Perks of being on a small campus

There are definite perks to attending a small campus like Saint Xavier that make college life great. I personally enjoy being able to walk around campus and not feel a sense of being lost. But aside from that, these are a few more things that sold me on the SXU experience:

 

Knowing Everybody

The great thing about being on a small campus is that you know a great deal of students, teachers and faculty. It is much easier to find a group of friends that you feel comfortable with much faster than at a larger school. Networking with successful alumni also becomes more accessible, helping you to stand out more for guidance when it comes time for the career world. You can get to know people one on one and make lasting relationships academically, as well as socially.

 

Athletics

On campus, everyone can have the opportunity to join an athletics team. If a team or particular sport is not available, you can join an intramural, where they have such sports as as dodgeball, ice skating, basketball and even ping pong. Getting involved with one activity encourages you to get involved with others, not just athletics. Many of my peers who are involved with sports are involved with other clubs and organizations. As students, our eagerness to get involved supports a strong and active SXU community.

 

Small Class Sizes

Having smaller more private classrooms allow students to become less distracted and gives professors more of an opportunity to work one on one with you, helping with communication. I have had the opportunity of being able to message my professors and had been given a response within minutes. Not to mention when you aren’t in class, they take notice. This makes me feel at ease since it shows that they care about their students.

 

Another thing is that the campus is small enough where you could get to your classes in less than 10 minutes approximately. (I should know – I wake up 15 minutes before classes and only take 5 minutes to get ready.)

 

Last but not least, small classrooms also mean the opportunity for you to keep running into your friends… who can save you a seat in class!

Hitting the Reset Button

Greetings, readers and welcome back! As I write this post, I am on my way home from the great state of Michigan. My good friend and I decided to head up to East Lansing to visit a mutual friend at Michigan State, and it was a great time. After my experience, I can’t help but think how soothing it was to step away from the comforts of my daily routine and recharge before coming back home. This semester is going by insanely quick and we are only a few weeks away from winter break, which means the workload is likely to increase, which could cause stress to also increase. I’ve spoken before on the many ways to distress, but after this weekend, I find it appropriate to tell everyone a new way to help make their life just a little more peaceful.

 

I have lived in Merrionette Park for 15 years, and I love it. The South Side is full of delicious food, friendly people and endless things to do with friends and family. I know the area so well, I can probably get around blindfolded (maybe not that well). However, going to Michigan was a unique experience for me. It was the first time in a long time that I had actually left Illinois and everything I was familiar with. East Lansing itself was an experience but even the road trip had me in awe. I was able to step away from the cars and buildings and enter a rural, more peaceful atmosphere. Michigan is beautiful in the fall. The leaves of trees turned into cooling fall colors and cows and horses grazed on the farms. Now for me, this was somewhat a culture shock. I rarely leave Chicago. Seeing a rural environment allowed me to see how beautiful this country really is. It almost made me forget about all my worries back home. Then, I began to think about the woes of other people. Most Americans are in the same routine every day – wake up, go to work/school, come home, work some more, eat and sleep. It not only drives people crazy but being stuck in the same loop for years can also affect someone’s mood. They may lack energy and motivation to continue doing what they are supposed to do. Nobody wants to fall behind at work or in school, as it can be costly to your career. Taking a trip somewhere away from home is just what everybody needs.

 

This little trip allowed me to step away from the things that I am used to. I was able to leave my woes at home and clear my mind for the first time in a while, and it felt refreshing. I also became less stressed about the school year and was able to just let go and have fun. I think that it is essential that all everyone take an opportunity like I did to get away from everything, even if it is for a day or two. Taking a break from your usual routine can be very beneficial to your health, whether you are a student or an adult. It is almost like hitting the reset button! I also feel more determined to do my best in school after taking a break from the daily norms of my life. In general, it just feels good to “get away” for a little bit. Of course, Michigan isn’t the only place to go to recharge. There are many places you can go to in order to feel comfortable and relaxed, such as a forest preserve. You can even go somewhere in which you feel the most comfortable, such as a friend or family member’s house. It is all about going to a place where you know you can swim in your own thoughts and just relax. There are many places to help clear your head. It is just up to you to find them.

Is Hell Freezing Over?

So, I was going to write about my week in school. I was going to discuss how the week went, how I was doing and what not. However, I simply cannot avoid talking about the history that was made in the city of Chicago over the weekend. So if you’ve been keeping up with Chicago sports, specifically baseball, the Cubs have been on a quest to make it to the World Series, which would be their first since 1945. Well, the Cubs are now just four games away from a World Series championship. Yes people, this is actually happening.

