Monday, September 26, 2011

Thoughts on Service

     I knew from the start that I wanted to be involved in community service here at SJU. But to be honest, I've never really participated in any face to face experience. Sure, I've donated to charities or started fundraisers. But when my professor explained to us that we would be a tutor for an adult that never learned to read, I'll admit I became very nervous. 

     While I am friendly, I'm by nature, quite introverted. And I'm terrible at talking to adults. So, this has made me a little scared. Being a tutor is a huge deal. I'm directly impacted someone else's life. Am I really ready to do that? Would I be good enough? It's pretty nerve-racking. On Monday, we had training and I think that helped calm me down. I don't know what I should expect to see, but I know what I have to do. 
     I don't know what it is going to be like. But I just have to keep telling myself I can do it. Hopefully, I can make a difference in someone's life. My plan is to just go in open-minded and with my guard let down. This is going to be a great experience for the both of us.

Monday, September 19, 2011


When told of this assignment, I knew that there were many examples of artistic brilliance around campus. I wasn't sure what I wanted to take a picture of. But I finally decided that this particular piece was the most relevant to my goals here at Saint Joseph's University. It's a 3-D wallhanging inside of Barbelin. I'm not exactly sure what it depicts but it looks like some historical event in India. I pass this piece every day on my way to my first required course for my major. So in a way, it reminds me of what I need to stay focused on and what I need to learn. It's also interesting to me because I love foreign cultures. This piece is my opening to the rest of the world.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

12 Observations

1. The campus is absolutely breathtaking
     I remember visiting this college a few times while making my decision of where to spend the next four years. And I always thought it was a pretty place. But now that I'm actually living and experiencing it, I can really appreciate it. I find myself walking around thinking "Wow! This is beautiful."

2. People here are genuinely friendly
    I can't think of another place I've been to where so many people said hi to you when you walked by or thanked you for opening a door. People here are so nice.

3. I'm going to have a lot more work to do here
     Seriously. I spent 3 hours on Chinese homework.

4. The dining hall is nice
     I have to give it to the school. For cafeteria food, it's not bad at all. And while some things are better than others, there's a ton of variety.

5. But it also has it's downs
     Problem is, here we're forced into buying a bagillion dollar meal plan for a dining hall that is never open when you want it to be. Why is it that all the doors are locked at dinner time?!

6. This school is going to challenge me
     Who knew I'd have a test the first week of school? or that I'd have to teach an international student english while he teaches me Chinese? And I have to balance my school work, of course.

7. Becoming best friends with your roommate is an awesome thing
    You don't have to be friends with your roommate. In fact, I knew several people that weren't and still got by fine. But I'm really glad that my roommate and I hit it off so well. Even though I'm new and I don't have too many friends, I always have someone to eat with or someone just to hang out with when I'm bored.

8. I have a ton of free time, but not as much free time as I think I do.
    Which is actually why for right now 9 to 12 aren't getting descriptions. I'll be back to edit later.

9. I'm going to miss everything about home

10. Getting adjusted to living on your own is easier than you think

11. It takes time to make friends. Always be patient.

12. These are going to be the best four years of my life.