Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
Dear Kianna, now that the fall semester has begun, do you have any tips on how to soak in the college experience? – New Student
Dear New Student,
Thank you so much for reaching out. Welcome to St. Martin’s and I hope you enjoy your time here at this wonderful university. College is such an exciting time in your life when you have the opportunity to explore, grow, learn, and flourish. And you sent in a great question- how to soak in all that college has to offer. Here are a few of my tips for you and all other students who are wanting to enjoy the university life.
Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try a new club, join a team, or try something new. Our school offers so many clubs, organizations, and other ways to get involved. Many of these groups may be new to you, but I invite you to join in and try them out. You may surprise yourself and discover a hidden passion or talent. Perhaps you will unleash some magical poetry and writing skills or dance moves. Or maybe you’ll find out you are an amazing communicator, advocate, and/or speaker.
For example, two years ago I joined the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassador group at Saint Martin’s. This group is involved in outreach programs that supports human life. Ambassadors advocate for justice and respond to human suffering by supporting others and reciprocating to global hunger, poverty, human trafficking, climate change, and other major issues. When I first joined, I was unsure if this was the type of work I wanted to get involved in. This type of advocacy work requires strong and confident leaders who are willing to fight for justice and reach out to those who are neglected and suffering in society. CRS is a great organization and I didn’t know if I would be able to take on such a bold position. But let me tell you- ever since sophomore year, I have absolutely loved my time as a CRS Ambassador and discovered a deep passion within myself as an advocate with the ability to use my voice to fight for change.
Another tip I have is to meet all the people you can. You will find many amazing, talented, and passionate individuals on our campus (students, professors, monks, staff, etc.). It’s so fun to talk with other students and find out what they are pursuing or what their dream job may be. Your professors are intelligent and caring, and they are willing to offer you advice and support. I think that our university campus is a great place to meet all types of people and get the opportunity to make new friends, get new contacts, and build connections.
A great way to start conversations with others is to converse with your classmates and professors. Many of the friends I met at Saint Martin’s were from the courses I have taken. Another great way to meet people is by attending the various social/campus life events that are offered, such as movie nights, sports games, dances, festivals, study sessions, free food tables, and more. These events are loads of fun and I would definitely recommend trying them out whenever you can.
Finally, just relax and have a good time. Let me say it again- college is a blast. This is my fourth and final year here at Saint Martin’s and I have had such a beautiful college experience- the friends, events, classes, growth, and opportunities. I have grown and developed so much throughout these college years and this journey has been a blessing. I wish you and all the students here an amazing time at Saint Martin’s (both the joys and difficulties, ups and downs) and know that you matter and you are worth it.