On Following the Pursuit of Happiness

You’ve heard the term in the Declaration of Independence. If you’re a Kid Cudi fan, you know he has a song entitled “Pursuit of Happiness.” Or if you’re a movie buff, you know of the Will Smith movie, “Pursuit of Happyness.” But what does the pursuit of happiness really mean?
Well, no one actually knows. It’s been interpreted in so many different ways that’s it’s hard to describe exactly what it means. Pursue what you think will make you happy. Duh. But what will make you happy?

That, dear reader, is up to you and only you.

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My favorite professors at SJU

These are in no particular order, but these are some of the professors that I’ve had in the past four years that I’ve really enjoyed having:

Dr. Divya Balasubramaniam – Introductory MicroEconomics

  • Dr. Divya is one of the greatest professors on campus. As a business major, I was required to take micro and macroeconomics. This wasn’t a topic that I was too interested in, but she made it so much fun. She is an amazing teacher and is always willing to help. Four years later, we always say hi to each other on campus and I usually get to see her at the Interfaith Service in the beginning of the spring semester.

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The 411 on being a Business Administration Major

Before I came to college I knew for sure that I would be a business major. I was also certain that I wanted to do something relating to management. The BA major here is exactly what I was looking for. It’s pretty flexible, covers a lot of aspects in overall business, and you get to have a lot of say in the courses that you take. Students typically take five courses each semester. If need be, you can also take courses over the summer and during breaks

There are ten core classes that you have to take aside from the GEP (General Education Program) requirements:

  • ACC 101 – Concepts of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 102 – Managerial Accounting
  • DSS 200 – Introduction to Information Systems
  • DSS 210 – Business Statistics
  • DSS 220 – Business Analytics
  • FIN 200 – Introduction to Finance
  • MGT 110 – Essentials of Organizational Behavior
    • or MGT 120 – Essentials of Management (it doesn’t matter which one)
  • MGT 360 – Legal Environment of Business
  • MKT 201 – Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 495 – Business Policy

In addition to these you also will complete ACC 100 – Excel Competency online.

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Admitted Students Weekend

Even though I never got to attend the festivities of Admitted Students Day when I was a high school senior being behind the scenes as an RA proved to be just as fun. Once you’ve received your red envelope there are three major events that can help you seal the deal:

  1. Multicultural Admissions Program (MAP) – April 1st: MAP is both fun and educational. The purpose of the program is to show incoming students the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus. Prospective students get to spend a night in the residence halls, get familiar with some upperclassmen,

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Senior year: Friends

Am I the only one feeling like I’ve met so many cool people senior year? Between new people I’ve met in class, old classmates I’ve built stronger relationships with, and the regulars at Tuesday night Quizzo at Landmark, I have handfuls of new, cool pals. I always stop and think, “where were you for the last three years of my life?”

I have this idea, and I want to know where you guys weigh in on this. There’s a whole senior year experience, like there was a freshmen year experience, that brings us all closer together.

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The end is near … Hey Grad School!

Hey seniors.

So, how cool is senior year, right? Doing so many fun things because you know it’s your last opportunity to do them, but then actually facing the fact that it’s your last time doing them. As an orientation leader, my consciousness of “the end” has been with me since that last week in June when I announced to approximately a million families and incoming students that I’m a senior and had my last go round at the absolute best job ever. To some extent, having that experience over the summer helped me to realize that this really is our last shot at everything St.

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“Come together, right now, over me.”

– The Beatles, ‘Come Together’

On Sunday afternoon, I headed over to campus to represent Radio 1851 at the Fall View open house. I’d never been to one of SJU’s open houses before today; after I applied as a senior, my family and I took a guided tour and, more or less, decided on the spot that St. Joe’s would be my new home for the next four years.

As I woke up that morning to the brisk morning air coming through my window, the only thing on my mind was snuggling back into my blankets.

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Senior Stress!!!

They say that your senior year of college is supposed to be one of fun and excitement. That statement is true; you truly do have a great time with your friends. However, what people do not tell you is the stress that goes hand in hand with senior year. You can quickly become overwhelmed. You suddenly realize your college career is coming to an end. You soon will be entering the “real world”. Facing so many decisions, whether to enter the job market competing with thousands of recently graduated college seniors or apply to grad school. Then on top of it all,

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Tangled Up in New Beginnings

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,

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SophoMORE

It has officially been a week of my first semester as a sophomore and I must say, it feels weird.

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.

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