So, if you didn’t already know SJU is hosting Family Weekend this weekend, as we do every fall and I always get super excited for it. The weather is finally cooling down, many of us are starting to miss our families at least a little bit and there is a lot of awesome programming that makes family weekend all that it is. The thing that gets me every year, though … PEOPLE NEVER INVITE THEIR FAMILIES!
Okay, obviously there are plenty of families that do come and enjoy the festivities, but I notice that a large part of our student body goes home for family weekend or just wanders around aimlessly with no family by their side.
College can be stressful: overwhelming workloads, new friends, and new places. I have always been accustomed to knowing someone, or better yet someone knowing me, everywhere I went. I was used to always seeing a familiar face, a feeling of security and calmness everywhere I would go. Something was missing from my daily hustle and bustle of college life, and it finally was revealed to me through a video called This is Water.
As part of orientation before classes started, the freshmen class watched a commencement speech by David Foster Wallace. After watching this short video I was really intrigued.
I am officially starting my senior year of college here at SJU. I have had an unbelievable time on this campus; this has been some of the best years of my life. As I reflect back on my years here at SJU, I am hit with the realization that an end is nearing; a culmination of 4 years of learning will soon end with graduation. As a freshman we all look forward to that day, but now as a senior the finality of graduation makes me a little melancholy. I remember my first days of touring the SJU campus. As I looked around,
It’s Saturday night and I’m currently in my dorm room, listening to the new Beach House album, doing my homework for Tuesday (does that make me lame?) [nerds are hip, right?].
Recently, in my Civic Media class in the Communications department, we had discussed social capital and whether it had been declining or not and also digital media’s role in this decline or incline. Then, when I went to do my Sociology of Migration homework that same night, I started reading the assigned book, which had started to discuss social capital and its relationship to Migration-Trust Networks.
Directionally challenged, a phrase I seem to have emulated my entire life. Coming from a small town, Philadelphia was definitely not going to be a walk in the park when it came down to actually going places. Due to this unfortunate attribute, I decided that an early move in program was a step in the right direction (pun intended). The early move in program I chose was PSIP (Philadelphia Service Immersion Program), where you travel in groups to different parts of Philadelphia to do service work.
My first day of PSIP was unbelievable! First we took the Septa to our service destination and after our day we once again waited at the bus stop to get back on campus.
The Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) at SJU is a program I hold near and dear to my heart, and not just because it saved me a few hassles moving into my freshman dorm a few days early.
The early move-in program takes small groups of incoming freshmen to a service site in Philadelphia for three mornings straight (while using public transportation!)– the same site every day. In the afternoon, groups explore various fun places in Philadelphia, meet professors who take them on a tour of a Philly neighborhood, reflect on these experiences,
I pass my old dorm, wondering how I haven’t yet walked into it, swiped in, and taken the stairs to the third floor like I did all of last year. I walk around campus actually knowing where all of my classes are. I am already a part of organizations on campus and actually ran parts of Welcome Week and the Student Union Board table at the activities fair instead of just walking around enjoying all that the school has to offer.
College can be a big transition for most, if not all, people making the big leap. Looking back a year later since I moved into Villiger 338, I can honestly say that the only feelings I can remember were excitement to move into my own, new space (and to decorate it however I pleased) and the sadness of leaving my friends and family.
Now I’m a sophomore (woah) and the same emotions are consuming my body just like last year.
However, I would say that there are a lot of differences. Freshman year you’re more consumed with freaking out over the location of your classes,
In the first semester of my sophomore year at SJU, I came face to face with a certain quote that both excites and terrifies me to the core.
“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”
On the surface this is an inspiring bit of writing. Anyone can appreciate the way the words jump at you,
During internship interviews, everyone is asked: Why did you choose (insert major) as your major? When I am asked this question, I use it as an opportunity to tell the employer about myself. Deciding a major is just as big of a decision as deciding where to go to college. Some students decide their major based on the college that they are or will be attending, while other students decide the college based on the major that they would like to major in. I was a student that knew I wanted to major in accounting and then decided to go to Saint Joseph’s based on majoring in accounting.