September 25, 2016

University of Minnesota College Tour

University of Minnesota College Tour
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for 9/25/16

The week started off with a bunch of joy when Miss Sheri's college roommates came to stay with us for a few nights.  Robin lives in Hawaii and stopped by at the end of her trip to the mainland so Cathy came down for a girl's fiesta at the Swank house.

On Saturday morning, we went for a college tour at the University of Minnesota in downtown Minneapolis.  Luke and Avery are seniors and still trying to decide which schools they want to apply to attend.  Jackson and the Walters family were going the same day so we decided to all go together.

Our tour guide was a nice young lady named Olivia and she gave us a very nice tour of the school.  I can't remember exactly what she was explaining to us here, but I'm guessing it made me uncomfortable hearing about it.

Soon enough we were outside and checking out the campus.  This place is HUGE!  And there's Gophers everywhere...

Olivia pointed out these statues which are virtually invisible when you look at them straight on from the end...

When you see them from the side you see that they're a couple of pretty intense individuals that are kneeling and staring at each other.  They also look like they might be naked, but I'm not going to try to figure out what that's all about.

Soon enough we were in the middle of campus and Olivia really wanted us to stop.  A lot of people weren't listening to her so she had to get pretty theatrical with the hand signals.

I think it would be fun going to a school where you can see the home of the incredible 3 - 0 Minnesota Vikings off in the distance!

This is considered to be a "Modern Classroom".  All the students sit around each other in tables that are set-up for digital communication and microphones for everyone to speak to the professor or to the rest of the group.  Every table also had a huge display hanging next to it so students can show their work to the immediate group or the whole classroom if needed.  I thought it was pretty cool.  I want to go Back to School!

The stairways are a little scary as they have this vortex like feel to them.  I felt like if I fell over the side I was going to be sucked into a black hole and transported to another dimension.  Actually, now that I think about it, I should have done it!  It worked for Matthew McConaughy in Interstellar and I've always wanted to be just like that guy.

Our tour ended with a presentation in one of the auditoriums.  I sat next to Dan which is never a good idea.  Lucky for us, we didn't get sent to the Dean's office for creating a ruckus.

All in all, it was a pretty impressive tour.  I'd like to go to the University of Minnesota.

Afterwards we all went to Buffalo Wild Wings to reward ourselves for a good deed done.

Dan gave himself an extra reward by trying to do the Blazing Challenge.  He was supposed to eat 12 Blazing wings in less than 6 minutes.  Dan gave it the good ole college try, but in the end the heat was just too much for him!  Nice try though, Dan!!

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