 

Now I doubt I’ll be the only one talking about this but the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to punch their ticket to the World Series. Yes, you read that correctly. The Chicago Cubs are going to the WORLD SERIES. It almost doesn’t seem real. It sounds so weird just mentioning “Cubs” and “World Series” without any negativity whatsoever.

 

Now for people who don’t care too much about sports, specifically baseball, just know that this is a HUGE deal. For starters, the last time the Cubs reached the World Series, World War II had just ended, the first ballpoint pen went on sale and Franklin Roosevelt was president. Yeah, it has been that long. The Cubs worked their tails off all season to reach this goal, and it finally paid off. Although the journey has just begun, this historical accomplishment has hit home for many Cubs fans, especially for me and my family.

 

Watching the Cubs in the playoffs this year has been remarkable. Yes, it was stressful at times but the Cubs have shown time and time again why they are the best team in baseball. Their win on Saturday night was just another reason for me and Cubs fans to stay calm and just enjoy baseball. After the Cubs turned a double play to end the game, my family was thrilled and excited beyond belief, especially my dad, who was the most excited out of all of us. He has been a Cubs fan his whole life. He enjoyed watching Cubs greats growing up, such as Ryne Sandberg, Dave Kingman, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe, Mark Grace and many more. He shared his passion with the Cubs with me at a young age and, of course, with the rest of my family. He supported this franchise for many years and to see his support pay off with a Cubs World Series berth just warms my heart. However, we weren’t the only Cubbies fans getting emotional. We watched endless clips of fans at Wrigley also feeling what we felt. Fans of all ages were yelling, cheering and crying tears of joy. In my neighborhood, “W” flags flew, horns sounded, and fireworks lit up the sky. It almost felt like a dream. I did nothing but smile and thank the Lord. It didn’t hit me until I woke up Sunday morning and realized what we had just accomplished.

 

Though it was a great weekend for baseball, us Cubbies fans can’t get too ahead of ourselves. It was good to see our team reach the World Series but the journey is not over yet. The Cubs are going into Cleveland Tuesday night to face an extremely talented Indians team in a seven-game set. These games will definitely not be easy by any means but after a brilliant performance by the North-siders in the NLCS, I can definitely say that the Cubbies will put on the show of a lifetime. The trip to the grandest stage of them all was stressful but exciting, and now it is time to relax and let the Cubs be the Cubs. Even when the Cubs were struggling, they managed to get themselves together and never quit. They showed their “Never Back Down” attitude and it is just a reminder to me of how good of a baseball team we really have. The Cubs’ chemistry is at an all-time high and the bond between every single player is stronger than ever. Of course, it is a huge accomplishment itself just reaching the World Series but getting that illustrious ring after 108 years would be the icing on the cake.

Giving What is Precious

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It flows through our veins. It is both the symbolic and literal essence of life within us. Blood, it has many connotations, and its importance is as much a part of us as the heart that beats it and the words that give it its poigance in our lives. And it is this importance that has ironically led to its spillage. Wars both small and large have resulted in its waste. From the streets of Chicago to the battlefields of distant lands, blood is a tangible resource and its value forgotten and yet remembered.

 

Here in the United States, a shocking statistic is that most blood centers barely have enough blood for a few days at a time, if that. Most of the time they are hemoragging blood, pardon the pun. That’s where these blood drives come in. Every year, we have several blood drives at Saint Xavier. And every time, it is a packed house. This semester, people had to wait for hours since the lines were backed up, and the organization that was doing the blood drive was overburdened. Now you can say this was an unfortunate incident with an unorganized company. But I say it was the real spirit of the SXU community.

 

This school is built on the spirit of giving, of sharing. The Sisters of Mercy are renown for its commitment to service. It is one of the very pillars in which this school has been founded on. And every aspect of life here has something to do with it. From the service club that sends volunteers for the bread truck or the drives that collect clothing or school supplies for those less fortunate, there is always something going on that take the chance to help someone. That was exemplified this week with the blood drive. Dozens of students took time out of their days and in many cases, including mine, missed class for a chance to contribue if only a little to help. Because that’s what this community is about, that is why I have remained here and am confident in SXU’s core values.

