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I am grateful that Minot State and the University of North Dakota opted to bring Students Fight Back to their schools pre-snow season. Now, to be fair, I only fear this because of this movie. In reality, I found North Dakota to be a beautiful place with some of the nicest people I’ve met so far.
My first stop was Minot State…this was just a hop, skip and a jump (otherwise known as 4 hours) form Fargo. I’m finding that some of the most awesome schools are the ones hidden in places you wouldn’t expect. Minot had been touched by the tragic loss of student Anita Knutson in 2007, so this was a special program for me. In addition, the Minot Domestic Violence Crisis Center sponsored “Take Back the Night” immediately following the program. Thank you Keri and all the others involved.
The program went well and we were still able to have fun while discussing a serious topic. Robert Martin, Vice President of Gavin de Becker & Associates, once said that having the ability to laugh even while dealing with violence shows that it doesn’t have power over you. The students, faculty and community of Minot certainly showed that.
My last stop was the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. What a beautiful campus! I always get a little excited driving through college towns…especially when I reach the rows of Fraternity and Sorority houses. This, combined with the fall leaves and marching band practicing nearby was quite nostalgic. I was so ready for this program!
I met my extremely hard working contact Jason, who graciously volunteered to also be my “scary bad guy”…even after a long day of work and class!
The program was open to all students, but when the attendees turned out to be all women…we turned up the girl power! The greek community at UND is awesome! I loved spending some one on one time with them and I’m glad I could show them some helpful ways to be safe and strong.
Camera update: Still broken…BUT I got a replacement. Then…my luggage didn’t make it. I can’t win! Camera phone- not awesome, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity with these wonderful women.