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With the low student to faculty ratio of 13-1 it’s easy at St. Mary’s to connect with your professors one on one. Classes range from about 15-30 students. The biggest classes that St. Mary’s offers are usually for freshmen. The biggest classes on campus are freshmen bio classes but many students are not aware of the intensity of our biology classes or find a different major and those classes tend to decrease by half. I’ve gotten to know most of my professors on a one on one basis and at St. Mary’s you are definitely not just a number! Having my professors know me by name is rather helpful when I need a letter of recommendation they can give an honest answer of my performance in class and my sense of character. Not only are our professors really approachable, but our faculty is as well. The friendliness of everyone on campus really captured me when I was a senior in high school touring St. Mary’s.

The relationships you form with your professors can lead to job and internship opportunities. My freshman year during one of my meetings with my professor I was offered to switch positions in my work-study and I gained opportunities that gave me experience for my marketing major. There are many opportunities to form a better relationship with St. Mary’s faculty and staff. For example, my internship is working in the Office of Student Retention and I help coordinate the Faculty Academic Mentor Program, FAM for short. FAM is a program for first time freshmen and transfer students who are first generation college students. If selected to participate in the program you receive a faculty mentor and a peer mentor. Your mentors are meant to help integrate you into the St. Mary’s community. This program has been proven to be very successful but it doesn’t necessarily mean you need a mentor to help you become successful at St. Mary’s. Your advisor or your favorite professor can become your mentor. I believe having a mentor during your college years is a very helpful tool. 

Happy Blogging!

Sam

These Alone Are Enough 4/18
Chapel Choir feat. Karl Wacker
These Alone Are Enough 4/18

My lovely chapel choir.  You will be dearly missed.  It has been a joy and a pleasure growing in faith with the most amazing brothers and sisters in christ.  As I look back at my 4 years at Saint Mary’s University, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.  One thing that I hardly tell people, is that when I decided on coming to Saint Mary’s the chapel choir at mass is what sealed the deal.  I heard their voices and said, “I don’t care if I have to audition, I want to be a part of that!”  Every year my experience in the choir was different, as new members came and old ones went.  But it never lost its meaning.  It never dwindled, but rather continued to flourish and grow evermore.  I learned many lessons here at St. Mary’s and learned even more with my chapel choir family.  Listen to me when I say this: Never forget why you are a part of the chapel choir.  You each bring such an amazing gift to the mass, whether you are a singer, an instrumentalist, or a conductor. My only wish is that you don’t let go of something so special no matter how crazy everything else becomes.  Do these things, and you will not regret your time here.  My dearest Chapel Choir, I love you all and don’t you ever forget that.

Qui Cantat, Bis Orat,
Zenon Alonzo Perez III

Take my heart oh Lord, take my hopes and dreams,
Take my mind with all its plans and schemes,
Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

Take my thoughts oh lord and my memory,
Take my tears, my joys, my liberties,
Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

I surrender Lord all I have and hold,
I return to you your gifts untold,
Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

When the darkness falls on my final days,
Take the very breath that sang your praise,
Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

Take my heart oh Lord, take my hopes and dreams,
Take my mind with all its plans and schemes,
Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

Give me nothing more than your love and grace,
These alone oh God are enough for me.

Alaala ng STMU. Si Derks (antukingpogi) at si Carlo (pogingmongoloid) Pero hindi to alam ni Carlo na inupload ko kaya di sya nakatag. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA Super laptrep talaga to eh. Mr Saxobeat sinayaw nila. Puro kembot tapos ang daming nanunuod sa kanila. Wala eh :)

Wala na kong iuupload guys. HAHAHHA Last na to. Nagbigay kasi kayo ng motibo kagabi sa fhmu na iupload eh

once again my school let me down. instead of taking second year french, i will have to take another language. i really wanted to continue with french! hopefully time will allow me to take french my junior or senior year.

To be busy, or not to be busy

That is the question…

This year at St. Mary’s I can say that I have taken advantage of many opportunities.

I am a member of the Marianist Leadership Program. This program is focused on the Marianist Charism and forming community by being servant leaders. I enjoy being in the Marianist Leadership Program because at the meetings I can relax and focus on my spiritual life. We attend meetings once a week and commit to several hours of community service (including Continuing the Heritage.) 

I am on staff for St. Mary’s Rattler Awakening which is a yearly retreat that revolves around faith formation and community. I went on this retreat when I was a freshman and I fell in love with the Rattler Awakening crew. This year I am serving on staff again and I can’t wait until February!

I am a student Intern for the Office of Student Retention. I work mainly with a mentor program for first generation college students. I work an average of 12 hours a week. These 12 hours can certainly wear someone out after a long day of classes. However, my job is rewarding when I meet with my mentees and hear about their success at St. Mary’s. 

A few hours ago I was installed as Vice President of Programming for my sorority, Delta Zeta. With this position I will provide my chapter with fun and educational programs. Ranging from how to change a tire to how to improve your interview skills. I am also in charge of Delta Zeta Bowl-A-Thon, a yearly philanthropy event that raises money for our national philanthropy, speech and hearing. Another big event I will plan for next fall is Alcohol Awareness Week. This event focuses on raising awareness about the dangers and effects of alcohol. 

Now I am faced with a dilemma, I can take on another role at St. Mary’s. I find that when I have a busy schedule I know exactly what I should be doing at every second of the day. Some might say I am taking on too much with a full course load of 15 hours. While trying to make a decision I remembered my freshman orientation the words, “Take advantage of every opportunity St. Mary’s has to offer…” Am I about to bite off more than I can chew? 

Happy Blogging (:

Sam

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What is your definition of love, Donna and David?

While we hung out with some friends in Florida, we interviewed them about love! Here it is! Take the time to watch it all!! Love is more complex than you  might think ;)

Thanks for giving us a place to stay, making us drinks, taking us out to see the area, and being SO WONDERFUL while we were there! 

STAY LOVIN’