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Tips for the Summer Before College

Posted on May 05, 2017

This post is for those high school seniors out there who still have questions about what their next steps are to becoming a Dragon!

You only have a few weeks left of your high school career. Congratulations, you made it!

That means before you know it you will be headed off to school. You may be wondering what you should do or what you should bring. I have a list of 10 things you should do to prepare for coming to school this fall. Read the rest of this entry →

Come Join the Dragon Family

Posted on April 04, 2017

I think one of the best parts of being a student at MSUM is knowing that everyone at this school truly cares about you. Every person that I have encountered from professors to RAs to dining center staff all want me to succeed and be happy.

We are truly part of a community here at MSUM. If you ask students on campus why they chose to come here, many of them will say something about feeling like they were home when they came on tour. This feeling comes because we welcome everyone into our community with open arms.

This sense of community and caring atmosphere is why I chose to come to MSUM. When I came to visit campus, everyone was friendly and excited that I was here. When I went on tour many professors and students said hi to my tour guide by name. I could tell that this was a place where people genuinely cared about each other.

Now that I go to school here, I can say that it is even truer than I thought it was. All of my professors know me by name. They say hi when they see me in the hall, and they ask how I am doing. They are willing to go above and beyond to help me out in any way they can. Last semester I had a professor stay on campus until 7:00 at night when they normally leave at 4:30 because that was the only time I was able to meet with him to ask a question.

President Anne, the university president, is more involved with the student body than any other college president I have heard of. I see her on campus all the time talking to students. During move-in day in August, President Anne is out there with the move-in crew helping new students carry their belongings up four flights of stairs. She isn’t just a figure head on campus. She is involved with the students. #AnneFan

The same is true for the people in the dining center. It would be easy for them to just make the food and stay behind the scenes. Instead, Adam, the manager of the dining center, walks around talking to students, asking how their day was, and getting to know them.

These are just a few examples of the community and caring environment that is present at MSUM. There are many many more that I wouldn’t even have time to write about.

Here at MSUM, we are much more than a school population. We are a family.


It’s a great day to be a Dragon!



MSUM Squirrels

Posted on March 23, 2017

Today’s post is about squirrels.

Wait…what…squirrels you say?

Yes, that’s right. Squirrels.

These little guys

Squirrels are a unique part of the atmosphere at MSUM and we love our furry little friends. Ask anyone on campus about the squirrels and they’ll reply with a little smirk and “Oh yes, the squirrels.”

So what makes these little critters so special to us? Well they’re furry, friendly, and fat.

In January, MSUM celebrated National Squirrel Day by asking students to tweet about their favorite memories with our campus squirrels. Almost all of them involved the squirrels and food:


I sometimes wonder if people intentionally leave food out to share with the squirrels. When I asked a friend if she had anything to say about the squirrels she told me that once she saw a squirrel running across campus with an entire banana in its mouth.

I’m pretty sure the squirrels think they run this campus and make the rules around here. They do as they please and they really could care less that there are students around.

The students certainly care though. We love our campus squirrels so much that an Instagram page was created dedicated to the shenanigans of the squirrels. Take a look at @squirrelsofmsum to see what they have been up to.

The furry little guys provide a lot of entertainment for students and we are happy that the squirrels are such a well known part of campus life.

It’s a great day to be a Dragon (and an MSUM squirrel)!

Tour Tips

Posted on March 13, 2017

Picking what school you are going to continue your higher education at is a big deal. So you want to make sure you make a good choice. Touring schools can have a big impact on that choice.

Many schools are similar in terms of programs and activities. But each school has its own unique feel and atmosphere. Going on a tour is one of the best ways to experience the feel of the school.

There are a few things I want to share with you that could make your tour of MSUM the best experience possible.

  1. If you have an area of interest that you think you want to major in, let the admissions office know when setting up your tour. This way we can personalize the tour by focusing on the buildings your classes would be in. We can also try to give you a tour guide who is majoring in that area.
  2. Consider meeting with a faculty member. At MSUM, we can make an appointment for you to sit down with a faculty member in your area of interest. This can be a great way for you to learn more about the program and the opportunities you would have in that major. Just let us know you are interested in meeting with someone when you sign up for a tour.
  3. Ask questions. We will do our best to give you as much information as possible, but we want to make sure that you learn everything you want to know. So prepare some questions that you have and don’t be afraid to speak up and ask them.
  4. Say ‘Hi’ to the squirrels. (This one will make more sense once you get on campus.)

We want you to love your tour of campus. If we can do anything to make your experience better, just ask!

Here at MSUM we offer tours Monday-Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.. We can also do special requests tours if those times do not work for you.

We’re the Coolest Kids in Town

Posted on February 28, 2017

There’s a lyric from the musical Hairspray that says “we’re the coolest kids in town”. In my biased opinion we here at MSUM are the coolest kids in town.

And trust me, there’s a lot of kids in town.

Fargo-Moorhead is very much a college town. Obviously, MSUM is here. Concordia College is just three block away. NDSU is just across the river about 15 minutes away. There are also two technical colleges in the area. This means that every August the population swells as students come back to school.

It also means that Fargo-Moorhead is a great place to go to school. There are thousands of other people your age so there are lots of opportunities to make new friends. You also have the opportunity to take classes at the other schools through our Tri-College University. The FM area caters to all the college students with different interests and backgrounds, which makes it a lively, vibrant place to live. Downtown Fargo has a bunch of unique shops and restaurants, and it is a popular destination for students on the weekends. And the best part is many places offer discounts specifically for college students.

Movie theaters in the area have $5 movie nights for students every Tuesday and Thursday. The bowling alley has free bowling for students every Monday-Thursday from 9p.m.-12a.m. Many restaurants will give you a percentage off your meal if you show a student ID. And that’s just to name a few!

Living in a town with this many college students is a lot of fun! It creates a great atmosphere and students are given a lot of opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

Even though there are a lot of students here from different schools, I still think MSUM students are the coolest kids in town! ?

It’s a great day to be a Dragon!



Posted on February 17, 2017

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Minnesota State University Moorhead’s student run blog.

This blog is here to give you a student’s perspective on all things MSUM and dealing with choosing a college.

I’m a sophomore at MSUM so it wasn’t that long ago that I was going through the college decision making process. I understand that it can be hard to make all the choices necessary when continuing your education. You may not know what you want to major in or where you want to go to school. And there are so many choices!

Hopefully, I can help you out a little. I’m not here to tell you that you should come to MSUM. That is a decision that you have to make based on what’s best for you. I just want to tell you about why I think MSUM is so special and how I’ve come to fall in love with this school. Maybe you’ll come to like it here as much as I do.

Have a wonderful day!


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