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Mariam Alamiri

Representing MSU

By Mariam Alamiri
Published on: July 24th, 2015 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

I am an international student. I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and came all the way to MSU for a brighter future. Throughout my journey, I faced struggles and hardships but I always believed in "Spartans Will" and I will continue to make a difference in this world. Being a Homecoming Court ambassador is an opportunity for me to be an inspiring role model to my fellow Spartans through encouraging them to celebrate their unique differences and to be effective members of the Spartan community.

I first got here to MSU on Aug. 15, 2012. It's a place I consider a fairytale land where my dreams came true. I was a scared freshman who just traveled all the way across the world, far away from home. I wanted to be in a place where I could finally see snow, and so I believed in "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."

Surprisingly, my first MSU adventure started when I was 6 years old. One day I saw snow on TV and my eyes were just glowing as if I saw Cinderella's castle. I turned my face toward my mother and said, "Mommy, I want to live in a place where snow is everywhere." She did not think that 12 years later, she would let her baby go "where the snow glows white on the mountain and not a footprint is to be seen." When I got admitted to MSU, I started searching through pictures and videos of that place that I would consider "home" for the next four years. I got so excited when I read some reviews saying, "If you like to freeze, come to Michigan." This made me even more determined.

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Marc Reed

The Culture of MSU

By Marc Reed
Published on: October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

As a human resource management major, culture is a topic I have learned a lot about. Culture defines the norms, values, attitudes and sense of belongingness of a group. Culture can apply to almost any kind of grouping of individuals, such as an organization or company. Google's culture could be described as innovative, modern, hands-on and open. The culture at Disney could be described is imaginative, customer-oriented, diverse and inspired. Culture can apply to geographical groupings – continents, countries, regions, states, cities. For instance, have you ever heard someone say "How European of you!" or describe different regions of America, such as the fast-paced temperament of the East Coast or the hospitable nature of the South? Cultural norms are prevalent in minority groups and college campuses – even your family has a certain kind of culture. To metaphorically beat the dead cow (I can say that because I was raised on a dairy farm), culture is everywhere and applies to almost everything.

Why does culture matter, though? What relevance does it have, and what are the implications of a culture? To put it simply, culture provides belongingness. It can make a person feel valued, important to a group and like they belong. Or, on the opposite side, it can discourage, intimidateand exclude. If any organization cannot attract new or diverse people, you may have a culture. If your family is disconnected, you might essentially have a culture problem (I'm doing an additional major in psychology).

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Kenny Williams

Hard Work Pays Off

By Kenny Williams
Published on: October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in: Homecoming Blog

Sacrifice (sac.ri.fice) noun. Destruction or surrender of something for the sake of something else.

During my 21 years of existence my mom taught and teaches me everything I know. That proverbial saying that says "a woman can't raise a man" is purely fictitious and outrageous. Oftentimes, we are put in situations where we have no control and we have to do what's best for ourselves but I think the true definition of a leader is doing what's best for your future. My mother sacrificed many things for me to be here today and I am grateful for that but I am even more grateful that she taught me the importance of sacrifice.

When I first got to MSU, I had the visceral realization that I wanted to be phenomenal and have the ultimate college experience. I made the decision on move in day in 452 of North Hubbard Hall that I was going to take MSU by storm! I knew that I could go down two paths during these 4 years. The path that is most commonly advertised in the media with excessive parties and alcohol or I could go down the path of leaving my imprint on campus in a positive way through campus involvement and internships. I chose the latter of the two.

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