Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Dominican Student Association Opening Social

Hello my peeps!

I'm back with lots of fun pictures and facts about our DSA opening social which was just a week ago.

Every semester the Dominican Student association puts on and opening social and other amazing events! I'm not bragging about it just because I'm Dominican, and I'm part of the DSA council this year, but our events are super fun and entertaining. We usually have Dominican food in our events like rice, beans, chicken, salad and others. This years we made Yaroa which is a dominican street food made out of French fries, meat, cheese, ketchup, mayonnaise, and other condiments.

We always have music on our events and we dance all nigh Long to the rhythm of merengue, salsa, bachata, dembow, and reggaeton. The best part about all this is that you get to learn how to dance all this fun music styles from actual Dominicans and people that really know how to dance them. You also get to meet a lot of people from everywhere around the world. This year we had about eighty students come to our event and it was a blast. Here are some pictures of the event.

Go Aggies!!!

Korean Student Council Opening Social

   Hello ! It's me. I will post something fun that I had this week. I am currently serving as a Korean student council vice president and we had a opening social event last week! We thought of many ways to hold it. And came up with the idea that having Korean foods and doing some social activities would be great. It was the first time that we got to see many of new Korean students on campus. It was so much fun to meet those new students and had a really great time. We had to do barbeque and many other outdoor activities, so we held at a park off campus.

   The hardest part for international students is that they have a lot of things to go through by themselves. By playing games and having great time together, we got to know each other well and helped out the part that we could. There were actually some students that really needed a place to get to know people from Korea for help and it worked really well. It was one of the reason and the most meaningful aspect of this event.

   There are a lot of other international country student council and it is open to all the international students in USU!

Homecoming Week welcome students to campus

Homecoming week is over but it's just the beginning of some people's college education.
Aggies are already missing the Parade, free food, concerts (Charlie Puth came to USU this year), and many other homecoming activities. But I will try to get you to experience some of it before you come to Utah State University. 

Last Saturday we had the homecoming parade, where floats and people drive/walk on Main Street handing out candy to the spectators. Here are some pictures:

International Students have their own float!!!
All kinds of floats accepted

Ambassadors roller skated the parade
Local business like the ski resort also come to the parade

At USU we have many traditions like the parade (we'll write about other traditions through out the year.) And when we have events, on campus, all city of Logan comes together to celebrate Aggie Pride and Diversity. 

This is me, parade style!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jobs for International Students!!

Hello!, it's me... I was wondering if after all this years ajajaj JK!
Hi guys! I hope everyone is having a good week so far... I've been so busy lately that I don't even have time to eat or rest!!! (crazy huh?) Anyways, enough of my problems... Today I want to share to you guys about something very important!! JOBS! As international students we have the opportunity to get a job!! Getting a job it's an amazing opportunity for you because you get to learn skills that will help you in your future jobs, as well as you get paid!! Dah!
As I mentioned on my last post, I am currently working as a Guest Services representative and as a Spanish Teacher Assistant. I love both of my jobs because I get to do two complex different things and learn a lot of skills that I know will be helpful in the future.
If you are thinking on getting a job you must do the following.....
* Go to career-services.usu.edu (click on Student/Alumni)
* Then log in by using your A#
* Click on "jobs and internships" and then select whatever option is best for you.
(On campus full time or On campus variable hours)
* Submit all the documents that you are required to submit. (Resume, cover letters, reference letters, etc)

Guys, it is really really really important that you get an ON CAMPUS JOB!!! As international students we are ONLY allowed to work ON CAMPUS!!!!

Once you have been accepted for a job... you will have to get a SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. I know guys it's crazy... Eventhhough we have a SSN we are still ONLY allowed to work ON CAMPUS.

I hope everyone has a good weekend!!!!

3 more things about me..

1. I am a perfectionist
2. I love to sleep A LOOOOOOT
3. I have a cute/handsome boyfriend ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

International Student Council

Being far from home is the hardest part about coming to college, specially for international students. But thanks to many people, from Utah State University, I don't remember my first time on campus as daunting or scary by any means. And the reason behind it is the great community of support we have at USU. One of them is the International Student Council.

2015/ 2016 International Student Council Members
From my first contact with the ISC I felt part of their family. And a couple months after I got to Logan, the ISC had an election to vote for new members. Rob, the council's advisor and immigration advisor, encouraged me to run. Even though I was just a freshman at USU, I had this amazing opportunity to have my voice heard on campus and to help other international students. My case is not unique, there are many other international freshman students that have opportunities to get involved on campus in many different ways. 

Today, I am still part of the ISC and I love it. We put together many events and trips. Every year we have Mr. and Miss International, where students with a diverse background come on stage and demonstrate their personal talents. Other events are International Banquet, Global Picnic, Ski Trip, hikes, and many others.

Here is some more pictures of the International Student Council's events:

Mr and Miss International

Day on the Quad

Wind Caves Hike

Homecoming Week - Paint the street
Comment below if you have any questions about how you can get involved on campus!

