Personal Stories

Hopefully you’re not regretting your decision to come to SUU. If you are, here are some personal stories of why people have chosen/chose to come to SUU. They are stories from people who have graduated, are current students, or they are coming to SUU in the fall. Hopefully these help reassure you in your choice of SUU, or convince you to choose SUU over a different school.

Why I chose to go to SUU.

It felt right. When I visited the campus, I knew could succeed academically and socially. I would have the opportunity to learn in a hands on way which meant being able to try things out, make mistakes, and then learn from my mistakes. I stayed at SUU because once I started attending college there, I couldn’t imagine an experience like that anywhere else.

                                      -Richie T. Steadman, Producer X96 Radio From Hell, Podcast co-host for “The Cultural Hall”, Alumni

I choose to come to SUU because every time I thought about it I got excited.  When I thought of attending other universities close to home it just didn’t make me excited. Every time I worked with staff from SUU they were so nice and caring. I felt as if they cared for me to come and I thought that was really cool 🙂 at the leadership weekend I attend someone told me a different type of person attends SUU and I looked around and realized that it was true! SUU was a family and I wanted to be a part of that 🙂

-Sabrina Embry

I chose SUU for a multitude of reasons. Starting with the small class sizes. I love the fact that professors know your name and you are not just some number in an auditorium. In a major such as biology, being able to ask your professor questions and seeking help is, I feel, extremely important to my success. I love the people on campus and how everyone seems so extremely welcoming. The campus is absolutely beautiful and calling SUU home for next four years makes me super excited. I’ve spent my summers not too far from Cedar City so I am familiar with the area and that makes me even more comfortable. I can not wait until the fall to start my next chapter in life at SUU!

-Ryan Leonard

The first time I stepped on SUU’s campus, I was smitten. Everything felt so green, so put together, and so friendly. I was a junior in high school and had taken a trip down to Cedar City for 10 days for the Governor’s Honors Academy, where I was thrown together with 50 other kids and a bunch of current students of SUU. I immediately knew I would go to school there. It was small, perfect, and everyone had such amazing things to say about everything SUU. I couldn’t imagine my future any other way. I place a high value not only on college education, but on the quality of college education I would receive, and I knew that SUU would be top notch.

When I showed up to my first class a year later, I was not disappointed. My professors knew my name within the first week and regularly checked up with me to make sure I was doing well. I felt comfortable asking questions in class and one of my professors even came to my dorm to tutor me for an extra hour every week. This trend continued throughout the years I was at SUU, and every time a professor went out of his or her way to help, I was reminded why I chose Southern Utah University in the first place: it’s full of passionate people who care about education and each other.
I’ve been graduated and in the workforce for a year now, and I still take every chance I get to brag about my time at SUU. I’ve felt prepared for everything that’s been thrown at me in my marketing job and I relish the memories and experiences I gained in Cedar City. I’ll always know I made the right decision to attend Southern Utah University.
                                            -Shannon Hall, Alumni
There are multiple reason why I have chosen to attend Southern Utah University. One of the biggest reasons is the schools nursing program. I want to major in nursing, and over the years SUU has had the highest passing rate on their nursing boards.They also offered great scholarship opportunities compared to other schools. Another great quality was small class sizes. I want to be able to hear and understand my professors as well as get the personal help I’ll need in order to be successful in my classes. One of the last influences was the atmosphere. While on campus I was constantly getting my questions answered and everyone around was always so kind and happy. The campus felt more like a community rather than just a campus. Overall SUU had way more pros than cons and I couldn’t think of a reason not to attend this university.
                                             -Morgan Day
One of my favorite things in high school was coming to Cedar City for the Shakespeare competition held by the university. Because of these experiences I had fond memories on the beautiful campus. When it came time to choose what school was right for me I applied for several schools, and when I finally had to choose, I really trusted my instinct that SUU was where I belonged. So I went with it and came on down. I love my choice!
                                              -Devin Jackman
I came to SUU once to visit my sister. She took me on a tour of campus and I fell in love with it. It is a gorgeous place. I also knew that they had a great education program and I want to be a teacher. I’m so glad I made the choice to come here. I love ALL of my professors. They all know who I am and they really help me out.
                                               -Jaclyn Landeen (me)
I hope some of these have helped you remember why you’re coming to SUU. Good luck with finals! Good luck with graduation! I can’t wait to see you here in the fall!


