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Jul 8 2014
Summer Travels: Where is Walsh?

Summer time is a perfect time of year to take a break, go on a bike ride, have picnics in the park, and travel.  Over the July 4th holiday, I traveled to the U.P. – Awaga Canyon, Tahquamenon Falls, White Fish Point, Pictured Rocks, hiked multiple waterfall trails, walked on the beach, and even tried a Pasty for the first time!  During the week, I was drawn to reflect about my travel adventures over the years.  On most of my trips, I try to pack some type of Walsh gear with me – a sweatshirt, t-shirt, etc.  If you’re traveling this summer, take the time to show your Walsh pride!  There are several ways to do it.

1.  Bring Walsh Gear.

A few years ago I wore this t-shirt on a Pacific Northwest cruise that stopped in Nanaimo, British Columbia. 

Last week I was bundled up each day with a windbreaker, so the only visible thing I had was this bright yellow luggage tag.

Do you tend to over-pack too?  I have learned to pack a recyclable tote for the trip home when the suitcase is about to burst with souvenirs!

As Michiganders, we tend to shop people where we live on our right hand.  I'd highly recommend this Walsh t-shirt, which is available for purchase in the bookstore!  It sells for $21.98+tax and available in blue, red, gray, and black.

If you like to hike like I do, another great item to bring is a Walsh tumbler.  It is available in blue and black for $15.98+tax.

2.  Tell them you're a Walsh student or alum.

When traveling, I've noticed a common thread with conversation starters.  They typically included:  "Where are you from?  What do you do?"  This is your ticket to show and express your Walsh pride.  Tell them that you're a Walsh student or alumnus, what you're doing, or what you'd love to do.  Networking happens anywhere and anytime.  So be sure to have your 30-second pitch ready no matter where you're at!

3.  Take pictures.

Have you traveled somewhere and worn your Walsh gear or used a travel mug/tumbler?  We'd love to feature your photos on our Facebook page.  Send them (via your Walsh e-mail account) to me at jknapik@walshcollege.edu.

Where will your travel plans take you this summer?


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