What In The World Is Green And White Days And Why Do I Love It So Much?
By Colleen Anthes
It’s that time of the year again! Green & White Days are just finishing up here at MSU, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be one of the students engaging with potential future Spartans.
Green & White Days really gives students a more in-depth look at MSU from the inside and out (literally). To be honest, I get a little nervous before each session. I could be the one that makes the difference between whether a potential Spartan thinks about applying, and one who knows he’ll be applying. My recommendations and insight could plant the seed in his mind that there is a way to make a career out of his interests and skills, even if they’re a little uncommon. The picture that I paint of MSU might answer his question of whether he thinks MSU is the right fit for him or not. Can you tell I’m good at putting a lot of pressure on myself?
To me, working at Green & White Days gives me a chance to share the amazing opportunities Michigan State has to offer. I often use my own personal story as an example. I grew up a half hour north of Lansing, and both of my parents graduated from MSU, so I practically grew up on this campus. We came to East Lansing for tailgates and games, or to just enjoy campus on a beautiful day. I always have, and always will, bleed green. When it came time for me to decide where to go to school, MSU was an obvious choice, and after researching a few other state universities and visiting two, MSU was the only one I even applied for, not only because I knew my grades and ACT scores were good enough, but because something just felt right about Michigan State; it felt like home. When I started school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study, so I decided to take a few classes that matched my interests my freshman year. I took a Communications class, which I loved. I took an Education class, which I hated. And I took a Packaging class. My uncle graduated from MSU with a degree in Packaging, so I thought “why not?” I took it and fell in love with it. I felt like my skills and interests were finally matched with a field that I can have a career in.
I know that if I had started out at a community college or a different university, I probably would’ve never really been introduced to this field, and I’m very thankful for my time at MSU because of that. Green & White Days are important to me because it gives me a chance to influence a confused/excited/overwhelmed/eager young adult to give them the opportunity to go to this amazing school and explore all of the golden opportunities that he might not get at any other school. If I can represent Michigan State University in a way that makes someone decide this is the right place for him, I’d call that a good day’s work.
Colleen Anthes is a Student Employee for the MSUAA’s Office of Professional & Personal Enrichment, and is also part of MSUAA’s Student Executive ‘Dream Team’. She’s been working at MSUAA since July of 2012. She is a junior majoring in Packaging at MSU. Some of the activities she’s involved in include Day at State and CoPPAC, MSU’s chapter of IoPP. She is a self-proclaimed “cat lady” (not the crazy kind), and loves movies and music from the 80s. Her experience at MSUAA has helped her grow personally and professionally, and she loves being part of this team.