Student Blogger

Name: Drew Coveyou

Hometown: Ottawa, Illinois

Major: Journalism - Strategic Communication

Hobbies: Biking, finding new music, reading, and burning through my most recent find on Netflix.

Why you chose the University of Minnesota Twin Cities: I found out about the University of Minnesota when I attended a campus tour with my older sister when I was a freshman in high school. As I moved through my college decision process a few years later, I realized that there were two things I wanted: a traditional, Big 10 campus, and a major metropolitan area. The U of M was the one place I found both of those!

Favorite University of Minnesota class and why: PE 1262 - Marathon Training. Until my freshman year, I had never run more than 5 miles. An older friend recommended checking out this Marathon Training course since I wanted to avoid the "Freshmen 15". I signed up, and training started in December 2011 for the race in May 2012. I finished the race (yes, all 26.2 miles of it!) and passed the class, earning myself 3 credits and lots of bragging rights among my friends.

Favorite on-campus activities: Student group events, hockey games, and concerts of all sorts.

Favorite off-campus activities: Checking out Lake Calhoun, seeing films at St. Anthony Main Theater, bowling in Uptown with friends, and attending shows at First Avenue, a local music hot spot.

Favorite U of M memory: During my orientation session in the June before my freshman year I met some of my best friends to date. My 20-member orientation group grew extremely close through the two days we spent together, going out for milkshakes at Annie's Parlor and exploring the East Bank portion of campus. Orientation was an awesome way to start of my college experience!

Best place to study on campus: I love to study in the SMART Learning Commons in Walter Library. Sitting in Walter with so many others students that are all working hard is a great way to get focused; there are tutors with walk-in hours for subjects like Biology, Physics, Calculus, Psychology, and even English.