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Catherine Bombard


Sophomore Semester One Highlights

As many of you can probably tell, blogging was a little hard to keep up with this semester! But between all the ups and downs, it’s pretty easy for me to pin point some of the most unforgettable moments from this fall.

  1. The Men and Women for Octaves Winter Concert 
    I was lucky enough to be one of 3 freshmen who made the cut to join Scranton’s co-ed a cappella group, The Octaves, last fall. Although I’ve only been singing with the group for about a year and a half, it feels as if I’ve been sharing the stage with them for years! I’ve met incredible individuals through this group and I can honestly say my college experience would not be nearly as wonderful as it has been if it weren’t for these young men and women.December 5th marked our annual winter concert and all I can say is, wow. I truly believe we’ve grown SO much as a group this semester, in musicality and friendships, and it shows in every single performance. Jimmy, one of my best friends and a co-director of Octaves, especially noticed! Jimmy feels this was The Octaves’ absolute best performance in the 5 years that the group has been around. Feel free to check out the whole concert on YouTube!
    The Story of My Unconditional Life Guilty Pleasures Medley 

    Jimmy, his girlfriend Alexis and I!

    Jimmy, his girlfriend Alexis and I!

    The entire group!

    The entire group!

  2. Man3resa (the 3 because it was the third time Manresa was held!)
    I’ve been telling myself ever since I started school at the U that one weekend I would make a retreat. I probably mentioned this maybe once or twice in a previous post, but I’m happy to say that I attended Manresa! The weekend right before Thanksgiving break I, along with about 45 other Scranton students, headed up to Chapman Lake for a weekend filled with faith, reflection, love, positivity and new friendships.Although the retreat was scheduled at a rather stressful time, it was exactly what I needed. The atmosphere at the lake house is unlike any other place on/off campus I’ve been to. I always heard Chapman Lake was beautiful; now I know for myself! Everyone is so warm, open and welcoming, making it easy to form new bonds with fellow Royals you probably never met before. The weekend was a truly eye opening, life changing experience. I can’t help but tell everyone about it!

    One of the many gorgeous views of Chapman Lake!

    One of the many gorgeous views of Chapman Lake!

    My lovely small group! Such an awesome group of people

    My lovely small group! Such an awesome group of people

    My roomie for the weekend, Liz! :) She's a senior at the U

    My roomie for the weekend, Liz! 🙂 She’s a senior at the U

  3. Joining The Aquinas 
    This semester, as many of you may know, I decided to join the University’s student newspaper: The Aquinas. It is undoubtedly true that you meet some of your favorite people through clubs; similar interests really bring students together!I’ve learned so much from all the editors and writers. The staff has proved to me how interesting and exciting the field of journalism is! Although sometimes the work is tedious, it’s unbelievably fulfilling watching an issue come together and seeing your name and writing in print. If only I had a picture of all of us!
  4. Learning to take college one day at a time
    To all my freshman and prospective students reading this, I’ll let you in on a little secret. For many, the first semester of sophomore year is a major time of questioning and worrying about your future. Do not, I repeat do not overthink every detail, do not try to plan every step of your life. Because the truth is, you have time to figure yourself out. Take advantage of that instead of stressing about it!

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Another Game of Catch

Once again, playing catch up!

My sincerest apologizes for my inconsistency this semester. It is very unlike me but I promise for better blogging in the near future.

However, on the bright side, I have so much to tell you all!

On November 6th, Octaves and Royal Harmony had the honor of singing in not one, but two campus events. At 6PM the Leahy Clinic hosted a fundraiser that was a little more exciting than a movie night or a couple of bake sales; it was a student fashion show! This semi-formal event was a night filled with music, food, raffles and gave students a chance to check out some stunning clothes sold by local vendors such as Modish and Pop It!. The event was held in the lovely new Occupation and Physical Therapy building, Edward Leahy Jr. Hall and, once again Octaves rocked their uniforms, perfect for a fashion show.

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But the singing didn’t end there. A few hours after the fashion show, Royal Harmony and Octaves held their very first late night event on the first floor of DeNaples: Late Night Karaoke! We kicked off the night performing two songs then opened the floor to anyone wanting to participate. Of course my friend Kayla and I couldn’t resist, so we decided to have some fun with the audience and sing the classic song, Don’t Stop Believing! We also held raffles throughout the night for those participating for a chance to win Starbucks giftcards. It was awesome watching fellow students gain the courage to stand up and sing and just overall have fun clapping to the beat of the music with their friends. The song-filled evening was definitely a success and I can’t wait to host other a cappella late night events in the future!

