Kate '18

Tommie eXpress

I am a big fan of St. Thomas eXpress because as a busy college student, I am constantly on the go. I don’t have a meal plan, so if I want to eat anywhere on-campus, I can use my eXpress to pay for food or other things on-campus. Another perk of eXpress is it can be used at specific places off-campus as well. The eXpress Account works in a debit spending program way and is available to registered students, faculty, and staff.

10 places you didn’t know took eXpress off-campus:

1.) Chipotle

My personal favorite! Ford park Way and Cleveland (Highland).

2.) Coffee Bene

A great place for meeting or working on homework, plus everyone could use a little pick-me-up in their day! Cleveland and Grand, as well as the library location.

3.) Snuffy’s Malt Shop

Their malts are amazing! 244 Cleveland location.

4.) Stewart’s

Located in the old 128 Café right across from the Chapel, this adorable café has not one, but TWO great happy hours from 3:00-5:00 and 9:00-10:00 daily.

5.) CVS Pharmacy

Good to know especially when you are away from home. 1040 Grand and 810 Maryland Ave. locations.

6.) Davanni’s
Also a great place to meet up with others. Plus Davanni’s will deliver around campus! Cleveland and Grand location.

7.) Groveland Barber Shop

Great place to go and close to campus. 2028 St. Clair Ave.

8.) Black Coffee and Waffle Bar

New to the neighborhood, the delicious waffles are famous all over the Twin Cities, and the new location within walking distance of St. Thomas is on the corner of Marshal and Cretin.

9.) Pieology Pizza

2111 Ford Parkway.

10.) Widmer’s Supermarket

So great having a grocery store close by! 1936 St. Clair Ave.

The complete list of places on-campus and off-campus where eXpress is taken: https://www.stthomas.edu/cardoffice/expressaccount/

If you would like to start using eXpress, please visit the Tommie Card Office.

Snuffy’s, 244 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul

Davanni’s, 41 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul

Stewart’s, 128 Cleveland Ave N, St Paul

Kate '18

Spring Strikes St. Paul!

One of my favorite things about St. Thomas is the stunning location along Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Summit is historically known for being lined with a number of historic homes, places of worship, and schools. Spring looks absolutely gorgeous on St. Thomas and Summit Avenue. This past Friday I was out and about grabbing a great burger in the St. Thomas neighborhood, stopping at the newly remodeled Kowalski’s grocery store, and pausing to take some pictures at one of the many churches along Summit.

Enjoy your weekend and this warm spring weather!

St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Ave

Red Cow St. Paul, 393 Selby Ave

Kowalski’s Market, 1261 Grand Ave

Kate '18

Tommies Get Wild!

Minnesota is often referred to as the State of Hockey, and Minnesota Wild games are a long-standing tradition for Tommies. But it gets even better… Who doesn’t love going to Wild games for just $5?

St. Thomas STAR is an organization essentially responsible for allocating a portion of the student activity fee and planning tons of fun events for our students. There is a huge range of activities in the areas of music, movies, entertainment, expeditions, community building and various special events Tommies love attending.

On Thursday, March 30th, STAR sponsored a Wild game event which provided students the opportunity to attend the Minnesota Wild hosting the Ottawa Senators at the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul. It was an exciting game and the Wild pulled a 5 to 1 victory. Of the 40 St. Thomas students in attendance, it was 18 of the students first time at a Wild game.

Be sure to check out STAR’s upcoming events going on during the next couple of weeks!

 

 

Kate '18

Tommie Volunteers take on Operation Glass Slipper

Name it, and we have it! With over 150 clubs and organizations at St. Thomas, students are heavily involved on campus and provided with an abundance of opportunities to expand on educational and personal interests outside of the classroom. Striving to uphold strong catholic values and serve the community, clubs and organizations on campus hold numerous volunteer events aiming to better the local community and promote the common good for all.

