Liz '17

What no one tells you about working in Admissions

Although this might be an extremely biased opinion since I’ve been very actively involved in the St. Thomas admissions department over the course of my time here at St. Thomas, but I think that it is one of the best, yet most underrated departments on campus.

I think that since the Admissions department helps students out prior to attending the university, they are often forgotten, but they are honestly so important. The admissions department is completely in charge of getting students to come to St. Thomas. Whether that be through visit days, individual tours and appointments or recruitment at high schools and college fairs across the country. It takes a very skilled person to work in the admissions department, and I know people always say it, but it really is not a job for everyone. If you don’t like to be around people, or don’t like to talk–then admissions is definitely not for you.

Within the admissions department, there are so many different people that go into every single aspect of the department to make it the huge success that it is. There are students that are hired to give tours around campus, there are admissions counselors who tell the students and families about the school, there are people that organize all of the tours and answer the phones, there are people that oversee all of the different aspects of the department, there are people who volunteer to help host students in their own dorm rooms; you probably get it, there’s a lot to admissions.

Once a student goes to school, the admissions department is often forgotten, but honestly if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be at St. Thomas or any other school for that matter.

Being part of the admissions department has been one of my favorite things that I have been involved in here at St. Thomas. I have had so many different roles within the department, ranging from blogging for the university, to giving campus tours, to being an ambassador for accepted seniors, to stuffing and addressing envelopes that will be sent to prospective students. If I could do more within the department, I honestly would.

Being part of the admissions department has changed my life since I starting at St. Thomas almost four years ago. I know that sounds super cliche, and super extreme, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for this department. Admissions has given me some of my absolute best friends, they aren’t kidding when they say you’ll find your bridesmaids in college, and I found them within the admissions department. (Lol so cheesy,yet so true) Admissions has taught me how to do so many things that I will be able to use the rest of my life. I have learned how to speak in front of large groups of people and be comfortable with it, I’ve learned how to interact with many different types of people and how to meet everyone’s needs all at the same time. Admission has helped me to remember that although I may have done something 10,000 times, that doesn’t mean that everyone has and that what seems so normal to me, may be new for someone else, which has helped me to become more patient with those around me. I’ve also learned how to walk backwards, almost better than I can walk forwards, which is sure to be a resume booster! (;

Through being part of the admission department, I’ve been able to see how much goes on “behind the scenes” of an event or an organization. When we have our visit days and everything looks so easy and put together, I know that that is because so many people worked many long days with more sleepless nights than they can count so that everything would be perfect. Every little thing, for the visit days especially requires a little extra effort from everyone on the team, because if it weren’t for all that hard work, the events wouldn’t be as successful as they are.

With that being said, thank you to all those I’ve gotten to meet, learn with, interact with, work with, learn from and so much more within the admissions department here at St. Thomas, I have really cherished every moment with you all over these past few years. If it wasn’t for all of you, this department wouldn’t be the way that it is today. Special thank you to Mary Pat and Bryan for all that they do for the admissions department. I know that it is no easy task to make the program the success that it is. Of course all of the success wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for everyone else in the department, but you both have a huge role in that, and I think it goes unrecognized too frequently. So thank you for all that you have done not only for me, but for this entire department as a whole.

I’m so sad that I only have one year left working in the admissions department here at St. Thomas, but I can’t wait to make this last year the best one yet!

Liz '17

Thank you study abroad

Thank you study abroad for more than I could have ever imagined.

Thank you for giving me a sense of adventure that I never knew I had within myself.

Thank you for showing me how I should never take advantage of anything, even the little things like being able to drive a car to the grocery store.

Thank you for helping to realize that it’s the little things that are the most important in life.

Thank you for giving me a new sense of who I am, and helping me to realize that I don’t need to change who I am for anyone because those around me will love me no matter how I act or dress.

Thank you for showing me that sometimes its okay to go out of your comfort zone because the true joys of life I experienced started at the end of my comfort zone.

Thank you for showing me that it is okay to ask for help and that it is okay to rely on others.

Thank you for showing me that it’s okay to be wrong sometimes.

