Happy Homecoming Weekend!

I hope everyone had a great weekend in Coug Town! I heard we won our Homecoming game! I didn’t get to go :(

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I did have the chance to go to the Heritage Ball! There was some trouble at first with me not having a dress and the day before spending all afternoon in the mall going from store to store trying to find one. It was hard… Especially since I had just spent 5 straight hours working on a paper for my criminal justice class – Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. Here are some pictures of my night!

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My significant other and myself.

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These are all my friends! :)

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I got called “The Mexican Marilyn Monroe” a couple of times that night!

Tonight! SUNDAY, September 28th! ONCE UPON A TIME IS BACK! I have been binge watching this show since I found it on Netflix. It took me about two weeks total for the first and second season, 3 days for the third season, and now it’s on TV! Frozen is coming to Storybrooke. I can’t wait!

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The only downside about my weekend is that the Bears lost to the Packers :( I hope that next week is better!

As the secretary of UNIDOS, we had an event on Thursday in the diner atrium. UNIDOS hosted dance lessons. I don’t have those pictures yet… but once I do! Best believe I will share them with you guys!

Tomorrow is Monday! As we enter the 6th week of school, I pray for everyone that has exams coming up. May God give you the blessings you need in order to be successful and happy.

PEACE, LOVE, BLESSINGS

Jessica <3 :)

Happy Homecoming Weekend!

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I hope that everyone had a great week and enjoyed their weekend as well. This weekend was Saint Xavier University’s Homecoming. This weekend came with not only the football game to look forward to, but also different events and functions to be a part of as well. Unfortunately, I was under the weather and couldn’t attend, but I’m pretty sure it was fun nonetheless.

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Saint Xavier University held their 14th Annual 5K Run/Walk. It’s a great event to participate in to get some exercise, plus prizes are included. A great event and great way to participate in something. Hundreds routinely come out in the run and I’m sure this year was no different.

 

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Congratulations to the Saint Xavier University football team for winning on Saturday by beating Saint Francis. Along with the run, the win was a great way to kick off homecoming. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great season for the football team, which I believe it will be. Great win!

 

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For myself, I will have no social life this semester and probably this school year. Working on countless papers and exams, along with work and other activities, this is no time for a social life. It’s find though, no one said that life would be easy, especially with this being senior year. All this will pay off in the end. I just have to keep telling myself that when I feel like it’s too much. I hope that everyone had a great week and weekend!

So This Is What Adulthood Feels Like

In just a few weeks I will finally be turning 21. As this milestone approaches, I’ve been thinking a lot about adulthood. I suppose legally you become an adult at 18, some say you really become an adult when you move away from home. In my experience,  its been a gradual transition. The funny thing about it is, sometimes you don’t even notice it’s happening. However, I’ve discovered that there a few, humorous moments where I realized that I was becoming an adult and I would like to share those with you.

The 10 moments that made me realize I was an adult:

  1. Last Christmas when  I received an electric toothbrush as a gift…and I was excited about it.

  2. When I started to love candles. I used to think a candle was such a terribly boring gift and now I  even buy them for myself. My friends and I went to the mall last week and spent a good 20 minutes in the Yankee Candle store.

  3. When I got strep throat last November and I had to take myself to doctor and then walk myself to the pharmacy to get my prescription…in the rain. You think you want independence until you get sick and your Mom isn’t around.

  4. When I started going to bed somewhere between 9:30 and 10:30 pm every night. Responsibility really wears you out!

  5. When I woke up early on a Saturday morning specifically to clean my kitchen…and simultaneously realized I had become my mother.

  6. When I started checking my bank account more than I check my Facebook account.

  7. When I started looking at the price tag on everything before I even thought about buying it. Shopping with your own money is a completely different ball game.

  8. When I experienced the joy of receiving a paycheck.

  9. When I started bringing a jacket everywhere…just in case.

  10. When I realized I had a list for everything. A grocery list, a cleaning list, a homework list, a list of upcoming events….you get the picture.

