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Business Cards

Posted in Matt Hansen on February 8th, 2013 by mhansen1 – 3 Comments

There’s no greater way to make your intern appreciate the organization than to provide business cards.  Yeah, that’s right, folks, the fine folks at the Downtown Community Partnership have made me official — officially an intern, that is — with these amazing cards (pictured below).

Beautiful business cards

Beautiful business cards

You just can’t go wrong with a business card.  At a schmoozing function when someone asks you what you do? Hand them a business card.  Meet someone important for the first time? Hand them a business card.  Sitting with your friends in DS? Hand them a business card.

When in doubt — hand them a business card.

In all seriousness, though, it is a pretty cool thing.

Goodbye, Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted in Matt Hansen on January 26th, 2013 by mhansen1 – Be the first to comment

You know you’re becoming all too accustomed to the blistering northern temperatures when, all of a sudden, it hits 10 degrees in the middle of January and you celebrate.  The painful looking faces you see passing someone on the sidewalk in -20 degree immediately are replaced with smiling, jacket-less show-offs.  I love it.

Now, in my fourth and final year at the college, I’m joining the pack and have concluded that perspective is everything.  Sure, the weather may still be awful, but you know what, it is way better than it was last week.

With this new perspective, I see the winter season so much more positively.

One of my favorite pastimes is shoveling snow.  Everyone else complains about this task, but an hour outside beating away at the sidewalk really relieves the stress.  I can’t wait for tomorrow when I get the ice scraper out.

As the days get longer and spring — well, at least, spring break — gets closer, you can’t help but feel better.

Here’s to another fantastic 10 degree day!

Passage to India

Posted in Matt Hansen on January 16th, 2013 by mhansen1 – 2 Comments

You just can’t go wrong with some chicken tikka masala and garlic naan.  Pictured below, is not only my favorite Indian dish but one of my go-to dinners.  In Fargo, at Passage to India, this dish is one of the most popular and — believe me — does not disappoint

Some garlic naan and chicken tikka masala at Fargo's own Passage to India

Some garlic naan and chicken tikka masala at Fargo’s own Passage to India

The first time I had Indian food was on my 2011 May Seminar across Western Europe.  Since then, I’ve become quite a big fan of the classic dishes and try my best to order Indian food at least two or three times a month.  Most of my friends are big fans of naan and some sort of masala which makes the decision to go out to eat much easier.

Fargo now has three Indian restaurants — India Palace, Karma and Passage to India — that offer not too shabby tastings.  Most people go to Passage to India, however, since it has been around the longest.

Like I always say, when in doubt, eat some chicken tikka masala.


The wonders of bike share

Posted in Matt Hansen on December 26th, 2012 by mhansen1 – 2 Comments

I just got back from a 5-day trip to the best city in the great state of Tennessee, and maybe the South as a whole: Chattanooga.  Having spent many a year there, I thought I was well acquainted with the ins and outs of the town, but over the past five years the city truly has blossomed, and I thought I’d share how.

Shots from my two wheeled journey in the Scenic City

Since the city has a thriving economic development organization for the downtown district (as well as plenty of money, tourism, and interest) certain things have happened rather quickly in terms of development that other cities are rightly jealous of.  For example, the city has a large pedestrian-only bridge, a nationally-renowned aquarium, tons of people walking around, and — more recently — bike share.

After paying a one time fee of 6 bucks, you can check out a bike and ride it all around the city.  There are bike docking stations at practically every block, certainly close enough to all of the main tourist attractions and restaurants.

While Chattanooga’s population is not that large, by offering the bike share program, they are well ahead of many other major US cities, and right on par with places like London, Paris, and even Minneapolis.  The bikes are very easy to ride (even in hilly Chattanooga) and a quick and fun way to navigate the city.

This should be of particular interest to Cobbers as several community members and students of the Tri-College University are working to bring a similar program to town.  Membership, ideally, would be included in the student activity fee (something that would renew each year) and allow students from the three colleges to get in around Fargo-Moorhead with ease.  Hopefully all works out, because after experiencing Chattanooga’s program, I’m confident it would be popular with many Cobbers.


Semester One, Year Four: Complete

Posted in Matt Hansen on December 13th, 2012 by mhansen1 – Be the first to comment

It’s a pretty frightening thought:  I’m graduating after one more semester of classes.  I have to keep telling myself that because (forgive the old man talk) seems like yesterday that I entered Concordia as a beanie-wearing first-year student.  Times, they are a changing.

I had some pretty interesting classes this semester, my favorite being a sociology of media class with Andrew Lindner, my advisor.  I’m taking statistics with him next semester, making it my seventh class with the same professor.  Great guy.

This semester, I also had two internships, one of them for Co-Op credit.  I wrapped that one up today (with this blog post) and look forward to a mostly writing free holiday break.

So it’s been a pretty good semester, but I am going to have to take it slow come January as I savor my last semester of college.  Ever.