Letter to the Loyola Student Body: Thank You for an Amazing Year

Hey Guys,

I sit here in my half-barren bedroom in Newman, surrounded by the trinkets and objects I have accumulated over the course of the year. The bandanna from winning the boot-throwing contest at Loyolapalooza hangs next to the nametag from moving in the freshman on Move-In Day 2014. The varsity letter from my glory days of varsity track is pinned not too far away from my schedule from last semester, the highlighter faded from the many months of sitting on the wall.

Pretty soon all of these things are just going to be objects in the back of my family’s soon to be over-stuffed Toyota Highlander. Pretty soon the sidesplitting stories that went with these various objects will all be old memories from “just another year of college.” As I pack these things away, I think about how different junior year is going to be. For those juniors going away for study abroad in the fall, a whole semester of Loyola will have gone by without seeing a major chunk of our graduating class, and the same thing applies to those going away in the spring. As someone who is going away in the spring, it feels weird knowing that people I see on a day to day basis are going to be gone come September for an entire year.

As students begin to move out and amount of people thins out per day, getting to see everyone you want to becomes more and more of a struggle. So, I just wanted to say something to those students who are going away in the fall and really to the rest of the class of 2016 as a whole:

Thank you for an amazing year.

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A Year Ago Today

Maybe, one day, I’ll travel around the world.
Maybe, one day, I’ll write a book!
Maybe, one day, I’ll climb a mountain so I can get a new perspective on life.
Maybe, one day, I’ll do everything I’ve ever dreamed of.
Maybe, one day…

All of these “Maybes” are what keep me going in life. There are so many possibilities and directions my life can take, so many day dreams just waiting to unfold. Ok, so maybe I’m a little scared at the prospect of all these options, but overall I have a more positive outlook than last year.

A year ago today I published my last blog post of sophomore year. When I think about how I felt at that time, what was going on in my life, where I thought I was going, all of the “Maybes” and questions I didn’t know how to answer, I can’t help but realize how much of that has changed.

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Teddy’s Tips for Finals

As the semester wraps up and people begin to cram for the finals that many of us completely forgot started next week, campus will soon become littered with sleep deprived students carrying extra large Starbucks cups slogging their way, praying to find a spot in the soon to be packed second and third floors of the library. Before your studying begins, here are some tips to help you with studying for finals and hopefully prevent some of you from tearing out your hair in frustration. Continue reading

A Homeschooler in the Harbor

Little unknown or unmentioned fact about me: I used to be homeschooled.

From 3rd through 8th grade I learned from my parents via the Calvert curriculum, took classes with other homechoolers in a co-op, joined homeschool groups for knitting, choir, and even went to museum events specifically for homeschoolers. Oh yeah, and there was even a homeschool prom.

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Hidden Emotion

The friends that I have met at Loyola University Maryland are the most respectable, wholesome, caring individuals that have come into my life. Each of them is exceptional in their own way. Their morals and religious beliefs make me a stronger human being. Their experiences, humor, and friendship motivate me to accomplish all that I can in my lifetime. They are absolutely exquisite human beings that deserve everything they aspire to be.

However, every single one of them carries certain burdens that are not revealed to the world on a daily basis. They constantly disguise their emotions because of the fear of being judged. There is tremendous struggle within.

I decided to create a video that allowed for a safe sanctuary for them to express their deepest personal struggles. Continue reading

Reminiscing and Winding Down

Hey guys! I’m back with an update on what happened after both fashion shows. In the last post I talked about how excited I was for the fashion shows but now I’m feeling underwhelmed. It’s been so exhilarating and so fun to be able to have the opportunity to participate in both of these fashion shows. Now, it’s like my schedule has cleared and I would like to be busy again. Continue reading

Contemplating Romantic Freedom

I always love those questions on surveys and “about me” sections in spring magazines. Yes, spring is here and love is in the air. Couples sashay across campus, holding hands and looking adorable, at least to the eyes of singles. It is those singles who read said magazines and laugh at the ridiculous questionnaires and advice columns on every other page. Because *dramatic eye roll* obviously it’s so revealing how I want to spend my time getting to know someone. Oh No! Spoilers!

Right.

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Blue

Look for the beauty in ordinary things. College students are constantly in a hurry. Rushing from class, sports practice, studying, eating, etc. We are constantly worrying about what we should be doing next. As young adults we should attempt to take in every moment. In my everyday life, I try to treasure every moment. There is countless beauty that is hidden in our universe. Every time a notice something beautiful and intrinsic I snap a photo of it. Below is a collection of my photographs that I have taken with just my iPhone over the past week.

Cape Cod

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Measurement of Success

As individual human beings, we each have our own unique, evolving perceptions of success; therefore, the definition of infinite success is personal and relies heavily upon an individual’s culture, experiences, and environment. In a world comprised of approximately seven billion people, finding a universal definition or measurement for success it difficult to achieve.

There are three key actions that we must continually pursue during our quest towards our personal success: finding one’s passions, welcoming new experiences, and accepting failure. Continue reading

Transitions

As I sit here eating my Lucky Charms and sipping very strong coffee on a Sunday afternoon, I can’t help but feel that the adult world I’m stepping into and the adolescent world I’m leaving behind sometimes come together in beautiful ways. You’d really expect them to clash which, believe me, they do, but this weekend my life seemed to be a bit more harmonious than usual. Continue reading