Thank you for allowing me to figure out who I am and what’s important in life, and what’s not.

Thank you for giving me memories that will last a lifetime.

Thank you for allowing me to meet some of the most amazing people I will probably ever encounter. Thank you to my fellow American friends for being being a little piece of home while being so far away. Thank you to my Irish friends for helping me feel welcome within your country, even though I sounded funny and didn’t know how to pronounce your name. Thank you to everyone else that I met from all over the world.

Thank you Ryanair for allowing me to travel to 12 different countries in four months and really allowing me to take advantage of living in Europe. Thank you to those that traveled the world with me. Those trips wouldn’t have been the same if you weren’t there.

Thank you to my professors for allowing me to have freedom and allowing me to figure things out for myself.

Thank you to the city of Limerick for welcoming me into your campus, your city, and your country with open arms.

Thank you to all my friends from home for believing in me and encouraging me to go on this trip. And then thank you for answering my texts and FaceTime calls when I was upset and just wanted to be home.

Thank you to my parents for making all of this possible.

Thank you study abroad.

Kate '18

St. Thomas Trending Five- Week of May 31st, 2016

1.) Happy Summer Tommies!

School has officially been done for just over a week now, and it seems that a lot has changed. For one, the campus has completely emptied out! I continue to work on campus one day a week, and live nearby, so I am still around a lot, but it seems that just about everyone else has flooded to the suburbs. Now that classes are done, students are eagerly awaiting the results of their final grades. It’s also a time to enjoy the beautiful Minnesota summer weather and start those new internships or jobs! Tommies Blogs would love to hear what you are up to this summer! You can write in to our blogging team at!

2.) Success Runs in the Family

Congratulations to both our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams! Both teams have ended their season on remarkable high notes, and the Tommies continue to prove that success runs in the family. The men’s team finished the season undefeated and won its fifth national championship in the past eight years, and the women’s team won its regional tournament for the first time in program history and made it to the national tournament for the second straight year.


3.) Ready for Some Changes

There are some major construction projects that will be happening over the summer at St. Thomas. We are constantly changing, improving and innovating, so it is only fitting that our campus reflects that. Check out the full list of projects!


4.) Our Neighborhood is Changing Too

Cleveland Avenue is undergoing some major changings as well, and a bike lane is being added. Cleveland Avenue runs along the Chapel side of St. Thomas, and Cleveland Avenue intersects Summit and Grand Avenues. The bike lane will stretch from Highland Parkway to University Avenue, going both north and southbound. The project has been in the works for awhile, but constructions is anticipated to begin soon. This means that parking along Cleveland will also be changing, so be mindful of changing street and parking regulations. Project details can be found here.


5.) St. Thomas Shuttle Bus

Public Transportation saves you both time and money, but the St. Thomas shuttle bus between the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses, is even better because it’s FREE with your student ID card! With internships downtown, the traffic and parking can be absolutely terrible, so the shuttle is a great alternative because the Minneapolis campus stop is just a few blocks from the heart of downtown. There is a modified summer schedule that can be found here.


Liz '17

This semester ended in the blink of an eye

As I sit here at the London-Heathrow airport heading home, I can’t help but reflect on this amazing semester. I still feels like a dream. I mean how often do people get to just pick everything up and move to Europe for four months?! That doesn’t happen very often, but wow am I fortunate that I was able to do that.

Last year when I went to Rome during the month of January, the end of the month came and I was more than ready to go home. I thought there was never any way that I would be able to do an entire semester, that was just too long. Last September came around and something came across me and I decided that I wanted to go abroad for an entire semester (AKA sometimes last minute decisions are the best!). Little did I know that this decision would be one of the greatest things I’ve done thus far in my life, where I would make friends that will last a lifetime, and memories that I’ll remember forever.

Going to Ireland this semester still feels like a dream. Going into the semester, I thought that it was going to be so long and that I was going to be so homesick the entire time, but lucky for me that wasn’t the case at all.

