final that will come in few weeks. There are so many nice camping areas around campus.



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

International Family Night

Last night was a very special day because it was our international family night. At this event we had amazing performances from the different clubs like the Indian Student Association, Dominican Student Association, Asian student association and others. There was a fashion show where the same clubs showed off their traditional costumes, and every club had a booth set up to talk to people interested in their traditions. We had families and students from the community show their support. A lot of people joined us for the activity at the international launch. There was also Aggie ice cream and delicious cookies.

It was a very fun activity where we got to share with the community what the international culture is all about. This week is the international week on campus and we have more activities though out the week for our international student on campus and for the community that loves international students.

Today we have the international tasting reception where there will be free food from around the world. People will have the opportunity to meet and get to know USU's international community and special guests.

It is so good to see how much USU love international students and the support that they show by coming to our events. More to come soon this week!









MY FIRST OPEN HOUSE!!!!

Hola, a toda la bella gente que esta leyendo esto!!! (Hello, to all the beautiful people who are reading this!) Last week, I went to my first Open House at Layton and it was SO NICE. I was so curious about Open Houses because I have never attended one and all I can say .... It defiantly takes TIME AND MANAGEMENT to get an Open House ready.
I was not expecting to see a lot of high school students and I was seriously not expecting it to be as fun as it was. It was a good experience, because I got to help others and give them advice about college life. A lot of students came up to me and asked me where I was from because of the name tag "Mexico City" and they asked me why I chose USU and to give them reasons why they should go there. They asked me a lot of questions as in ... "Is Logan really fun?, Is it easy to make friends?, Do I need to be international to join certain international councils?"
Part of the reason why I love to be an Ambassador is because besides giving tours and talking about how great USU is... I get to answer students questions and really making it personal. I get to answer from a personal perspective so they understand where I am coming from and also they could relate.

Below, are some pictures I took of the Layton Open House. ENJOY THEM!!!!

LOOK ITS KATE!!! HOLA KATE


THE LONG LINE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

ALL THE COLLEGES :) 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT

HOLLAAAAAAAAAAA

How is everyone doing?? I am doing great... a litltle stressed out because of all the homework I have to do but so far so good... I wanted to tell you all about my weekend.. All I did was sleep... I don't think you guys are surprised anymore.. Anyways.. this weekend there was a Dodgeball Tournament and I was going to participate but I decided to sleep in more....(lazy) A lot of my friends had a lot of fun and our team did not win the tournament BUT we won the Sportsmanship/Spirit Award. :)

I woke up and I saw 72 group messages on my whatsapp and most of them were videos and texts from the my team. I am telling you guys about this activity because I wanted to let you all know that there will be times that you are really bored or you know that you won't be doing anything on your weekend ... that USU is the solution for this... USU offers a lot of activities during the weekend that you can join so therefore you will never be bored. Joining this activities is a great opportunity for you to make new friends and be SOCIAL :)

Below are some videos of our team playing... HAVE FUN WATCHING THEM



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** 3 more things about me...
1. I love to get manicures <3
2. Love when people touch my hair and play with it
3. LOVE BACK MASSAGES SO FREAKING MUCH 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Living on campus

Hi, today I am going to talk about living on campus.
Utah state is a university that have a high rate of students that are living away from home. It goes up to approximately 84% which is pretty high. If you decided to come to Utah State, housing is one of the most importatnt factor that you have to decide. And 30% of the 17,000students on campus actually live on campus
And for myself, I am one of those students that live away from home and lived on campus until now. There are so many options of housing that you can choose from. All sorts of housings are out there for you and you just have to choose from those choices before they get all full. There are housing that you share same living room, bathroom, and a kitchen with other 5 roomates ( Reeder, Greaves hall ...etc ). And also big tower with many rooms where you have to share bathroom, kitchen and other facilities with the entire floor ( Mountain View Tower, Richards Hall, Valley View Tower..etc ). There are some good and bad about each housing options depending on your life style. For myself, I do not really cook and prefer quite surroundings so I chose Mountain View tower private room. But you have to keep in mind that you have to buy certain meal plans for mandetory to use at school. But you will get free of it if you live on campus for a year.
And there are RAs ( resident assistant ) designated to every rooms that can help you out in emergency situations such as lockouts or facility inconveniences. Compared to off campus places, it is also cheaper and much safer. Also, you will get more options and opportunities to get involved in college activities.
Save expenses and get involved !!




