About Tatiana

Hi. I'm Tatiana, a senior graduating in May 2013 with a major in Communication and minor in Art. I currently reside in Louisville, KY but I've spent much of my life growing up in Shelbyville Ky, Tampa, Florida and also Minnesota. I love to travel and embark on new adventures, and because of that I chose to spend my entire junior year in the Netherlands studying at the University of Amsterdam. I found great treasures that this wonderful metropolis has to offer, and discovered a case of wanderlust that I can't seem to shake. I will continue to travel and discover new cultures. Over the course of the year I'll be writing for Bellarmine Bloggers, journaling about my as a college student and a avid adventurer. In the future I aspire to jump into the world of advertising as well as pursue my love for photography, fashion, music, culture, and just creating. I hope that my travels will allow me to meet many inspiring people from a wealth of places so that I can truly broaden my horizons.

From One Chapter to Another

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.”

-Thomas Merton

Letting go at the end of a moment has always been a struggle for me. For 17 years of my life all I’ve known is the life of a student and the offshore gaze into the ocean of adulthood has been a comfortable breeze of the saying, “I’ll worry about it when I’m there.” As quickly as my name was called during Bellarmine’s graudation ceremony last Saturday, I am now here. I am now a cum laude graduate of Bellarmine’s School of Communication, jumping head first into those once dreamy waters of adult life.

Funny enough, even without a pool, Bellarmine properly taught me how to swim and I can’t thank them enough for it. I’ve throughly enjoyed my time as a blogger for Bellarmine University and thank those who have given me the opportunity to showcase my own student life but also actively reflect on my own role in our fluid and ever changing American culture. My future plans include more exciting adventures abroad and finding a professional career path where I can leverage all these wonderful and creative skills that this university has helped me harness within myself.


Hillside 2013 presents Phillip Phillips and guest Churchill


Tickets are available online at www.BellarmineTickets.com

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is coming to Bellarmine for our yearly concert series, Hillside on April 6th!. Some of our past Hillside performers include: Maroon 5, Gloriana, Sara Bareilles, Bowling for Soup, Live, Josh Gracin, Vertical Horizon, Blessid Union of Souls, Matt Nathanson and Mat Kearney! The concert will he held rain (Knights Hall) or shine (the Quad). Both locations are intimate and provide a one of a kind experience to see a talented musician perform.

Filling my days with art

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
-Ansel Adams

It’s always nice to know during the week that leads to spring break that a prize will be found over the hill of mid-terms and an intense workload. Up until last Monday I believed that my roommate and I would begin driving to Orlando on Saturday morning. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a spur of a moment kind of planner and unfortunately this was one of those ideas that we idealized rather then were realistic about. I am now staying in Kentucky over my last senior spring break because not having a reliable vehicle and driving 24 hours in 5 days might be leaning towards the crazy side.

“…but I would walk, 500 (1600) miles….”. Yeah sorry awesome song lyrics stuck in my head. Not going to happen.

On the bright side, this is really a blessing in disguise. I have a senior art show on the 15th of March, and this will be more time I can dedicate to really making it the best opening reception ever. I have the most wonderfully talented artists to exhibit with, Jen Greb and Laurel Anderson, and more time will allow me to not become a nervous wreck a week before it starts.

Bellarmine has an art department that I am proud to be involved in. The classes are so small and the relationships you can establish with the teachers is like having a mentor for four years and even after graduation. Even if you don’t think your right brained, after taking a few creative classes, the result is that anyone can do it with practice. Going out of a comfortable element can make you feel nervous, but I also tried out painting for the first time this semester and progress leads to a great emotional triumph of accomplishment.

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Fear of Heights? I Don’t Think So…

Over the past couple weeks I’ve discovered a new passion in the form of aerial silks. As a little girl I always dreamed of joining the circus but never did I think that in my senior year of university that circus practice would become a reality. Louisville has a lot to offer including acrobatic experiences. Nestled in a building off the side of River Road lies American Turner’s Circus, a gym which has circus training classes. The first couple times, I could barely make it off the ground. It’s only improved each time I’ve gone and I look forward to the day that I can call this a piece of cake.


