Thursday, March 31, 2011

Living on Campus

..Is really the best decision I have ever made besides coming to Utah State University. Some people think I'm crazy, but I have lived on campus every year I have attended USU.

There are quite a few advantages to living on campus:
  • but seriously, Location is HUGE.
  • Living Learning Community is close to Old Main, the TSC (that has the Aggie Marketplace and the Hub inside--on campus eateries), the LDS Institute building, and the Eccles Science Learning Center
  • South Campus housing is close to the library, the Engineering building, the Fine Arts building and the Business building
  • Central Campus is close to the Junction (another on-campus eatery), the library, the Engineering building and the various Education buildings.
Another great thing about living on campus is the sense of community that is built right into your every day life. I would HIGHLY recommend freshmen to live on campus for the first year.

Check out the USU ResLife website for more details :)

-Shayla :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Retreat at the Bear Lake Training Center :)

Hi friends!!

A few weekends ago a group I'm involved in, FOCUS (Fellowship of Christian University Students), went on a retreat up to the Bear Lake Training Center in Garden, City, UT. This retreat center (basically a large cabin) is owned by Utah State University and is used by different groups at USU for weekend retreats. It has a full kitchen, a sweet hangout central area with a fireplace and comfy chairs, rooms full of bunk beds and a beautiful view of Bear Lake.

We spent the weekend playing games, eating good food, bonding, and talking about our walks with God. FOCUS is associated with Campus Crusade for Christ, an international, interdenominational Christian ministry for college students. I've been a part of it for all of my years at USU and the people I've met through FOCUS will be lifelong friends.

One highlight of the weekend was watching three crazy, brave souls (all dudes) run out into the snow and make snow angels (in their SWIMSUITS). I will spare you the incriminating evidence of the act, but trust me, it was entertaining. :)

Hopefully you will get a chance to experience a retreat at the Bear Lake Training Center while at Utah State. My advice: Get involved! Find a club or two, be a part of something bigger than yourself, and be willing to take risks while you're here. College is a time of stretching, growing, and discovering who you really are.

Shayla :)