Graduation is approaching. Not too long until you’re free. Not too long before you have to go to college and/or get a job. Just a few more weeks until you have to enter the real world. The question is, how are you going to spend your last moments of high school?

Well first, you’re going to be studying and taking finals. But you have to do other things to keep your senioritis under control.

1. Take pictures. You’re going to want to remember graduation, your school, your friends, etc., so you might as well take pictures so you have them to help you remember in your old age. My friends and I documented everything we did our last little bit of high school and I’m so glad I have those pictures. It’s fun to look back on us hanging out and having fun.

2. Don’t just hide in your bedroom. Do you really want your last week of high school to be full of Netflix? If your school is doing a senior sluff day, go. If they’re having a senior dance, go. If they’re having any sort of senior party, go! When I was graduating high school, I didn’t want to go to any of these things because I pretty much hated everyone besides my group of friends, why would I want to hang out with everyone? but we decided to go and it was a blast! You’re only going to be seniors (in high school) once. You’re only going to graduate high school once. Live it up!

3. Shop for your graduation outfit. If you’re a girl, go to the mall and splurge on a new dress to wear under your robes. If you’re a guy, splurge on a tie. Or vice versa, if you want a tie and you’re a girl, or you want a dress and you’re a guy, go for it. It’s your high school graduation, it will only come once. You’re graduating! You deserve a nice new outfit for this special moment in your life!

4. Buy thank you notes. You’re most likely going to get money from people who want to congratulate you on graduating, you’ll want to have thank you notes ready. Also it might be nice to take a thank you note to some of your favorite teachers, I’m sure they love knowing how they influenced you in life and how wonderful a teacher they are.

5. A few days before graduation, you might have one of those moments where you have no idea what’s coming and you have a little freak out. It’s okay to have one of those. This is a big deal, you’re going to be moving away to college, living on your own-it’s a big step. It’s okay to have a little cry, eat some ice cream, watch a movie. You should talk to someone about it though, it will help you get your feelings out and they might be able to give you some comforting advice.

6. Spend time with your friends and family. If you’re moving away, you might not see them all that often. And believe it or not, you will most likely miss them. You’ll miss being able to tease your siblings, having home cooked meals, just having the comfort of family near. You’ll miss having your old gang of friends around, miss having someone to tell inside jokes to. Spend time with them all. Do things you’re going to miss doing when you move away. Go do things only your town has, or things that the new town you’ll be moving to doesn’t have.

Cherish the moments you have before graduation. Take pictures, spend time with friends and family, don’t just sit in your room and remember it’s okay to have a little freak out. The world is ahead of you, but don’t forget what you leave behind. 

Some Things to Know

Here’s just a few things you should know going into college. I’ll probably come up with more later, but here are the ones I thought of right off the top of my head.

1. It’s okay to feel awkward when you’re starting a new class, going to an event or pretty much doing anything social. Other people are feeling awkward too. You’re not the only one who wants to meet new people and make friends. So when you’re meeting people it’s okay to feel a little weird about it. You’ve been hanging out with the same people for a few years, you’re  not used to making new friends, and that’s okay.

2. Don’t feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to do. You’re an adult now, you can make your own decisions. You can decide whether you stay in on a Friday instead of going out.  You can eat a whole box of oreos without feeling fat. Go into college not caring if people like you or not. People should like you for who you are. If you do try to form yourself to what others want you to be, it will suck to get out of that when you realize you don’t want to be that person.

3. Like yourself. I know this kind of goes with the above one, but it is a bit different than not following the crowd. Some people don’t do what others do, but they hate themselves because of it. Some people don’t like to be different. Different is good. Different is amazing! We don’t want the same kinds of people everywhere, it would get boring. Love who you are and don’t feel self-conscious about who you are. But don’t be a hot head. There’s a different between being cocky and being confident.