Thursday, November 3, 2016

Housing on campus

Hey Guys today I will be showing you around campus!

One of the greatest decision I've made was to live on campus. the perks about living on campus is that is right in the university. I get to wake up five minutes before my class and still make it on time. I can go to the library as much as I want because is just across from where I live. Its very easy to know what's going on around campus because most of the times you will see announcements on the halls about the events on campus. Living on campus makes it easier for you to make new friends. They have hall events just for the residents, and there is usually food involve! I get to have a private room if I want, and also I only share my bathroom with my other two roommates.

Some of the cool features that we get just by living on campus is that we get free Wi-Fi, we can wash our clothes for free, and we only have to bring our soap. we have cable for the TV's, and we also a launch were people hang out, here you can find a big plasma TV for the use of the residents, and also ping pong tables, pool tables and other.

We have single housing and also family housing. Some of the family housing on campus are Richards hall, Bullen hall, Snow hall, Merill hall, LLC hall, aggie village and others. All of them with different features and different prices, to fit the necessity of every student.

It has been proven that students that live on campus:
1- Get better grade
2- Take more credits
3- Have a low drop out rate
4- have more Fun !

To look at housing pricing and pictures of the amenities click on the link below:

 http://www.usu.edu/housing/





Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Online Visit

What's poping my homies! I just wanted to write a little about what I usually do when I go to high school visit. Since most of you reading my blog are international students, I decided to bring to you and online high school visit. I don't know how this is going to go, but hopefully this can help you all out in deciding if you want to become part of Utah State University.

Click the link down below to look at the view book as I explain more about it.
https://issuu.com/usuinternational/docs/online_viewbook/4?e=19003984/30006106

One of the greatest perk of living at Utah state is that pretty much everything is close to us. Idaho is withing forty minutes drive from campus,  Washington and Las Vegas are withing eight hour drive from Logan, and California is only twelve hours away; making it easy for students to go on road trips on vacations and get to know the area around. Withing Utah, Logan is only an hour and half away from Salt lake cit, the capital. The famous Zion national Park, The arches and other attractions are withing four or less hours. In the Logan area bear lake is forty five minutes away, bear mountains is thirty minutes away, and the first and second damp are 5 minutes away from campus. Being all these said Logan is in a very centered location making it easier for students to get wherever they want to go.

At Utah state you will be able to experience all four seasons. We have Spring, summer, fall and winter. The beautiful scenery compose by the mountains, lake, tall trees and other will make make you fall in love with this place. This is the place where outdoor activities comes true. Here you can rock climb, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike, run in scenic places, yet-ski, go fishing, and others. There is always something to do around campus. Our school has a Student board that puts on amazing activities weekly. we are located in one of the safest area in the country, and we provide free transportation for students.

Utah State University is one of the oldest research facility in the country just behind MIT, here every single student is allow to participate in research from graduates students to undergraduate students. USU is call Space Utah because we send more programs to the space in a year than anyone in the country.

We offer some scholarship for international students like The ambassador scholarship and others to apply for those just go to usu.edu and click on admissions then hit international students and click in cost and scholarships. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the state costing only about 10 thousandth dollars per semester. We offer more than 165 undergraduate degrees and more than 140 graduate degrees and all areas.

To apply for Utah state go to applynow.usu.edu create an account and start the process. Being an Aggie has never being so easy!

Go Aggies!






Online Visit

What's poping my homies! I just wanted to write a little about what I usually do when I go to high school visit. Since most of you reading my blog are international students, I decided to bring to you and online high school visit. I don't know how this is going to go, but hopefully this can help you all out in deciding if you want to become part of Utah State University.

Click the link down below to look at the view book as I explain more about it.
https://issuu.com/usuinternational/docs/online_viewbook/4?e=19003984/30006106

One of the greatest perk of living at Utah state is that pretty much everything is close to us. Idaho is withing forty minutes drive from campus,  Washington and Las Vegas are withing eight hour drive from Logan, and California is only twelve hours away; making it easy for students to go on road trips on vacations and get to know the area around. Withing Utah, Logan is only an hour and half away from Salt lake cit, the capital. The famous Zion national Park, The arches and other attractions are withing four or less hours. In the Logan area bear lake is forty five minutes away, bear mountains is thirty minutes away, and the first and second damp are 5 minutes away from campus. Being all these said Logan is in a very centered location making it easier for students to get wherever they want to go.

