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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“Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

It has been over two months—TWO MONTHS—since my immersion trip to Ecuador. As time goes by, I find it harder and harder to process the experience that I had. I flew from Philadelphia to Miami and then from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital, with twelve other eager, but anxious participants.

I had never been outside of the country before so I was nervous that I would be so shocked by the culture that I would not be able to fully take in the beauty of the country, while still noticing the extreme levels of poverty. However, I can say that while these fears were definitely rational,

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My Journey as a Student Leader: Part 2

As much as I love being a student leader, I’ve learned that there are times when it’s not all that great. Here are the top three reasons that have sometimes made me wish that I wasn’t so involved:

The work load can get overwhelming – The position that you hold in an organization typically determines the amount of responsibility that you have. Along with that, you are also taking classes, maybe working and/or playing sports. Balancing all of these things is not always easy no matter how good your time management skills are. Sometimes life happens and you fall behind.

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The Thirst Project

663 million.

The number of people without the access to safe drinking water

8 college students.

Turned $70 into $1700 and founded the world’s largest youth water organization

 

Why: Waterborne diseases kill more children every single year than AIDS, Malaria, and all world violence combined. By providing a community with safe drinking water, disease rates can drop up to 88%, and child mortality rates can drop up to 90%.

 

Where: Swaziland has the single-highest-density population of HIV/AIDS in the world, and even if you have access to medical treatment,

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My Journey as a Student Leader: Part 1

There are a lot of ups and downs to being a student leader, so you have to be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly. For now, we’ll just focus on the good.

One of the things that I love about Saint Joe’s is that there are tons of student run organizations to join that allow you to find where you fit as a student leader. Throughout my four years here, I have been an executive board member on our programming board and two organizations within The Office of Multicultural Life, an ambassador for a freshman early move-in program,

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“And everything I had to know, I heard it on my radio.”

– Queen, ‘Radio Ga Ga’
(Before I begin this post, let me just say: WOW, it feels so good to be back! I’ve had to take a bit of a break from blogging lately to focus my energy on other endeavors; last semester, my classes required me to spend all of my spare time studying and working on group projects, and this semester’s internship has changed my sleep schedule — and my life — completely. But I’ll get to that.)

Monday morning, 3:45 AM. One of the four alarms I have set on my phone begins blaring what would normally be considered a fairly pleasant tune;

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All Aboard the Struggle Bus: The Epilogue

So, what was the point of that trilogy? (Click here to start from the beginning)  Well, for one thing it was supposed to entertain you. But actually, it’s supposed to teach you a lesson. I know, I know this isn’t an after school special and I should’ve warned you from the beginning, but hey, I’m almost done. I get complimented on my fake Toms whenever I wear them, and I can’t help but laugh because I’m reminded of the weekend I had when I got them. It took a while for me to realize it, but that’s a pretty great story.

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Working out without going to the gym

When I came to college I stopped playing sports because I no longer had the time to dedicate to practices and to games. To make up for the lack of physical activity that I attempted to go to the gym a few times only to realize that it just wasn’t for me.

To be honest, I hate using the machines at the gym. They’re large, bulky, and anything that I have to pull down is difficult to use because I’m barely tall enough to reach anything (I’m only five feet tall). I prefer to use free weights so working out in my apartment saves me the trouble of having to travel back and forth between campus and my apartment just to get a little bit of exercise.

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Second Semester Mantras

The beginning of my second semester as a freshman I made a few goals; not resolutions to stop eating Campion cookies, but instead mantras to implement in my everyday life. Now the middle of the semester, I can happily say that all three of my mantras are in fact being met, and I believe that each has made a huge impact on my semester thus far.

 

Mantra comes from Sanskrit origin, with the prefix meaning mind, and the suffix meaning instrument. Therefore together, mantra means an instrument of the mind. These words or phrases are made by you in order to aid as a tool in order to bring psychological and/or spiritual power.

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Visit Philly 2016: Spring Events

The snow is melting, the sun is shining, and the temperature is slowly escaping the below freezing mark; spring is coming! Spring is my absolute favorite season in the year. The feeling of crisp, fresh March air on the face and warm sun on the skin is bliss in its purest form. This spring, I’m making it a goal to get out into the beautiful city of Philadelphia more often. With the city nearly in my backyard, I sometimes take it for granted. I’ve done some research into events going on in Philly this season, and hopefully it will also inspire all you lovely readers to get out and feel the brotherly love.

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