 

When I was a child, my father told me a story, actually more like a series of great epics of his life in a poor village to a great war in his homeland to his escape to America. And the only part he always remembered telling me was the time he donated blood. It was prior to his visa being approved to come here after the Vietnam War. He said that, “if this land takes me in, I give them what is most precious to me for it has given what is most precious to it.” It is that commitment to service that was exemplified by my father, by this school and by this community which I find so inspiring. We hear so much sadness in the world. And as a result, some people find it difficult to find a reason to try and make a difference. How can someone be the change they want to see if they don’t work at it. A mountain is not built from the top most rock down. It takes the small stones that form its base. And it is the practice of giving that allows mountains of change to occur.

The Lovable “Winners”

Chicago has always been one of the world’s most popular cities. Our pizza, skyscrapers, and rich history are what make the city and its people so valuable. With all these factors defining who we are, there is one thing that ties all Chicagoans together; Sports. Sports is such a huge part of the culture of Chicago and almost all of our teams have given us a taste of what it is like to be world champions. The notorious Super Bowl winning ‘85 Bears, the six-time champion Bulls, the Sox in 2005, the Hawks, specifically in ‘10, ‘13, and ‘15, and even an MLS title by the Fire in ‘98. All living Chicagoans have been able to see our teams make the city proud and give us the title of “Champions. Every team except the Cubs.

Born and raised a fan of the “Lovable Losers,” the Cubs were always a big part of my life, specifically for me and my dad. We have been watching the Cubs on TV and attending multiple games for many years. I will always remember my first Cubs game back in September 2003. Right after school, my dad informed me that it was time for my yearly check up with the doctor. As a child, hearing the word doctor only meant one thing; a shot. I felt scared and uneasy, thinking to myself how my day went from normal to tragic so quickly. Little did I know we were on our way to Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs. As soon as I saw Wrigley, my dad handed me my ticket. “Surprise!” He said. I had never been so happy. It was about 2 in the afternoon when we took our seats in right field bleachers. As the Cubs took the field, I couldn’t help but smile. I had never see a Cubs games like this. Though I had watched multiple games on TV with my dad, it was a totally different atmosphere to be sitting alongside the Bleacher Bums. The smell of the field, the roar of the crowd, and the cool, windy weather made the experience perfect. I got a “thumbs up” from center fielder Moises Alou and even saw Sammy Sosa hit a homerun onto Waveland. It was definitely a remarkable experience.

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to know the history of this ancient franchise. Words like 1908, Billy Goat, and Bartman are very popular in the baseball world. They are all reminders of how long the Cubs organization and their fans have suffered. As a Cubs fan, not a week goes by that somebody is reminding me of our World Series drought. Trust me, if I had a dime for every time somebody mentioned 1908 to me, I’d be rich. Despite what people say, the Cubs are doing something that cannot be denied by anybody; they are winning. And doing it impressively.

The Cubs finished off the 2016 season 103-58, the best record in Major League Baseball. Baseball fans around the league have become familiar with names like Rizzo, Bryant, and Arrieta. Not only have the Cubs become winners, they have become fan favorites. This year, I have seen non baseball fans start enjoying the sport because of the Cubs. Believe it or not, there are even some Sox fans rooting for the Cubs to win (you know who you are.) The Cubs have rallied the people of Chicago together in hopes of finally breaking the curse and 100+ year drought by winning the World Series. It would mean the world to my family and fans worldwide for the Cubs to win it all. We have been loyal fans through thick and thin and this year, we have never looked better.

No matter what happens, I will always support my team. The Cubs have always been a big part in my life and at this point, it is impossible to stop supporting this franchise. The past couple seasons are just reminders that anything is possible. The Cubs have become Chicago’s favorite baseball team and I’m happy that they are finally getting the attention they deserve. This team brings out the good and even the bad in baseball fans. Cub fans and Cub haters will always be at a war of words but no matter what team you support, you will always find yourself talking about the Chicago Cubs. It is how historic they are Despite what anyone says to me or whatever happens in future baseball seasons to come, you will always find me “Flying the W.”

I am NOT Superwoman

Hello, faithful readers! I hope you survived midterms and are ready to finish this semester!

IMG_1880On Monday, I was able to take a study break and go to pilates with Amanda. For almost two years, I have tried to attend pilates unless I am scheduled to work or can’t take a study break. For the most part, I am able to attend. If you are looking for a great workout that is very intense, I would for sure say Pilates is right for you.

