Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oh Hey, What's Up, Saint Michael!? A Tour of the SMC Chapel...

Hi everyone!!

Today on The Life of a SMC Girl, I wanted to take you on a virtual tour around a place that has been quite important in my life at SMC- the Chapel!! For those of my wonderful readers who don't know, I have been involved with Campus Ministry since I was a first year. Whether it's been helping volunteer through MOVE, serving at the 7pm mass, or being a Senior team leader of VITA, campus ministry has helped shape me into who I am today. It also means that I get to spend a lot of time in the lovely Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel and become known as the Princess of it (Hahahaha!! Just kidding- even though if there was one, it would probably be me with the amount of time I spend there :)

  
   
Top photo: the Chapel's front entrance (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/5904915) Middle: the Chapel at Christmas- my favorite!! Bottom: a prayer service in the back altar space with my friends, Nicole and Greg!!

The Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel was built in 1965, making it the largest Chapel in the state of Vermont. It seats 1000 people and is shaped like a cross, so there is seating in the north, east, and west naves, and another altar space in the back. The Chapel is a place where everyone is welcome, whether you identify with a different religion or don't choose to practice. I always come here just to de-stress or when my life seems chaotic, gain some quiet time to myself. What most people don't know, however, is that there is an Upper Room upstairs in the Chapel, which is full of comfy couches, pillows and blankets, a fully stocked kitchen and an alarm clock, in case you want to take a nap up there. It's where I usually go to study if the Academic Buildings or Library is really packed.


Thank you to www.sse.org for the picture. St. Edmund mass 2012, with all of the Edmundites!!
Of course, we can't talk about the Chapel without the Edmundites. The Edmundites were founded during the 19th century and settled in Pontigny, France. They were named after St. Edmund of Canterbury (who, fun fact, had his arm in the SMC archives for a bit, serving as a relic- how cool is that?!) and have been known for their establishment of Mont St. Michel and St. Anne's Shrine as a pilgrimage site, being leaders within the civil rights movement (Edmundite Fr. Maurice Ouelet actually was one of Martin Luther King's closest confidants!!) in Alabama, working within Latin American countries such as Venezuela, and establishing the first catholic school in Vermont... you guessed it!! Saint Michael's College :) The Edmundites still have a presence on campus (as you can see from the picture above :) and are probably some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. 
PS- can you see me in this picture? :) 

VITA team 2013-14!! From top left: Tim, Maura, Colleen, Emily, Kate. Bottom left: Kelly, Lauren Murphy, me, Po.
Being a part of VITA has honestly changed my life for the better. VITA, meaning way of life in Latin, is the peer ministry group on campus. A lot of the VITA programming meets in the Chapel to help students to relax and reflect. VITA offers a wide variety of programs, such as LINK, our large faith sharing group, Connections, our small faith sharing group, and Dessert and the Divine, our monthly dessert and reflection group. Coming in as a first year, it was VITA which helped me to get involved and my SMC mom and phenomenal campus minister/ VITA mentor, Anna Lester, who helped me to not be so shy and scared about the transition into college. I've been so lucky to work with an amazing group of people these past four years to not only help myself, but help others in so many different ways. What's so wonderful about VITA is that not only is everyone welcome in the Chapel, but to VITA as well. What I also love about VITA is how different everyone who comes in- whether it be various religions, backgrounds, or faith journeys, we are all so interested in learning about each other and seeing different perspectives on so many topics.


Jay blessing an animal in the Sanctuary!!
We also have events for the community, such as our annual Animal Blessing. Typically, this is celebrated on the feast of St. Francis, which falls in October. I've been lucky enough to help with this event all of my years at Saint Mike's, aiding the amazing Jason Moore, our retreat director and wonderful campus minster. My favorite thing, of course, is seeing all of the community members and dogs from the All Bread and the Greyhound shelters right down the road, getting blessed and having the chance to play with them afterwards. If you're far from home, you can always bring in a picture of your animal to have blessed as well!!


