Cheese Curds and Kinship

I had the honor and privilege this past weekend of representing SJU at the Alpha Sigma Nu Centennial Triennial Conference at Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alpha Sigma Nu is the international Jesuit honor society, with a chapter at every Jesuit university in the United States, as well as in Canada, Korea, and now Spain. Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is based around three tenets: scholarship, service, and loyalty to Jesuit values.

As Chapter President for Saint Joe’s, I and two other members of our executive board of the SJU chapter were able to attend the conference this weekend.

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Bad News in a Good Way

“No one loves the messenger who brings bad news.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

I hate bad news. I mean, who does?

Bad news is something that could ruin you day, or your week, or your month, or your life in some cases. Unfortunately, for most of us, bad news cannot be forever avoided. Because if all you got was good news in life, it wouldn’t be good, it would just be news. You need some bad to balance out and appreciate the good.

As such, bad news should always be delivered with good news. Obvious,

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My First College Test

This week I took my first real college test. Sure, I’ve taken the little quizzes, written essays, but a big college test, well; I guess I’m not in Kansas (high school) anymore. The exam was difficult sure, but mostly it was the whole experience of it all that really threw me for a loop. After I handed in my test and left the classroom I thought to myself, “Alright, I think I did well on that” but mostly I was thinking, “I need to write a blog about this” And so, my first college test experience:

 

Walking up the flight of stairs to my classroom I was greeted with panicked stares glancing up at me briefly from their notebooks as I walked into the room.

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On Being

I spent a lot of the second semester of my junior year being absolutely frantic about my future after St. Joe’s. One of my professors joked with me that my freak outs were incredibly pre-mature; and I responded that I was always one who liked to do things ahead of schedule. As a senior, I am constantly asked what my plans are after graduation and what I want to do with my life; and I’m expected to give a real, serious answer. Well, here’s my answer: I just want to be.

I want to be happy. I want to wake up every single day,

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The Pope, The Press, and An Intern: When Papal Meets Professional

It’s been a little over a week since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, and I still can’t stop replaying scenes from those two days over and over again in my mind.

 

I was in the vicinity of Pope Francis’s incredibly moving speech at Independence Hall. I teared up when he closed with an Our Father in English, and nearly again when he waved and drove by where I was camped out in Franklin Square, to watch the speech on a Jumbotron.

 

I was there when he drove up and down the Ben Franklin Parkway just after twilight’s waning,

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Get your LinkedIn in

LinkedIn is a valuable resource to assist with your job search because of how simple it makes networking. Even though networking may take a lot of patience, it should not seem so bad. It is a task that will pay off once you get your dream job. LinkedIn helps portray your professional image to employers while staying up to date with professionals that you meet or would like to. The social media website for business is tremendous way to build and stay current with your network.

LinkedIn is Green

After talking with a professional at a career fair or networking event,

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Café con Leche

We are officially one month in. With school now in full swing, I’ve been spending most of my free time exploring new cafés to mix up regular homework time. My roomates and I have been trying to find a new one almost everyday…definitely spending more time wandering for hidden gems than actually studying. It didn’t take long to get accustomed to the traditional Spanish coffee order- a café con leche and usually churros con chocolate to go with it. Only two windy streets from our house we found an amazing market called Mercado San Miguel, which reminds me so much of Redding Terminal back home.

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Why so many useless classes?

A question you may hear a lot during your time at SJU is, “Why am I in this class? ” or, “I am never going to use this class, why must I take it?” I, too, have mulled over these questions and wondered why all of these additional classes are required since they are not essential to my major. As a senior, I have to say I am finally starting to understand. Over the years I have slowly (and yes, I mean slowly) learned the importance of the GER or General Education Requirement. The GERs are required courses, which many universities have adopted.

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Students Teaching Students: The SJU Comm Club

The SJU Comm Club is the newest club on campus, and it is arguably the coolest. Before you accuse me of (somewhat obvious) bias, let’s chat about what this club is all about.

The Comm Club was founded by three students on campus (Erin Cooper, Justin Russell, and Noran Salah) who decided this school needs a little hub where Communications majors can go and discuss ideas and use their many talents to enhance campus life. The Comm Department is fairly new, but it is one of the fastest growing departments at the university. That being said, it was obvious that all of these creative minds should be brought together to collaborate,

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“Got no time to for spreading roots, the time has come to be gone.”

– Led Zeppelin, ‘Ramble On’

Let me ask you: have you ever had a dream – a huge, seemingly unattainable dream – that you chased after, strived toward, and ultimately lived out to the fullest of your capabilities?

Up until this point, if I’m being honest with myself, I never truly have. In all actuality, a great deal of my life has been spent grasping circumstances that were already somehow within my reach.

Let me preface this with the fact that I consider myself immensely, inexplicably blessed to have such selfless parents,

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