Monthly Archives: January 2014

Myths vs. Reality in the New RC System

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering: Hey you! Yes, you! Do you have any questions about the RC System? Heard some things that you’re completely unsure if they’re true? Let me clear up some of the confusion with a quick myth vs reality post. Myth #1: Those new buildings being built are “Sophomore housing.” Reality: Nope. Those buildings are just five additional Residential Commons. There is no such thing as “Sophomore housing” on campus. In the RCs students of all grades will be mixed! Yay diversity! Myth #2: Current freshmen won’t [...]

2014-01-29T16:00:01+00:00 January 29th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

Rumor Has It

An update from Jamie, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in accounting in the Cox School of Business.  As a girl, a teenager, and a human, I have fallen subject to being the believer and the spreader of rumors. Gossip. False information. Exaggerated facts. Myths. We have all encountered these at some point in our lives. I am beginning to think that a huge part of my job as an RCLC member is to debunk rumors about the Residential Commons and spread the truth. And I think that for anyone reading this blog post or any informed student, this is your job, too. Because in the past three weeks alone here at school, I have [...]

2014-01-29T09:53:47+00:00 January 28th, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

European National Handball Championship

Handball is a very popular sport in Denmark and tonight my host family and I watched the European Handball Championship where Denmark played against France on Danish turf. Unfortunately, France took the win. Mikkel Hansen, who was born in Helsingør, the city where I am currently living, plays for Denmark and is one of the best handball players in the world! His father also played handball nationally.

2014-02-13T16:42:51+00:00 January 26th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|

Week One

Week one complete! My week started with an Arrival Workshop for the first three days and then ended with the start of classes. The professors seem very intelligent and have nice accents. One of the things I like most about the DIS program is that there are field studies - learning that takes place outside of the classroom. For example, in my human trafficking class there is a planned field trip to the Red Light District in Copenhagen. I’m sure I will greatly enjoy my classes except for the papers. The classes I am taking are: My core course (the course I will spend the most time in and which also has one full week of traveling and studying just [...]

2014-02-13T16:41:26+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|

Arnold Dining Commons Update

An update from Tien, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student majoring in advertising and public relations:  If you're anything like me, food is a really huge part of your life. From discovering new restaurants to exploring different ways to spice up old recipes, there is never a moment that delicious, quality food is not involved in my life. A couple weeks ago, some people from dining services gave the Residential Commons Leadership Corps a preview into what the new Arnold Dining Commons would be like. The new dining commons will be based around the idea of "Fresh Food on Campus." Students will have the opportunity to not only eat indoors, but also outdoors in designated court [...]

2014-01-23T16:50:08+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|Residential Commons Leadership Corps|

A return to beauty

An update from Savannah, a senior communications and history major who participated in the J Term classes Environmental Communication and Wellness: As a second-semester senior, the reality that I will leave SMU is getting closer. But, this realization didn’t just hit me. Instead, that came very early in my senior year. I’m very lucky to have been selected as a Hunt Scholar, and due to the generosity of the Hunt family we, the scholars, travel to Taos one weekend in the fall semester. This year, I was unable to go because of a conflict in my schedule, and I was distraught. Some of my favorite memories from SMU were made in Taos. In fact, some of my most cherished friendships [...]

2014-01-23T13:55:04+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|J Term 2014 at SMU-in-Taos|

Murder Mystery Scavenger Hunt

An update from Dr. Robert Krout, Faculty in Residence (FiR) for the Mary Hay/Peyton Residential Community: As a FiR, I have many opportunities to support and take part in programming with our wonderful RA staff. An example of this was a “murder mystery scavenger hunt,” which took place in November between Mary Hay and Peyton Halls. The theme of the evening as designed by the RAs was helping residents learn more about all of the resources available to them in our residential community. Students also followed clues found at each successive station or destination on the hunt designed to solve a fictitious murder that had supposedly occurred in our RC. These clues eventually led the students to my FiR apartment [...]

2014-01-21T15:38:47+00:00 January 21st, 2014|SMU Faculty in Residence|

Arrival/Day One

After three flights, expensive airport food, and a sore bottom, I arrived in Copenhagen yesterday! I’ve been in Denmark over 24 hours now and I’m feeling right at home here. I appreciate my host family and American siblings,they have made the transition so easy! My host parents know what it is like to be around young adults – after all they raised three sons and have had three DIS students in the past, although this is their first time having three students at once. My American host siblings and I make a great team proven when we spent today exploring Copenhagen together. Copenhagen is very beautiful and clean. It is definitely very cold here – mostly because of the strong [...]

2014-02-13T16:39:58+00:00 January 20th, 2014|Lisa in Denmark|
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