Po and Jerome at the lecturn
If you're ever interested in getting involved in serving at mass, I would totally recommend it!! One of the first ways I got involved on campus was by serving as a lector and a Eucharistic Minister at the 7pm student mass. There are usually two main masses on Sundays- 11am for the community and 7pm for students. If choosing to serve, you can do a wide variety of things, such as singing or playing in the liturgical choir or serving as a lector (reader) Eucharistic Minister, or Altar Server. There are also daily masses every day at 11:30am (and 4pm on Monday's) and other ways of worship, such as Adoration, Taize, and morning prayer in the Chapel as well. Typically to serve, you have to go through training, so that you're prepared for what to do when serving at mass. Of course, that didn't stop me from messing up one or one hundred times in between, but it's honestly been one of the best things I've done in my four years here. Up above, you can see my best friend, Po being helped by the hysterical Jerome Monachino, our liturgical choir director. Jerome controls the mics and sound system in the Chapel, so he always helps run lector training, giving some great tips when reading into the mic.

Welcome Back Social- perfect way to cool off and eat some delicious ice cream!!
One of my favorite things of all time to do is to get big groups of people together. Luckily, we host a lot of socials in the Upper Room of the Chapel, where we can get together to meet new friends or catch up with old ones. Constantly throughout the semester, we have various ice cream,cookies, pizza, and nachos socials with movies, games, and even sleepovers mixed in between. This picture was from our Welcome Back social this past August, which was filled with so much fun!!

LEAP Fall 2013!! From left: Alex, Amanda, Kerry, Mary, Marci, me, Emily, and Nicole.
Retreats one of the most intrinsic parts of campus ministry and depend heavily on the Chapel to serve as the setting to prepare for each semesters group. Retreats are held one weekend every semester at St. Anne's Shrine, geared to helping find what students need in their lives at the moment. LEAP, our community based retreat, and Emmaus, our Ignatian spirituality retreat, are our two most popular retreats, in which students give personal talks and experiences, planning for months to make the retreat a reality. Retreats are open to everyone of any faith and are extremely well attended. The connections you make with others on the retreats are priceless and have really helped me to find myself and my faith throughout my retreat weekends.    

This year's Way of the Cross group in the Chapel lobby!! From left: Shawn, Greg, Chris, Maura, Aaron, Allie, Chris, me, Alex, Caitie, Po, Allie, Tyler, Lucia, Kristen, and Lauren Loy. 
As I was mentioning before, we have a lot of events both for the community on campus and off. One of these events is Way of the Cross. Way of the Cross is a really awesome way of taking the typical Stations of the Cross during a Friday in Lent and giving it a personal touch, infusing personal narrative into each station. For the past four years, I have played Mary Magdala and it has been an amazing experience. So many students help out each March with this, practicing late at night in the Chapel the night before and we always get such a nice turn out!! 

Lit Choir at Catholic Central HS, Albany NY!!
While I've been involved in campus ministry all four years at SMC, one thing I had always wanted to do, but never had the courage to, was join the SMC liturgical choir. Led by Jerome Monachino, it is honestly the most talented and coolest group of people. Me being the scardy cat I am, I was too shy to join. However, my best friend, Merrill, was actually the one to give me the courage to finally go and Marci was the one to help solidify that as well. Being able to sing my heart out to some really great tunes each Wednesday for 6:30pm rehearsal and Sunday for mass on the risers in the Chapel is one of the best feelings in the world. The Lit Choir also goes on a tour each year to various churches and schools along the east coast. This year, we went to Albany, NY and I had one of the best times of my life. Even though I was late to the game, I'm so thankful that I was able to still continue trying new things, even in my senior year.


Phew!! I probably exhausted you all from our look around the Chapel- don't worry, we can take a breather hahaha!! Honestly though, the Chapel is a phenomenal place not only for reflection, but a place where no matter who you are or what you believe in, you can somehow find something special about it. It has really become my home away from my dorm on campus, as it's the place where I really was able to develop into the person I am today, something I'm extremely thankful for.

Until next time, I send you my very best wishes,
Alex :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

What Makes You... You

Happy Sunday everyone!!

It's a very sunny day in Vermont today, a bit of a change from the cloudy and rainy days we've had for the past couple of days. Here at SMC, we had a three day weekend for President's week and while many went home for a much needed break, I decided to stay on campus and help out in Admissions with tours this weekend and get ahead on some homework for next week.

Meeting so many prospective students and families this weekend and getting the chance to talk one on one with them about a million different things really influenced my post today, as it's something I've been thinking about a lot.