4. Try new things. This is the time to find out what you really want to do with life. It’s the time to find new hobbies, make new friends, find your passions. In a way, it’s the time to find out who you really are. You’ll never find out if you’re not trying new things. Do you really want to wonder “what if I had joined this club” or “what if I had been more adventurous”? If you don’t like it after you try it, you never have to do it again, but at least you can say you tried.

5. Volunteer somewhere. First off, it looks good on your resume. Secondly, it can be fun. Third, you can meet new people/make new friends. Fourth, it’s good for you help people and think of someone other than yourself. We have a community engagement center on campus and they have projects you can volunteer for all year round. We have a group that goes and helps at the animal shelter. We have a group that goes to the retirement home and visits the residents on their birthdays. It’s a lot of fun.

6. Do some form of exercise. Whether it’s going to the gym, playing badminton, going for a walk, it doesn’t matter. Think of it this way, if you exercise more, the more you can eat without gaining weight. I like to go on long walks because it is a form of exercise and it helps me destress. I know tons of people who lift weights because it helps them destress and they feel accomplished afterwards. It doesn’t matter what you do, just as long as you’re doing something. And remember, if you go running for ten minutes, that’s definitely worth an ice cream cone.

6. If you’re having troubles with life, class or anything, don’t hold it all in. It will only make you more stressed. Either confide in a friend or a counselor. We have a counseling center on campus you can talk to. It really does help. It’s like in the movies with someone keeps holding everything in and finally there’s a final straw. Then they have a little freak out and they feel so much better after they talk to someone. Don’t let it build up, trust people and talk to them.

7. Use coupons. At SUU, you can buy a “starving student card” for $20 (I think) and it has TONS of coupons on it. It’s fantastic. There are coupons for food, movies, bowling etc. It’s great. My roommate has one and she uses it all the time. It’s so worth the $20. Also in the mail, those annoying ads you get can actually help you save money on groceries, there’s usually a pizza coupon that comes, Article Circle and Arby’s usually send out a page of coupons. Don’t throw these away, they are fantastic!

Questions About College

collegeThere is a buzzfeed article called “18 Questions Teenagers Have About College”. It gives the questions, but no answers. So I thought I would take it upon me to answer some of the questions that I have personal answers for.

1. How do I know what to take? -If you go on your portal, on the right there is a link on the right called “degreeworks”. If you click on that, it will tell you classes you have to take for your major. If you don’t have a major yet then it will show you general education classes you can take. May I also recommend you take a “fun” class? I highly recommend bowling or badminton. Don’t worry too much about taking higher classes your first few years. Those are to make sure you’re in the right major or to help you choose a major. But take it seriously enough so you’re not just taking fun classes.

2. How do you keep in touch with friends from high school? -Personally, I text and snapchat them. I also post funny things on their facebook walls or send them pins from pinterest I think they’d like. Facetime/Skype is also great at keeping you in touch. The first year is hard to keep in touch. You’re starting to make new friends, you or your friend(s) might live far away, etc. Don’t give up though. It might be a little weird when you guys visit in person again, but it gets better. Don’t give up.

3. Is it better to choose a major I’m passionate about, but hard to find a job, or something where I can find a job or something that will pay well? -Well, if you’re lucky, both of those will be the same thing :). For me, I chose passion. I want to be a teacher, which doesn’t pay very well and can be hard to find a job sometimes. It just depends on what you want in life. If you want to work all day at a job you hate, but you get paid well then go for it. I would probably die if I had to work all day but I hated what I was doing. The money wouldn’t be worth it to me. I say go for passion, but the choice is ultimately yours.  Also don’t base it off of what your parents want either. Do what you want to do. It’s your future job, not theirs.