At Utah state you will be able to experience all four seasons. We have Spring, summer, fall and winter. The beautiful scenery compose by the mountains, lake, tall trees and other will make make you fall in love with this place. This is the place where outdoor activities comes true. Here you can rock climb, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hike, run in scenic places, yet-ski, go fishing, and others. There is always something to do around campus. Our school has a Student board that puts on amazing activities weekly. we are located in one of the safest area in the country, and we provide free transportation for students.

Utah State University is one of the oldest research facility in the country just behind MIT, here every single student is allow to participate in research from graduates students to undergraduate students. USU is call Space Utah because we send more programs to the space in a year than anyone in the country.

We offer some scholarship for international students like The ambassador scholarship and others to apply for those just go to usu.edu and click on admissions then hit international students and click in cost and scholarships. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the state costing only about 10 thousandth dollars per semester. We offer more than 165 undergraduate degrees and more than 140 graduate degrees and all areas.

To apply for Utah state go to applynow.usu.edu create an account and start the process. Being an Aggie has never being so easy!

Go Aggies!






International Student Council

At USU, aside from the International Ambassadors, we also have the International Student Council(ISC.) "International Student Council is a student organization that is made up of student representatives from different countries at Utah State University. The main purpose of ISC is to unite all the international students at USU, provide services for them, and promote cultural diversity, interests and welfare of International Students.Through multicultural events and specific academic/co-curricular issues, the ISC provides international awareness- reinforcing global education to all students." Basically, the ISC is on campus to support international students. They put up events like: International Banquet, Mr and Miss International, Ski trips, camping trips, Global Picnic, and many others. Some pictures of the events: 

Mr & Miss International 2015

Wind Caves Hike

Global Picnic

You can also join the ISC as a chairperson. To be part of the ISC a student must run for the position, have a platform, and win the elections. Being in the ISC is always fun, because I get to have fun while learning leadership skills.
If you would like to know more about the ISC here is their website:
http://www.usu.edu/isc/

Sunday, October 30, 2016

THE HOWL

HOLAAAAAAAAAA FRIENDS!!!! How are you all? I am doing pretty good... but a little sad because tomorrow I have school again. I don't know if its just me.. but the weekend goes by so fast and the week days go by really slow. Anyways, this weekend was so much fun because there were a lot of things going on, on and off campus. For instance, have you guys heard of "The Howl"??? The Howl is one of the biggest Halloween events at USU. It usually starts around 8:00 PM and gets done around 1:30 AM. Usually the tickets are around $10-15 dollars (for students) and $20-$25 for non-students. This year the tickets got sold out early!!! So I was unable to get my ticket but a lot of my friends did go to The Howl.

Before I continue, I want to ask you all... how much would you pay for a ticket that usually costs around $10-15???? Because this is the biggest event at USU, tickets get sold out pretty fast so its harder to get a ticket once they have sold out... but people that for some reason can't go to and have a ticket sell, take that opportunity and sell their tickets for a higher price. I was trying to purchase a ticket (from other students) and they were selling their tickets for $40, $50, $80 and even $100!!!!!!! Can you all believe that!!!!! A lot of people get crazy during this even and they buy the $80 ticket because they want to have fun... crazy right???? I was bummed that I couldn't go to The Howl but I was not going to buy a $50 ticket just for one night.

 The friends that I told you about earlier that were able to go to this event said that they had a lot of fun. There was good music, shows and a lot of good costumes. My friends were going as Native Americans, skeletons, Hercules, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, penguin, monkey, etc.






















Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Greek Life

What is Greek Life? Being "Greek" is another way to be involved at an University. Greeks are a group of individuals that get together to support student success, foster leadership skills and enhance the USU student experience. The Greek Life community at Utah State University consists of five fraternities, three sororities and alumni who value character, leadership, friendship, scholarship and service. 
Kappa Delta Sorority at USU
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity in front of their house on campus
To join these communities, you have to rush for them, which is participating in a week where the current Greek members interact with prospective members. Why would you rush? They have fun while providing service for the local community through their philanthropy. Some examples are:  Delta Sigma Phi participates in the annual Relay event at Utah State University. Working as a chapter to raise as much money as possible to support the American Cancer Society. Other example is the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority supports the cause against domestic violence. Four of these fraternities and sororities have their own house on campus, which means you can live with your best friends in this huge house on campus!

