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5 reasons why you should go to The Forum

| Kallie Friede

In a world of study sessions and over-caffeinated drinks, Blugolds are the best people to tell you about the real UWEC experience. The CJ 491 class wrote about their perspectives on all aspects of college life. These are their stories.

Put this on your calendar now: Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. It's the first date for The Forum. What's The Forum, and why should you go? Here are 5 reasons:

Name Dropping
Some people are lucky enough to meet famous people in the supermarket or on a flight to Mexico. But let's be real. We live in Wisconsin so not many celebrities are floating around in our supermarkets and we're college students so how many flights to Mexico can we take in a year? Lucky for us, UW-Eau Claire brings famous people right here to campus. The Forum on Sept. 24 will be presented by Ndaba Mandela, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast and Jasmine Rand. You will be inspired by the grandson of Nelson Mandela, the granddaughter of Bob Marley, and the family attorney for Trayvon Martin. Sure, it's not Flava Flave and Snoop Lion in Vegas — it's better! Why? Because you can actually engage with these internationally influential people. You can hear how they have changed the world and be inspired as to how you can do the same — and even ask questions. Sorry Avril Lavigne, but I'll take that over your awkward meet and greet anytime.  

Take a break from binge watching Netflix
I'm a college student too. I get it. Sometimes all you want to do is curl up in your bed and watch a full season of Friends. But however tempting that may be, Netflix will always be around. The Forum speakers are here once, so take advantage of it. Plus, the forum lasts an hour and a half. You'll still have plenty of time in your day to watch the third season of "Orange is the New Black."

Dear parents, I even learn in my spare time
Someone please tell me that I'm not the only person who has had nothing to say to my parents when they ask what I do in my free time. Napping just doesn't seem sufficient enough to satisfy my parental units. However, The Forum is a great thing to be doing in your spare time. After my first forum I was so excited that I called my mom and dad to tell them all the things I had learned that night. (Pro-tip: your parents will probably love it too.)

It's thrifty
Money is always an issue for college students. We've all been staring at our computer screen wanting so badly to press the confirm order button on a new pair of Crocs, but sometimes it's just not in our budget. (Just me? Okay. I digress.) But the forum is $2 for a ticket. TWO DOLLARS, PEOPLE. Do you know how much it will cost us to come back for The Forum when we're adults? $8. Every time we go to a Forum as a student, we're saving money. As a college student I can say that there are few things in my life at this moment that are better than free or cheap things.

Why not?
You can look back on your college career and say one of two things: I wish I would have done something, or I did all these things and I'm so glad I tried them all. Put The Forum on your college bucket list. Be inspired, be engaged, and take advantage of all the opportunities that being a student offers you. Grab a friend, scrounge up the $2, bring an open mind and I'll see you there.