4. Are loans worth it? and will I ever be able to pay off debt? (I combined two). I think loans can be worth it if you work it the right way. Don’t take them out just because you can, take them out if you really need them. I think your college experience is important enough that you shouldn’t put it off because you can’t afford it right now by yourself. I recently took out a loan for my study abroad and I think that experience is going to be worth it. I didn’t want to look back and say “I could’ve gone to London but I was too scared to take out a loan that I could’ve paid off a few years later”. Yes, it is possible to pay off your loans/debt. When you graduate, you’ll have a grown up job that pays more than $7.25 an hour (hopefully). You will be able to pay off your debt, eventually ;).

5. How do I make new friends at school? -Don’t be scared to talk to people. When you sit next to someone in class, talk to them-don’t pull out your phone and ignore them. Make study groups for your classes, you never know, they might become your hang out buddies too. Also be friends with your roommates. Don’t be people who just live together, be friends too. My roommates have been some of my best friends down here at school. You can also join clubs. Here at SUU we have over 150 clubs. They are a great chance to meet people who have the same interests as you. Also don’t lock yourself in your room, get out. Go to school activities. You can also meet your neighbors, they could be really cool.

6. How important is it to go to college vs. getting a job right out of college? -Well, in the world today, people are looking to hire people who have college degrees. You might not be able to get a good paying job without your degree. So if you want to work at McDonald’s the rest of your life, go for it. But statistics state that people with an associates earn more than a high school diploma. They also state if you have a bachelors, you earn more than someone with an associates. Then so on with masters and doctorate. If you want to make more money, you’ll go to school.

7. Should I room with someone I know or someone new? -It depends on who you would want to room with. If you have gone on a trip with them and shared a hotel with them for a week and they didn’t drive you crazy, then sure. If  you don’t think you could last even a week without killing them, I suggest someone new. I had a friend from high school who wanted to room with me and I knew rooming with her would drive me crazy and thus ruin our friendship so I told her no. We’re still friends to this day now because of that. Getting new roommates will also help you make new friends. I know plenty of people who room with people they know and they get on great, but I know some where it has ruined their friendship forever. It just depends on both of your personalities. You find out a lot about someone when you live with them.

8. Is it as hard as adults say it is to focus in college? -It depends on who you are. If you’re a studious student, then no. If you’re a party animal then yes, it can be. You just have to be self-disciplined enough to not get distracted. Sure, having a good time is necessary to let the stress go for a night. But it is definitely important to focus so that you can graduate and get a good job. If you have a test the next day, have the discipline to stay home and study. If it’s the weekend, go have a good time with your friends.

One common factor in all of these is you. It’s you who decides what goes on in your life. It’s you who decides if you want to be social and make new friends. It’s you who decides what you want to do for the rest of your life. It’s you who will have to discipline yourself to do well in school. It’s you who will be making your life choices from now on. It might seem kind of scary  but it’s great, as long as you make the right choices :).

I hope I helped with some of your questions. If there are some I didn’t answer that you really wanted answered, let me know and I can answer your questions :).

Study Tips

Throughout the year, but especially at this time of year, it seems like all you do is study. Studying is probably the most constant thing in college. You know no matter what class you have, you’ll most likely have to study at least once during the semester. Here are some tips to help you get through the many studying hours.

1. Find good studying place. It doesn’t matter whether you lock yourself away in your bedroom, go to the library or go to the park, just make sure it is a place you can focus and won’t be distracted. If you get distracted around people, go to the library or hang out in your closet with a light. If too much quiet drives you crazy, go to the park or your living room. Going along with this, make sure the place is comfortable because you will most likely be there for a little bit. But not too comfy, you don’t want to fall asleep while reading your textbook. 

2. Listen to some music. I highly recommend listening to music while studying. It makes it so it’s not completely boring, but helps you focus and keep your mind rolling. If you’re studying a language, listen to music in that language. If you’re doing homework where you have to write a paper or read over some stuff, listen to music scores (I highly suggest The Lord of the Rings one) or classical music stations on Pandora or Spotify, that way you still have music, but the words aren’t distracting you. If you’re doing something that doesn’t require too much thought, throw some T-Swift on your iPod and sing along while you work. It’s also scientifically proven that music helps you too.

