Class of 2016 Farewells
“Favorite Memory at SMU: Snowball fights in the plaza with not just my closest friends, but to those passing by and stopping to participate in the fun. The sense of community was clear as students of SMU gathered to enjoy the snow fall. Many laughs and smiles were shared that day as the word “community” really meant it’s meaning!
“Favorite Memory at SMU: Spending time outside with friends
“Favorite memory at SMU:When the Saint Mary’s Women’s bball team made it to the national tournament my sophomore year.
“Favorite Memory at SMU: Surviving strategies with some of the greatest friends/business majors at this school!
Next steps (what are your plans after graduation): Interning at Lifetouch in Eden Prairie, MN as a Business Intelligence/Marketing position.
Words to faculty and staff: Thank you for how personable you all are. One of the greatest things about this school is the small class sizes and the honest interest and investment they have in the success of every student. It definitely made college much better”
I feel like college is full of memories, from the big ones like TRBD and Towny, to the small ones like laughing at stupid videos with your roommates on a random night. I have made a lot of memories and I have a billion reasons to smile and be happy with what I did here. One that stands out the most is the short-term study abroad trip that I went on to Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is kind of all-encompassing. It combined academics and fun. I had the chance to earn credits, learn about the culture in a new country and then experience it, visit a country I have always wanted to see, meet and become friends with new people, grow closer to old friends, try new foods, research graffiti, and get to know my professor outside of the classroom. It was worth all the work and all the money.
After graduation I am volunteering for a year with Lasallian Volunteers. I was placed in Concord, California (30 min outside of San Francisco). I will be teaching various subjects in an all boys middle school serving low-income families.
The faculty and staff at SMU are out of this world. I have made so many connections with professors in and out of my major and those who serve this university outside of teaching. The care that every single person at this school has for the students is something that I am so grateful for. An extra thanks to the Spanish and Education department. They have helped me grow from a confused freshman to a confident graduate.
Favorite Memory at SMU: Being a part of the golf team and women’s hockey team for 4 years. Made great friends and even better memories!
Favorite Memory at SMU
Being able to play soccer for three years at Saint Mary’s
Next Steps (Plans after Graduation)
Working at a hospital helping others and maybe someday managing my own team
Words to Faculty and Staff
Thank you all so much! I would not have made it this far without my professors pushing, challenging, and encouraging me to become the person I am today. My advisor was very helpful and cared about me as a person, as were many of my other professors. It is great to have these relationships with your professors. Thank you to all other staff and faculty that have supported the Women’s soccer team by attending games or asking about them.
Favorite Memory at SMU: It is quite challenging to pick a favorite memory at SMU because I cherish every day I have been able to spend with this community. There are so many things that make this community unforgettable — the acts of kindness to friends and strangers, the intentional environment of learning and faith, the collaboration between students and faculty, and all the opportunities to bond as a community. We are Saint Mary’s. We are one. United, we stand!
Next steps: My immediate plans are to work with the chaplains at Franciscan Mayo in La Crosse, WI, where I served my internship last
summer, and to determine which graduate school I will attend in the fall. I am entering graduate school in the fall and will either pursue
a Master’s in Divinity or a Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, with the eventual goal of entering hospital chaplaincy. The
schools to which I have applied include: Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO; Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN; Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, IL; The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle; and Loyola
University in Maryland.I also learned to play the harp during my internship at Mayo. I plan continue to pursue this passion and to help facilitate healing with harp music as a chaplain. “Harp music is like a promise from God; each note lingers in the air after it is played, but instead of fading away, it blends into the next note, symbolizing the everlasting nature of God’s promises.”
Words to faculty and staff: It has been a pleasure to work with you these past four years. Every faculty member with whom I have worked has made my experience at Saint Mary’s so much better. It has been a privilege to collaborate with you as both a teacher and a learner. Thank you for your openness, curiosity, flexibility, and kindness. I would not be where I am today without the support and encouragement of the faculty at Saint Mary’s.Thank you for accompanying me on my journey of growth and learning.
Favorite Memory at SMU
Every morning that started with Kim at Mugby
Next steps (what are your plans after graduation)
Contracted seasonal employment with the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York
Pursuing an MFA in Scenic Technology and Design with the University of Virginia
Words to faculty and staff
Thanks for all that you have done to get us to this point. There were always points of frustration, gratitude, and happiness, but what will last forever is the imprint you’ve had on our lives. Perge!
My favorite memories here are dancing in the SMUMN Ballroom Dance Club Showcase and fencing. After Graduation, I will be working and looking at the possibility of continuing my education, entering the military or both. Thanks to all the instructors who have helped me here, you guys made my experience valuable.
Favorite memory @ SMU: Hitting the sledding hills on the 2016 snow day – the limitless fun ended in several minor injuries, but was well worth it!
Favorite memory at smu- towny each year with the greatest group of college students ever.
“Favorite memory at SMU- Driving onto campus and seeing the trees by the entrance wrapped in white and red holiday lights.
Next step– Take a year off to travel / shadow medical professionals and attend a medical graduate program.
Words to staff and faculty– Thank you for giving me a home away from home and taking the time to help me grow.”
“Favorite Memory at SMU: Although there are countless memories to choose from, I’d have to say that my top memory here at St. Mary’s would be participating in the centennial celebration my freshman year as a part of the concert band. The band members arrived to campus early to prepare for the celebration, and as a result, we were able to meet and form friends before the school year started, premier a new piece of music as a band, and get to know the roots of St. Mary’s at the very beginning of our undergraduate careers. Right off the bat, we were able to become part of and understand the St. Mary’s close-knit community.
Next steps (what are your plans after graduation): With orientation beginning at the end of July, I will be a Lasallian Volunteer in Memphis, Tennessee at De La Salle Blessed Sacrament Elementary School. Tentatively, I will be teaching reading to kindergarten-4th grade and religion to kindergarten-3rd grade in addition to other miscellaneous tasks at the school.
Words to faculty and staff: Thank you for all the work you do–it does not go unnoticed! Although it is daunting at times and we (students) can be difficult, thank you for persevering and believing in our potential. I’d like to give a shout-out to both the education faculty for your care for each student’s growth and passion for life-long education as well as the honors program faculty for pushing us to think outside (sometime very outside) the box and never settling for a single answer. Every extension, soap box tangent, conversation, criticism, smile, and encouragement formed a part of who we are–you helped to prepare us for the future, and for that I can never be thankful enough.”
“My favorite memory here at SMU is working over the summer at Campus Safety, while rooming in Eks Family Village with two of my best friends. Going to Washington, DC every year with the College Republican Club is a close second!
“Favorite Memory at SMU: While I never thought I would say it, I think taking Strategies will be one of my favorite memories at SMU. Although it was very time consuming, it was all worth it. We got to know people we wouldn’t have if it was not for this class. We also gained a lot of real life experience from this course. Also, celebrating with everyone once we were all done was a lot of fun.