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So Wake Me Up

IMG_0769Hey y’all, this is one thing that I picked up since my move from Minnesota, I say y’all now, I’m sorry mom.  But really though, this past week has been one of my favorite weeks at college!  Just so you know, I love taking pictures, it captures the moment, so you will see a lot of pictures! On Wednesday I started working the bread truck, and before returning back to school I already asked to be signed up for every Wednesday that was open. For those of you who do not know what the bread truck is, on MondayIMG_0768 and Wednesday from 5:45 to 9 p.m., students go to the Port Ministries in the Back- of- the- Yards neighborhood of Chicago.  With the Bread truck we stop at various stops offering sandwiches, soup and hot chocolate to the homeless and people in need of a meal.   It truly is  a great way to get involved in our community. The time flies! And you get a nickname, mine is Sassy. So if you are interested in helping those in need, want to get to know great people, and get a awesome nickname to email Thomas Cook at cook@sxu.edu (The three of us volunteers in the back of the bread truck, had such a great time with these lovely’s.) IMG_0828

The next best thing was the Quest retreat! Without giving away information for those who are going in the Spring and small group!next fall! Quest was amazing.  All future students who are thinking about going, should.  You get such a great experience with a great group of people, Questies Besties goes so far! And don’t even get me started on how amazing my small group was!  If you are looking to create a strong knitted group with a religious touch, go to Quest!  It is just so great! For those who thought they couldn’t go because they weren’t Catholic or Christian, you should!  It really is open to everyone no matter what your beliefs are, it focuses on the connection that we are all humans, we all have problems, we all have issues, but it is up to you to how you want to look at life.  (The middle picture was the Fall Quest group and the left picture was my amazing small group.)

On an important note, my little sissy, Maya, turned seventeen on the twenty third 1172471_594376520624399_1430609506_oof this month! This is our first birthday apart since she was born, and its crazy thinking I am eight hours away from her!  She is my best friend,  and I miss her everyday, but she was one of the people who encouraged me most about attending Saint Xavier University, she knew what I wanted when I didn’t know. (Picture above on right is Maya and I, one of my favorite pictures together.)

My first week of homecoming in college, and it was so much fun! TheIMG_0908re is so many fun games and activities for the week! My favorite part was the football game on Saturday! WE WON! 28-13! Maybe because my high school IMG_0909almost never won, but it was so great being there! And the food was good! All the students and families all dressed in red, and black! It was great! Football has never been so excited! (Pictures are from having a blast at the homecoming game!)

A Minnesota Girl in the Windy City

IMG_0214My name is Genesis Garcia Fisher, I am a first year student and a campus resident at this beautiful University and I’m so excited to be calling this my home for the next four years. I am from Bloomington Minnesota… Have you ever been to Mall of America?  That’s where I’m from!  Not that I was there a whole lot, not exactly into shopping.  Sorry if you want to hear about great shopping sales, that’s not exactly what I am into.

What I am into is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (C.S.O.). They have over ten concerts this season that students have to only pay ten dollars for, of course its student sitting, and its limited, but it’s the C.S.O.!  If you google, “Chicago Symphony Orchestra student tickets,” it should take yCSOou directly to the correct link to buy the ticket! I am going to be there with some awesome friends to hear the amazing Riccardo Muti conduct Tchaikovsky’s dramatic fourth movement.  So excited – perks of living in Chicago! My major is Elementary Education with a future minor in music.  That being said, I’m in the orchestra here at Saint Xavier University and play the cello. If you haven’t heard the cello before (you have), then you live under a sad rock…a very sad rock.  They have cellos in almost every group now, from rock to pop, to heavy metal to smooth jazz, and of course classical.

Aside from my passion for music, I also really love the Sisters of Mercy. They were one of my deciding factors when picking out what school I was going to be attending for college, as was a small Catholic University, since I am Catholic myseIMG_0011lf.  I love everything they stand for, from being nuns and being awesome to their focus on equality for all humans, especially immigrants.  My dad or “mi Papi,” as I call him, is an immigrant. He came to this country over twenty years ago from Nicaragua.  So, everything that the Sister of Mercy stand for, seems to remind me of home.  My Papi is the hardest worker I know. He has four jobs, each for one of his kids, almost never sleeps, and works holidays, but is always happy to be around us kids, always wanting to use up every second he has free with us.

Now that you know a little bit about me and my decision for choosing SXU, I’ve got some great thing planned to share with all of you! I have signed up for Quest, have you? It’s only for freshman though! It is  supposed to be super awesome, so I’m super pumped!  We leave right after school on Friday at 6p and come back Sunday!  I have my roommate and my tight group of friends going, so hopefully it goes well!  This week I will also be working with the Bread Truck on Monday and Wednesday and I have first-year student ambassadors training! I will for sure let you know next week how it all went! Especially with homecoming week right around the corner, I am excited to be a part of my first college homecoming week!

