Whenever anyone asks me whether or not I have siblings I never cease to be stunned. I always respond with a quiet “What?” when really I mean “What?! How could you not know I have siblings?!” It is a simple question with an even simpler answer: yes. I could even eliminate the bonus questions of how many siblings do you have or are they older or younger by saying, yes I have two older sisters. You are probably wondering “What is wrong with this girl? People are just trying to make polite conversation with her. How could they possibly know she has siblings if they just met her?
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.
If you would have asked me in April of 2014 where I was going to go to college, I would have told you I was going to La Salle University. I would have told you I was going to major in journalism with a minor in the fine arts and live in the honors house in the middle of campus. I even wrote La Salle University under the “Where we’re going” list of colleges on the whiteboard in Mr. Rubino’s class. It was basically official.
I think I always knew it wouldn’t work out. When I gathered my sisters and parents to tell them I decided to go to La Salle,
Since this weekend is Admitted Students Day, I feel the need to talk about what makes SJU, well, SJU.
Some would say it’s the campus, while others would mention the sports. Many people find new friends and great hobbies on campus and claim that’s the magis. Some would suggest it’s the offered majors and great academic departments around campus. A few students might even mention the clubs and organizations that have influenced them during their time at SJU.
I went around and talked to people to see what they thought about SJU. And, after a while,
There’s art therapy, music therapy, pet therapy…what about community service therapy?
One of the biggest characteristics about Saint Joe’s that set it apart from my previous university are all of its amazing community service opportunities. At my old school, any sort of service program was done primarily through Greek life, and if you were very non-Greeky like myself, then you would not be able to participate.
Being Jesuit, SJU promotes the help of others. This is done through multiple programs such as APEX, Collegiate Challenge, Weekly Service, and a variety of service learning courses.
Philadelphia Service Immersion Program or PSIP is a four day experience prior to move-in freshman year. The program allowed me to become acquainted with Saint Joseph’s community as well as the “City of Brotherly Love.”
After I received my acceptance letter and sent in my deposit to Saint Joseph’s, I was eager to get on campus as soon as possible. When I received an email about the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program, I was given the opportunity to move in a few days prior to everyone else.
There were around 100 freshmen that participated in the program.
Let me make one thing clear:
There is NEVER a convenient time to say goodbye to your friends, pack up your belongings, and start all over at a new school. No matter what time of the year you decide to transfer, you are going to feel like an outsider when you arrive at your new destination. Having recently gone through the transfer process, I can personally attest to feeling lonely, scared, nervous, and mad at myself for leaving my comfortable life at my previous university to begin again at a new school where everything seemed so foreign.
Recognizing that the college I envisioned myself graduating from is not actually the best fit for me was a hard realization to come to.