Hello faithful fellow Tommies!
I have been working on this post for about 2 years now. 100 reasons why I love St. Thomas! It is not for lack of reasons that it took so long, because I could pretty much go on forever about reasons why I love St. Thomas. It really just took so long because I am a college student! ‘Nuff said! Here it is, my final blog post. As always, email me with any questions about life as a Tommie at firstname.lastname@example.org and best of luck on your college search!
1. It feels like home. I belong here.
2. Holly, my Admissions counselor, is the best! We are friends and her personal attention and care were a big part of my college decision.
3. Tommie the mascot looks like my cat, Tilly.
4. The beautiful campus! Ah so pretty!
5. Location, location, location! Beautiful, homey neighborhood but the opportunity and excitement of a big city. But still in the beautiful Midwest.
6. The sandcastle thrones down by the river
7. The Catholic Women’s Floor! It is so awesome! Dowling 6 North!
8. The library
9. The hot chocolate in the caf!
10. Purple and Gray school colors!
11. Sand Volleyball
12. Academic Excellence!
13. The fact that I am challenged everyday
14. The beautiful Chapel
15. Getting to go to Daily Mass
16. Everyone here is so nice and Minnesotan!
17. The Arches
18. Tommie Ambassadors
19. Free T-shirts (all the time)
20. Free Food (really all the time)
21. Friends that will last a lifetime (awww)
22. Big Dorms!
23. Rev Dease, the President of St. Thomas, says the first Mass of the school year and it’s amazing
24. We have a Harry Potter Room in our library
25. Sunday morning brunch
26. The gourmet cookies that appear at most gatherings. It’s a two-way tie between chocolate-chocolate-chocolate and white chocolate cranberry.
27. Cheesy Eggs!
28. The view of the city skyline from my dorm room window-talk about picture perfect sunsets!
29. Sometimes we get to go on field trips for class (Geology, COJO 111, museums)
30. I can have a water bottle in class. That’s a big deal.
31. Dinner at the St. Paul’s Outreach houses
32. Target Headquarters only a bus trip away!
33. Food at the Minneapolis campus-make your own stir fry!
34. Tommie Tuesdays
35. Liturgical Choir
37. Seminarians at Football Games
38. The guy the seminarians throw up in the air after we score at football games
40. Candy at the Homecoming Parade
41. Eating gourmet sandwiches in the AARC Fieldhouse during Admissions events
42. Comfy chairs in the library
43. Snow Days (don’t happen very often, but once every 4 or 5 years we get a break!)
44. Voice Lessons with Dede. Except when she makes us talk in alien voices because that is difficult to do. But it’s also pretty hilarious.
45. Snowmen. Especially snowmen families.
46. TommieMedia and its epic greatness
47. Ping pong in the Student Center
48. Study Monday Mass on the quad
49. The happy, helpful, all-around awesome people at the Admissions Office who show future Tommies the greatness that awaits them!
50. My professors who are more than happy to talk to me during office hours and read drafts of my papers until they are sick of my topic. But they still don’t complain!
51. The window table on the fourth floor of the library
52. The yellow leaves on Cleveland that make a yellow-brick road in the spring
53. The actual yellow-brick road painting in the basement of Dowling
54. Intramural soccer-we lost every game (except for one, by forfeit), but we still had fun and got to meet people!
55. The new caf has pie.
56. The new caf also has a soft serve frozen yogurt machine.
57. Getting to have chocolate milk whenever I want!
58. The Christmas Concert of all the choirs and bands
59. Choir trips, especially the international ones that we get to go on every three years!
60. Going on walks along the river with a good friend
61. Running down Summit to the Cathedral-talk about a beautiful route!
62. All of our sidewalks in the quad that go every direction. There is basically never a time when you need to walk on the grass (though that doesn’t always stop us!).
63. The popcorn machine at T’s
64. Playing the silverware game in the Caf. The goal is to get the piece of silverware through the opening without having it touch anything. It’s quite difficult actually.
65. Nutsi/Nertz tournaments!!! (The most intense card game I have ever played)
66. Handing out suckers in the Student Center on Valentine’s Day for the Students for Human Life Club.
67. Listening to a friend’s story of how he and a bunch of his friends go to different burger places and try to complete the eating contests there. For example, at one place they had to eat two double-decker burgers and a large fry. Or maybe it was two fries. All in less than 30 minutes. 7 out of 10 succeeded. I don’t know whether to be impressed or disgusted. I think both.
68. Our weight room
69. The treadmills in the cardio room. I don’t really like treadmills at all but these ones are quite excellent.
70. When professors tell stories of getting an email from a former student saying “I learned this from you and this is how it applies to my life now.” That’s a sign of a great teacher.
71. The opportunity to study in ROME for a semester with the Catholic Studies program
72. Exploring the St. Paul area and eating at random little restaurants that double as convenience stores.
73. Making cookies with friends and using a hair dryer to melt the butter because the bowl was too big to fit in the microwave.
74. Trying to throw my sheets in the laundry and then realizing how difficult it is to make your bed when that bed is lofted. And then deciding that having two sets of sheets maybe wasn’t the worst idea ever, as this minimizes the need to do laundry…
75. Finals week! Really! There is such an energy on campus and you really have a lot of free time on the days you don’t have finals.
76. Singing at Commencement Mass with Liturgical Choir in the amazing choir loft at the Cathedral.
77. Walking to the Grandview Grill for brunch and getting chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes.
78. Walking to Whole Foods and buying ridiculously expensive organic lotion with a friend because she really needs some.
79. Collecting leaves when they turn red
80. There is one professor that I had freshman year and she still remembers my name a year later. She was one of three professors and I was one of 115 students for one semester, so that is extra impressive.
81. This same professor comes to events with her husband and kids. If that’s not a proud Tommie professor, I don’t know what is!
82. The men’s basketball coach is also a psychology professor, and one of the best, so I hear.
83. Whenever the seminarians have candlelight processions to the Mary Garden while singing. It’s so beautiful!
84. I found a gem in the library: a copy of the Imitation of Christ with the translator’s signature and a handwritten note from the translator to a friend on the inside front cover. How cool is that?!
85. The Writing Center and their extreme helpfulness when I was writing a 10 paged research paper on statistics for my Public Policy class.
86. The pens at the Writing Center. They are just so perfect! And free!
87. In the Honors Classes, there is a small budget allotted for treats/breakfast for one day during the semester. One time we got bagels on our Final and another time we all went to Coffee Bene for our class and got free coffee!
88. Tommie Ambassador tour guides. They are faithful, whether rain or shine!
89. The Show’d Up Band which consists of Father David Smith and some other gentlemen, who play bluegrass and other fantastic songs on stringed instruments around campus. They recently performed with the Chamber Singers at one of their concerts.
90. Cheese sticks/cheesy bread at the caf!
91. Flannel Fridays!
92. Racing the slow elevator up 6 flights of stairs in Dowling. The person on foot usually wins.
93. Asking the Catholic Men’s Floor men to come over and help us disassemble our lofts at the end of the year. They were very good at it!
94. The time when there was built-in air conditioning in a room in JRC because someone tried to open the window and accidentally punched a hole in the glass.
95. Public Safety’s general niceness/availability. I always feel safe.
96. The purple bowling balls in the bowling alley
97. The ice cream sundae bar at the Binz
98. Shaking the branches of the flower trees in the spring and standing beneath them to experience the flower petal shower.
99. Evening ice cream outings to Izzy’s and Menchies.
100. Being here has changed my life in the best way possible. I wouldn’t be who I am and I wouldn’t have the future I am heading for if not for St. Thomas. I know I made the right choice!