Oh, we also got our t-shirts for the semester this week 🙂

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Flash forward to this week, tonight was the last Aquinas production night of the semester! Although stressful at times, I love working for the Aquinas and could not imagine my fall semester without it. The editors have become such great friends over the past few months and are really an awesome group of students to be around.

I truly cannot believe how fast the semester has gone. Thanksgiving is already next week and before I know it, winter break will be here! I honestly do not think fall semester last year went by nearly as fast; it’s hard to believe half of my sophomore is coming to a close.

But, on a lighter note, this weekend I’ll be heading up to Chapman Lake and finally going on a retreat! The retreat I’ll be making is Manresa, which is one all about how your spiritual life plays a role in college and using your innate gifts to make a difference in the world around you. Although I’m a little bummed it’s the weekend right before break, I’m super excited! I’ve heard nothing but positive remarks about the Scranton retreats and, on top of it, my good friend Jen is one of the retreat leaders.

That’s all I have for now! Lately I’ve realized, how lucky I am to have met such amazing people here in the past year and a half. Sophomore year, among all the work, major questioning, etc, has led me to some rough points, but I’m incredibly lucky to know I have friends that are always there to keep me smiling. I’m sad to see the semester end because I won’t be around them all the time!

Let’s Play Catch Up

The past two weeks have been filled with fall activities and exciting events! Here’s what’s been going on.

On October 23rd, Octaves and Royal Harmony sang in the second performance of the semester. Urban Beats was there to dance as well! The event was sponsored by The Wishmakers, a club on campus that raises money in hopes of one day being able to grant a wish to a child in the renowned Make-A-Wish foundation. This was our first event we decided to wear our “uniforms”, all black with purple ribbons for the girls and ties for the guys. I must admit I think we looked pretty spiffy!

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That Saturday, my group of friends and I decided to take a drive into North Abington Township to Roba’s Family Farms. As I recently mentioned in my last article for the Aquinas, this charming farm gives everyone who visits the perfect opportunity to participate in numerous autumn activities. The Farm offers hayrides, pony rides, tetherball, a bounce pillow, pumpkin patches and even more. Of course we couldn’t leave before grabbing a warm cup of apple cider with a side of apple cider doughnuts!

Unfortunately we had to depart from Roba’s a little early due to an extra Octaves rehearsal for me and our friend Victoria having to meet with classmates for a group project, but despite the time restraint we still had a memorable time and made the most of it! I already can’t wait to head back to Roba’s next fall.

My friends Victoria, Veronika, Courtney, Emily and I on the bridge above the Corn Maze.

My friends Victoria, Veronika, Courtney, Emily and I on the bridge above the Corn Maze.

So as I said, Octaves held an extra rehearsal later that afternoon. Over the summer we were lucky enough to have a friend of Tom, one of the tenors in the group, arrange one of our pieces for the semester: the mash-up of Unconditionally and The Story of My Life. His friend actually took the time to visit to Scranton for the weekend and help us out with the song! Although extra rehearsals might seem like a pain on the surface, I’m always looking forward to spending more time with my fellow singers. It’s rare that groups have the opportunity to work closely with the arranger of a piece; we couldn’t have asked for a better, more eye opening experience.

Flash forward to the next week: Halloween day! This year I signed my roommate and I up for Safe Trick or Treat, an event the University holds every year for local Scranton families to give their kids a safe place to collect some Halloween candy. The children, led by student volunteers and their parents, all decked out in their costumes make their way through different dorm buildings on campus to trick or treat. It adorable watching the kids scrounge through buckets and bags excitedly picking their candy, but what genuinely made me the happiest was knowing that I, along with dozens of other University students, were bringing joy to the less fortunate families in the area.

I’m pretty bummed Halloween is already over; October flew! But as my roommate Courtney says, it’s now officially Christmas season! It’s gradually becoming more and more acceptable to have Christmas songs on replay (Christmas music is without a doubt my favorite aspect of the holiday season). But if I thought that Christmastime creeping up on us excited me, a sign that caught my eye on 2nd floor DeNaples earlier day proved me wrong!

