Sophia Galvan

Class Year: 2018

Hometown: Washington, DC

Area of Study: Major in Communication Studies, Minor in Entertainment Marketing

Interests: Music, traveling, crime shows, theme parties, art, Alpha Omicron Pi


Hi there! I’m Sophia Galvan and I’m a sophomore Communications major here at Saint Joe’s. I’m a Washington, DC native, avid music enthusiast, pisces, amateur traveler, and huge Washington Nationals fan. You can probably find me at your local concert venue, wandering around South Street, or in my apartment watching Law & Order on Netflix.

I’m utterly obsessed with SJU and I couldn’t be happier to call this campus my home. I’m excited to share my experiences with all of you, and as a self-proclaimed raconteur, I hope you will find them interesting. So, read my stuff, hear my stories, and let’s be friends! Maybe I’ll even make you a mix CD or something.



5 Events to Look Forward to During the First Month of School

We’re only two weeks away from the first day of classes on Hawk Hill. This is one of the most exciting times of the year; seeing friends, being back on campus, feeling the freedom of college once again. There are a bunch of exciting things happening all within the first month of school. Here are some events you can look forward to while packing and buying textbooks.

1. Welcome Home Mass: Sunday, August 27th, 7PM

Welcome Home Mass is the first mass of the semester held at the Chapel. It’s a fun way to ring in the new school year,


A Non-Partisan Call to Action

During the past two weeks, it’s been pretty much impossible to avoid political rhetoric on social media, in the newspaper, on tv, and sometimes even walking down the street. For a lot of people, all of this convention talk has been a massive headache. In my personal life, I’ve experienced people my age deciding to ignore it all with the common phrase, “I don’t like talking about politics.” And, honestly, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We don’t have to talk about it, but we do need to pay some kind of attention to the events that will determine what kind of future we have.


Firefly Music Festival Experience: Camping Edition

I returned home from Firefly one week ago today, and I have finally caught up on sleep and gone through all of my pictures, which means I’m ready to talk about it. This was my third year attending the festival, and it was by far my favorite. My group decided to camp for the first time, which had its major challenges and major rewards. The music was incredible. The atmosphere was magical. The experience was unforgettable.

So, we arrived in Dover, DE on Wednesday, June 15, to grab our “Wednesday Premiere” camping spot. We were lucky because we were in Lot 18,


Campus Rape Culture and How the Media Perpetuates It

It’s been spreading like wildfire; the outrage and downright disgust felt by people, especially female college students, everywhere in reaction to the news of the extremely lenient sentence given to Brock Turner who was found guilty on three counts related to sexual assault. As I read through the headlines on this story, the phrases I consistently see describing Turner are “Stanford swimmer,” “All-American Swimmer,” and “20-year-old kid.” The words that are missing from these news stories are “rapist,” “felon,” and “predator.”

Turner was found by two witnesses raping a woman behind a fraternity on January 18, 2015. At first glance,


Conquering the Summertime Standstill

We’re about a month into summer and I know I’m not the only one going a little stir crazy with the same routine different day thing. Summer is definitely my favorite time of the year, but it’s easy to get lost in the lack of structure that comes with hot days and weird sleep schedules. Even if you have a regular job or internship that you go to every day, things can get pretty boring. It’s different from going to class every day because each day offers something new and exciting, both in and out of the classroom. I think it’s very important to have some type of progression;


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 Importance of Taking a Break

It’s officially April and life seems to be picking up pretty fast, not to mention the impending doom of finals just around the corner. One of the things I’ve discovered while trudging through the never-ending amount papers, projects, tests, and due dates that pile up towards the end of the semester is that it is absolutely vital to take breaks. I’m convinced that the only way to survive the rest of college, not to mention the ~real world~, is to take breaks from work and let yourself relax.

I don’t claim to be a doctor or have any actual knowledge on what your brain needs,


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.


Galentine’s Day 2016

The term “Galentine’s Day” was first brought to us via the comedic gold that is NBC’s Parks and Recreation. For some, this special holiday is celebrated on February 13th, but others celebrate it on the 14th, sort of as an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration. Galentine’s Day is a time for girl friends to come together and celebrate one another. If you’ve read my Hawk Mate post, you know I’m a big fan of empowering female friendships. And now, thanks to Leslie Knope, there’s a whole day to celebrate these friendships.

I’m not an anti-Valentine’s Day crusader or anything;


The Struggle of Getting Yourself to Class: Winter Edition

If you’ve ever come in contact with me while outdoors between the months of December and February, I’m sorry. Winter and I are not friends. I find winter to be cold and depressing, and all around just not a good time. Combine this hatred of the cold months with living on a campus where it is only logical to walk everywhere, and the result will be my ultimate struggle of getting to class. It’s not that I mind going to class, it’s just the idea of leaving my cozy apartment to face the harsh reality of the cold outside world.


