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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Do You Stand For?

Hey guys,

As most of you are getting a good amount of water in your shoes the last few days as you traverse campus you may have seen some volunteer students helping get out the word to vote. The Presidential election came with a lot of other important topics this year too. So I hope you all went out and exercised your right to vote.
No matter what or who you vote for it is an important part of your life as a citizen of the United States. It is just the same being a college student. There are some really engaging groups and leadership opportunities available on campus and you get to choose which you want to be a part of! You decide what is most important and how you can get involved. My experience, as some of you know, involves local food politics and university dining services (UDS). The group is called U Students Like Good Food, found at Amundson Hall every other Thursday at 5:30 room 162.
At the U there are hundreds of clubs and student organizations to get involved in, its a great way to meet people who have similar interests and also different perspectives and knowledge on something your interested in.
Landscape Design and Planning also has a professional student chapter: Minnesota Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects or MASLASC. These clubs are great, they keep you involved and motivated, but they are also a SUPURB way to network. blog 16.JPG
Getting to know other designers and people in your industry is probably the best way to know the ins and outs of your area of study. getting internships or a job or a mentor is critical to your future and knowing people gives you a great one up over the competition. On the right is the College of Design's own Dean Thomas Fisher in my Arch: 3711w class today. He is a dynamic speaker and has some really cool ideas about the future of design professions. He talked about the history and future of designing with responsibility. Architects and Landscape Designers are in a new age of designing more than the built environment. It was so fun to listen to him talk and diagram. I hope you get a chance to hear him talk soon! its well worth your time!

Til next week,

Sarah S.
Landscape Planning BED track