It’s your turn to try something new! I know I did…

Today I want to be a….DJ

It was a year and a half before I stepped foot back in the radio booth and resurrected by show that I began my second year here. The Highland Hype. I knew what I wanted to play, but regaining the courage to go back on air took a bit more convincing on my self esteems part. After begging our wonderful station manager (and close friend), Victoria Reibel, to stay with me for the first show, I felt relieved and supported. She literally just sat next to me. That was all the boost of support I needed because as soon as noon hit on Thursday afternoon, I began to talk and it all went up hill from there. I was transformed into the host who played fresh blogged music, rather then the slightly anxious student who was close to a catatonic state. This week, I’ve done a complete 180, and am actually excited to go on air. My show consists of a music that is hyped around the internet consisting mainly of remixes, lo fi, experimental, indie, electronic, etc.

Bellarmine has a great support network of friends, and a radio station that really rocks.  If you also want to learn these things, then I highly recommend stopping by our booth at the Involvement Fair on Jan. 29. I encourage you to ask questions, find out how to start your own show, and try to win the great prize we’re giving out. You’ll be a part of a team that has each other backs, and the ego boosting accomplishment of showing the world your own style of music.


Victoria Reibel


Pinkie Promises to Myself

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”

-Ansel Adams

It seems a bit late to start writing out New Year resolution but better now then never. I’m one of those people who needs to write things down, because then its easier for me to accomplish the tasks in mind. Last week I arrived back from London, carrying on my third winter holiday away from home and family. Over the 9 hour flight I began to think about what I hope to gain from this upcoming year and how many things will change, mainly no longer being a “student”. My past 3 and 1/2 years of Bellarmine have brought me to this point where I will go out into the world, and apply everything that I have learned. I hope my lessons, relationships, and goals will be met and shared with great intensity in my future endeavors. Cheers to taking things on, one step at a time.

My (ever-changing) list of things to accomplish

1. Take advantage of the availability of the SURF

2. Become a master of the Adobe Creative Suite

3. Start my own website

4. Complete one photo project a week

5. Earn my English teaching certification

6. Travel, travel, travel

Here are a few pictures from the holidays



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The Adventure Begins

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going inspires me to travel it.” -Rosalia de Castro
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Is there a better way to celebrate turning 22, then embarking on another adventure to spend the winter break away in Amsterdam and London? And so the the next trip begins, and my insatiable travel bug will be fed.

Tibetan Sacred Sand Mandala of Compassion

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

-Thomas Merton

Over Thanksgiving my Grandpa Dan gave me a book that reminded him of me. From inside a used book shop he had picked up a palm sized paper back written by Thomas Merton. On the first page he pointed out that Bellarmine University was mentioned. I think I saw a hint of pride when he finished his bookshop tale. Coincidently today, just a few days after receiving the book, my Ethics class went to the Thomas Merton Center and watched Tibetan Monks create a beautiful Mandala out of colored sand. The back room, where the men sat around in a circle, was quiet, except for the sound of clanking metal and occasional small whispers between the men. The sand art was beautiful, and just watching it come to life in bright colors and aligned falling sand, was an outward meditation.

Thomas Merton has popped up in my life in a few very positive ways the past couple days and while I’m aware that Bellarmine is constantly honoring his memory, this week I consciously did as well.

Give Thanks

This week on top of being thankful for the ability to see my Minnesota family for the holidays, I’m overwhelmingly thankful for my awesome birthday/graduation present.

Last week I got the gift of my dreams…The Canon 5D Mark II! (Just saying it makes me a little breathy and dizzy from excitement) It’s a camera that I’ve had my eye on for months and finally it’s sitting on my dresser within physical reach. It’s the kind of equipment that I hope to start my career with. No more excuses!

With beautiful image quality and HD video, you can expect many more photos coming your way.