I remember before I was leaving that everyone would ask me if I knew anyone going, and when I told them I didn’t, they thought I was crazy. But that was actually one of the best parts of the trip. I went into this trip only knowing about people through their Facebook profiles, and I leave today just over four months later with 40 strangers that turned into friends that turned into family. It’s honestly so crazy how close people can get in such a short period of time. The worst part about getting so close to everyone was the last 24 hours where we had to say goodbye, everyone was a wreck: at the bar, on the lawn, at 3:00 AM, the entire time. But in reality, I know that God put all of these amazing people into my life for a reason. If he didn’t want our paths to cross later in life, he wouldn’t have had us become so close and then never let us see each other again. I can’t wait to see how God has our paths cross later in life. ☺

This semester has not only brought me so many new friends, I have also created memories that will be stories I tell to my grandchildren one day! This semester, I was able to go to 12 different countries and two continents!! In addition to all of that, I was also able to visit many different places within Ireland as well. I’m going to do my best to remember all of it, but there are somethings that definitely stick out more than others. For example, riding a camel in Morocco, spray painting the John Lennon wall, caving in Budapest, and going to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It still blows my mind that I was able to do so much in such a short amount of time.

This semester has also been full of growth for me as well. I have grown so much in who I am and I can see it in all aspects of my life. This semester has really taught me to be confident in myself and my abilities. Before this semester, I would always second guess who I was and all that I am capable of. Now, of course that still happens sometimes, but not nearly as much. I think this change is due to many factors, one of which was going abroad not knowing anyone. Although I am a super outgoing person, I had to step out of my comfort zone and really put myself out there to meet these people and make this semester what I wanted it to be or else I would end up hating it. Some of the people that I met this semester really helped to push my out of my comfort zone as well because they knew I could do it, I just didn’t believe in myself. I think going abroad, meeting new people and all of the traveling you get to do is amazing. And although some of the experiences were life changing, it is the little things that pushed me to become a better person and break out of my shell that will really make the difference in my life.

It still feels so unreal not only that I studied abroad this semester in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but that it is already over. I will remember this trip and these people forever. I can’t wait to have a little reunion in a few years down the road. Or when I go back to Ireland one day, I know that I’ll be able to see my Irish friends again. Crazy how life works out that way.

A super special thank you goes out to my parents for always allowing me to adventure (no matter how much my mom doesn’t want me to ) and for giving me the chance of a lifetime of going on this trip. Also, thank you to my friends from home who were there for me and answering my texts and FaceTime calls throughout this semester, no matter what time of day it was. Lastly, thank you to all those that I met and encountered this semester; thank you for making this semester absolutely incredible. I love you guys so much and it’s not a goodbye, it’s just a see you later.

Kate '18

Study Monday!

It’s the last Monday of the spring semester, and it is also a very important day- it’s Study Monday. Today, there are no classes held, instead this is a day allotted purely to studying for final exams. With summer just around the corner, and the semester coming to a close, try to put forth you last surge of effort, remain positive and focus on finishing your classes strong. There are a couple things going on today around campus to help out with your studying.

Study Monday Mass

There is a special Study Monday Mass being held in the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas tonight at 8:30 p.m. This is a nice opportunity to take a break from studying and a chance to open your heart to God before taking your final exams.

The Late Night Breakfast

The Late Night Breakfast is being held tonight from 9:30-11:00 p.m. in the View. It is FREE for all St. Thomas students with your student ID.

Good luck on your finals Tommies!!


Kate '18

Foshay Tower, Minneapolis

I didn’t grow up in the Minneapolis area, so I jump at every opportunity I get to explore the city! I love exploring the Minneapolis area because there is so much to do, and sometimes it is fun to do the “touristy” things that often times get overlooked. I took the St. Thomas shuttle bus from the St. Thomas campus in St. Paul to the downtown Minneapolis campus. From the Minneapolis campus, the Foshay Tower Observation Deck is then a short two block walk. The Foshay Tower Observation Deck is located at the very top of the W Minneapolis hotel in the heart of downtown. It was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929-1972 and has set a remarkable example of architectural design and engineering for the state of Minnesota. The best part about this adventure is it is only $5 for students! The Foshay Tower overlooks the entire city and has an incredible view. It provides viewers with a completely new perspective of Minneapolis and it is rumored that there is a 30-mile view on a clear day.

