Suffolk University

My Beautiful, Amazing, Friends

First, I must apologize for not writing a post in a while. I have been struggling to think of a new topic for my next blog post, and today it hit me. My friends should be the topic because through my time at college I have realized just how important it is to find a few, really good friends.

When I was younger I never had that many friends. I had people I would talk to simply because they were in my classes together, or they were in my after school activities. But that was as far as it went. I had a few really really good friends and I was fine with that.

Then, when I went to college, I had to make some new friends. And, I got so lucky with who I met really early on in college that we are still such good friends now more than two years later! Many people have friends, but they fight, or they lose contact, but, not us! We may have weeks when we don’t hang out, but that doesn’t change anything from our relationship. When we see each other again, it’s like we never stopped seeing each other, and I know in my heart that that will be how it always is for us!

 

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Andrea and I! Isn’t she beautiful! 

 

Andrea Nastri: Andrea and I were suite mates my freshman year. 2015 had a lot of ups and downs for both of us, the adjustment to college was hard, but we were always there for each other and there were many nights when literally the only thing keeping me alive was Andrea’s kind words and hugs. Andrea is the most thoughtful person I know. She truly cares about everyone and she puts her heart and soul into everything she does (and trust me, she does tons). She also really wants to get to know everyone she meets, and help them to make them feel comfortable and welcome, wherever that may be! I seriously am so thankful and so lucky that we ended up by some magical force that put us into the same suite! Who knows where our paths would have led us that year if it wasn’t for that one thing we had in common! I know that Andrea will be so successful in life, and she will work tirelessly until she accomplishes whatever sets her soul on fire! I can’t wait to be cheering her on through it all!

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Andrew Navaroli: Andrew and I met in the cafeteria of 150 the second day of college. It was bowling night and we were all waiting to travel to the bowling place together! Andrea and I were together with a bunch of our other suite mates, and there was Andrew! Fun Fact, Andrew wasn’t even going to go to bowling, but he ended up going and thank god he did because we have been friends ever since! Andrew is a very easy person to open up to. He has some weird way about him that just makes me want to talk to him, and invite him places. Andrew is always up for an adventure, even if it’s just a small one. He is the least judgmental person I know, and will literally listen to any story I tell him without changing his facial expression at all, no matter how wild the story is. Andrew and I are very different people, he likes to stay up until the crack of dawn, while I go to bed at 9 every night, but that has never stopped us from enjoying the day light together, and having a good time no matter where we are. If I ever need someone to talk to, or vent to, or just ask if he wants to go out for coffee while I tell him all that is bothering me, this is who I call!

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And how lucky are we that all three of us get along so famously! Have we ever fought? I seriously don’t think we have. We may not have agreed with everything that we all have said or done, but we always know that we will be there for each other and will always support each other. I am so thankful that I have these people in my life, and I know deep in my heart that we will be friends for the whole rest of our lives!!

 

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If you haven’t had a chance to get to know these people, I hope you take advantage of it! I love you Andrea and Andrew and I hope all of your dreams come true!

 

 

Suffolk University

The Boston Marathon, 2018

Standing in Hopkinton, MA, on April 16, 2018 behind a barrier of white fences. Police men line the streets and volunteers in red jackets are blocking anybody from passing the starting line. This is an iconic day in not only Massachusetts, but the world. Where am I, you may wonder. Waiting, at 8 in the morning, by myself, for the 122nd Boston Marathon, 2 feet from the starting line, in the rain.IMG_4047

 

It is no secret that Boston is a strong city. Not only are the sports teams exceptionally good, so are the ordinary people. After months of freezing wind and cold, snow banks up to our ears, and the sun setting at 4, the spring comes, and the city comes alive. Tourists come to explore all that this city has to offer, and the residents start to enjoy their lunch outside. And then, as the oldest tradition in not only Boston, but the country, the Boston Marathon comes, and that is when we know, it is officially spring.

