Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Hopewell, NJ
Area of Study: Communication Studies major, Music Industry minor
Interests: going to concerts, random acts of kindness, finding new tv shows to watch, discovering new places, being myself.
Hi guys! My name is Jess and I am super excited to blog for Saint Joe’s! I write for my own personal blog where I post different ways to perform random acts of kindness and share my own stories and for 1851 Entertainment’s blog as well! I have always been a big believer that kindness makes the world go ‘round (and also music).
I am a huge music lover, especially alternative/indie music. I go to at least one concert a month. If you haven’t been to the Trocadero Theatre in Philly I definitely recommend it! I’m currently learning how to play the harmonica, which is really fun (but also very difficult). I also really love musicals! Once (which sadly is not on Broadway anymore) is my favorite, but luckily it’s also a movie so check it out if you’ve never seen it!
If I’m not at a concert, blogging, or shopping I’m either planning events for our programming board the Student Union Board, working on digital media for our newspaper The Hawk, going to service, or volunteering with the Philadelphia Film Society!
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,
I have always been a big movie buff. I love everything about them–the creation process, the cinematography and, most importantly, watching stories come to life before your eyes.
And this year I was lucky enough to volunteer at the 24th Philadelphia Film Festival. Last year, as a freshman, I found out about the opportunity through my first semester English professor who recommended it to us. It was such an awesome experience last year that I had to do it again!
The festival ranged from October 22nd through November 1st. It featured a whole array of different films including documentaries,
The city of Philadelphia is not usually associated with the word “kindness” (we all remember HitchBOT’s destruction a few months prior). However, on October 27th, Philly’s 333rd birthday, A Day of Kindness was proclaimed in the city.
This day also celebrated Pope Francis’ visit to the City of Brotherly Love where he spoke about the importance of kindness, William Penn’s wish for kindness, and the Dalai Lama being awarded the Liberty Medal.
At 5:30 PM on Tuesday, thousands of flags of kindness made by people of all ages, races, and backgrounds throughout the city were dedicated to the kindness mission.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the Mid-Atlantic conference for the National Association of College Activities (NACA) with my fellow Student Union Board exec members. The conference was held in Buffalo, NY (I had never been there before) so I was really excited to road trip with other surrounding universities.
“NACA is the recognized leader in higher education providing knowledge, ideas and resources for campus life, providing our members with programs and events focusing on student and professional leadership development, program planning, concert management, diversity and more.”
On Friday I ran the Student Union Board‘s (SUB’s) first late night event of the semester!
The event was First Friday, which features numerous galleries and local artists from the Philly area!
“First Friday is a unique cultural event in Philadelphia and one of the city’s most popular evening escapes. Held the first Friday night of each month, this arts community ‘open house’ brings together city dwellers and suburbanites, contemporary arts and antique collectors, aficionados of classical and contemporary design, and theater and performance buffs.”
And added to that list was Saint Joe’s students!
It’s Saturday night and I’m currently in my dorm room, listening to the new Beach House album, doing my homework for Tuesday (does that make me lame?) [nerds are hip, right?].
Recently, in my Civic Media class in the Communications department, we had discussed social capital and whether it had been declining or not and also digital media’s role in this decline or incline. Then, when I went to do my Sociology of Migration homework that same night, I started reading the assigned book, which had started to discuss social capital and its relationship to Migration-Trust Networks.
I pass my old dorm, wondering how I haven’t yet walked into it, swiped in, and taken the stairs to the third floor like I did all of last year. I walk around campus actually knowing where all of my classes are. I am already a part of organizations on campus and actually ran parts of Welcome Week and the Student Union Board table at the activities fair instead of just walking around enjoying all that the school has to offer.
College can be a big transition for most, if not all, people making the big leap. Looking back a year later since I moved into Villiger 338, I can honestly say that the only feelings I can remember were excitement to move into my own, new space (and to decorate it however I pleased) and the sadness of leaving my friends and family.
Now I’m a sophomore (woah) and the same emotions are consuming my body just like last year.
However, I would say that there are a lot of differences. Freshman year you’re more consumed with freaking out over the location of your classes,
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.
“And now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for…THE MAINE!” The crowd goes wild! “Heeeellllooo Philadelphia!”
Saint Joseph’s University offers a lot of really amazing activities, which are advertised during the annual club fair in the fall. The Student Union Board (SUB) plans and executes events for all undergraduate students attending St. Joe’s and I am lucky enough to be a part of the Executive Board during my freshman year!