I am writing this post in transit at the Minneapolis International Airport. I am excited to be going back to school after 2 weeks away. After Spring Break, I went off to the West Coast and spent some time in the Bay Area - Silicon Valley, networking and visiting tech companies as part of a special all-expenses paid program that I and another CSS student were honored to be part of. While being away was very rewarding in terms of experience and the people I got to meet, places I got to visit and many other things, I will have to put up with overdue and current homeworks, labs, quizzes, and assignments from the past week. So if you don't see my posts this week, I will be in incubation mode :)
Saint Scholastica highlights five Benedictine values for the school to focus on: Community, Respect, Stewardship, Hospitality, and Love of Learning. Each year, one value is picked as the theme for the school. This year is the year of Love of Learning.
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The McNair Scholars Program has been immensely important to my success as a college student. Being first generation and low income comes with many challenges: obvious ones such as finding funding and some less obvious ones. Today, my McNair cohort celebrated the end of our research and our upcoming graduation together. Scholars invited family and faculty to celebrate in our successes. It was fun hearing the summaries of my cohorts research projects as well as learning what this years cohort plans to research over the summer. I was most surprised and honored by being recognized with this years McNair Scholar Professional Award. I earned this award for attending research conferences, submitting my abstract beyond what was required of me, and representing the College of St. Scholastica and the McNair Scholars Program with professionalism and dignity. I am so thankful for the immense support I received from my family, faculty mentor, and McNair Advisors!
Tonight is finally Snowball!!! If you didn't buy tickets earlier this week, then the tickets are $5 at the door. The dance will be held in the Reif Gymnasium, and it starts at 9pm. Snowball is a super fun, semiformal dance that is held every spring. Semiformal means that people should look semi-nice, like dresses for girls or khaki's for boys. It's nice to be able to dress up for a nice event every once in a while. Personally, I just love to dance anytime and anywhere, so that's what I'm excited for. Guests, or non-CSS students are allowed, but the people that bring them are responsible for them. With that being said, they are not allowed to disrespect the rules as anyone else isn't allowed to either. I'm getting very excited for it already!!
This morning was Bring the Sing with Minnesota Public Radio! This event marks the second Bring the Sing event at the College of St. Scholastica. The Mitchell Auditorium was filled with singers of all ages and abilities. We worked with Dr. Bret Amundson and Dr. Sarah Cohen on several musical numbers focused on the theme of Peace. This is my second time participating in Bring the Sing and I am always impressed with the musical selections. They are beautiful, simple to learn, and always tons of fun. Myself and the rest of the css choir members have spent about a week preparing for the event so that we were ready to answer questions and be strong singers in our sections. After a morning rehearsal, we performed a few of our collegiate pieces for the other Bring the Sing participants then had a short break before recording! All of the pieces we learned together were recorded and will be featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio soon, so make sure to listen for us!