The University of Scranton Programming Board Coffeehouse held an event at 8PM earlier this evening. The event was an acoustic performance by Noah Guthrie. Incase you’re not familiar with the name, Noah was featured as Roderick on season 6 of Glee! Although I never really watched Glee, I was familiar with Noah from his YouTube covers. I couldn’t believe it when I realized he was the guy whose music covers I used to watch all the time in high school! But not only was I fortunate enough to hear his incredibly voice live, I met him after his set! Here’s a picture.

Noah as Roderick in Glee

Noah as Roderick in Glee

Me and Noah after the show!

Me and Noah after the show!

Shout-out to USPB for bringing such a talented voice to Scranton! Seeing Noah Guthrie rocking on stage in DeNaples is now one of my favorite fall semester memories thus far.

Well now that I have you call caught up, I’m ready to get back to editing my section for The Aquinas and writing a short essay for tomorrow. Happy November and I’ll be back next week!

Back in the Saddle

And just like that our first break of the semester has come and gone! Surprisingly, I was much more excited to go home this fall break as opposed to last year’s. The semester is flying but each day holds tons to do; no wonder why I needed a break! Besides, there really isn’t any place like home. Being able to sleep in my own bed, devour my mom’s cooking and cuddle with my adorable dog are aspects of home life I will always enjoy despite all the fun I could be having at school. Oh, and being able to munch on late night diner food with my friends! (perks of living in New Jersey). As much as I absolutely adore the University, there are just certain things I can’t have here like I do back home.

Aside from home cooked meals and diner disco fries, what also makes home so special is knowing I can hang out with a bunch of my great friends from high school and my best friend from middle school (who is also a neighbor)!. I’ll never forget my reaction when Katie told me she would be home for the weekend too; I was unbelievably excited, my eyes could have popped out of their sockets! And if I thought it couldn’t get any better than that, I was surprised to receive a text from another friend of mine who goes to school all the way out in Missouri telling me he was also home for fall break! On top of it, I also had some time to grab dessert with a couple of fellow Patriots that attend university locally. Fall break this year has proved to me that when school starts getting a little rough, the most reassuring feeling is knowing my best friends and family (and my dog, of course) will always be there for me.

However, right before I left Scranton, Octaves had its first performance! Last Thursday we debuted one of our mash-ups, “Shake the Scientist” at a USPB Coffeehouse Open Mic Night Event. (In fact, fellow blogger Victoria performed too! And did a phenomenal job singing Vance Joy’s “Riptide”). There were even a few performers who didn’t sing but actually read original poems, so cool!

I must admit, and I may be biased, but I truly think Octaves performed incredibly well for our first gig. It has honestly left me stoked to sing at our upcoming events. Thankfully, I won’t have to wait too long! This Friday we’ll be performing at a benefit concert for Wishmakers on campus, and not only will we be singing “Shake the Scientist”, but two of our other songs as well! (American Pie/Dog Days are Over and Free Fallin’/Wide Awake). The group will be decked out in our uniforms too, all black with different shades of purple ribbons, neck ties and bowties. Hopefully we snap a nice picture!

Well that’s all I have for now. Thankfully only three more days until the weekend! J I’ll be back next week, hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful October!

-Catie

Semester Midpoint and Tons of Midterms

This weekend marks the semester midpoint! With one midterm town and three more to go, this week has been filled with test prep. Fall break will be much needed!

However, for quite some time I was contemplating over attending the University’s Campus Ministries’ Fall Break Service Trip. This service trip takes place in the local Scranton area; students that choose to attend reside in a hotel for the weekend and participate in a number of community service events in Scranton and surrounding towns. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be able to attend this year; hopefully next year and maybe during Spring Break or Intercession!

Speaking of campus ministries, the other day I picked up forms for Manresa and SEARCH, two of the many retreats the University offers. After talking to my friend Jen about her many retreat experiences at Scranton, I was completely convinced to give it a try. In high school, I was incredibly involved with my church; from organizing Vacation Bible School, attending retreats, and leading Antioch (an overnight retreat for sophomores), I’ve recently noticed I truly miss being a part of that kind of community. Jen spoke so highly of the U’s retreats, telling me it’s the perfect way to escape campus for a bit and relax among a great group of people. I’m lucky to attend a Jesuit university that offers a number of these throughout the year and I’d hate to miss out on such an opportunity.

