Why you should do your student exchange at the University of Montana in Missoula

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Do you like a variety of outdoor activities and breathtaking views?

Well, it can’t get much better than this. Firstly Missoula is located close to the beautiful Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, which are a must see. Secondly there’s a great variety of close by destinations, such as Lolo Peak, Bison Range, Pattee Canyon etc. If you’re up to exploring other states, Olympic National Park isn’t too far away either. When you travel, you will most likely get to know some locals too, such as bisons, deer and black bears. Remember to bring your camera.

Always wanted to be a part of the sports hype but couldn’t find the right team?

Search no more! Our very own Griz family is open to every single person from a toddler to grandparents. Whatever game (football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey) you see, you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

Looking for the best academics?

Speaking from experience: Here in Missoula you’ll have teachers who inspire and encourage you. They will help you to succeed in work life after school. They do care for you. (Coming from people who study Communications, Politics, Philosophy, English & Arabics, Pharmacy, Physics and Space Science).

The campus environment for studies is pretty neat too. Where else do you have trees growing inside your study building?

I promise you one thing: If you do come here, you will have the best time of your life.

Delivered to you by one happy exchange student who totally lost her heart to Montana.

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Top 5 Hikes In Western Washington

Wallace Falls: Gold Bar, Washington

This beginner to moderate level hike is located in Gold Bar, Washington. It begins on the river banks and slowly acclimates to the top of the falls. This hike has a lower stopping point, a mid-point, and the upper falls final stop. The trail is about 4.5 miles round trip.

Rattlesnake Ledge: North Bend, Washington

This intense hike is located in North Bend, Washington. At about 4 miles round trip, this hike will really test your stair climbing as you gain 1,160ft by the time you reach the top. The view is well worth the hard work!

Dog Mountain: White Salmon, Washington

This trail is right on the border of Washington and Oregon, at the base of the Columbia River Gorge. It is 6 miles round trip, with a 2,800 ft elevation gain to the top. Once you reach the peak, the view is unforgettable! Make sure to go around the springtime to see all the flowers blooming on the mountain.

Blanca Lake: Index, Washington

Blanca Lake is a glacier-fed lake hidden within the mountains. The hike is about 13 miles round trip and classified as difficult. Unless you want to hike in the snow, the best time to tackle this trail is in the summer, but you’ll need to get an early start to avoid the heat for the 3,900 ft elevation gain!

Mount Si: Mount Si, Washington

This trail is located in Mount Si, Washington, and it is another elevated hike. At about 8 miles round trip and a 3,200 ft elevation gain, this is considered a moderately difficult hike. Once at the top, you get to look out and view the Cascade Range.

PSL is Here: Fall Drinks You Must Try at Starbucks

As autumn rolls around again this year, we are all dusting off our sweaters and scarves, craving the gloomy weather that keeps us inside. Unfortunately, the only thing taking a hiatus this season is our motivation. Responsibilities like school and work will not allow us to curl up under a blanket in this cold weather, so we need to find something to keep us focused and warm; something that still feels like fall. Luckily, Starbucks offers an array of warm, tasty, and sweet beverages that hit the spot.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is a classic. PSL only comes around once a year; it’s like Christmas! But seriously, this is the ultimate “Fall” drink. If you’re looking to taste sugar, spice, and all things nice, be sure to get your fix before the season ends.  

Snickerdoodle Latte

This mixture of Cinnamon Dolce and White Mocha flavorings creates a sweet, chocolaty flavor, with just a hint of spice. Just ask your barista to top it off with some whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles, and you’ll get that rainy day off to a good start.

The Cinderella Latte

This Starbucks secret menu drink was created by a passionate Disney fan who worked as a Starbucks Barista and wanted to incorporate some of that magic into her drinks. This mix of White Mocha and Pumpkin Spice represents the Princess’ enchanted horse-drawn carriage. Be sure to give it a try to taste some of that delicious magic!

Pumpkin Spice Chai

Do you love your chai tea lattes? Add a pinch of pumpkin in there for an extra spicy taste. There is no coffee in this drink, but there will be plenty of flavor to keep you interested.

Pumpkin Cream Cold Foam Cold Brew

This drink is quite the mouthful, and it isn’t warm. But it will definitely give you a kick with the amount of caffeine it contains. The sweet-subtle pumpkin flavor in the foam is the perfect preface to the smooth cold brew underneath. Be sure to stop in and order this when you’re in need of a fall-pick-me-up.

Bethany