Be adventurous, explore and check out the Foshay Tower for yourself!




Kate '18


Dr. Cassiane Flom, who is an iconographer, recently came to speak to my Christian Worship Theology class at St. Thomas. Dr. Flom has created over 150 icons of her own and has studied under two major iconographers. Going to a Catholic University, I feel that we are blessed to have the opportunity of hearing fascinating seminars such as this. My Theology class had been studying iconography is class, so my professor, who is a Russian Orthodox Catholic priest, invited Dr. Flom in to provide a more in-depth approach to iconography.

“Icon-o-graphy.” Iconography is the process of a religious image that is written, not painted. Iconography stems from the Greek word for icon, which is iconographia. Iconography dates back to the time of the apostles where Luke was the first iconographer. Icons appeal to the intellects and spirts, but never to the emotions. In order to create an icon, the iconographer is required to be fasting and partaking in prayer so the grace of God is written into the icon.

There are three different types of medians used for icons. Each start with a white gesso base and then uses pigment and a medium in the form of egg tempera, wax or acrylic. The egg tempera method dates back to the B.C. times and is still used today by taking ground pigment and mixing it with egg yolk. Wax iconostas consists of pigments and melted wax. The acrylic method is used by mixing pigments and an acrylic median. Icons must be 2-dimensional and are on surfaces such as wood, boards, mosaics and sacred vesicles or vestments. The iconographer must follow certain steps and procedures while writing the icon. Specifically, it is said that the iconographer must first lay the foundation colors, which are darker, and then apply the highlighting colors, which are lighter, on top. This order represents the darkness without Christ and then the light that is brought by Christ.

Icons consist of images of Christ, Mary, the saints and biblical events. Icons cannot be 3-dimensional, have to parallel the scriptures, bear witness to the truth, must be biblically correct, and cannot just be created. There is a difference between worship and venerating something, and icons are only to be venerated, never worshiped. Veneration might be done in the form of praying in the presence of the icon, looking at it with with devotion, bowing or kneeling before the icon, crossing oneself, lighting a candle or offering incense. Icons are used or placed in the home or church.

I found what Dr. Cassiane Flom presented on icons to be truly fascinating. I think that a lot of people are aware of elements in their faith, but they do not always understand or know why these things are the way they are. I had little knowledge of icons prior to the seminar, and left wanting to know even more about icons. Below are some examples of icons.




Kate '18

Job Market Looks Promising

Your time spent in college is ultimately some of the best years of your life, as well as some of the most stressful. College students share the common goal of landing a good job upon gradation. However, the job market can be very competitive. Forbes recently published a list of 25 of the most promising jobs for millennials. I was personally shocked by how strong the projected numbers were, for instance, the median income for 18-34 year olds is $76,50 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 25% growth in jobs by 2022. Check out the Forbes list to see the top 25 jobs as well as the projected growth by 2022, the median income and the millennial share in these jobs.

Click on the link to Forbes!



Kate '18

20 Life Lessons

One of the most satisfying feelings is completing a class. In college, you will learn distinctive things from each course and in my Management 305 class, we learned valuable information to carry forth into both our personal and professional lives. I have learned a lot in this class, and can honestly say it was one of my favorites courses I have taken at St. Thomas. I truly believe this information is applicable to any person, and valuable content can be extracted from these simple, yet meaningful lessons. I took what I learned in the class and compiled a list of 20 life lessons to share with you.

1.) You are a manager. Use this time in your life to practice your management skills. These skills include decision making, time management, self-leadership, self-awareness and emotional intelligence, conflict management, critical thinking, self-motivation and political savviness.

2.) Learn when you need to be a manager and when you need to be a leader. You need to constantly be asking yourself, how can I create value?

3.) Be SMART goal orientated. Being goal orientated does not mean you have to be aggressive, it makes you focused. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, results orientated and time bound.

4.) Values. Hold firm to your own values and have the strength of character to stand up for your values. You can lose your soul in the midst of achieving your goals. As the manager, you set the tone. If you are compromising your values, that is the tone you are setting for everyone else.