Now,speaking of Jen, who’s in Octaves with me, a cappella has undoubtedly had a strong semester so far. Having learned 3 of our songs already, I can tell our future performances are going to be impressive and, most importantly, loads of fun. Over the summer, our directors Jimmy and Genny decided to add a little flare to our set list this semester. Instead of singing 6 or 7 songs on their own, the group will be singing all mash ups! A mash up, as you probably assume or already know, is a musical piece that combines the music and lyrics of two or more songs. So far, we’ve learned “Shake the Scientist” (Shake It Off by Florence and the Machine + The Scientist by Coldplay), “Dog Days/American Pie” (Dog Days are Over by Florence and the Machine and American Pie by Don McLean), and “One Latch Time” (One Last Time by Ariana Grande and Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith). Although at first I was hesitant about having a set list of ALL mash ups, after hearing them all come together I couldn’t be more excited.

But sadly, college life is more than all the fun stuff. As I mentioned before, these two midterms this week have me working hard and spending some extra time in the library! In fact, in a few minutes that’s exactly where I’ll be.

“Rising” in the Aquinas

For as long as I can remember, probably since high school, I’ve wanted to be a part of a school newspaper. Unfortunately, as a college freshman I never got around to it. After being accepted into the a cappella group last fall, school and singing were my two main responsibilities. I was already ecstatic to be a member of Octaves so I kind of put my desire to be a writer for The Aquinas, the University’s student newspaper, on hold.

However, this summer I received a text from one of my fellow singers Emma, the editor of the Arts and Life section for The Aquinas, asking if I wanted to be writer for her section! Knowing I love to write and having read a number of my student blogs throughout the year, Emma thought I’d be a great fit for position. I immediately accepted the offer and couldn’t wait to get started back at school!

Just like in Men and Women for Octaves, the students who run the newspaper are great group of peers to be around. Although editing articles, compiling photos, and designing the layout for all of the sections (such as News, Arts and Life, Science and Tech, Business, Forum and Sports) can be a tedious, stressful process, everyone in the office is always smiling and having a fun time. When I’m not writing articles for Arts and Life, I spend my time copy editing pieces and working on Campus Comment – a segment of Arts and Life that involves asking ten peers a question of the week, taking their photo and placing their quotes underneath. I’ll post a picture soon!

A new edition of The Aquinas is issued every week, but between Campus Comment, school work, singing, etc. I’ve only been able to write two articles: “Students Rave About Local Scranton Restaurants” and “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket Debuts during Family Weekend” (a University play review). But I don’t plan on stopping there! I’m looking forward to publishing more articles throughout the semester! As silly as it may sound, seeing my name printed above a completely original piece, with the exception of quotes, was a really incredible moment.

Now that I mentioned it…two weeks ago The University Players debuted their first play of the semester: “The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket”. I haven’t witnessed a Player’s production since fall of last year so I was excited to head into the Royal Theatre for an afternoon. Since I’m someone who’s more interested in musicals, I have a tendency to underestimate how entertaining plays are. The Player’s always prove me wrong! And although the play itself was different from what I expected, I thoroughly enjoyed the production. It is evident that the students, whether they are actors, stage managers, or costume designers, put in countless hours of hard work every week for the show to come together as well as it does. Bravo! I’ll definitely be making a concerted effort to attend more plays this semester.

Hope you all had a lovely Tuesday, and despite the forecast for rain, I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week! 🙂

Delicious Dishes

As I’m sitting at a table, under an umbrella in front the DeNaples Center, sipping my Starbucks Refresher with my lovely roommate, I could have myself fooled that summer is just beginning. Considering it is currently 82 degrees I think that makes sense!

Unfortunately, as much as I adore warm weather, I’m a little bummed it isn’t quite time to break out my hoodies and sweaters just yet. But cooler weather will be before I know it! Scranton has experienced some chillier days here and there, hopefully it’s consistent.

Sunday night, my roommate Courtney, our friend Jillian and I decided to go out for dinner. Since Jillian is a commuter and has her own car, we had the luxury of choosing an eatery that’s farther than walking distance! After a week of craving hibachi, to no surprise, we dined at Kabuki: a Japanese restaurant a few towns over. I’m pretty sure the last time I ate hibachi was at my surprise birthday dinner my junior year of high school, so this was definitely a treat!

My dish!

My dish!

When we finished our delicious plates of shrimp, steak, lo mein and sautéed vegetables, we still had time to spare before heading back to the dorm to finish our homework. There are actually a number of restaurants and stores in the towns surrounding Scranton (I was surprised when I noticed this this last year). The three of us thought it would fun to roam around Target! Target is one of those stores I always tend to forget the size of; it’s huge! And it offers just about anything a person could think of. From Halloween socks, to K-Cups, leggings, books, etc. I wasn’t shocked when I looked at the clock and noticed we had been there for two hours.