As many of my readers are either going through or about to go through the college process now or have been through it before, we can all understand the stress that each one of us goes through. Whether it be common apps, interviews, recommendations, etc. it's all one big blah (I know, super eloquent of me hahaha!!)

Today though, I want to talk about what makes us different and unique. No person is the exact same as another and honestly, I think that's what makes us all special in our very own way. Constantly, on tours and via email, I receive lots of questions about whether or not students will feel accepted and supported for being themselves. Honestly, I think that is one of the best questions to be asked, not just on college tours, but in life in general. What's so amazing about college tours, however, is that you and the college are kind of doing the same thing. Weird, right? It's true though. You're trying to see what sets each college apart- the differences in academics, activities, and even food. At the same time, the college is trying to see what sets you apart from everyone else...

What makes you... well, you.

Everyone tells you to "Be yourself" or "It's college, you can be whoever you want to be!!" Yet, how was I supposed to be myself or be whoever I wanted to be if I didn't know who either was!?

In high school, I was involved in 10 different clubs, was an AP and honor student, blah blah blah. I can guarantee you'll find a bunch of people who have those same credentials. Looking back on it, I wasn't necessarily happy with everything I was involved with. One or two clubs I honestly just did because I thought I was expected to for college, that it would make me look better or seem like the "perfect student". When I came to college, I realized that being involved in so much wasn't a reality for me. For the first time, I had to actually seek out what I was really passionate about in academics, in activities, and just in life so I had some sort of path to go on.

When looking back after four years at whatever school you choose, you want to be able to say, "I had the best four years here. I got the opportunity to not only see what I was passionate about, but I also got the chance to explore various things to see if they were for me or not. I was able to become the best student, leader, and friend I could be, but being at this school provided me with the opportunities to find and be me." 

When you're on your tours or reading the blogs, consider these questions heavily. Don't hesitate to ask about support on campus, whether there are cliques, if you'll be forced to conform to something you're not, and of course, whether you will be accepted and find friends who are probably going through the same things that you are at that very moment. That's what tour guides, professors, current students, admissions, etc. are here for. We're here to help you step into the shoes and see what down the line life will be like for you. Give you the comfort you need during this really important time.

I love differences. I love seeing what is unique in someone and treasuring it. I love listening about different beliefs and cool ideas that are so different from my own. I thrive on making sure that people realize that the talent that they think is small or piece of writing, or hysterical laugh is so special and is unique only to them. It's about that support, that acceptance that you are able to find yourself. Having the room to try out different things that you're interested in, change majors five times, make mistakes, meet people who love the same shows you do, and be supported and accepted throughout that is what makes a place somewhere you know you can flourish.

My name is Alex Byrne. I'm a big nerd and passionate about helping people accomplish their dreams, both big and small. I love huge hugs and telling people I love them because of what makes them so unbelievably special. I am addicted to Ice Dancing, all BBC programing, YA novels, and Snickers. I can sometimes be overdramatic, use way too many tissues a day, and love having people come over to hang out in my pink room. I am super involved in all different aspects of Campus Ministry (VITA, retreats, and MOVE) and Founder's Society.

I am accepted. I am supported. Wherever you go or are going, you should always feel that way too.

Did it take me a bit of time to figure out who and where I wanted to be today? Absolutely. Was it easy? Definitely not. It's just about realizing that you can go and try out a bunch of different clubs and majors, but make sure to take into account what you like and what you think works for you. You can't do everything, but you can definitely do something- something that fits you the best it can.

My wonderful readers, as you know, I'm a big fan of "that feeling." I'm also a huge supporter of the idea that the college years should be some of the best in your life. Why not then choose a place where you can spend these years not only finding out what you're interested in, who you are, and where you want to go, but most importantly make your own unique difference?

At the end of the day, nobody wants to see someone who is overly involved in things they're not passionate in. Be the real you. Choose a place that will bring out what you shine in. Do what you want to do and be who you want to be so that at end of these years, you will come out the best person you can be- mistakes, fumbles, triumphs, successes and all. Discover your future second home by finding a place that will treasure that in you and I guarantee you will most certainly succeed.

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, never hesitate to get in contact with me via Twitter or email- I absolutely love hearing from you. For  any of my Class of 2018 readers coming up tomorrow for the Academic Preview Day, definitely stop me and say hi or get a hug!!

