Time To Reminisce

As I was walking to McGurin Hall yesterday to pick up my registration materials, it hit me that I was going to be registering for my senior year classes.  SENIOR YEAR! It is absolutely unreal to me that in just under 3 months I will only have one more year as an undergraduate student of the University of Scranton.

That’s a lot to take in!  I have been thinking about it for the past few days now and still can’t seem to fully wrap my mind around it.  These past three years have truly been the most amazing three years of my life.

I have come to love this school and can say without a doubt in my mind that everything about it has helped me to grow into the person I have become.  The professors, staff, and student body have all become like a second family to me.  Every experience that I have had while a student here, whether it be good or bad, has made an impact on my life in a positive way.

As a Catholic, Scranton has also helped me to grow in understanding more about my faith and my relationship with God.  Everyday I am surrounded by kind, genuine people who all influence my life and have helped me to grow into a better person. I always feel like I am being motivated to become the best version of myself and for that I will always be grateful.

The professors that have taught me and the information that I have learned is truly one of a kind.  I believe that I could not have gained nearly as much overall life knowledge if I had attended another university.  I am confident that upon graduation I will be prepared to take on the role of an occupational therapist and be the best that I can be.

I think the thing that makes being a Scranton student so special is the well-roundedness of the school.  There is not too much emphasis placed on only education or religion or sports.  Each student is able to focus on all aspects of themselves and focus on what is most important to them, with the help of everyone around them.

For those reading this who are considering attending the University, I would just like to say that if I could go back and do it all again, I would say yes one hundred more times.  This school truly is my second home and I will be forever grateful for all of the experiences that I have had the opportunity to have and all of the amazing friends that I have made.

Scranton, you’ll always be #1 in my book!


SOTA Gives Back

The Student Occupational Therapy Association, otherwise known as SOTA, is a club on campus for all occupational therapy majors.  SOTA is a great way for occupational therapy students to interact with one another.   One major part of being a SOTA member is fundraising and giving back to the community.  We hold various events throughout the semester, including the ARC Dance, Specialty Fair, and others.

One of the biggest involvements of SOTA is with an organization called The Thomas Jerome House.  TJH is a non-profit organization that honors the lives of veterans who sustained a traumatic brain injury while serving our country at war.  It provides these veterans with a community where they can live together and recieve the support they need to regain independence and an active role in society.

The thing that makes TJH so special to SOTA is the fact that it was founded by Kristin Perilli, a University of Scranton graduate.  Kristin decided to start TJH when one of her fellow Scranton graduates Thomas Jerome (TJ) Hromisin was blinded and incurred a traumatic brain injury when shot by a sniper in combat while serving our country in Iraq.

One way that SOTA members help to raise money and awareness for this important cause is hosting an annual Occupational Therapy Spring Fling.  Scranton’s Occupational Therapy Graduate Students will be hosting their 4th annual spring fling on Saturday, April 20th, 2013.

Throughout the semester, SOTA members collect donations and hold fundraisers such as clothing and car magnet sales to raise money for this cause.  Each member of SOTA is asked to make a small donation and each grade creates a basket to be raffled off at the dance.

Being a member of SOTA is such a rewarding experience.  I love that I am able to give back and help those who need it most.

As a side note, don’t forget to come to the Long Center tonight, February 20, at 7pm to watch the No. 2 seed Scranton Men’s Basketball team take on the third-seeded Juniata.  The University’s Student Government is promoting this event as a “White Out” so put on your white t-shirts and join us as we cheer on our fellow Royals.  Good luck!!




Scranton Survives the Snow

The first big snow storm of the year hit Scranton this weekend.  As always, however, our fabulous maintenance staff was hard at work plowing parking lots and shoveling sidewalks as soon as the snow was over.  Fortunately, the storm came over the weekend so classes did not have to be cancelled and students were able to spend the weekend outdoors enjoying the fallen snow.

It’s hard to believe but this Wednesday is already Ash Wednesday!  That means just 40 more days until Easter Sunday.  I feel like it was New Year’s Eve just last week.  For those who are interested in attending liturgy, Mass will be held at 12:05pm, 4:40pm and 8:00pm in the McIllhenny Ballroom on the 4th floor of the DeNaples Center.

In order to welcome the Lent season, a chocolate fountain can be found on 2nd floor DeNaples from 11:30am-1:00pm on so called “Fat Tuesday.”  Stop by and enjoy some delicious treats before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday.

This Wednesday, February 13, there will be a ski trip to Sno Mountain, a beautiful ski mountain located in Montage just 20 minutes from campus.  The cost of the trip is just 20$, which includes transportation, ski/snowboard rental including a helmet if you choose, a lift ticket for snowboarding, skiing or tubing, and a free group lesson if desired.

Since the mountain is located so close to campus, this is a great opportunity for students to enjoy the snow for an extremely low price.  Elk Mountain Ski Resort is another great location for those who enjoy winter sports.  Located about 45 minutes from campus, Elk offers “20$ College Wednesdays” for all college students wishing to enjoy the slopes.

Shown is a stunning picture of campus at sunset covered in snow:

Snowy Scranton

Snowy Scranton

Have a great week!!

Spring Semester In Full Swing

Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed watching the SuperBowl!  Here at Scranton, SuperBowl Sunday is super fun!  Campus ministries was able to altar the usual Mass schedule so that students could attend Mass and not miss the big game.

There were several other events planned for the SuperBowl, especially in the residence halls.  Floor programs were offered that provided students with some hot wings, snacks, and a fun enviornment to watch the game in.  In one of the sophmore dorms, they offered sandwiches, fried ravioli, chicken fingers, mini hot dogs and a big screen to make watching more enjoyable.

The Center for Service & Social Justice is hosting a service trip to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The trip will take place over spring break, March 23 to March 27) and will go to Oceanport, NJ and Staten Island, NY (my hometown)  This is a great opportunity for students to help give back to those who lost everything during the storm.

Anyone who is interested in helping out during this time should attend one of the following information sessions in the Moskovitz Theater on the 4th floor of the DeNaples Center:

Wednesday, February 6, 8:00pm

Thursday, February 7, 12:00pm

This weekend is an exciting weekend for some of our athletic teams.  The Swimming & Diving team has their conference champs at Marywood University.  So far this season, the Men’s team has an overall record of 9-2 and the Women’s team is 10-1.  Keep up the great work and good luck to all the swimmers and divers!

Also, the Men and Women’s basketball teams will be hosting Catholic this Saturday in the Byron Center.  Following the Women’s game at 5pm, there will be a reception sponsored by the University’s Alumni Society for alumni, family, and friends of the team.  For the Men’s team, Saturday’s game will be their Senior Night to honor the seniors on the team who will be graduating in May.  Best of luck to both teams!

Have a great week!