I hope school is going well for you!  Get excited for homecoming!  I will have updates next week about how things went!

Welcome To My Blog!

I would like to start off by welcoming everyone to my blog and expressing my excitement about being a Saint Xavier University student blogger this year! I always feel as though it’s easier to understand someone’s thoughts and ideas if you know a little bit of their background. So, I am going to take this opportunity to introduce myself and give you a few fun facts about my life.

My name is Bridget Goedke, I am currently a Junior here at Saint Xavier. I am studying communications, but focusing on journalism and online communication. As you can see, blogging is right up my alley! I live on campus with my twin sister and two best friends. Those three people are very important in my life both in school and outside of school. We can be rather loud, but we have a lot of fun and we’re always laughing about something.

My twin sister and I with our friends last year at "SXU Late Night"

When I’m not here at school, I’m at home with my wonderful family. My family is the most important thing in my life. My hometown is only about forty-five minutes from campus so I’m lucky enough to be able to see my family a lot, even during the school year. Living here in Chicago and also in the suburbs really gives me access to best of both worlds as far as events and culture go.

As far as my life here on campus, my friends and I love to get involved. I am currently the Senior Viewpoints Editor for the University’s newspaper, the Xavierite. That takes up a lot of my time.  I hope to pursue a career in journalism and I know the Xavierite is excellent preparation. My friends and I are also very committed to Mercy Students for Peace and Justice, which is a student organization that works for change and justice both within the university and the community.

When we’re not busy working hard towards our career goals or trying to change the world, we love to go to campus events and we’re avid supporters of the football and soccer teams. We also like to spend time off campus going shopping, eating and seeing what kind of adventures we can find around this area. I’d say I’m a pretty average college student, I work hard towards my goals and I try to make the most of my youth and my free time.

So far, this semester has been more difficult than any other. My assignments and responsibilities are piling up and junior year really requires you to make some difficult decisions about your future. There’s certainly still room for fun, but I’ve found that the further you get into college, the more you have to start focusing on the road ahead. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences and ideas with you this semester! Here’s to a new school year!

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WELCOME BACK!

GOOD MORNING SXU!

It’s a wonderful day don’t you think? The sun is shining. The wind is breezy. What does that mean??? It’s fall! :D

Fall

What happens in the fall you may ask? Well let me tell you.

  1. FOOTBALL!
  2. Bonfires
  3. Holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving, maybe some birthdays?

Speaking of football, I am attending SXU for my third year now and I have not been to a SXU football game yet! :( Sad right? I know. BUT I did go to my first Bears game! Go Bears!

Chicago Bears

I love soccer! I have been to a few SXU soccer games and it’s always a blast! I don’t talk about sports, but when I do I get super excited.

SXU Men's Soccer

As the secretary of the UNIDOS student organization, we promote diversity and unification of the student community with a concentration in Latin American Culture. September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are the events going on!

Hispanic Heritage Month

As we come to an end of the 4th week of school, just remember…

“It’s easier to keep up than to catch up” – Ms. Batie (My High School Counselor)

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

The Beginning Of A New School Year!

I hope that everyone had a great Summer break and now it’s back to the grind of the school year. New classes, teachers and the goal of graduating is on everyone’s agenda.

For myself, it is my senior year of college. Whoever said that your senior year is your easiest year, must’ve had only one of two classes. My semester will consist of me typing papers almost every weekend, doing countless amounts of research for projects, such as my senior seminar project and with hard work and dedication, I will be graduating. Always better said then done, but I’m looking forward to the opportunity.

For the incoming freshmen class, this is a whole new experience for them. First time going to college, meeting new friends and getting a feel on how everything in college works. What better school to get the full college experience than Saint Xavier University. We have one of the best faculty and staff that I have ever met and they are always willing to help out whenever they need to lend a helping hand. One piece of advice is to never be afraid to ask too many questions. That is what the teachers and staff are here for, to help us and to obtain our ultimate goal of graduation. Remember, no question is a dumb question.

This school year, like any other school year, will have a lot of ups and downs and you’ll feel like giving up at times. We all just have to remember that not everyday is going to be a great day and that things will eventually get better. Just keep on striving and pushing forward.

I hope that everyone has not only a great semester, but a great school year as well!