The city of Philadelphia has many great attractions. For those who are not from the area it can be a bit overwhelming. There are the usual well-known historical sites, but Philadelphia is a gem with diverse options. If you are from the Philadelphia area you have the city at your fingertips, but for those new to Saint Joseph’s University it is new and unfamiliar territory. Being a student who was born and raised outside of the city limits, I have been asked several questions throughout the semester by my friends. The one question that is asked of me repeatedly is where someone should take his or her family when visiting Philadelphia.
– The Who, ‘Relax’
Completing group projects. Writing papers upon papers. Following through on social commitments. Working. Studying for quizzes and exams. Participating in extracurricular activities. Filling out the FAFSA, applying for loans. Registering for classes, being wait-listed, cramming GEP classes into your schedule. Figuring out housing, finding a roommate, putting a downpayment on a house.
The middle of the semester can make you feel as though you’re in the middle of a nervous breakdown.
It seems to me that the beginnings and the ends of semesters are typically smooth sailing; it’s the middle periods where the figurative waters become choppy and I begin drowning in work.
Growing up as an identical twin, I always had somebody to interact with. My twin and I had similar friends, jobs, and hobbies. While we had our own separate interests, we both played soccer, refereed, and hung out in the same friend group. Wherever we went in public, we would receive the “deer caught in the headlights” look.
After people realized that we are actually twins and they were not literally seeing double or hallucinating, they begin to start asking us questions: Are you the evil twin? Which one is older? If I pinch you, does the other feel it?
When I say Angelina Jolie what you do think? You probably imagine a strong, beautiful, excellent actress, right? What about Ashton Kutcher? You think of a hilarious, successful and good-looking actor, do you not? But did you know that these and other celebrities like Ricky Martin, Demi Moore, and Alicia Keys are also involved in organizations that provide support to people suffering from slavery at this very moment?
Because it’s really not publicized.
This past Thursday, March 26, was the first day in months that the temperature reached above fifty degrees and it felt like spring outside.
It has been two weeks since I got back from my journey to the Appalachia Region, specifically Neon, Kentucky. Neon is about an 9 hour drive from Saint Joe’s campus (12 hours counting all of the pit stops).
As a freshman, I was very reluctant to sign up for the Appalachian Experience (APEX), because I did not know what to expect, I had never done a service retreat to that high of an extent, and I was not sure if I could handle more time away from my family and friends back at home.
How do you see your foundation when the top of the building crumbles? How do you feel pride when faced with disappointment and embarrassment? How do you remember the laughs when surrounded by silence?
It was a chilly January morning when the SJU Improv team was voted out in the first round of the National College Improv Tournament in Philadelphia. In a Shake Shack on Sansom Street, the rowdy group of performers ranging from sorority girls to Division 1 Athletes, sat reading the judges’ critiques.
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.
I never pictured myself as a sorority girl. Like many other high-schoolers, the only things I knew about Greek life I had learned from the wild stories depicted on ABC Family’s Greek. The parties, the drinking, the frat guys, the beautifully over-the-top sorority mansions. I would listen to countless stories from my older friends describing their latest mixer theme or let them vent to me about the strain of rush week and pledge periods and it all sounded like a foreign language.
Well, needless to say as a wide eyed freshman at SJU I couldn’t help but notice the Greeks on campus.
If you missed it, here’s a link to my last post about using Twitter as a news source.
My last venture into Twitter left me feeling a little bit dissatisfied. I really thought that I would delve in and immediately come out as a modern and enlightened citizen of the online world. Instead, I just felt dumb and even more out of the loop. I’m pretty sure that my dad is better at using Twitter than I am.
So, I resorted to the thing that I am good at: academia.
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.