UVM's Broader Community
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Where are we? Where is UVM located? What is there to do around here? Et cetera, et cetera. As you may know, we are located in Burlington, Vermont, which is actually Vermont's biggest city. One cool fact about Burlington is, as of 2015, we are run 100% off renewable energy and were the first city in the US to do this. I think that also kind of speaks to one of the things that's really important to a lot of UVM students, which is sustainability. So that's just one cool fast that Burlington is really an integral part of the UVM experience. Not only is it a fun place to go downtown with your friends, get some good foods ice cream, enjoy a nice sunset, but It also really comes into play when we're talking about experiential learning, volunteer opportunities, internships, etcetera. For students who are passionate about the education of cultural and linguistic, diverse students, this is not just a club for education majors, but I happen to be in it as an education major. This was a really cool opportunity where I got to work with kids. I really enjoyed getting to work with those little kids teach them neck as they roll around on the carpet. We're in a really great location for this because as a first year I did not have a car on campus, but I was able to just bike the mile to the school and work there and then bite back up for classes and really did not take much time. There were also buses to get there if I needed them, and it just shows that we're in a really great location to be involved in whatever you want to be involved in. Some of my other friends have had some really cool opportunities as well within the community. One really cool thing she always likes to tell me about is how her first year she was working at this farm and a cow ate a mint leave right out of her mouth, so a little strange would definitely make me uncomfortable, but it's kind of cool. We also Burlington has a lot of big companies for you to get internships in, such as globalfoundries, seventh generation Ben and Jerry's et cetera. So it's really cool that a lot of the clubs I'm in go downtown, as I mentioned before. So Burlington really does have those opportunities for all those different majors for clubs, for classes, for fun. Let's go down and see for ourselves what Burlington is like. Let's talk about some of the fun things that you get to experience by being a student here at UVM. So here we are on Church Street are pedestrian only downtown street history has plenty of chain brands such as Banana Republic, Howard Hanson, et cetera, but also many local boutiques and coffee shops. Look at Dover T right there, which is one of my favorite T places, really cozy in there and a great place to do some studying and get some work done. Definitely one of my favorite parts about going to school at U B M is getting to take advantage of Burlington's downtown. Burlington has so many different thrift stores, whether those be consignment or thrift, et cetera, And it's really fun to go out on a Saturday and just hit up 10 different places. I am a bargain shopper and then afterwards, grabbing lunch or ice cream, or T. As I said, I also love getting food in the Greater Burlington area. One of my friends has actually made a list of over 300 places that he has been to eat in Burlington. Burlington has a wide range of cuisine, and you can definitely find something that you like here. One of my favorite things that I've gotten to do down here was go to a free outdoor yoga class right here on the waterfront. While the waterfront offers many recreational opportunities, UVM also uses it as a place to learn, So UVM owns a research vessel out. We also have a aquarium here that students use to learn. So UVM really takes advantage of the wonderful area we're in, whether that be the nature that surrounds us or the city. Community classes definitely use these different places to really enhance the learning of the students here at, um, just a few other things about downtown Burlington that I personally love. One would be all the parks, plenty of parks, plenty of good places to study, to chill out and maybe tan and the little time we have with the sun here. Another thing is that Burlington is very artsy town. They're a great place to showcase your art as a student here and then also get connected to local artists as well. Third, is that you G M does this really cool program that they partner with one of the theaters downtown called Cats at the Movies Every Tuesday, you can go to the student government office at UVM, pick up a free movie ticket to be used any time that semester. It's really great deal because you're literally just getting free movies. Just another thing that kind of shows how U V N and Burlington Community are really, really in touch with each other. So I think that's about sums up the broader community of UVM, which really includes Burlington and Vermont. As a state, UVM students are so in touch with the community, whether that be getting involved with local or state politics, or stepping up and creating a city wide ban on plastic water bottles or just getting an internship with someone downtown, getting that experience and being able to just walk to your job. All of my weekends are spent in the area around here with my friends. I'm so happy I chose to go to U. V. M and get to experience this really cool place where I get the best of both worlds, the mountains and the city and even the city itself. I'm not a huge city person myself, but Burlington is small enough that it's not overwhelming to me.