Royal Nights!

Hi everyone!

Business has been booming in admissions this week! Because Monday was President’s Day and Royal Nights was this weekend, the visitor’s center flooded with perspective students, eager to check out the U!

For those who do not know, Royal Nights is an overnight program from Sunday to Monday, where an accepted high school senior can be paired up with a UofS student for the night. The accepted high school senior, called a “Royal Nighter” gets to meet over a hundred other accepted students through the program, attend a dinner, movie, and even attend two classes within their major on the Monday of their visit.

Personally as a perspective student, I did not attend Royal Nights. I have, however, hosted for every Royal Nights weekend since freshman year! For my job as a co-director of Royal Ambassadors, I am required to work check-in for each Royal Nights weekend. So not only was I able to host, but I was also fortunate enough to greet every accepted high school senior as they arrived to campus! So much fun!

One of the most memorable experiences I had as a Royal Nights host happened last year. Laura was my first Royal Nighter ever, and I was super pumped to meet her, give her a tour of campus, introduce her to my friends, and most importantly…convince her that The University of Scranton is the BEST school in the world! :)

So Laura came and we clicked right away! The majority of my friends who lived in my dorm last year were hosting Royal Nighters as well, so they all were able to meet each other. All of us – hosts and Royal Nighters – hung out in our lounge until 3AM playing hilarious games and getting to know each other.

While getting to know Laura, I explained what Cura Personalis was. As I have mentioned in other blog posts, Cura Personalis is the living-learning community that I reside in. It centers around faith, service and justice – so we put on various programs which correlate to those pillars. As I have also mentioned in former posts, this year I am one of the co-leaders for the Mentor-Mentee program, which pairs up sophomore Cura Personalis residents with freshmen Cura Personalis residents.

So when Laura called me about a month after her Royal Nights weekend last year, telling me that not only had she decided to enroll at The University of Scranton, but also wanted to partake in the freshman Cura Personalis living-learning community, I was ecstatic. Then, when Laura approached me at the Mentor pairing meeting that occurred this year, asking me to be her mentor, I could not contain my enthusiasm.

Today, Laura is one of my close friends. We hang out and grab coffee all the time. Before the first Royal Nights weekend this year, Laura and I were joking that she has to find a Royal Nighter who she clicks with and wants to do Cura Personalis – so that she can continue our “legacy.” This past Monday morning at breakfast, Laura came running up to me saying, “I’ve found the one!” Haha so I guess she found her legacy!

It has been so cool to see Royal Nights come full-circle, and to experience the immense impact that it has on perspective students. If you are a perspective student, I DEFINITELY recommend checking out Royal Nights. Who knows? It could decide everything…:)

Have a lovely week everyone!

Sarah :)

Jumping Right Back In!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a nice winter break! I definitely had fun, but it is great to be back on campus for another exciting semester! As usual, my schedule is already maxed out with meetings, work, classes, homework and friends – but hey, I love keeping busy!

I definitely was able to jump right back into my life here at the U. Upon move-in this semester, I immediately was able to catch up with all of my friends, many of whom I had not seen all of break. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I live in Cura Personalis, a living-learning community which centers around faith, service and justice. I have lived in Cura Personalis since freshman year, meaning that this year, I am fortunate enough to be able to live on a floor with all of my closest friends! That made it especially easy for me to find and hug all of my friends on move-in day this semester (I am particularly a fan of the slow-run-and-jump-hug that you always see in cheesy movies! :))

Apart from catching up with friends, I have been making to-do lists so that I can tackle everything on my plate this semester! (To any perspective students reading this – to-do lists will become lifesavers once you hit college!!) Currently on mine, I have written:

1) Clearances & Teacher Candidacy Application

2) Study Abroad application

3)  Aquinas article & editing

4) Admissions blog post (I suppose I can cross this one off the list now!)

5) Everything Royal Ambassadors

Clearances and Teacher Candidacy go hand in hand – they all have to do with my Education classes. As I have mentioned before, I am a Secondary Education and English double major. For the Education aspect of my major, I must undergo Teacher Candidacy before I can begin student-teaching, and I must attain proper Clearances before I am able to even be allowed into the classroom. I am so excited to go through the Teacher Candidacy process. I love the idea of becoming a teacher, and am so passionate about Education! Speaking of Education, I was accepted yesterday into the Education Honors Society, Kappa Delta Pi. I am SO excited to be a member of this community. I just love that The University of Scranton provides its students with so many opportunities to join honors programs centered around their majors. For more information on the various honors programs that the U offers, click here!

Next on my list is…STUDY ABROAD! I feel so fortunate to attend a University that offers so many diverse study abroad opportunities. I am especially grateful that I am able to study abroad as an Education major, as there are many tight restrictions and regulations on the major, and lots of mandatory classes that I need to take in America in order to comply with Teacher Candidacy. But I was determined to go abroad, and the study abroad office, as well as my academic adviser made it possible for me to go! Ever since freshman year, I have been meeting with the head of the study abroad office to map out a study abroad plan! After a ton of meetings and planning, I have decided to apply to study abroad in CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA! How awesome is that?!?! I am beyond excited, and cannot wait to hopefully embark on my adventure to Cape Town next fall semester!!!

In all of my excitement to study abroad in Cape Town, I have been shamelessly Facebook-stalking my friend who is there now! He cuddled with a baby lion a few weeks ago…so guess what just shot up to the top of my bucket-list for when I study abroad there?! Baby lions, and elephants, and giraffes – oh my! :)

Below is the picture of my friend cuddling with the baby lion in South Africa:

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Also, here are other pictures of South Africa (Because it’s just so beautiful and I am just so excited!)

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Next on my to-do list is “Aquinas article & editing.” This semester, I became the section editor for the Forum – the opinion section of the Aquinas, The University of Scranton’s student newspaper. I have been a staff writer for the Forum since my first semester freshman year, and I have loved it ever since! This Thursday, the first issue of the semester will be printed, which is super exciting! That being said, once I finish typing this blog post, I am going to head on down to the Aquinas office to edit my section for the rest of the night! I am SO excited to be a part of the Aquinas editing staff this semester, and cannot wait to edit some awesome articles tonight! For more info on the Aquinas student newspaper, check us out on Facebook by clicking here!  Additionally, check out the Aquinas archives and browse through some awesome old UofS newspapers by clicking here!

After writing this blog for Admissions, the last thing on my to-do list is “Everything Royal Ambassadors!” As I have mentioned in other blog posts, I am one of five co-directors of Royal Ambassadors, meaning that I oversee and help organize the UofS Royal Ambassadors. Royal Ambassadors are workstudy students who work as tour guides, greeters, and event workers for Admissions. It’s an awesome job to have! This month is super busy for Royal Ambassadors, seeing that every weekend this month is a Royal Nights weekend! Royal Nights is an overnight program for seniors who were accepted to the University of Scranton this year. The accepted student gets paired up with a current student for a Sunday night, meets other accepted students at various events, and attends two classes in their major the following day. I am hosting an accepted student this weekend, and I can’t wait! Also, for my job as a co-directer I will be working Royal Nights check in. Royal Nights is an AWESOME program, and I definitely encourage any accepted students to come! For more info on Royal Nights, click here!!!

Well, that’s all for now! As you can see, it is easy for UofS students to pick up right where we left off last semester and jump back into the many fun and exciting opportunities that the University of Scranton has to offer!

Have a lovely week!

Sarah :)