• Emily Nelson

    Emily Nelson

    Class of 2017
    Rochester, MN
    Communications

    Emily's Bio:
    I am a senior majoring in communication and minoring in photography. The College of St. Scholastica has been a great place for me to be throughout my college journey. I am fascinated by the world and am currently studying abroad at Regent's University London in England. I live for the little things and the adventures I stumble upon everyday. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, listening to and writing music, taking pictures, and exploring.

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

Patience

Life.. is.. a beautiful thing. We often trot through life wishing for the next day, hoping time will pass by more quickly, or begging the universe for change. Ages ago I decided I was done with that. I chose to stop waiting for tomorrow, and, instead, I set off on journey to live my life to the very fullest at every single moment of my existence. However, I have had a bit of a breakdown as of late or, to be more specific, as of Thursday. I woke up anxious. I had to perform. Thoughts of it blatantly crossed my mind over and over. The closer I got to my final performance, the more nervous I became. But, we did it. I did it. We succeeded. I succeeded. We thrived. I thrived. And, I believe we all passed with flying colors. Then, we were done, and I realized that the work I left in that classroom studio was priceless. I dumped every bit of effort I had into that one performance, every last bit of undergraduate energy I had left in me. My last round of finals were over with. Sure, I had a field trip Friday morning, my last class period, but I had already submitted my final assessment. I had finished my work as an undergraduate college student. I realized I was done.

I am tired. I am exhausted. I am inspired. I am proud. I never skipped class. I read every single assignment. I poured my whole being into my college education. I pursued an internship. I worked four different jobs, all at once. I performed, auditioned, and volunteered my time in the theatre. I managed to find time to lend to my friends. I set aside time to edit friends’ papers. I never missed an assignment. I respected and cared for every, single one of my professors. I became a guide, a leader. I studied and lived abroad, and it changed my life for the better. I learned what it means to truly be happy. I understand what life is all about. I understand the importance of patience. I know what love is. I am left with inspiration. I am left with motivation. I am left with vast aspirations. I am ready for what is next. I am ready for life. I look forward to my future, but I do not wish for it even a day earlier than it is meant to come. I am human. I am loved. I am educated. I am so lucky to have studied in the places I have studied. I owe my heart and soul to the world and all who live here with me, by my side.

To all of my friends and strangers, remember to ask yourself this one little thing every, single day: am I making the most of my own, little life? And, I hope you answer yes, every. single. time.

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