“It’s All Greek to Me”: Sorority Lingo 101

Last Friday marked the beginning of Spring Sorority Formal Recruitment 2016. If you were anywhere near Campion yesterday, you surely heard the roaring chants being shouted by the five different sororities during Philanthropy Night. Anyone who came into contact with the chants were either shocked, confused, or annoyed. Yes, we are loud. But, it’s all for a reason. In hopes to clear up some of the confusion around sorority life, this post will act as a guide to the lingo.

“Formal” vs. “Informal” Recruitment

On Saint Joe’s campus, Formal Recruitment happens in the spring of each year.


5 Ideas For a Productive Study Break

It’s that time of year again! Finals are here, and everyone knows the best part about studying is the breaks you take. Many people, myself included, tend to take the term “break” to the extreme, and then we find out that the 4-hour Netflix binge may have been somewhat counterproductive. Here are some ways to take a study break to re-energize while still staying on-task.

Make a Creative Study Schedule

Sometimes even the illusion of productivity can be enough to get the momentum going. Drawing out a study schedule will help you manage your time while also exercising some creativity.


It’s Not a Place, It’s a Feeling: Calling Hawk Hill “Home”

After talking with some friends who go to other universities, I’ve realized not everyone calls the place that they live while at school “home.” After one decides he or she will attend Saint Joe’s, it is commonplace to say “SJU will be my home for the next four years.” The concept of home is a complex one because it is not necessarily a place, it is a feeling.

Yesterday, while I was preparing to go back to campus after Thanksgiving break, I told a friend that “I’m going home tomorrow.” I caught myself saying this, and realized that while at my actual home where I grew up,


Hawks Stand with Paris

On the evening of Friday, November 13, the entire world was shaken by a series of terrorist attacks on France’s capital. As a result, we have seen countless acts of solidarity displayed by countries across the world.

It was impossible to avoid the news on this tragedy. Coverage flooded every social media platform as well as every news outlet. In my apartment, we saw the news on Twitter and immediately turned on the TV to watch CNN while we ate dinner. People of all ages, across the world, were affected by this horrific event, and members of the Saint Joe’s community were no exception.


Finding Your Hawk Mate: The Importance of Strong Female Friendships

Hawk Mate: (n.)

  1. someone you find at Saint Joe’s who you didn’t know you were missing until you met them.
  2. a soul mate.

The term “hawk mate” is a SJU-exclusive phrase that describes that person you find during your four years on campus that is with you for the rest of your life. There is no limit on how many of these special people can be in your life, but every student finds one. In the past, the term has only been used to describe those who are dating. For example, you may hear someone say,


Halloween on Campus

It’s finally here!!! Halloween is definitely one of the most fun holidays to experience on a college campus. At Saint Joe’s, we celebrate for about half of the month of October. Here are some of the awesome events we had on campus this year around.

Fall Fest

On Thursday, Oct. 15th, the SJU Student Union Board sponsored the annual Fall Fest during free period. This year, students gathered outside of Campion to celebrate the season with fall-themed food and activities, and even a musical performance by Piper Bateman, a senior at Saint Joe’s. Students snacked on on caramel apples,


What’s Up with the 154’s: All About the SJU Big 3 Courses

Students at Saint Joseph’s are all required to take three special courses that are signature to the university. They are Theology 154: Faith, Justice, and the Catholic Tradition; Philosophy 154: Moral Foundations; and History 154: Forging the Modern World. Even though all students take these courses, few know why they have these special number assignments. So why are these GEP signature courses all 154? The answer is that Pope Paul III approved Ignatius’s plan of organization for the Society of Jesus in 1540, and because these courses are apart of the SJU Jesuit education, they are called 154’s.

Let’s tackle these mysterious courses one by one.


Traveling During the Semester: 8 Tips for Getting Away

This past weekend, I traveled from our lovely campus in Philly all the way to Austin, Texas to attend Austin City Limits Music Festival. Many of the people I told about this adventure I was about to embark on were surprised that I was going so far for just one weekend in the middle of the semester.

Often in college, it can seem like you are living life in a bubble, as if everything you do and experience starts and ends on campus. However, with some strategic planning and an adventurous spirit, traveling in college is easier than it may seem.


Students Teaching Students: The SJU Comm Club

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,


The Challenges of Self-Sufficiency: Apartment Living

It’s 9pm on a Tuesday. “Can I cook a turkey burger in the microwave?” I hear my roommate ask me from the kitchen of our Rashford Hall apartment.

Though I’m not entirely sure the answer, I let her know it’s probably best to use the stove. I hear a sigh, and the sound of her putting the frozen turkey burger box back into the freezer. In hindsight, this exchange may represent the daily trials and tribulations associated with living in an apartment for the first time. Let’s be honest, when it’s a Tuesday night and you’re neck deep in readings,