• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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    Mathematics & Computer Science

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…Because The World Needs More Saints

Yesterday I attended the graduation ceremony at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. It was an amazing and wonderful time to see so many students graduate with degrees, honors, and several other accolades. Among the graduates were students I had worked with, been part of the same club with, and met on several occasions in the vast hallways of CSS. The guest speaker, a former CSS student, talked about the value of being a Saint in the modern age and also reflected on the footprint of the Benedictine values that we uphold at CSS.

It gave me much joy to see other students achieve this milestone and I was inspired by their hard work. Among the graduates were several international students, most of whom I had grown to be close friends with. Representing countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia,Serbia, Morocco, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, England, Uganda,Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and so forth, international students basked in the glory of four years of hard work and of being away from home and loved ones. Some families traveled thousands of miles to be there with their kids and some could not make it in person as much as they wanted. All the same, each student felt the support of friends and faculty and staff who were all beaming with eternal happiness.

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Isaac and Takunda from Uganda and Zimbabwe respectively.

I realized that graduating is not an easy feat. It has mixed emotions from joy (because of the accomplishment) to anxiety (because of the looming future and transitioning into the ‘real’ world). All the same, I learned that those who are bold enough to take the step forward will never be at the same position as those who remain still. I am excited about the Class of 2016 graduates for they represent all that CSS is ¬†– a living institution where students mature and grow to become leaders in several aspects of life and society. It is because the world needs more saints that I, personally, will keep on fighting the fight and working hard to make it to the finishing line and start another race.

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