This week for the Office of Admissions, we had our first special visit event! With my new job for the Office of Admissions, I now have the responsibility of supervising the first-year student ambassadors. Not going to lie:  I was nervous and wanted it to go well. AND IT DID! I am so proud of how great my first-years did on the panel. They handled themselves gracefully and recovered well on the tough questions from the prospective students. With open house just around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing them all shine for that and the upcoming year!

RA Liz and I designed my bulletin board for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I was especially thinking about my grandma and all the other women and men affected by breast cancer. IMG_2273The board has different facts and the monthly self-checkup women should do. My grandma survived both lung (even though she wasn’t ever a smoker) and breast cancer, but died from a third cancer a little more than four years ago. It’s crazy to think it has been that long, but I still feel like I need to call her to tell her when something exciting is happening, or just to talk to her about anything. But just the same, I know that I was lucky to have the time I got with her.

As many of you know, this semester is a busy one for me! I work five jobs and strive to continue my role with being on the dean’s list. At moments, it’s hard, to be honest, a lot of moments are difficult; I live at work, literally. This past week someone tried to create a meeting for the following day and I was completely busy from 7a.m. to 11 p.m., and when I said I wasn’t able to meet then, they made the comment “Oh you can do it! You’re superwoman!”

IMG_2171I know they meant it as a compliment. But in reality I didn’t see it that way. I am Genesis. I work crazy hard for everything I do, but I need sleep, I need to eat, I need time to study, and I need time to relax. As a result, I am now working on saying “no.” This might sound crazy, but saying “no” when I know I can’t do something or if I have too much going on is important. And this is okay.

It’s okay to say “no.” It’s okay to recognize everything on one’s plate and to be honest and say you have too much going on. It’s not fair to those relying on me to do a job well, if I can’t do it well. And lastly, it’s okay to say “no” because I am NOT superwoman, and you are not a super hero! We cannot do everything and that’s okay. There is no reason as to why we should feel guilty about not being able to do everything. Sure there is tons of things we have to do in the day that we don’t have a choice about, but when we do, we have a choice, even if it doesn’t feel like we do.

For this week, I hope that you are able to recognize what you want to do and what you don’t want to. Best of luck on this week of classes! I will leave you with a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”

Defeat Boredom

Every now and then, there comes a time when boredom creeps up. The good thing about this though is that there are ways to get rid of this feeling. I’ve created a list of activities you can do, which includes future Saint Xavier University events to attend.

1. Watch a movie with friends
2. Organize your closet
3. Paint/draw
4. Write a poem
5. Work out at the gym (The Shannon Center is free for SXU students!)
6. Learn a new dance
7. Grab a cup of coffee and catch up with friends at Starbucks
8. Go to a baseball game (On September 30, a bunch of SXU students went to the White Sox game over at Cellular Field.)
9. Join an intramural sport, such as volleyball, powderpuff football, soccer and many more
10. Meditate
11. Study at the library
12. Throw around a football in the quad
13. Play a computer game
14. Take a Zumba class
15. Go to a pumpkin patch
16. Go to Six Flags Fright Fest
17. Have your pet blessed at 5 p.m. October 4 at McDonough Chapel
18. Relieve some stress by petting the therapy dogs in the student lounge on October 6 in the afternoon
19. Participate in the Cougar 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. October 8
20. Practice yoga
21. Rollerblade around campus or even in the city
22. Attend a sporting event (October 8 is the big SXU Homecoming football game!)
23. Have a photo shoot

Try doing something new like Rollerblading with friends, whenever you feel that you are bored with your same old routine

Rollerblading with friends: Try doing something new whenever you feel that you are bored with your same old routine!

How to Eliminate Your Procrastination Habits

Welcome back, readers! Another week, another blog and I feel that this is a very important piece, especially for my fellow students worldwide. Today, we talk about a student’s true kryptonite – procrastination. One of the biggest illnesses to ever consume mankind, procrastination is alive and well in everybody, especially students. We are constantly putting things off until the last possible minute. We do not seem to enjoy the idea of working ahead so we, as humans, put it off until we absolutely need to do it. However, procrastination comes in different forms. Not only do we put off work, but we get distracted from our work as well. Social media, food and even friends can all be factors contributing to our procrastination. However, never fear! I will be your guiding light and save you from your filthy procrastination habits. There are a couple easy ways to do so but we first need to work on your mindset.