As a member of the Women In Business Club, I have volunteered for the past two years for an incredible organization called Operation Glass Slipper. Founded in 2006, Operation Glass Slipper is a non-profit organization which has provided over 1,000 prom gowns and accessories free of charge to high school girls who do not have the financial means to purchase the expensive necessities required for this picturesque night. Hundreds of volunteers play the role of Fairy Godmothers, walking the girls through the entire prom shopping experience, outfitting them like a princess for their fairytale night. Looking back at my prom experience, I just remember how excited I was picking out my dress and getting ready for the big event, and I see this same enthusiasm matched in the eyes of the girls. It is incredible to serve as a Fairy Godmother and provide this opportunity for the Princesses, as they are so grateful and can barely contain their excitement for the upcoming prom.

Serving others is mutually rewarding, and I truly believe giving back to others is part of what it means to be a Tommie. Each year I look forward to volunteering at Operation Glass Slipper, and like so many other student volunteers at St. Thomas, we dedicate hundreds of hours each year striving to leave our mark on the local community and promoting the common good for all.

 

 

 

 

Kate '18

Letter to High School Seniors

Dear High School Senior,

I was standing in your shoes exactly 3 years ago. I remember being ready to be done with high school, yet excited and nervous about starting my future. Selecting which college to attend was one of the biggest decisions I have ever had to make. Looking back, I would have told the 18 year old me to take a step back and look at my end goals. College a crucial period of your life which molds you into a well-rounded young adult training you with the professional and career skills needed to succeed in the “real world.” Not to mention on a personal basis, college is your time to figure out who you want to be. You will form lifelong relationships and along the way forge unforgettable memories. College is a time for you, and when you are a senior in high school choosing which college to attend can seem like an impossible decision to make.

Fast forward 3 years, and as a current St. Thomas junior I am 100% confident I made the right college decision. Each year as college decision day rapidly approaches, I reflect on some of the reasons I love attending St. Thomas and being a Tommie.

1.) St. Thomas has your back and is cheering you on every step of the way. Working with my faculty advisor ensured I graduated in 4 years and took all of the right classes for my major along the way. My faculty advisor got to know me and also provided personalized recommendations along the way.

2.) I’ve had incredible professors who have gotten to know me on a professional and personal level. Recommendation letters from professors have landed me several internships and scholarships.

3.) Small class sizes formulate successful learning. St. Thomas prides themselves on small class sizes and this student-to-professor ratio has given me the chance to work with my professors, ask questions, meet during office hours, and maximize all learning opportunities.

4.) Location, location, location! Located in St. Paul, St. Thomas is just 10 minutes for downtown Minneapolis and the campus is tucked into an extremely safe St. Paul neighborhood.

5.) Internships!!! I had two incredible internships during my time at St. Thomas which were opportunities I sought out from the countless partnerships St. Thomas has with businesses in the Twin Cities. The Career Development Center on campus assists students with landing the internships and jobs of their dreams.

I know the college search and decision process can be tough, but when it comes down to it, you need to look at your end goal and choose the school which is right for you and provides you with the opportunities of getting there. St. Thomas is the perfect school for me as well as so many others, and I absolutely love being a Tommie. I am so excited for my future, and because of St. Thomas, I know I’m starting off on the right path.

Best of luck with your college decision!

Sincerely, Kate- Class of 18’

Kate '18

Photo Contest Winners!

This past semester our Tommies have been all over the world! Along the way they have learned, traveled, explored and of course, taken some pretty impressive pictures.  The annual Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest received countless pictures and had a pretty tough time choosing this year’s winners in each of the 4 categories. Check out the winners, and then go ahead and visit our Study Abroad website while you are at it because you too can go on trips like this in 200+ countries all over the world!

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Kate '18

It’s that Time of Year Again…

It’s that time of year again… it’s finals week. We all have to go through it, and yes, it’s horrible, but I promise, you will get through it! Just to lighten the mood a little, I wrote a short poem about Finals Week.

 

‘Twas the weekend before finals, and all the students were studying.

The library is packed with those who barely sleep,

But remember, you will soon have those finals complete.

Students study away,

Drinking Bené all day.

As classes come to an end, we spend more time with our studies,

And less with our buddies.

We could all use some motivating words from mom,

On the phone she says, “oh, honey, you’re the bomb.”

The holidays are in our midst

But hey, we can’t celebrate yet, we’ve got finals that persist.

Professors hand us the test,

And wish us their very best.

When the last finals are done you may be in tears,

But we can finally have some holiday fun and ring our glasses in cheers.

 

Here are 10 tips to make your finals week a little more bearable.