Of course being on campus is great, but it is always nice to hop in a car and drive around with friends. Nights like that remind me of being back at home with my high school friends. I love how I’m able to partake in similar activities while I’m at school with my best friends at the University; it makes school feel like home!

Going out to dinner was the perfect way to end the week. Between classes, quizzes, a cappella practices, and writing/editing for The Aquinas (the University’s student newspaper), down time with my friends was absolutely necessary. 

Mangiare a La Festa!

Although September is the first month of fall, this past week could fool just about anyone into thinking we’re still in mid August. Of course the official first day of autumn isn’t until the 23rd, but I’m still surprised with the consistent warm weather Scranton has been having. I can’t seem to recall if it was still in the 90s this time last year. However, despite not remembering the heat of the outside, I do distinctly remember the stuffy, humid, heat of the inside. Specifically my dorm.  Don’t get me wrong, Driscoll Hall with forever hold a special place in my heart, but the air conditioned life beats it by a mile. Don’t worry freshmen, you only have to suffer for a couple weeks out of the whole year, and unlike most schools, you’ll have AC once sophomore year comes around.

I find I’m REALLY grateful for the AC after a long day of walking around campus or taking a stroll into the city; after trudging up the hill my dorm building greets me with a rush of cool air!

This rush of cool air was especially welcoming after walking back from dinner with my friends on Sunday. We devoured delicious bowls of pastas, plates of fresh bruschetta, even a couple of fried Oreos! But this wasn’t the average DeNaples dinner. This weekend was the city of Scranton’s annual La Festa! La Festa Italiana is an event that occurs at the end of the summer every year and lasts about three or four days. In these few days hundreds of local residents, as well as visitors from all over, are lucky enough to experience signature dishes from over 80 food vendors! From pasta, to pizza and even Greek gyros, there’s something for everyone. Although food is most definitely the main attraction during this time, the festival also includes jewelry/clothing stands, live music, and contests (In fact, this year was the 4th annual cannoli eating contest!). I wish I could have gone all four days.

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My friends and I after we finished our yummy bowls of ziti and penne vodka!

Since I had quite the meal on Sunday night, I was glad I was able to fit in some exercise time on Saturday morning. Although I’m still in the process of creating a gym schedule for myself, I decided to take advantage of another athletic facility on campus: The Byron Center. The Byron is the home to the school pool, basketball courts, saunas, volleyball courts, etc. Last year, I definitely didn’t realize how much the Byron offered. It even has racquetball courts! And that’s exactly what my roommate and I decided to play after grabbing brunch. I had no idea we had these courts until the very end of last semester; Now that I’m a “seasoned sophomore” and I know I’ll be spending much more time in the Byron than last year.

If only the three-day Labor Day weekend didn’t have to end!

So It Begins: Sophomore Edition

Hello again! Hopefully some of you remember me. But if not, well hi 🙂 My name is Catie Bombard and I’m a sophomore at the lovely University of Scranton. It’s funny to think that this time last year I was writing my first blog as a freshman, sitting on my bed in Driscoll Hall. This time around I’m relaxing at my desk, looking out at the amazing view I have from my new room in Condron Hall (room 702 to be exact, top floor!). I’ll be posting some pictures once my room is fully decorated, but until then I can fill you in on these past three months.

Now when most people hear the word “summer”, they automatically think warm weather, the beach, vacation, etc. just to name a few. Unfortunately, when I reflect on my summer, those words don’t necessarily pop into my head. Every time someone has asked me, “Catie! How was your summer?”, I have the same response: “It was good…went fast…I really just worked”.

However, as bummed as I was that I never got to tan on the cozy beach sand, I can’t complain! This summer I was lucky enough to have an internship with Topcon Medical Systems in Oakland, New Jersey (only 15 minutes away from my house!). TMS is a subsidiary of Topcon Corporation of Tokyo, and specializes in creating and selling ophthalmology equipment. (in simple terms, they make a lot of the machines you see at the eye doctor’s office.) The department I interned in was Product Planning and Management. There, I wrote up announcements on product updates, created PowerPoint presentations, administered the company’s learning management system, and even got to record product training sessions. The internship lasted around 10 weeks, Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 5PM, so I still had Fridays and weekends to sleep in and catch up on whatever I needed to get done at home. This is the majority of how my summer was spent, but it was TRULY such a great experience. Despite some of the slower office days and getting up early, I received generous pay and had the friendliest coworkers. The best part? I worked with my best friend every day! Out of the three internship spots, we were lucky enough to fill two (that also means we filled two cubicles…diagonal from each other.) From carpooling, lunch breaks, and hanging out in the copy room, my best friend I had a blast working together. Having an internship after only my freshman year was such an incredible opportunity; I wouldn’t have traded it for anything!