5.) Mind the gap. Be mindful of the gaps that exist between the values you claim to have and the way you actually live your life.

6.) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Self-actualization is key. Learn to not be too focused in yourself and you will be more mindful of what is going on around you. Also remember happiness is a choice, you choose to be happy. You also need to learn to be content. Life happens, and you will need to reevaluate your goals along the way. Life is about the journey, and it’s not always the destination.

7.) Learn to ask the right kinds of questions. Don’t always sit back and listen to others. Ask the right questions at the right time. Don’t ever be afraid to ask why.

8.) Ethics. Practice being ethical and don’t tolerate being unethical. With every privilege comes great responsibility.

9.) Challenge yourself and anticipate what is to come. Learn to be comfortable with being a little uncomfortable. Think about what might need to be done. Be proactive rather than reactive. Learn to take initiative.

10.) Manage your energy. Time is finite, but energy doesn’t have to be.

11.) Boring people get bored. Boredom is a symptom of non-critical thinking.

12.) Losing is a lesson. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson, learn something from everything.

13.) Correcting your mistakes. When you realize you made a mistake, own up to it and then immediately take the steps to correct your mistake. Engaging in humility is crucial.

14.) Be deliberate and prepare. Don’t let things happen, make things happen. Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

15.) Know the rules. Know the rules well enough to know which rules you can break.

16.) Always have a plan B. Have options, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket because you never know what could happen.

17.) Silence. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

18.) Life is full of character building experiences. Experiences lead to feedback. Take the time to reflect on feedback and learn something from that. This process results in growth.

19.) Moderation. Practice operating between extremes of deficiency and excess.

20.) HAVE FUN!!

Kate '18

St. Thomas Trending Five- Week of May 9th, 2016

1.) Therapy Pets in the Library

It’s a busy time with the end of semester rapidly approaching. It is also a very stressful time with numerous papers to write and tests to study for, however, it’s proven that spending time with animals actually reduces your stress levels. Stop by the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library tonight from 6:00pm-8:00pm to de-stress during your last week of classes and visit with the Therapy Pets. Everyone is welcome!


2.) Thinking Outside the Huddle

Last fall the Tommie Football team dominated the competition in their undefeated run up to the NCAA Division III national championship. Off the field, four of the team’s players combined their knowledge in entrepreneurship, finance, economics and engineering to form their own “special team” and once again competed together for an award. The four teamed up to vie for the Hult Prize, which is the largest student competition in the world where winners receive $1 million in start-up funds and mentorship and advice from the international business community. Check out the full article which captures true team spirit off the field.


3.) Target Insider with Sarah Peterson Post

Sarah Peterson Post is part of Target’s small team who developed Target’s Cartwheel. This revolutionary and innovative app was launched three years ago and have experienced overwhelming success since its launch. Check out the article on the St. Thomas Opus College of Business Master’s Pub event that was recently held where Sarah Peterson Post shared the keys to Cartwheel success and touches on the culture, people and practices.

4.) Meet Archbishop Bernard Hebda

There will be a reception will be held on May 17th at St. Thomas for faculty and staff to meet Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who is the new leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. There will also be a viewing of the Mass of Installation for Archbishop Bernard Hebda at Scooters in the Anderson Student Center on Friday, May 13th from 1:45pm-4:00pm. Join the University community as we welcome him as the ninth archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.


5.) Putting Alarm-Clock Factories Out of Business?

Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Birdie Cunningham, associate director of health and wellness have teamed up to create and launch the University of St. Thomas Center for College Sleep. This is believed to be the first its kind in the United States, and it is a center that brings together two strengths found on a college campus: serious academic research and the programming skills of student-affairs administrators. Check out the full article to see what Dr. J. Roxanne Prichard and Birdie Cunningham have been up to!

Psychology Professor Roxanne Prichard, left, and Birdie Cunningham, right, of the Wellness Center, pose for a portrait in front of Aquinas Hall on April 14, 2016 in St. Paul. The two developed a sleep study for the Sleep Center in the Wellness Center.