3. Take breaks. It’s scientifically proven that taking breaks while studying helps you retain the knowledge. I generally like to study for a bit, then watch an episode of something on Netflix or read a chapter of my book then study for longer then watch Netflix or read more.  It’s an ongoing process. I think the ratio is 15 minutes of break to an hour of studying. We all know that it usually ends up the other way around.

4. Don’t cram. If you cram, you’ll forget everything right after the test and it might come in handy when you actually get a job. Plus you’ll also burn yourself out if you stay up all night studying before the test. Study for a couple days before the test, take breaks and get a good nights rest the night before.

5. Study groups. When you first get to college, you might think they are weird and unhelpful, but they are actually really fantastic. I suggest setting up a study group for classes that you know will be tough, but also for ones that you might find easier so that you can help others understand what is going on as well. Plus, explaining things to others actually might help you understand it more as well. Also you get different view points/explanations so something might click better than what the teacher was saying. They are wonderful things.

That’s basically all you need to know to get through those terrible studying times in your school career. Good luck and may the force be with you.

The Final Stretch

Spring Fever is real, and it is coming. This is pretty much how I feel right now:

(If you’ve never seen “The Muppets Treasure Island” go educate yourself. I believe it is currently on Netflix.)

We just got out of Spring Break last week. We have entered the final stretch. Only about 5 1/2 weeks left of school. 5 1/2 weeks until freedom! This is possibly the hardest time of the year. You got a taste of freedom from your week of Spring Break and then they snatched it away from you. It’s a much needed break, but some times I wish they didn’t give it to us because now I feel like my brain can’t even function. It was in summer mode a whole week long; it can’t just turn on again! But alas, it has to for the last little bit of school. Here are some tips to help you get through the final stretch of school:

1. Make a calendar, set a time where you will do something to distress and have time to let your brain rest. Whether it’s once a month or once a day, you need this. It will give you something to look forward to, you will get a much needed break and you can use it as motivation by saying “if I get this paper done, I can go play frisbee in the park” or something like that. My roommates and I did this once and it really helped me get through the week because I had something fun to look forward to.

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2. Don’t procrastinate. As much fun as this sounds, it will only stress you out more in the long run. All of your homework from your various classes will pile up and then you’ll be cranking out assignments all in one day/night and hate yourself. And since you would have 10 assignments due, you wouldn’t have time to take a break. Trust me, it’s not worth it to put it off.

3. Go to classes. If you don’t go to your classes, you might miss something and then you won’t understand your homework and then you’ll put it off and then you’ll hate yourself when you still have to do it and you still don’t understand it. You especially don’t want to skip the last month because that’s most likely what your final will be on.

You can do this! You can get through the last month of school! You can make it to summer! Don’t give up! (Is this pep talk working?) Good luck with the last little bit of school!

It’s back — #admittedSUU

Ahhh… the letter that everyone is waiting for. The admissions letter. That prized piece of paper that has your name followed by “Congratulations! You have been accepted to Southern Utah University…” All those AP, honors classes, late night study sessions and group projects are now paying off and you are on your way to college.

Well… those letters are starting to land in mail boxes and we want to see them. Show us your excitement about getting admitted to SUU (and getting your scholarship) and we’ll show you the love by giving some lucky future T-birds some free SUU gear. Here is all you have to do:

  • FIRST — follow us on Twitter (@futuretbirds) or Instagram (@futuretbirds) or Like us on FB (FutureSUUTbirds)
  • SECOND — Post a pic showing off your admissions letter and tag us in it
  • THIRD – use #admitted SUU and #tbirdnation

Every week we will select one lucky future t-bird from the submissions to receive an SUU sweatshirt. Winner will be announced the following week.

It’s a kind of a big deal to get admitted to SUU and we want to make sure that you are relishing in your accomplishment. So snap those selfies for your shot at some SUU gear because… let’s face it… everyone looks good in red!