Three incredible years down, one to go!

The “S” word. My friends and I refuse to say it. “Seniors.” I can’t believe that on Friday, I will officially be a senior. It feels like my college experience has whirled by; it feels like just yesterday, I was graduating high school, full of anticipation for what college would be like. It seems unreal that this time next year, I will be graduating college.

Junior year has been incredible. I had the incredible opportunity to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in the fall, where I taught sixth grade, took classes at The University of Western Cape, explored the city, hiked mountains, tried surfing, and fell in love with the country, its people, and its diverse cultures. I came back and was able to live with my best friends in an on-campus apartment, resume my work-study jobs, take on the role of Managing Editor of The Aquinas Student Newspaper, and reconnect with my Scranton family. I made new friends both in Cape Town and back on campus and stayed close with the friends I have had since freshman year. Although Junior year was a whirlwind, it was perfect.

Next year, as a senior, I will serve as a co-leader for Divinely Designed, the woman’s retreat on campus. I will continue to work for The Aquinas,¬†will continue my work-study jobs as a co-director for Royal Ambassadors, the tour guide program, and of course, posting to this Admissions Blog. Additionally, next spring I will be student teaching! I cannot wait to have my own classroom and get some real world experience before I go out into the teaching world.

Senior year is so promising. I look forward to it, but I definitely don’t want it to come, because that means I have to leave this beautiful campus, these incredible people, and my fantastic life here. Three amazing years down, and one to go. I look forward to making my senior year the best one yet!!

Below is a photo my friends and I took at the end of my freshman year. It’s crazy to see how far we’ve come in the past three years!¬†Have a great summer everyone!


Sarah E. Mueller

Hello! My name is Sarah Mueller. I double major in Secondary Education and English at the University of Scranton, and am member of the Class of 2016. Currently, as a second-semester senior, I am student teaching at Scranton High School, and I am loving every second of it! Because I am a second-semester senior (and am totally feeling the nostalgia set in), here are a few of my college highlights:

1. Last fall, I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa (and I loved every second of it!). There, I got to teach sixth grade English as a Second Language in the townships. This was by far the most rewarding and eye-opening experience of my life.
2. I work as a Co-Director for Royal Ambassadors (our Admissions tour guide program). I hire and train tour guides, help run Open House and Commencement events, and even get to give a few tours, myself!
3. I was the Head Leader for Divinely Designed, The Women's Retreat, this spring. I was also on team to lead the retreat my sophomore year.
4. I am an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honors society in Education, as well as Sigma Tau Delta, the international honors society in English.
5. I lived in the Cura Personalis living learning community my freshman and sophomore years, creating and participating in faith, service, and justice related events.
6. Up until this semester, I was a staff writer and a section editor for The Aquinas Student Newspaper. Last spring, I even tried my hand at being the Managing Editor!

Although I definitely do not want my college experience to be over, I am excited to get out into the real world and apply all of the incredible lessons The UofS has taught me about being a teacher, but more importantly, about being a person.

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