MSU was not my first choice for college; it was not my second choice, either. In fact, MSU was the only school in a 2500-mile radius of my hometown of Kalispell, MT that I was considering attending. My search was partially based on academics, yes, but I was also focused on the cultural opportunities I thought each school would provide. In my opinion, college is as much of a time for personal growth as it is for intellectual stimulation and there is no better way to grow as a person than to experience — through books, films, theatre, art, community, etc. — the lifestyles of other people.
I was firmly skeptical about Bozeman’s ability to stimulate my interest and catalyze my personal growth but, throughout my three years, I have been proven absolutely, 100 percent wrong. Montana State University and the larger Gallatin Valley community have a tremendous amount to offer college-aged individuals, both in what they organically supply and in what they bring in from other places.
Over the last semester, I have had the pleasure of covering (and the melancholy of deferring coverage to) some spectacular events. Every week, I am amazed at the width and depth of events and performances that occur here, and I don’t believe I could’ve become the person I am today without their stimulation. Not only that, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.
The Bozeman “culture” scene is rich and rewarding and I encourage every skeptic — new and old — to remain open and give it the opportunity it deserves. After all, it is what we do with the opportunities provided to us, not only the opportunities themselves, that makes us grow.
For those who still doubt me, here are some of the events covered throughout the semester, all of which were either created, hosted or performed by local Bozemanites. Take a look, I’m sure it will surprise you — it certainly surprised me.