Remembering the Good Times

One of the most convenient things about living so close to home is that I can make the somewhat-quick, thirty minute drive, to stop in and see my family. With working 40+ hours a week this summer, I haven’t been able to spend as much time in my hometown as I have wanted, yet I’m happy for the time I do get to spend with my family. Every time I come home, no matter how short, it’s always nice to see what has changed yet what has stayed the same. With my town as small as it is, it’s not uncommon to run into familiar faces and sometimes run into people I haven’t seen in years. 
 
I had one of those experiences during one of my more recent trips home. I was at the grocery store near my neighborhood and, in the midst of picking up groceries for my grandparents, saw someone I surely wasn’t expecting to see. It was my cheerleading coach, Eric, who I hadn’t seen since my freshman year of high school – keep in mind that I’m now a rising senior in college. After doing competitive allstar cheering for three years at the gym he owned, Kentucky Wolfpack Allstars, he decided to close the gym and moved away to the west coast for a couple of years. He just very recently moved back to our county with his family, which I didn’t know until seeing him at Kroger, so it was certainly a surprise when I thought he still lived on the other side of the nation. 
 
Seeing my cheer coach, someone I looked up to for years and to this day respect so much, was a subtle reminder of great memories from my past. I grew up doing gymnastics for 8 years, then within months started all-star competitive cheerleading with Eric at Wolfpack, stayed there for three years, cheered for my high school for three years, and then cheered at Bellarmine for two years. Because of Eric and the Kentucky Wolfpack Allstars family, my love for cheerleading kept me going, continually inspired even through college. 
 
With all of the hustle in bustle of striving to live in the present and to arduously prepare for my future, it was nice to take a look back and remember some of the good times. Oh, what I would do to cheer one more routine with the Wolfpack team… 
 
Wolfpack days – at dinner with Courtney and Calyn after a competition – note all of our crazy glitter performance makeup was washed off :) 
 
 
Fast forward to high school – all of us seniors celebrating senior night!
 
 
Fast forward again to freshman year of college where BU Cheer traveled to Daytona, FL for our national competition!
 
 
 

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.

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Hillside 2013 presents Phillip Phillips and guest Churchill

Phillip-Phillips

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.

Red River GorgeOUS

Recipe for The Perfect Hiking Trip

Ingredients needed:

  • A car
  • Good friends
  • Place to stay (cabin, tent, the stars over your head, etc)
  • Supplies for food
  • and a solid pair of shoes

Directions:

  1. Drive 2 1/2 hours from Louisville through Lexington and map out your spot within the park. Red River Gorge is a canyon system with beautiful hiking trails, photo spots, and dense lush forests.
  2. Stop by the local grocery store like Kroger before you go because the options become much more limited once your right outside the park. Unless your really into overpriced gas station selections. Nah
  3. Either pay for a park pass to camp out within designated camping spots or you could rent a cabin for 10 people. We like nature. But we also like hot tubs…
  4. Start out with some easy hikes. I recommend the Natural Bridge because not only is it about 2 miles roundtrip but the view is incredible. Just imagine what it’ll look like when the leaves start changing those warm colors of fall red and orange.
  5. BRING YOUR CAMERA

Spending the weekend at the Gorge with Jen and friends from Cincinnati was just the breath of fresh air I needed.

Kentucky has a great park system.

Take advantage of it!

http://www.redrivergorge.com


Photography by Jen Greb

Carlos, former exchange student, tells us why Bellarmine is the best!

I was first introduced to  Carlos Sanchez when a group of Bellarmine students got together to celebrate New Years Eve 2010 in Amsterdam. Now over a year later, I had the pleasure of being hosted by him when we visited Malaga. It’s always so much nicer to be able to travel somewhere when you have somebody to show you the true heart and soul of where they come from instead of just being a wandering tourist. We spent those days going to the beach, Frigiliana (a beautiful village in the mountains), and exploring where Carlos grew up. Even though I met him indirectly, if it weren’t for the exchange program at Bellarmine, I would have never had the chance to make such a kind friend. It’s amazing how even when you go across the world you can still find a little piece of Bellarmine to make you feel right at home. Next time you see an exchange student on campus, try getting to know them! I know from personal experience, nothing feels better then feeling welcome into a new culture and you never know, you may end up making your next best friend.

Also here are the rest of my pictures from Malaga, Granada, Cordoba, and Seville.

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