To and Fro

After all the pig’s feet, roast pork belly, braised fish and some other home-cooked meals from my mom, the day going back to the airport couldn’t have arrived any sooner, and I was looking forward to flying back – well, everything except the big layover in Amsterdam. After being a couch potato on the plane for 14 hours, spying on Instagram and filtering photos, arriving at the airport in Saint Petersburg and seeing the “dobro pozhalovat” (добро пожаловать – welcome) sign was that feeling of “YAAAAAAASSS.”

After five months of studying and living in cold and scary Russia (sarcasm), I had decided to go home and pay a visit to my family. There was excitement – from going to see my parents, my grandma and rice. But also, there was an exciting feeling of knowing I was going back to the “motherland” after what would be a short 12-day visit in the USA.

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A Note to the Undecided Student

At eighteen, along with the rest of high school seniors, I was faced with the decision on what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and what school would help me get there. It seemed like everyone around me knew what career they wanted. Me? I only knew what subjects I was bad at and definitely didn’t want to peruse. My choice to attend Emmanuel was largely based on my indecisiveness – as a liberal arts school, it offers a wide variety of courses that students can explore in order to get a better idea of what major they want to declare.

During your freshman year, Emmanuel encourages exploring classes relating to multiple majors that you may be interested in. Since I am far from a science and math person, I took classes relating to art, english and business. Each incoming student is set up with an academic advisor that assists in transitioning from high school to college. Academic advisors understand that your first choice of major probably won’t be your last; personally, I have changed my major three times before deciding.

For those students who have absolutely no idea about what they’re good at, what they don’t excel at, and what they do or do not enjoy, Emmanuel offers tools to narrow your search. Through the school’s main site, (www.emmanuel.edu) a link to a system called MyMajors can be found. MyMajors computes career plans and majors to consider based on personal academic aptitude and interests. Since I’m more of the creative type and enjoy writing, MyMajors directed me towards options that I would be able to handle knowledge wise as well as enjoy.

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Starting my final semester

I recently began my final semester at Emmanuel College. My courses this semester are extremely interesting to me, and per usual, they are taught by incredibly passionate faculty. The semester is off to a great start. Still, the first day of school was a bittersweet day, because I am so sad to think about graduating from the school I love calling home. But it’s hard to be too sad when I think about everything I have to look forward to before Commencement in May.

This week is Founders’ Week at Emmanuel College when we celebrate both the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and Emmanuel College. I’m part of The 1804 Society here on campus, an organization dedicated to living out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame. We are the students responsible for planning Founders’ Week. I’m looking forward to inspirational events like the annual Follow Your Heart Dinner, where faculty and staff share their stories. I’m also excited for the fun things like a paint night we’re having. One of the highlights of the week will definitely be the 100 Days Celebration, a tradition which marks that seniors are 100 days away from graduating. As a class officer, I have been working to put this event together, and I’m looking forward to enjoying the night with my classmates.

Next week, I will travel to Washington, D.C. with EC Youth in Government for the 5th Annual Campus YMCA Congress National Assembly. Emmanuel attended this event for the first time last year, and we were extremely successful. We were named chapter of the year, and I was appointed to the 2016-2017 national board. I’ve been working hard to plan this conference with my fellow national officers, and to help prepare my fellow Emmanuel students as the chapter president. At this conference, students write and present their own bills on issues they care about. We get to meet and debate on Capitol Hill in spaces the legislature actually uses. It is such an incredible experience. We are currently one of the only Boston area schools that attend, and I am so grateful for all the support EC gives us to make our participation possible. Read more

More than a Marathon

Early April brings spring to Boston, and for students at Emmanuel College that means lunches eaten outside in front of the Muddy River Cafe, homework on the quad and the city’s annual Marathon Monday. Last year was my first time experiencing the Boston Marathon in person. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it had only been three years since the two bombs went off near the finish line. I knew that despite the tragedy at the 117th marathon, it caused an uproar of pride and unity amongst Boston’s people.

My group of five left mid morning for Copley Square with the Fenway neighborhood already crowded with ‘Boston Strong’ t-shirts. There was a buzz of excitement on the walk over there, and an even stronger energy once we reached Boylston Street and our first security checkpoint. The line was long, but it didn’t matter, strangers called out to you if you were wearing anything that had to do with Boston. As helicopters swarmed overhead, crowds of unimaginable sizes were formed underneath speakers and people were dancing together in the blocked off streets. To me, the roads being void of cars from Newbury to the Boston Commons was incredible.

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