It started in 1897 in Ashland and had only 15 competitors. Women were not even allowed to enter the event until 1972. Up until 2005, the race began at noon, with everyone starting at the same time. Now, the race begins in waves, with the mobility impaired and wheelchair racers first.

This year, The Boston Marathon had 9,500 volunteers, and over 500,000 spectators. As the runners shed their clothes, the volunteers pick them up, put them in bags, and take them to a place to wash them. They are then donated to the Big Brother Big Sister foundation. An organization that collects clothes, and turns those clothes into cash, and then donates 100% of the cash to youth mentoring programs across Southeastern MA and Southern NH.

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So there I was standing next to a 6th grade girl and her Dad on one side and a couple from Ohio on the other. I was standing behind a volunteer who had been volunteering for 18 years, and one volunteer who just started this year. The crowd was smaller this year, but still just as loud.

 

Most people go to the finish line. They want to be there when the first people cross, or their friends cross. They want to see the look of pure happiness as they have finished the race. I get that. I do. It is amazing to see that. It’s a crazy feeling, unlike any other, both for the spectator and the runner.

But, not me. Aside from the fact, that I like to be weird and different, the starting line, to me, is a place of equality. Everyone there is the same. The race could go any way at this point. Someone could come of left field and blow everyone else away. Or the person who everyone predicted to win could fall down and not be able to get up to finish the race. Or maybe the person who started out really great, finishes really great. That’s all up to them. But, the starting line, everyone is equal there. And I like that.

The runners have done everything they can do. They have trained, they have made specific meal plans, they have picked out the perfect apparel, perfect sneakers. Their families are there, ready to cheer them on as they embark on a 26.2 mile journey. There is officially, nothing else that they can do. And this may be the only time in their life when they can say that.

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First was the mobility impaired. Each runner has a guide, who runs next to them to make sure they are ok. They were ready, they were excited. Some of them were listening to their music, and some were standing there not talking to anyone else. They were focusing. Then comes the men’s wheelchair, then women’s wheelchair. The upper body muscles on them is incredible. Some of them were shaking, either from the cold or the nerves. Maybe both.

 

Next was the handcycles. Can you imagine going 26.2 miles only using your hands? What determination. Whenever I watch events like this, I always am amazed at what the human body can do with enough willpower.

 

As soon as they went, it was time for the elite women. They were warming up (well as much as they could on a day like today) They were doing their knee lifts and their light jogs to get the muscles going and ready.

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Then the elite men, who were just as impressive as the elite women. The streets of Hopkinton were flooded with people from everywhere. They were cold and they were nervous but they also had a rush of adrenaline from the crowd cheering them on, knowing that they can do this. Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3, then Wave 4. After the gun signaled the start of the race, it took some of them 15 minutes just to make it to the starting line, there were that many people.

 

As each of the runners take off on their 26.2 mile journey, they know that they all have different paths in front of them. Some may win, some may not even finish. It may take some 6 hours to run it and others only 2 and a half. Some may fall down and a nice runner along the way will pick them up. Some may have to drop out mid race. The will face hard times, heartbreak hill, or maybe they will get too cold and have to stop. But they will also face fun times like “Scream Tunnel” and that final turn onto Boylston Street. Many will never think about the starting line again, they will just be proud that they did it, proud that they made it through.

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She came all the way from France to watch! 

Perhaps the most interesting fact about the Boston Marathon is: Why is the symbol a unicorn? Honestly, whenever I saw the unicorn on the signs and the jackets, I just assumed it was a race symbol, I never thought that there could be a background to it. Upon further research, it is said that the unicorn is the symbol because a unicorn is something that one will never find, and it inspires you to continue trying. “The unicorn is a mythological figure that is meant to be pursued, but, in that pursuit, you never catch [it],” Fleming said. “So it inspires you to continue to try — to race harder in the case of running — and though it may be elusive, it really is the pursuit of the unicorn that makes you better and better and better.” (https://www.boston.com/sports/boston-marathon/2018/04/06/baa-unicorn-symbol-history-boston-marathon)

As they cross the starting line, the unicorn is looking down on them, encouraging them, and inspiring them to keep going, to keep trying until you get what you want. The unicorn will be there throughout the race, until they get what they want. For each person that “Thing” they want will be different, and their journey to it will be as well, but at the starting line, everyone is equal, they have all done all that they can do, and perhaps they did the most important thing that they could ever do, they showed up.

