Goodbye Friends!

As the semester comes to a close, I think it has been one of the most interesting years of college so far. Junior year is that year where you’re so close to finishing yet still so far away. Finals quickly came and left, friends go home for the summer soon, and now we can let loose and enjoy the sun! We work hard and make lots of money so we can afford to come back to school with almost no worries.

Junior year is also a life changing one. You get deeper into your major and realize either “YES! THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO!” or “UGH! I HATE THIS SO MUCH!” College is a time where students find themselves and grow up into responsible adults. They get careers or go onto grad school, law school, med school or MORE SCHOOL! These decisions are not always the easiest but they are the important ones that you will look back on when you’re old and wrinkly and say, “I know I picked the best choice for me.” I hope that we can all say that in the future without having any regrets.

With that being said, the 2014-2015 school year is over. It’s a bittersweet feeling if you’re coming back in the fall, but to those who aren’t, I hope you enjoyed your time here at Saint Xavier University and congratulations to the Class of 2015 for making it through this journey and may God bless you all.

GOODBYE, SXU AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

Semester Is Finally Over!

1Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a great weekend and are ready to close this semester out on a strong note. I know many of us never thought this week would come, but it finally has. On one hand, you cannot wait for the semester to be over with so that you won’t get loaded with work 24/7, but on the other hand, you’ve made bonds and friendships that will last a long time and some of you will not get to see your friends for a good three months, which makes this week bittersweet. For me, this week and upcoming weekend means so much to me that words cannot do it justice!

2I remember when I was younger and just starting out college. An older person said to me, “they actually allowed someone like you into college?” That has stuck with me ever since. It adds to my motivation to graduate from college and do incredible things in my life. I mention this to say that, people can doubt you all day long, but only you know what you can achieve. Let those words of discouragement be added motivation for you to do something positive in your life. Don’t allow ignorant people and words to hurt you and define who you are as a person. I refuse to be lumped into some category and not strive for my full potential!

3Come this Saturday, I will be crossing the stage for graduation! This means the world to me, as I have to admit that there were times that I thought this day would never happen. However, I stuck it out and I believe that God has something special planned for all of us. We have to just be patient enough and allow it to arrive when it is time. Come this Saturday, I will receive a gift that is truly a blessing to me. Hearing my name and becoming a graduate will for sure be a humbling experience for myself, family & friends.

4With that being said, I hope that everyone has a great finals week and enjoys their break as well! A new chapter will begin for all of us, whether it’s graduating, starting at a new school, starting college or entering into becoming a senior, junior sophomore or freshmen, all will be new experiences for us. I hope that we all cherish these moments and stay positive through everything that is thrown at us! There’s a special and great plan for all of us! It’s been great speaking to everyone via this site every week. I will miss it, but I cannot wait for what the new chapter holds! Have a wonderful and blessed week and summer!

So This is Goodbye

As it is the evening before finals week and knowing that this time next week I will be home, I feel as though there are some “thank-yous” that I need to say to those who made my freshman year so great.

To begin with, I want to thank SXU, I want to thank the students, faculy and staff who made this place home.

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I never thought that being away from home, I would ever feel so at home like I do here. I am amazed at how much the staff strives to make each class as great as possible. It fills me with happiness to say that the staff, the people that clean and work so hard to keep things nice, by them just saying hello can just make my day. I can’t help but believe that this positive attitude starts with President Wiseman. For example, this last week the President of SXU served a free lunch to students. The way she welcomes guest speakers, seeing her interact with the student body, and watching her welcome those visiting campus just seems like so much more than her job description. Her positive attitude it clearly just part of the great person that she is.

I want to give a quick thank you to Laura Richardella, the lovely woman who hired me as an awkward little freshman in August, having some kind of belief in me that I would be able to write something every week for the Cougar Dairies. I would just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell my week to week college life and share that with the rest of the student body and SXU community.

I want to thank the SXU Campus Ministry, from Sister Carol and Sister Christa who lead weekly women’s prayer group, to the RPM’s and PM (Resident Peer Ministers, and Peer Ministers), to Tom and Dennis for getting me involved in the Bread Truck and information about service throughout the years.IMG_0828 To my Quest family, I appreciate the bond that we created in the beginning of the fall and having such a great group of people that started the year off so right. A special thank you to Mike, who is such an amazing person that is strong and such a loyal friend. I feel blessed to have you in my life. And to Tara, “my best friend” in campus ministry, to all the times you have made me laugh, I am so excited to be RPM’s with you next fall.

To my lovely roommate Brittany, thinking back to the beginning of the year and seeing how much we have both changed is.. well… I’m impressed with us, and hey, we made it!the B's and I I can’t believe how fast this year has went by and you were always by my side. From our talks as we were getting ready for bed, to somehow staying up ’til three in the morning talking, it’s something that I will miss next year. To me, you will always be my favorite roommate and although you are going to be living with our friend Breezy next year, it’s okay, I know in the inside I will always be your favorite too.

improvvvvThank you Netflix, for keeping Brit and I sane throughout the year, and for letting us bond over you. And Improv, thanks for the laughs, the last show was by far my favorite. Seniors, you did a great show and will be missed!