Until next time, I send you my very best wishes,
Alex :)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Off to Albany!! Lit Choir Trip 2014

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!! Supposedly, VT is supposed to be hit with some snow in the next couple of days, so I'm taking advantage of this 30 degree weather (a heat wave this time of year!!) by wearing a dress (with a heavy sweater of course :)

As you, my wonderful readers, know, I joined the SMC liturgical choir this past year and it's honestly been one of the best decisions I've made in my four years here. While I've always been really involved in campus ministry, lit choir was one of the things I always wanted to do, but never really had the courage to. It was this year that my best friend, Merrill, pushed me to sign up since it would be my last chance to do so. While I definitely don't think I'm the best singer, Lit Choir allows me to feel a part of such an amazing group of people, led by our phenomenal choir director, Jerome, and sing my heart out to some pretty cool songs.

This past weekend, we went on our annual Lit Choir tour to Albany, NY!! Even though I'm from New York, I'd never been to the capital before, so I was excited to go. We left SMC at around 3:30 and headed off on the three hour bus ride. What I was super excited about was rooming the weekend with my best friend, Marci, who plays the violin in the lit choir, reuniting with my SMC Twinnie, Adrianna, who graduated this past year!! I was also so excited to have the chance to get to better know the lit choir members, who are just the absolute best group of people. We checked into the Latham Holiday Inn around 9pm after having a delicious dinner at the 76 Latham diner and passed out.

DAY 1
Friday was an extremely early day for us, with a wakeup call at 6am and reporting to the bus by 7:40. I When I woke up, I realized that I learned something that I hadn't known about Marci in our four years of best friendship and was surprised to find out.

Marci does not speak English in the morning. She speaks gibberish.
Ex. (Picture it- 6am)
Me: Good morning Marci!!
Marci: Shbbubbubb mlah bah (Translation: Morning Alex. I'll wake up when you get out of the shower)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Early morning mirror pic!!
Catholic Central brunch in the library- thank you so much!!




Marci and I got ready in the nick of time (and of course took a bathroom selfie to prove it) We boarded the bus and headed off to Catholic Central High School (alma mater of Mike Stefanowicz, Admissions Counselor extraordinaire and overall wonderful person) to sing at our first concert. It was really weird to be back in a Catholic high school, seeing everyone in their polos, khakis, and skirts- it was almost if I was transported back four years ago to my Catholic school days at Good Counsel Academy) It was Catholic Schools week, so many of the Catholic schools in the area, from pre-school to high school, came to hear us and they were too cute. Afterwards, we went to CBA or Christian Brothers Academy, for our second concert of the day. The boys were all so welcoming and really into the music. Marci and I got the chance to help at the Admissions table at both schools with Mike and meet so many students (shout out to Jonathan Woods at CBA, Marci and my new BFF who we had a ten minute conversation with about the difference in Marci and his last name and told us all about the different medal he had received from band) It still makes me feel so amazing helping lead someone on the way to finding their future second home and I'm so happy I got the chance to do so that Friday.

CBA!!

DAY 2
Saturday was our "Super Chill" day, which meant that we didn't have to be anywhere until 11:30. I ended up doing a lot of my homework that day and having breakfast in bed with Marci (aka cereal and coffee from the continental breakfast downstairs) We then headed to Cafe Italia for lunch, where we had a delicious authentic Italian meal of chicken and eggplant parm and penne. We also got to bond with Ernesto, our bus driver, who honestly was the most wonderful part of the trip. He was so unbelievably funny, gracious, and helpful to each and every one of us and I certainly miss him already!! We then headed to Mater Christi parish, which was absolutely beautiful and I loved having the chance to see Marci's family, who have become like a second family to me at SMC!! The mass went great and they served us dinner in the Church cafeteria. Everyone feasted on wings, pizza, salad, and chocolate chip brownies. Afterwards, my twinnie, Adrianna, wanted to go to Walmart to get a card for one of our choir members. Our new friend, Kathy, wanted to come too to find a souvenir from Albany, so we took a 10 minute adventure. We ventured into Five Below (aka the BEST STORE EVER) and I ended up picking up a new pink charger for my phones, a squirrel t-shirt for Marci, and a magnet for my wonderful friend, Sarah all for $13!! We then ended up going to the Dollar Store which I left laughing in stiches- let's just say it involved Kathy and a flying pig, which was just the funniest thing ever. When I came back to the hotel, Marci had delicious cheesecake for us to share from the Cheesecake Factory and for the rest of the night, we watched the Duke/ Syracuse and Knicks/ Heat games until we fell asleep.
Delicious lunch at Cafe Italia
My beautiful friends, Sarah and Anna!!
Marci and my mostly eaten cheesecake