Why I love Utah State

Hey guys, today I am going to talk about why I like Utah State.
There are so many different aspects and reasons for it. The very first thing that I loved was the programs that we have. It is organized, formed so well that I had satisfaction throughout almost every classes that I had. Especially for my major( Aviation Maintenance) , it provides me with a great opportunity to work on new and fun stuffs everytime. The professors were really nice and the chance to develop in one's academic field is fantastic over here in Utah State.

Personally, I also thought that the unity of the school is really good. Students on campus have  a lot of opportunities to work with each other and spend time with one another. I believe that it is possible because a lot of students live on campus and our college is holding many events that students can participate in. It is really holding students to become a true aggie on campus.

And I love the weather here! When I was back in Korea, it was so hot in summer and that it was so hard to go around during those days. But here in Utah, the weather fits for me. It is true that the sun is really blazing during summer days, but the humidity is so low that when you go to a shade, it is as cool as spring. And also, I love cold weather. Winter is my favorite and it snows a lot and has tons of winter activties to do. It snows a lot to so I can have so much fun with my friends just here in campus too.

There are so many more other reasons, but these are the favorite among those!!

Thursday, September 15, 2016



Hola!!!! How are you guys? It's me again! Anyways I wanted to share a little bit if what I did two weeks ago here at USU. As you can see in the first picture, this is our Football Stadium and this picture was taken during our first home game (Sept. 1st). Instead of watching the game I decided to volunteer as an usher. Do you guys want to know something funny? I actually work at the Football Stadium and my job is being an usher too. I thought it was quite interesting that I had to volunteer for my job position. Anyways, I had so much fun helping out because I got to meet a lot of great people who were also working with me. My job position was welcoming students and checking their ID's. When students started to coming, I was getting really nervous and scared because I knew that more students were about to come. To distract myself, I decided that I was going to count how many people I was going to check in but honestly I lost count around 20. I could not believe how many people actually showed up to our first home game. ( I should've know this!!!) The only bad thing about this is the weather. I arrived around 3:30 and the sun was out and shining! but around 7:00pm it was getting colder and windier. I wear contact lenses and every time there was wind, the wind also had dirt so the dirt would get in my eyes and I had to clean my eyes every 5-10 minutes. I am so glad that I had people next to me and around me because I was able to talk to them whenever I would get bored or there was nothing to do. I arrived at 3:30 and I left around 10:00pm. It was crazy!!! 

Tomorrow Friday the 16th, the USU football team will have another home game!!!! I am so excited for it.. and instead of volunteering, I will actually be working and getting paid ;)!!! (who does not love money??) specially since we are all broke college students... a little money won't hurt anybody. 

I hope you guys enjoyed my post today! and please remember that if you have any questions or concerns please comment below!


3 more things about me!!!

1. I was born in September 12th, 1997! (YES MY BIRTHDAY WAS 4 DAYS AGO!!!!!) 
2. I have a Husky dog and his name is Koby.
3. I can play the guitar. :) 

International Fall Social

Hey guys!!! Today I'm very exited because I will be telling you all about the international opening social!

This past Monday all the international students on campus got to take a break from classes and homework, and got the chance to share an entire afternoon together full of games and FOOD. If you wonder why the word "food" is capitalize its because we are "broke" college students, and if there is food  involved is an event that you wont want to miss.

One of the coolest thing about the event is that we got to meet the new international students on campus, and also we got to see old friends. The ISC and the Global Engagement department brought some awesome games to get to know everyone, where we had to interact with each other and ask question to find out things about everyone. The point of the game was to get the person to sign  in the fact that applied to them. The hardest part was to find someone that was born the same month as me.

There was also Aggie Ice-cream, and if you don't know what Aggie ice-cream is you have to come to Utah state to try it. It is the best Ice-cream in Utah. This ice-cream is made by student on campus and the best part is that we got to eat some for FREE. Also like I said before we had delicious FREE food! I know we all love FREE stuff. We had tacos, nachos, salsa, and all Mexican goodies from a very famous Mexican place here in Logan call Cafe Savor.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New International Ambassador

  Hello! My name is SungHoon Jin, but I prefer to be called Jin ( its' easier to remember ). I am from South Korea, Seoul. I lived there my entire life except the two years that I lived in Singapore. It was from 11 to 13 and learned most of my basic English over there.
 It is my second year in USU and I am majoring in Aviation Maintenance. It is my first semester to be an international ambassador and I am so far enjoying it! I graduated all the way through high school in my country, but there was a chance that  I got to apply for USU. I was trying to apply for a school that was majoring in aviation in Korea. But the programs and the things that I learn was quite different from what I was expecting.
  So I was trying to figure out the best way and had a chance to visit a foreign university exhibition held in Seoul.  There were some schools that offered the kind of aviation maintenance programs that I was looking for. So there were thsese few schools that I was considering and USU caught my mind. Ben was there and after some explanation about school, I got to apply for it right away! Thanks to Ben. The aviation maintenanec program here is really awesome and I am enjoying it really a lot.
 Besides working as an  international ambassador, I work as the vice president in Korean Student Council. There are a lot of works trying to do both, but these are fun stuffs so it doesn't really bother me. I will be posting and doing SNS as an ambassador every week.

