season is upon us once again. For me this usually means planning gatherings with family and friends and a few relaxing weeks
away from the hustle and bustle of college life. But this holiday season is going to be a little bit different. Graduation
bells are ringing and instead of spending countless hours studying for final exams I will be soulfully reflecting on my college
career and all of the wonderful and inspiring people I have met.
Over the past 4 years I have truly
felt at home here among the St. Thomas community and within Tom’s Leadership Council. I have met some of my closest
friends through this church community and learned many invaluable lessons about myself and about life in general. Through
student retreats and personal reflection I have learned what it means to take ownership of my strong faith and how to take
pride in what I believe in. Sister Alberta has shown me how to be a leader and how to deal with situations with poise and
grace. While spending a week in Washington D.C. with Sister Alberta and fellow students I saw the world through the eyes of
the homeless and sick. I can honestly say that I truly appreciate all of the love and happiness I have in my life and I pray
that others may feel the same way.
Socially, my friends have taught
me how important it is to support others in their time of need and to accept their help in return when I am in need. It is
not always easy to admit you can’t do everything at once and this is where friends are there to help!
Along with all of these valuable
life lessons my friends have taught me how to kick back and truly enjoy my college experience. Almost every weekend we have
participated in a service project or social event, which has
created a bond between us that is unbreakable. I am truly touched by the faith and love within this community and I will hold
all of these wonderful memories in my heart forever. Go Huskies!!