Alas, while pretending to be an adult in the real world is fun, I’m now back at my second home! Back to reality. I must admit getting in the swing of things has been a little rough. These past two weeks have been packed with meetings and events, but I’m sure I’ll be settled in soon enough. From a hefty course schedule, to a cappella rehearsals, and now writing for the school newspaper, this semester will present a number of challenges for me. And I’m actually excited about that!

In my very first blog as a freshman, I focused on the idea of opportunity. I whole heartedly believe that freshman year is the time when you realize that the world is your oyster. You are now in a new place, able to do whatever you want and be whoever you want. (This can really be true at any point in life, but you get what I’m saying). And yes, freshman year was definitely still filled with a number of challenges. However, this is now the year of challenging myself. Overcoming obstacles while pushing myself beyond my limits. To a healthy extent of course. 🙂 I’m no longer just a freshman trying to figure out the basics and I’m ready to step outside my comfort zone a little bit more. I’m lucky enough to admit that my first year here ended incredibly well and gave me a great foundation for the next three years.

Well now that it is finally September, school is really in session! With that being said, I’m off to finish some homework. I’ll be back next week to update you on my Sophomore* Scranton Experience. 🙂

Hope you all enjoy the rest of the week!

Freshman Farewells

Wow. Wow is really all I can say right now!

It is unbelievable to think that back in September I sat on my bed, dorm fully decorated and filled, to write my first post as a freshman blogger. And now here I am, seven months later, sitting in the same spot but in a half-empty, packed up dorm, typing the last post of freshman year.

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This might be the hardest entry I’ve had to write; it has been quite the year! I underestimated how difficult it would be to capture, in however many words, my first-year Scranton experience. But if there’s one thing I can admit right off the bat, it’s that I am truly grateful for choosing Scranton as my home away from home. From the moment I took my first steps on campus back in August as an official Royal, I knew there was something about this place that set it apart from other colleges. And I can honestly say that feeling has been consistent throughout both semesters.

While this may come as a shock to those reading, I can’t say Scranton was my first choice school. Then again, I really didn’t have a top choice at all! As a high school senior, I was pretty lost when it was college decision time. It was not until the end of the summer, after I had a conversation with my mom, that I realized the University was the place for me (yes, as scary as it sounds I wasn’t whole-heartedly into Scranton until AFTER I committed!). I finally noticed how much the the school had to offer: a beautiful campus, good food, a friendly community, my major, music opportunities, service opportunities, etc. I’m so thankful that I was able to experience ALL of this and more! On top of that, I’ve met some of the greatest people, whether they were professors or friends, I know will forever have a special place in my heart.

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I was lucky enough to spend some time grabbing coffee with my good friend Jim earlier today. Jim is currently a senior at the University who I met through Octaves, and although hanging out with him is always great, I know the conversation we had today will definitely stick with me throughout the rest of my four years here. Since we are on complete opposite ends of the school spectrum (I just finished my first year as he is about to graduate!), he shared with me his words of wisdom about college life. Jim reminded me how important it is appreciate absolutely everything, even the seemingly most boring of classes, and to take advantage of all the U has to offer. “It goes by so fast. College will change you, for the better of course. You’re going to be a different person when you leave and seeing what you become is going to be incredible.” It is surreal to think that in three years I’ll be in his shoes preparing for graduation. 

Although it’s only been one year for me, I already know what Jim told me is 100% true. I’ve learned a ton this year. I have learned so much about myself, about school, about those around me, about friendships, relationships, decision making, stepping out of my comfort zone, the importance of reaching out for help when it’s necessary, and being open-minded. But the learning really has only just begun! And as sad as I am to see freshman year come and go in the blink of an eye, I remind myself that it is still the beginning. My Scranton story is only 1/4th of the way done! It can only get better from here.

I can’t wait to see what sophomore year has in store for me! I hope everyone has an amazing, relaxing, fun-filled summer and I’ll be back to write in the fall. See you then 🙂 !

-Catie 

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