Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I have orientation this morning for school. It'll be exciting to be there and meet everyone, see the facilities, etc., but I won't really feel a part of things until next year, when I'll attend full-time.

Going to such a huge school is a completely different experience than the two previous institutions I attended. A big school has this energy that is like nothing else, like there are millions of things happening around you at all times. I guess that's why I'm looking forward to working in a hospital, too...lots of action.

Wish me luck!

P.S. What does Sky-U-Mah mean...Patrick? Krista? Mom & Dad? Everyone in my family has attended the U of M. I was the rebel, until now. Dang!
P.P.S. The U of M mascot is Goldie the Gopher...lame. I guess you can get rabies from a gopher, and that would be fearsome.


Seamus said...

Ok LMB, You asked...
Ski-U-Mah has the following history (Ski is pronounced Sky): http://www.music.umn.edu/marchingband/history/skiumah.html

Goldy Gopher (note spelling again) has the following history:

In addition, a photo from 1952: http://digital.lib.umn.edu/IMAGES/reference/ua/ua700431.jpg

Keep in mind, vicious gophers likely enjoy the occasional buckeye for a snack and they can hide in smaller places than wolverines, badgers, hoosiers, spartans, etc.

Last thing - maybe. Here is where the state's nickname originated: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/Unsym.asp#nickname

When you aren't studying for class, here is something else to memorize... http://www.music.umn.edu/marchingband/history/hailminn.html

Lastly - really. Here is some more information about your new school: http://www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=university+of+minnesota&s=all&id=174066

Now, in the best MN accent you can muster... Go you Golden Gophers!

Best wishes on the new adventures.

Anonymous said...

Good Grief Patrick has too much time on his hands with Krista in Germany! I have to admit that I'll follow the links to get my history lesson, so thank you, Patrick, for the research. I learned all of this once at "Freshman Camp" in 1963 :) xx, Mom

Krista said...

Ouch! I was just stung by a University of Rochester Yellow Jacket - it sure itches. And, people who went to Mac just really shouldn't talk about intercollegiate athletics :)

Of course, SIT didn't exactly have a mascot...

I'm glad orientation went well!

Your sister-in-law the Gopher!

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