Student Blogger Collin Adank: Living the First-Year Dream

Jan 30, 2020 • Nylen School of Nursing, Student Writers, Music

Collin throwing leavesMy first-year experience at Morningside College has been one that I will never forget. At times, I’ve been rendered speechless by the opportunities Morningside has offered me, and the incredible people I have met have set the foundation for relationships I know will last a lifetime.

A bit about me: I come from a small town called Waterville, near Mankato, Minn. Morningside was a perfect fit for me because of the size. I feel at home and supported. I am a nursing major, so that means I’ll be applying formally applying to the program this spring. I’m excited!

I am so grateful for the many opportunities that Morningside has to offer. First and foremost being recognized around campus as #InternCollin is pretty cool. Before choosing Morningside I remember following the social media posts and seeing #InternAlly. I thought it was so cool to have a student participating in the college’s social media. I love being able to share my experience.  Working in the marketing and communications office as truly been a blessing and has been like a second family for me. 

The second opportunity I am grateful for is being able to represent the college. On two occasions so far, I have had the pleasure of representing Morningside on a national level. This past fall I traveled to Chicago with Student Government and attended a conference with schools from all over the nation. It was great to meet new people while also shining a light on Morningside. This February, I will be representing Mside again while attending the Active Minds national conference in Washington D.C. There, Morningside’s Active Minds chapter (a group that works to reduce the stigma around mental health through conversations and events) will be recognized with two national awards. It’s another great opportunity to put Morningside in the spotlight. 

Collin with President ReyndersAnother way I’ve become connected at Morningside is through singing in The Morningside Choir. The people I have met while being involved in choir are another of the network of small families I have established for myself on campus. I am most excited for our events and performances for high school students. We will travel to different high schools this spring, showcasing what our choir experience is all about. I am grateful that I made the decision to be part of it because of all that it has given back to me.

My experience so far has exceeded all expectations - and my first year isn’t over yet! Continue to follow the Morningside Experience social media to follow me - #InternCollin - and the other interns. It’s a great way to find out why #MsideIsTheBestSide.