 

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My Time at Suffolk University

There is a time in most people’s life, when they have to decide what comes next. This question may pop into people’s minds in high school, in senior year of college, or maybe pre – wedding. This question may come into play when trying to decide what to do after a certain part time job, or what to do during that job. Regardless, most people have had to face this time in their life one or two times. “What do I do now?”

My most prominent memory of this time was senior year of high school when I was trying to decide which college to go to. I knew I wanted to go to a college in a city, it didn’t matter which city, but I knew it had to be a city. I knew I wanted to do Broadcast Journalism and I knew I didn’t want a huge school.

After lots of soul searching and talking with multiple people, I decided to go to Suffolk University. Disclaimer: I went to Suffolk because they gave me a very large scholarship. But, I still went into college with an open mind and I was determined to make the most of my college career.

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Although, I chose Suffolk because of the money, IT IS THE BEST DECISION I EVER MADE! I LOVE SUFFOLK WITH ALL MY HEART!

Going to Suffolk University was the best decision of my entire life. Every single day I look forward to going to school, something I NEVER felt in high school. I look forward to waking up, and I look forward to learning. Every day I see people who are like me, who want to succeed, and who will work tirelessly until that happens.

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But not only that, I see actual successful people who have already graduated from college and are working every day to accomplish their dreams. Suffolk is in the middle of Boston, and it does a fabulous job of combining us college age people with the working people. It holds internship fairs, it has a whole floor dedicated to helping us perfect our resumes and cover letters. Not only that, but when we walk to classes, or take the T to our classes, it’s with the people who are going to work. We are a part of this city, we are as important as they are. Which is why, nobody ever shows up to class wearing pajamas, like the stereotypical college movies always show, because we will stand out like a sore thumb around all of those men and women in suits and it would just be awkward.

It also has professors coming in from TV stations and newspapers to teach a class, and to show us how it really works in the so called “real” world. Those professors connect us to jobs that will help us gain real world experience, and to make connections outside of the small community of Suffolk.

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Suffolk has people from 98 countries. When I first came to Suffolk this was so overwhelming. I heard so many different languages, saw so many ways that people live life. But, now, it’s just normal. I don’t think anything of it. It’s actually quite amazing to be surrounded by people from all of these different backgrounds coming together to learn. It has made me realize that there just isn’t one right way to “DO” life. There are so many different paths that life will take you on, and not one of them is right. They are just different. Just like the people who live them. Besides, it’s on the street that the Patriots Parade is on when they win the Super Bowl, so, there’t that too!

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I keep a log of each year at Suffolk. I am almost done with my 3rd year. It’s amazing to see how much I have grown, and how much I have learned, and also how much more accepting I am. Of people, of places, of the world, and of my future. Suffolk has done all of that for me. I have met some of the best people here, and I know that all of them will be so successful. I have had some wild, crazy experiences, and I have come out of all of them a stronger person, with a newfound appreciation for this world.

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Sure, Suffolk has it’s problems, everything has problems. But, Suffolk also has so many strengths. It has a magnificent way of making people feel unique, and making people feel like they belong. Not only are the people unique, but so is the school. If you work hard enough, you will find somewhere you belong on campus, somewhere that you fit in, and you will meet people who are just like you, who care so much about the world around them, and have goals, and dreams, and work so hard to make them happen.

Suffolk is honest. Suffolk is unique, Suffolk is rare. It is rare to find a school so community based in such a large city. I am blessed to go here. I am thankful I have had every experience I have had here. I look forward to every day I spend here, and I love everything about Suffolk. Sometimes I just want to write a giant thank you note to Suffolk, so consider this my giant thank you note! Thank you!