The Year in Review – So much has happened in 2016 that changed our world. The words “What is happening?!” were on many people’s lips.
Gandhi said, “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change… We need not wait to see what others do.”
At United Mint Campus, we strongly believe that we need not wait to see what others do. It’s up to us to change the world. In 2016, we endeavored to create a place where students could find their mission, mint their life, and mint the world around them.
Having welcomed our founding class of students, it was a thrilling year for United Mint Campus and we wanted to share some of our 2016 highlights.
Number 10. Celebrating La Vendimia of La Rioja
460 million kilos of grapes were harvested at the 2016 Vendimia. UMC students were hosted for a day of grape harvesting and learning about the wine business at La Rioja Alta.
Number 09. Presenting with Northeastern University at the 2016 Global Internship Conference
Working with Northeastern University to bring depth to understanding industry’s needs and how to apply this intelligence to the internship experience.
United Mint Campus VP, Cobey Flynn, and Northeastern University Senior Faculty Coordinator for Global and Graduate co-op, Kellianne Murphy, led the seminar “Internships Today for the Workplace of Tomorrow.”
Number 08. Training at the Bakh Sport Center
Pools, Spas, Gyms, Fitness Classes, Ice-skating Rink, Basketball Courts in a Sports Center that will make you drool even if you’re not an athlete.
Training side-by-side with professional athletes and then watching them play Euroleague Basketball (Go Baskonia!) at the Buesa Arena and La Liga soccer (Go Alavés!) at Mendizorroza is a thrilling way to spend your days.
Number 07. First Annual Halloween Party
Killer Costumes, Spooky Decorations, Bewitching Halloween Desserts, a Viciously Competitive Scavenger Hunt, and an Absurdly Fun Donuts-on-a-String Eating Race made for an Insanely Fantastic Halloween Party.
You can see the party in action. Video created by our Social Media and Marketing Project Incubator student Ane Murua.
Number 06. Surfing the Basque Coast
From Zarautz to San Sebastian we got our surf on. For the best places to surf in the Basque Country read our blog post Surfing The Basque Country.
Number 05. Summer In San Sebastian
From Jazzaldia to Shakespeare In The Park to Peace art installations it was an enriching experience to be in the 2016 European Capital of Culture for the Summer. Our favorite highlight from the Summer is the moment when our UMC video journalist intern got her first International Press Credential at the San Sebastian Classica (pictured in the post’s cover photo).
Shoutout to Galerna Studio (pictured) – our hosts in San Sebastian – where our first students got to film at the hippest studio in San Sebastian, got their Lifehack on, and cut their teeth on writing original creative briefs.
Number 04. Lifehack Bootcamp Arrives on Campus
Having our celebrity Lifehack Bootcamp productivity coaches spend 3 months on campus creating and delivering a first-in-world productivity skills program designed for students was a great thrill, a huge success, and a double dose of fun.
Number 03. Swimming in the Bay of Biscay in December
A farewell swim in the Bay of Biscay on a beautiful night in San Sebastian made for a memory that will never be forgotten.
Number 02. Opening Our Doors in the Heart of Vitoria-Gasteiz
With the most stunning location in the entire city, balconies and dozens of windows overlooking TWO classic plazas, UMC’s Project Incubator made for a thrilling destination for both students and staff.
Number 01. Changing Education As We Know It
Recognizing that education “as we know it” is outdated and ineffective, United Mint Campus designed a new higher education from the ground up, introducing:
The first global higher education program to put hands-on real world projects at the heart of campus. The first global higher education program to begin with an immersive productivity skills bootcamp. The first global higher education program with a LEARN – WORK – PLAY initiative, helping students find the balanced path to meeting their goals.
At United Mint Campus, students don’t have to wait to make an impact. At UMC, students Mint Their Life starting on day one!