Miguel, please don’t graduate in less than a week, you have been such a great mentor support system for me this first year. I don’t know what I will do without you in orchestra. Like seriously. I wish you weren’t leaving, but I know you will do such great things in the world.

A “thank you” to Darlene and Ivan. Darlene is my Confirmation Sponsor back home in Minnesota, and whenever I am home, I would get to have breakfast or brunch with her. Getting to hear her story, of her, her family and her life, is something I’ve missed while away at college. Before leaving, I got to have breakfast with Darlene while her husband Ivan was out and about close by. They were both so excited about me heading off to college. Hearing about how proud they were of me, helped me believe that I could do this. Ivan, even though you aren’t with us anymore, I know that you know all about my first year of college.

My family, I want to thank my best friend, my sister Maya, who helped me go through with going to college away from home. If it wasn’t for you telling me why I should go, I probably couldn’t have went through with it.IMG_0410 To my little brother and youngest sister who always seem to bring a smile to my face, and seeing them grow; it amazes me. A thank you to my family out in Colorado, although I’m not going to school by you guys, you all were still so supportive of my decision and I love you all!

Grandpa, thank you, just for everything, for not only helping me, but our family. Thank you for all the silly joke emails that you send me to the educational articles. For always being willing to help, even when I didn’t know I needed it. And sometimes, most importantly thank you for saying how proud you are, and how proud Grandma would be of me. I miss her so much and just wish I could tell her all about how great college is like she always said it would be.

SONY DSCJon, thank you for keeping me sane, thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for understanding me when I don’t. Thank you for all the help in math or whatever the subject is and reminding me that I do know what I am doing, for reminding me that dropping out of college, when I have all A’s doesn’t make sense, and how once my hard work is done,it will all be worth it. Most importantly, thank you for being you.

To my Papi, thank you for as you so claim, giving me life. Thank you for raising me to know what hard work is, to teach me how to strive to do more.10472772_10152504120149031_7211664648222740597_n For showing me how important college is although you weren’t able to attend. Thank you for teaching me that the most important thing in life is to be happy, which is something I will always strive for. Thank you for picking up your phone whenever I call and having the conversations I think you always hoped we would, and now how much closer we are now.

And lastly to my Mami.. I’m tired after all this writing so, thanks mom!

 

Just kidding, love you momma! Thank you for being the most supportive person in my life. For pushing me to be better, leave home and attend the college of my dreams. You knew it was my dream school before I did! SONY DSCThank you for teaching me the importance of service and helping people and thank you for always listening to whatever the worry I had on my mind. You never made me feel as though it was unimportant. I guess it’s really impossible to say all the thank you’s to your mom, because there is really just so much they do. But thank you Mami, for being my biggest fan, to loving me unconditionally, and I guess to giving me life, that was cool. Picture with my grandpa and momma!

And to everyone else who helped make my first year at SXU, thank you. I’m sorry I didn’t include you, but I really should be getting to bed. Good luck to everyone on finals week! Have a great summer of warmth! To those who are graduating, congratulations and you will be missed!

The Final Lap

Hi everyone,

I write this blog as a break from working on final projects. Yes, a break. I have been staring at a computer screen for hours now, something I have become accustomed to over the past few years. I am sure many other SXU students are finding themselves in the same position right about now. With several deadlines approaching, the pressure is on.

I will be done with finals by Wednesday so I plan to pack up and leave campus early on Thursday. It is always a bittersweet feeling driving away from campus for the summer. It seems unusual to call two different places home, but that is what many college students experience. It is almost like living a double life. I am beyond excited to have a break from classes and spend some quality time with my family, but I am sure by the time August rolls around I’ll be itching to get back to Saint Xavier and reunite with my fellow cougars.

As somewhat of a last hoorah, my friends and I walked up and down Western Ave. last night hitting several different pubs and restaurants along the way. I had my first dining experience at Horse Thief Hollow which is an awesome restaurant and brewery that offers a unique experience and excellent food. We enjoyed the live entertainment and rustic decor. I will certainly be heading back there soon.

Pulled Pork Nachos from Horse Thief Hollow

Pulled Pork Nachos from Horse Thief Hollow

I also rewarded myself for completing (or almost completing) another semester of college by getting a tattoo. Now believe me, I am not much of a tattoo person at all. In fact, before college I never saw myself as the type of person that would get a tattoo, but this one felt right. As many of you know, my father passed away suddenly almost two years ago. I came across the Celtic symbol for the father-daughter relationship on the internet a few months back and I knew it was fate. The legend behind the symbol tells the story of Brighid, who sat by her dying father and weaved a symbol from sticks. She explained to her father that the symbol represents how, just as they are intertwined, so too are we intertwined with those who follow in the afterlife.

The symbol seemed like a perfect representation of my relationship with my father and a nice way to remember him, one that I can have with me at all times.

I guess you can say I ended my year with quite a bang! I hope everyone has enjoyed reading the journey of my junior year as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you. Here’s to a summer filled with relaxation and quality memories. Until we meet in cougtown once again!