The Bittersweet Sound of Silence

I’ve never believed that silence is golden. To me, silence is more like tin, or copper, or one of those elements on the bottom of the periodic table that no one knows about, but is still there. Don’t get me wrong; I have learned to cope with silence to a certain point. Admittedly there are benefits to silence.

It’s suffocating, yet calming. Frightening, but comforting. Lonely, but filling. But, you can only go so long without sound. Without the voice of someone else, without music, without the sound of the gentle rain falling on your window.

I haven’t quite figured out how to deal with silence,


20 Signs You Lived in Saint Mary’s


  1. The family tree is more than an alternate universe that doesn’t make sense. It is a way of life.
  2. You know everyone in the house by name
  3. You know the honorary residents by name and preferred couch
  4. You contributed to the atrocity that is the kitchen sink
  5. Any noise/unusual occurrence was because of the ghost
  6. Even though you constantly denied there being a ghost
  7. You have left stuff in the living room including, but not limited to laptops, phones, chargers, books, mugs and school supplies
  8. But also you have complained about the mess in the living room
  9. You know who’s in the shower by their singing voice
  10. Speaking of singing,


Administrators who have impacted my college career

Dr. Kim Allen-Stuck – Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Educational Support

  • I think I first met Kim during Running Start when I was a freshman. She was talking to us about Student Success, time management and how to plan out schedules (If you need help with time management, go see her). For the past year, Kim has been acting as the Interim Director  of Inclusion and Diversity and she has been doing a wonderful job. I know that she loves Student Success so if we could clone her and have her run OID too, it would be exactly what the university needs.


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.


Yearly Wrap-Up: A Few Words on Sophomore Year

Happy Finals Week! This week represents the bittersweet ending to another school year. I can honestly say I’m pretty sad to be leaving Hawk Hill after completing my second year. This year was an unforgettable one; I made new friends, learned a lot,  and had new experiences. In this post, I’m going to write about 3 things that really made this year the best yet.

New Friends

My two best friends, Cass Muratore and Molly McDonald

What can I even say about these two individuals. You know the phrase “other half?” Well I’m convinced I’m divided up into thirds,


Welcome to My Home: The Merion Atrium

My absolute favorite place on campus (besides my bed) is the Merion Atrium. If you’re not familiar, the Falese Atrium in Merion Hall is a place where dreams come true and happiness is around every corner. If you’re ever looking for me on campus, it’s more than likely that I am plopped on one of the super-comfy chairs on the first floor with an Einstein’s bagel in hand, pretending to do work on my laptop.

Last semester’s addition of Einstein’s Bagels really turned up the traffic in my happy dwelling space. This was a bittersweet addition to my world;


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.


College is more than building your resume

Many students have a hard time a hard time figuring out what extra-curricular activities to join in college. Luckily, at Saint Joe’s we have an Activities Fair at the beginning of each semester. This allows students to see all of the organizations that campus has to offer and sign up for the ones that they are interested in. 9 times out of 10, students sign up for more organizations than they could ever actually keep up with.  That’s perfectly okay, you’re not expected to stick with all of them. The purpose is to explore your options, and pick the ones that you would most likely enjoy.


“At Least Your Food Will Keep You Company”

Someone actually said that to me once: “You’re eating by yourself? At least your food will keep you company” and then proceeded to laugh at their own, not so funny joke. There was one thing I was determined to do before I finished my freshman year: Eat by myself. The majority of the time during my freshman year, I never ate alone. Now you’re probably thinking, ‘well how is that a problem if you’ve never eaten by yourself? Clearly, you’re so charismatic and wonderful that people would always want to eat with you.’ Yes, that is true, but the thing was,


The Pride of Opinions

As an English major, I do some weird things. I am unreasonably attached to literary characters, I throw books across rooms when I don’t like the endings, and I fan girl over authors. One of my favorite authors of all time is Ray Bradbury. Bradbury taught me the secret to writing, which just happens to be one of the secrets to surviving life. You can’t let anyone disrespect your opinions. They’re YOUR opinions! It is indeed very possible to change your opinions, but it is absolutely never, ever, EVER okay for anyone to make you feel as though your opinions are somehow irrelevant;