I never want to stop going to school.
Life-long learning, to some, might sound torturous. But school is about being more than just a student. (I am not going to use the word “magis.” Sorry.) Learning is about opening your mind to new experiences, and about developing the ability to evaluate every second of every day in terms of what you can do to make the world a better place. Maybe even a safer place.
Safety has definitely been on my mind the past few days. I know I’m not alone.
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,
As mentioned previously in my About Me section, I am a freshmen here at SJU and hope to dive right into all of the fun things happening around campus. In order to do just this I have joined a club that I am particularly excited about, since it is technically not in my major, and allows me to broaden my horizons even more. The American Marketing Association (AMA) is a national club, and we are lucky to have our own branch here at SJU! Since joining this club I have attended meetings where speakers from companies such as Pepsi Co spoke,
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the first full week of October (10/5-10/9) at SJU is Think Pink Week!
This year the week is Philly themed and all proceeds will go to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition! (For more information about the PA BCC click here
As always, the t-shirts this year look awesome! They will be sold for $10 each. Make sure you get one early because they will most likely sell out before the end of the week.
Below is the schedule for the week so you know exactly where to be and when:
- Bake Sale in Mandeville 11am-2pm
- T-shirt and raffles sale
- Cake pops in the library 11am-12:30pm
- 1 cake pop for $1
- Guest speaker event,
- Cake pops in the library 11am-12:30pm
In case you just woke up from some deep slumber or have been living in a jungle and just returned to civilized society, I feel like it is my duty and obligation as a human being to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis graced us with his presence this past weekend. Many members of the Saint Joseph’s University community had the chance to see him in person either when he drove down City Ave., at the events happening downtown, or when he stopped by campus. I am lucky to be able to say that I was one of the people who had the opportunity of seeing him this weekend!
“Wait, the pope is coming?”
This was my friend’s favorite response to whenever the topic of the Papal Visit was brought up these past few weeks. Yes, we know, the pope is coming.
Professors, the news, my family – everyone was talking about this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.
Fortunately, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in some papal events this past weekend.
On Friday, two of my three classes were canceled so I was able to prepare myself and begin planning my papal experience. My mother even drove down from Rochester, NY to come visit and to see the pope!
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.
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,
Although I am not Catholic, I fully understand and appreciate what it means to have a Jesuit education. I also recognize that Saint Joe’s has given me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t find at many other universities. From access to certain resources to attending a national conference for free, SJU has provided life changing experiences that are not available anywhere else.
Today I was among hundreds of Saint Joe’s students that gathered around the chapel waiting for Pope Francis to bless our new statue. As I said,
Today hundreds of Saint Joseph’s University students lined City Avenue to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis arriving at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary around noon and then again when he departed for the Center City around 4:00. During both passes student’s enthusiasm was contagious. Cheers, including a rendition of “When the hawks go flying in,” could be heard throughout the crowd.
I couldn’t help but smile being a part of such a historic event for the city of Philadelphia and for our school. Every person I passed was grinning and excited to just see Pope Francis for a second.