It is pretty much about it for myself ! Ask or comment me with questions if you have !

Thank You !

Outdoor Aggie Life

This is me during the week
This is me during the weekend

On the picture to the left I am coding, on the right I am mountain biking in Moab, UT. That's my life at Utah State University. During the week I go to class, do my homework, get one-to-one help from my professors, and do my ambassador duties. But doing the weekend I try to explore the surrounding areas. Withing 5 minutes from the Logan Campus, there are many outdoor options; like Green Canyon for camping, Logan Canyon for rock climbing, first Dam for water activities. If you have more than an hour you can go skiing at Beaver mountain or Cherry Peak, or paddle boarding and cliff jumping at Porcupine Dam. And if you have a whole weekend you can explore Utah, home of Zions National Park, and Arches National Park.

Last weekend of Summer I went to Park City, a big skiing town. But in the Summer they still have lots of activities happening. I went to the Utah Olympic Park to climb and slip and slide for a day. 

I am on the right climbing at the Olympic Park

And last weekend I went to Moab, a city 5 hours away. Moab is known for rafting in the Colorado River, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking the Arches National Park. During one weekend I had the chance to do 3 of these activities. 

Paddle boarding Colorado River

There are many outdoor activities within hours of USU. Come explore!! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Hey guys, I'm back!! For those of you who are new to our blog my name is Kateryne De La Rosa, but you can all call me Kate. I'm currently a international student at Utah State University, this year is my senior year as a Biochemistry student.

Originally I'm from Santiago, Dominican Republic. For those of you who done know where the D.R is... Well I can tell you that it is in the Caribbean, and trust me it is a paradise!
Nothing has change since I last wrote about myself, but that I got engaged this past summer to the most amazing guy on earth. we've been dating for almost three years and he finally pop the question! I know it is pretty exiting... and no, we don't have a date yet! First we want to be done with school, and then we will talk about it. As if for classes... Well they are already kicking my booty! I already have tons of homework, essays and test coming up, but this only means that this semester is going to go by fast. I still live on campus and I still have the same friends. Now I'm also more involve on campus. I'm the event coordinator for the Dominican Student Association, I'm part of the secretary sub-committee for the International Student Council, and I have a job!

This is it for now! I will be posting every Thursdays around 4pm, so stay tune because this semester is going to be the best of all! I mean I have to make it the best because it will be one of my last ones. Lets make it count! 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

International Ambassador - Andrea Diaz

Hola a todos! My name is Laura Andrea Flores Diaz (too long) BUT you can call me Andrea. I am from Mexico City and I am also a new International Ambassador at Utah State University. 

This year will be my second year at USU and I am an International Business major. I was born and raised in Mexico and I currently live there but when I was 11 years old my father decided to send me to a boarding school located upstate New York. 

I loved studying in the United States but when it was time to go back to my country, I begged my father to allow me to pursue higher education in the United States so I could stay and graduate from a U.S high school. The boarding school in NY was only from 6th grade to 9th grade so I had to look for another boarding school from grades 10th to 12th. 
I was looking at many schools but I was very interested at one school that happened to be in Utah. 

I decided to attend to that boarding school in Utah and I fell in love with the location, MOUNTAINS and the people. (Even though I still don't get along with the weather that much) I still love Utah <3. 

I chose Utah State because it has a great program for my major and because it is "closer" to home! It also has a great outdoor program and many international students. I am excited for this upcoming year and I can not wait for all the events, memories and experiences that will happen this year.

I guess that is enough about me... but definitely keep an eye out for all my posts every week. Please feel free to comment below if you have any questions or concerns. 

BTW... Here are 3 things about me.......so you know me a little more!

1. I have been studying at boarding schools in the U.S since I was 11 while my parents work in Mexico. 
2. I love chocolate and coffee. 
3. I love hiking!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Ambassador - Ligia Frangello

Hey!!! My name is Ligia Frangello. I am a new International Ambassador at Utah State University, but I am not new to the University. I've been an Aggie for almost 2 years, and I will always be one! 
I am a Computer Science major, almost in my professional program. I was born in Brazil and lived there most of my life; except one year when I was an exchange student in Colorado. I also attended another University in Minnesota before I transferred to USU. 

At USU I am also involved with the International Student Council, and the Outdoor Programs. Did you know Utah State University has it's own Outdoor Shop?! We also have a class where CS majors get their own Raspberry Pi (a credit card-sized computer.) Keep an eye for my posts every week on Tuesday. Comment below if you have any questions. You can ask anything, be creative!!

See you next week future Aggies!!