Mater Christi Church
Outfit of the Day!!
My Woof Partner in Crime, Kelly!!
DAY 3
Sunday was our last day in Albany and also our earliest. We had another super early wakeup call, checked out, and had a two minute breakfast. The Lit Choir was set to do two masses at Christ the Light Church and both went fabulously. We then headed back around 2 to VT and got back at 5pm.

Hotel Room!!

My key!!
7:30 selfie on the bus- my typical cheery self hahahaha!!

Brunch at Christ the Light
Sleeper creeper photo of Marci!!


Overall, this weekend couldn't be more amazing. I cannot thank enough all of the members of the SMC Lit Choir for so warmly welcoming me and for just being the absolute best people. I'm so lucky to know you all and to have this weekend to play and sing for Albany. Hugs to you all!!

On the road to an amazing time!!
What I want to express to my wonderful readers in this blog post is that is never too late to take opportunities that are offered to you. SMC provides that and more in so many different ways, whether it be in our liberal arts classes, study abroad, clubs and activities, and so much more. Make the most of every moment and spend it doing something you're passionate about- it will not only make a difference in your life, but the lives of others.

Remember, please never hesitate to get in contact with me if you ever have any questions via Twitter and email!! I'm always happy to help in any way that I can!!

Until next time, I send you my very best wishes,
Alex :)



Sunday, January 26, 2014

Roommate Q&A with My Best Friend!

Happy Sunday everyone!!

This weekend, my best friend, Marci, and I wanted to do something special for our readers!! We decided to do a "Roommate Q&A" to answer some typical questions you may ask when rooming together and sharing about our experiences as roommates. I absolutely LOVED doing this with Marci and we're looking forward to doing more of these videos in the future!!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The SMC Girl's Semester Look Back...

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

I hope you're all having an amazing day. As this fall semester is ending, I thought it would be a great time to look back at all of the events that made up my semester!!


Moving in and Orientation: August 21st I had my last SMC move in (WHAT!?) and orientation experience. While it was definitely bittersweet, I was so happy to be moving in with my best friends, Megan, Marci, and Mary and start the year off right by supporting my O-Leader friends and welcoming the Class of 2017.

VITA's Welcome Back Social and Team Retreat: VITA, SMC''s peer ministry group, has been such a huge part of my life, so coming back to over 40 people who were interested in VITA at our Welcome Back Social was phenomenal!! VITA also moved in early so that we could have team retreat, which was so much fun. We really got the chance to become closer and have fun all at the same time.


Going to Higher Ground for the First Time: Yes, I know, I know. You're probably saying to yourself, "Uhh Alex you have one of the best concert venues ever 10 minutes away and you haven't gone in four years? Well... yes that's exactly right hahaha!! Well, I finally went!! My first concert was in September, seeing Magic Man and Walk the Moon with Marci, followed by Plain White T's and Parachute in November with Taylor Williams, Sharon, Merrill, and Cara!! It was so much fun and the performers were AMAZING- especially for only $20!! Hopefully, I'll have more trips there next semester. Here are The Plain White T's, Merrill, Sharon, Marci, and myself at Higher Ground!!


LEAP Fall 2013: Every semester, I'm always honored to be a part of the LEAP retreat, a retreat offered by Campus Ministry every semester. This semester, I sponsored some of my amazing friends, Alex, Amanda, Kerry, Mary, and honorary sponsor Emily and Nicole. It's an experience that is not to be missed and is just a wonderful weekend away at our retreat center in Isle la Motte. My favorite picture from this day is definitely of my best friend, Eleanor. She was one of the leaders and wore this fabulous hat before everyone headed off, so I had to take a picture hahaha!!

