The past couple years of have my life have been dedicated to the MCAT, filling out applications, writing essays, and traveling to interviews.  But I am happy to say that all the hard work has played off…

I am officially a member of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Class of 2017!!!

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine…my new home this fall!

Throughout the entire process, I have had great support from friends, family, and the Bellarmine community.  I would like to thank everyone who has given me advice, kept me in their thoughts, or listened to me vent!

A special thanks to all of the Bellarmine faculty and the BU Pre-Medical Advising Committee for providing direction and guidance throughout my journey, and for preparing me for the next step in my life!

 

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.

xx

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Bellarmine is Everywhere…

…in the absolute best sense possible. Let me share with you a little story: I was doing my monthly volunteer shift at the Ronald McDonald House yesterday, and once I had gotten settled in and got to introduce myself to the other volunteers and relief managers, I found out one of my fellow volunteers was a Bellarmine alum. Her eyes lit up when she heard I was from Bellarmine and I loved getting to talk to her about campus and how things have changed since she was a student.

After deep cleaning some rooms and starting to sanitize the common rooms, I noticed some fun music coming from the second floor kitchen, all to realize there were several more current Bellarmine students baking for one of their service projects! It was nice to see so many people, both current and former Bellarmine students, giving back at the Ronald McDonald House.

Being in the city of Louisville, it’s not uncommon to meet some Bellarmine graduates wherever I go, but I’m always impressed with whom I meet. These alumnae aren’t your run-of-the-mill people: they are professional, dignified, and always willing to help their neighbor. Whether it’s someone I’ve gotten to work with or simply exchange conversation in a Starbucks line, I’m always impressed. Bellarmine works to prepare us to be a class of our own, and that is what I’m truly thankful for. Without my connections with the faculty and staff at Bellarmine, along with the skills I have been given through class, I wouldn’t have my internship today, or my volunteer experience, or the path to a career that I’m working hard to obtain.

Thanks, Bellarmine, for all that you do. :)

Song of the day: Cruise by Florida Georgia Line. This song has been pretty popular in the Suite, so I wanted to share!

There’s ALWAYS something to be thankful for.

Seven days until I’m 20 years old and a couple days after that, I will have completed my second year of college. Where has the time gone? I simply can’t believe it! I couldn’t be more thankful for all of the activities and responsibilities that I have been a part of this semester, which have kept me quite busy, making time fly faster than I ever could have imagined. One of the most important and significant ideas that I have learned this semester, though, is how to make tough decisions. I have been given so many wonderful opportunities lately, that I’ll explain more on in a bit, but those have also required for me to learn how to prioritize and determine what is most advantageous for me to participate in.

Last night, after a pretty emotional graduation ceremony for our departing seniors in Phi Mu, I turned in my BU Cheerleading uniforms for the last time. After extensively weighing out the pros and cons with my parents, grandparents, friends, and colleagues, I have chosen not to return to the cheer team. I have been asked to stay at my internship with Community Foundation through the summer and fall semester, and potentially beyond, which is great news but has therefore made me realize that there is simply not enough hours in the day to participate in every single activity that I want to participate in. When telling my coach the great news about my internship, I felt so sad having to follow it up with the fact that I was not returning next year. She completely understood where I was coming from, and urged me to focus my time and efforts on school and my internship, which definitely provided me with comfort. I’ll still be cheering on my Knights at as many games as I can attend, but from the stands as opposed to the sidelines. The love for the Knights and for cheerleading will always remain.

Rho ZetaThe popular saying, “when one door closes, another door opens” is incredibly holding true for me lately. As the semester has been coming to a close, I have been spending the majority of my days either hosting or attending events, while trying to balance preparing for finals and sleeping! The Teacher Appreciation Dinner that I was talking about in my last blog post could not have gone better. It was a complete success and it was great seeing how my hard work paid off. A handful of Phi Mu girls and I hosted a dinner for 33 happy teachers, telling them more about Phi Mu as both the chapter and nationally, and even giving away some pretty cool gift cards. I definitely feel that teachers do not always get the credit they deserve, and it was wonderful getting hugs and handshakes from teachers I would not have known, and seeing all of their appreciation for being honored and recognized. I’m already excited to do it all again next year!

 

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The day after the dinner, I had to get ready for Relay for Life. I had never been to one of the Relay events before, so I was excited to see how they work. It was great to see so many students, teachers, and other people of the BU community all join together to fight against cancer. I worked one of the night shifts with my Phi Mu sisters and our table actually won the “Most Creative” award. Our Cinco de Mayo theme was a blast!

More recently, this past weekend presented me with so many opportunities that it was almost overwhelming. I was awarded a special scholarship this past summer, called the Dan R. Ison scholarship, and since I was the first recipient, I was invited to attend the Heritage Society dinner to meet my donors. It was such an incredible experience… I can’t even put my feelings into words! I was honored to be the first person chosen for this scholarship, and to know that my donors believed in me so much that they would help me with some of my college tuition. They were absolutely wonderful, and getting to mingle with such extraordinary people at the dinner was such a great networking experience that I will never forget.

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On another note, this past Friday night was our Spring Formal for Phi Mu. I had an absolute blast getting to hang out and dance the night away with my sisters and other friends. It was held at Culbertson West in New Albany, In. and I had a great time!

After a late night from formal, I just spent the majority of my Saturday (from 6:45am to 4:00 pm) working the KnightU event as a student ambassador. I had a wonderful group of incoming freshmen and though it was quite the long day, it went by pretty fast!

This weekend has served as a reminder that there is always, always, always something to be thankful for. Though times can be stressful, I am so thankful that I have been given the privilege of being pulled in all of these directions, because in the end it’s always worth it. Having to attend at least one meeting for Phi Mu a week has turned out to be so valuable. Holding a high position for Bellarmine Communications Association starting next semester will provide itself with challenges, but ones that will be of such reward when they’re done. Taking hard classes will also prove themselves worthwhile too. I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me soon, but until then, I will continue to be thankful for what I’ve been given. :)

Don’t forget: the dogs are coming back!! For this semester’s finals, the ARC will be providing Canine Exam Proctors again to give us some stress relief! Sign up outside the ARC soon – times will fill up quickly!

Song of the day: Good Life by One Republic ft. B.O.B
I’m surprised I hadn’t used this song before. It always reminds me of how great truly life is and makes me happy for what I have. Enjoy!