I, myself, have also been guilty of procrastinating. Early in high school, I thought I was blessed with all the time in the world. I would focus more on my social life, rather than “the paper” that was due next week. That proved costly, as I just put myself in situations where work was due the next day, and I had not even started the assignment. I would often blame the teachers for giving me lengthy assignments, but this was just an excuse for me doing it last minute. Mentally, I began to challenge myself. I told myself that if I had ever got an early assignment, I would take the time to get it done right. For example, if a teacher gave me an assignment on Monday, due Friday, I would not wait until Thursday night to complete it. Instead, I would do it the day it was assigned, or even break the assignment up throughout the four days. This method proved successful and it even made me feel better mentally. Instead of staying up late the night before and putting more stress and strain on my brain, I was able to work more effectively, while staying stress free. Because of this mindset, I am more relaxed when it comes to homework and assignments, especially the larger ones.

The second factor to help your procrastination habits is the environment you work in. If you want to work consistently and effectively, I have learned that trying to work on homework at my kitchen table just isn’t possible. The human brain works in mysterious ways. It adapts to a specific environment, thus adapting the way you think and act in that certain environment. If I had a dime for every time I ate something while working on homework in the kitchen, I would be living in Cabo. My brain associates the kitchen with food, which explains why I was always up every ten minutes fishing for a snack. If I tried to do homework in my room, I would see my bed, which means sleep, which leads to no work being done for a few hours. I found out that working in an academic environment such as a library or classroom helped me maintain my focus on my work. Even listening to music helped me focus a little better. We all want to go home after our classes end, but it does not hurt to stay on campus to finish work first. Even as my college career continues to roll on, I am always going to the library after classes to finish my homework and even study for a couple of hours. That way, when I get home, I can enjoy all of my “distractions” without having to worry about any assignments.

Of course, it is inevitable that you will have to do some work at home. However, it is up to YOU whether or not you will push yourself to stay focused. With the distractions we have nowadays, it is quite understandable to get sidetracked from your work. I was in the same boat until I made these changes to my academic life. Now, it is a habit! Yes, staying at school later than you would like may not be how you want to spend your week but it definitely allows you to have more free time at home. With less homework, you can have more opportunities to enjoy the little things, such as social media, friends, and even sleep. Making these changes mentally and physically can be a challenge at first but if you stay consistent, you will, without a doubt, feel the difference, and there is no better feeling than a worry-free mind.

Doing Things That Make You Happy

11863237_1040415949324571_9133901594397760549_nMidterms are this week and the horrible stress weighs us all down. Times like this remind of well, any other week where the stress of midterms is not on me. So for this week, I’m going to be focusing on doing things that make you happy!

Yes, I know your first thought is probably, “Genesis said I don’t need to study for midterms, yippee!” and so of course my answer is no. I know of course there are things in life that we all have to do that we don’t really want to do; midterms is one of those things.

One thing that people always ask me is how do I do it all? And my answer is “I dunno. I kinda just do it.” This week, though, I realized that everything I do makes me happy. 12038305_1159419904072873_110222659428685842_nOf course some days I am more tired than others, some days are just crappy, and some days nothing goes my way. But there are days where simple little moments can make my whole day. Maybe it’s after a tour where a perspective student is so excited that afterwards they clap for me (which seriously is one of the best feelings ever). Or when one of my transition students is no longer freaking out and they feel better. Or even something as simple as having one of my residents hug me after being in distress. I love these simple things where I did something to help—even just a little. Honestly I think everything that I do makes me happy.

Today in one of my education classes we talked about how work isn’t really work when it’s something that you love. This really got me thinking about everything that I was involved in. From doing Broadview to being a Resident Peer Minister to every little thing in between: I love what I do.12032920_757997394306696_3591963017190083193_o Being happy makes doing so many things possible. Yeah, for sure, I do things that I don’t really want to do (like take my first midterm tomorrow…) but overall, I try to surround myself with activities and people who make me happy.

One awesome thing that happened this week was MSPJ’s October 2 trip to Broadview which was featured in the Chicago Tribune! Within the article it talks about SXU, Broadview, and immigration. I also have a couple of quotes within, so give it a look by checking out the link here!

I would like to wish everyone good luck on midterms this week! I know it’s going to be a long week, but we got this! Two things that I’m  looking forward to this week are the NSCS induction ceremony tomorrow and my sister Maya is visiting from Minnesota this week! So yay! Stay tuned next week to hear all about it!

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!