Bri's Senior Game: Since my freshman year at SMC, I've been going to the SMC volleyball games to support my best friend (and freshman year roommate) Bri. After meeting so many new Class of 2018 friends at one of our open houses, I headed out to support her at her Senior Game, with my big sign in tow (Of course it had to be purple and gold :) Mrs. Saunders, Bri's amazing mom, took a picture of myself, Lisa, Bri, and Brandon, who all started in Joyce Hall together. Oh and of course, SMC won, which was even better!!



The Begley Dinner: every semester, the Begley's, who make up 1/2 of the Classics department, invite students to their home for an amazing dinner. It is literally the highlight of my semester, mainly because the Begley's have always been there for me. Of course, before we left for their home, Po, Sarah, Megan and I had to take a bathroom selfie of us all dressed up. A night filled with Latin songs, Telephone Pictionary, and plenty of laughs, it was just such an amazing night. A huge thank you to my amazing best friend, Megan, for driving and getting us through a sudden snowstorm!!


Loni Love!! Every semester, our Student Association, the student government here at SMC, hosts a comedian, free for all students. This semester, Loni Love came to Vermont and I have to say, she was the best comedian EVER!! Po, Maura, Lauren, Meriill and I had just come from the Advent dinner held in Nicolle Hall (Edmundites have the best food ever) so it was nice to be all dressed up and head out for a night of fun and pictures with Loni Love.

Joining Lit Choir: While I've been involved in Campus Ministry all four years at SMC, one aspect that I hadn't been involved with was the liturgical choir. Since so many of my friends were in it and I absolutely adore Jerome, our music director, I thought I would give it a try. It's truly been one of the best things I've done at SMC and I can't wait for next semester when we head to Albany, NY to perform. Here I am at the last choir meeting of the year with my friends Emma and Sarah!!

Running a Fundraiser: This semester, I had a very big part in helping run a campus wide fundraiser. Jay Moore, one of my absolute favorite people on the SMC campus, unexpectedly lost his son. We knew we needed to do something for the Moore's, so we decided to raise money in order to help Jay and his wife, Chrissy. VITA team organized a "Peanut Butte Pie Fundraiser" using my SMC mom, Anna Lester's famous recipe. Overall, we sold about 77 pies and 6 pies worth of slices, raising over $1300 for the Moore's. I spent a whole weekend in the Chapel's kitchen baking up a storm with Emily, Po, Kate, Maura, Hillary, Anna, Liz, and Sam, so that we could get the pies ready for Thanksgiving pickup. Here Po, Maura, and myself are standing in front of all of the pies we made (looking gorgeous with confectioner sugar on our shirts :) 



Seeing These Two: Living 7 hours away from home can sometimes be difficult, especially when you're feeling a bit homesick. Honestly though, as the saying goes, "Distance makes the heart grow fonder," so it's very special to me when I do get the chance to go home every two months for one of our breaks. I am truly the luckiest girl in the world for having these two wonderful people as parents and I can't wait to see them oh so soon!!





MPAB Monday Night Dinners: So, somehow, Merrill and I decided that we would start a tradition for weekly meals three years ago and we've never slacked on that. This semester, it was Monday night dinners. For those of you who don't know, Merrill has been my best friend even before she was at SMC. She was the first incoming student who told me they read my blog and from then on, I knew we were going to be friends. She has been such a huge part of my life these past three years and today I had to say a big "See you later" to her as she heads off for Ireland next semester (which of course didn't I cry big ol' fat tears and hugged her way too many times) Merrill has always been my little sister and it has always been so wonderful having a night every week where we could catch up/.For our last meal together, to celebrate our birthdays (Merrill is a Christmas baby while I'm a day after new year's one)  we went to Magnolia's Bistro in Burlington and it was delicious!!



Helping at Open Houses: The Founder's Society, our amazing student organization which help our prospective students through things such as the tours and blogs, holds a couple of open houses throughout the semester. This semester, my friend and Admissions Counselor, Katherine, asked if I could help at the Book Award breakfasts being offered, as a Book Award alum. I met so many class of 2018 friends, including my new friend, Erin above, and also helped greeting families, showing them what I love about SMC. Helping out at events like this always makes me consider the Admissions field one day for myself, just because I love helping people find their second home like I found SMC.

Overall, this semester, while a challenge, had many great events throughout it which made me again realize how lucky I am to be at SMC :)

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via Twitter or email- I'm always happy to help!!

Until next time, I send you my very best wishes,
Alex :)