So either you want to find new friends, have fun, and/or provide service, Greek Life is right for you!
If you want more information, here is a link about USU Greek Life:



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

USU Eastern

Utah State University has 33 campuses and sites in Utah, so USU students can get an education wherever they want. Here is map of USU campuses across Utah:

Logan, up North, is the main campus and along with Price and Blanding, it is a residential campus. Most of the smaller campus' classes are broadcasted which means the site where the professor is have a state of the art broadcast system, with cameras that follow the professor around and table-top microphones for the students to ask questions. USU Online ranks #13 in the Nation (U.S. News & Worlds Report, 2015.)

Last weekend in Price (USU Eastern), they had a huge bash for students, the lite brite tradition. Lite Brite is one of the biggest traditions here at Eastern! It's a dance where florescent paint falls from the sky and you can feel the music. 




Monday, October 24, 2016

FALL BREAK

Helloooooo guys! It's me Andrea from the block again <3

How are you all? I hope that all of you guys had a good weekend because I definitely did!!!! This weekend we had our Fall Break, which is basically one day off from school. WOHOO!! I noticed that every time Fall Break approaches most of the teachers just cancel their classes because they know that the majority of their students are not going to show up. This is really funny because during the Spanish class that I am a TA for, 5 minutes before the class ended, the teacher asked all of his students... "Guys, I want you all to be honest with me and tell me who is thinking of showing up next class. It's ok if none of you show up because I can just cancel class". No one raised their hand and so the teacher decided to cancel class. I was so happy because it was an 8:30 AM class and seriously guys..... you all know me by know... I love to sleep so I was so happy that I had the chance to sleep for a little longer.

My weekend was not that exciting... I was sleeping the whole break. Seriously. Once you guys go to college you guys will be very busy. I am not trying to scare you all but you really get very busy. In order for me to have everything set up, appointments scheduled and my thoughts written down... I use a little red book that goes with me everywhere. It is basically like putting my appointments down on my iPhone but the thing is... I always loose my phone or drop it... and it won't work.... and with my book, I always have it in my backpack, clean and ready to be used. I would like to give you all an advice once you go to college..... You will for sure get very busy and in order to get your "college life" together I would recommend for all of you to get a planner book or just a normal book so you can write down all of the things that you have to do.




**3 more things about me:

1. I can sing ( but I am too shy to do it in front of people )
2. I always wear my Birkenstocks... (sandals)
3. I love Dominos Chocolate Lava Cakes <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


Thursday, October 20, 2016

USU Eastern Lite Brite

USU eastern is one of the Utah State campuses located in price, Utah. Many don't know much about this place because is just staring to grow as became part of Utah State not long ago. Price was the first Utah State campus that I ever went to. I was there for a year and one semester and after I transfer to the main campus up here in Logan. It was definitely a great experience because I had the opportunity to go to a smaller campus where I made lots of friends and met my fiancee . My favorite part about campus was how close to home it felt. The people from price are very warm and welcoming, the teachers are truly there for you and they care about your education because they know you very well since the class size is fairly small. I love the Logan campus, but price will always be my first home. 

There is something that people that go to the Eastern campus like to say: "you cry once you come to price, and you cry twice as hard when you leave" I never though that this could be true until I had to go, and leave everything behind. Know I just have the good memories form when I was there. 

Now that I have introduce the campus, I can talk about the "Lite Brite Dance" event. Last Friday me and a couple of friends from he Logan campus when to price for the Lite Brite dance. We left at about ten thirty a.m from here and got there about two fifteen p.m, it is about three hours drive, but of course we stop to eat on our way there. Props to my friends for introducing me to Chick-fill-A which is a fast food chicken restaurant here in Utah.  The first thing we did when we got there was to visit the cosmetology department, where we got pampered by everyone, and got our hair and nails done. I got to get a pedicure and it was so well done. The facility was so nice, clean, and organize. It was a place where I could relax, and spend a great time with my friends. They all got manicures, hair treatment, and others. The people in-charge where very nice to us and very attentive. they made sure we have snacks while we were there, and at the end we got party favors. 

Later in the day my friends when to the Price Museum, and got a tour of the campus while I had to stay and take a test online. For those of you still wondering, yes, they have a museum.  Later that night we went to wingers one of my favorite restaurants in price. After we got ready to go to the dance! We all wore whit because the hole purpose of the dance is to get sprinkle with neon bright paint. They have an amazing DJ that plays really good music all night long, Sprinklers spraying neon paint from the ceiling to the tune of the music. At the end of the night we got some towels provided by the school to dry up and just came back home. It was so much fun to go back to price and be part of the event just like I did the years before.