1.) Take advantage of Study Wednesday. In the past, St. Thomas has done a Study Monday, but this year, it’s called Study Wednesday! This marks the day after all classes have come to an end, with the entire day is devoted to studying for final exams. St. Thomas also puts on a study day breakfast giving us all the energy we need to rock out exams!

2.) Review Sessions. Take advantage of professor lead reviews sessions for your courses. These are very helpful to taking your final exams. If your professor is taking the time to hold this session, it is in your best interest to attend.

3.) Back to the basics. Be mindful of what you are putting into your body. It is crucial to be putting the right types of nutrients into your body to optimize its performance. I know it might be easier just order a pizza, but be mindful of better options.

4.) Hydrate. Drink plenty of water. The average person needs about 64 ounces a day, and many people are dehydrated without even realizing it. I always start my day off right with a big class of cold water. This jump starts your brain and metabolism.

5.) Sleep, sleep, sleep! You will benefit more from sleeping than pulling an all nighter. I know it’s hard to get the appropriate amount of sleep, especially when you are busy and stressed, but your body really needs it. If you didn’t read the last blog on the importance of sleep, it’s attached here: Sleep Article

6.) Stop wasting time procrastinating. Find a study space that works for you. Don’t let other people or other things get in your way or bring you down.

7.) Break down your studying. There is an old concept of “divide and conquer.” Your brain soaks up knowledge with reoccurring exposure. With multiply exams to study for, it’s important to switch off between your courses.

8.) Do small things to reward yourself for working hard.

9.) Positive vibes. One of the worst things that you can do is go into a test with a negative attitude. You have worked extremely hard to get up to that point, and don’t bring yourself down with negativity.

10.) Remember this stress won’t last forever. Finals is a very stressful and intense time. However, in the grand scheme of things, it’s also a very short period of time. Once you get through it, you are done. Power through, the end of finals is so close.

Good luck with your finals, Tommies!!

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Students study together May 18, 2015 in the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library great room during the finals week "study Monday."

Kate '18

Back to the Borough

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably tell you again at least 100 more times- I am a total foodie who LOVES and appreciates good food. I seek out only the most delicious food wherever I travel and continue to be a firm believer food is essential to traveling and experiencing life. I quickly caught on that the best food is found at the markets in London.

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One of my favorite markets in London is the Borough Market which remains one of the oldest markets in the world, just celebrating their 1,000th birthday. I’m infatuated by the Borough (and my taste buds agree) because of the rich history and extensive selection of homemade food, drinks and desserts offered. With food from around the world, you can find just about anything in the vibrant and upbeat atmosphere let off by the different venders. I’ve eaten my way through the market plenty of times, but my top choice is the homemade and fresh pumpkin stuffed tortellini topped with truffle mushroom sauce and grated parmesan cheese. YUM!

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I wish I could pack the Borough Market up with me in my suitcase and bring it back for all of you to experience, it’s just that good. I’ve been to the Borough too many times to count, so I included a few of my other favorite foodie finds!

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Kate '18

“A Look at My Experience”

During my time spent studying abroad in London, I volunteered at a Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School and completed my Business 200 assignment. Business 200 is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate business majors where each student provides 40 hours of service to the community and completes a series of reflective seminars. This intimate relationship between business and the community is fostering essential partnerships to advance the long-term viability and health of both. Since 1991, over 20,000 students have completed their service in the United States and in 19 counties around the world.

I served alongside 6 other Tommies through my program at Blessed Sacrament and each of us were assigned to work with students in different grades. It is difficult to explain how much I learned and enjoyed my experience at Business 200, so I wrote a poem as my final project to reflect on the work accomplished and benefits reaped by members of the community and volunteers alike.

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“A Look at My Experience”

Upon completion of my Business 200 assignment, I reflect on all I have learned,

Where do I even begin, so much has been earned.

Business 200 is founded on serving others and bettering our community,

All for the common good we say, oh what unity.

Opus College of Business sets high expectations,

Expecting all students to spread its relations. 

Our students are well rounded,

Just as the school on which we are founded.

As a crucial component of our business education,

Serving, volunteering and giving back is what Tommies do with no hesitation.

We use our education and knowledge to do what we should,

Factor in our individual talents and we contribute what we would.

With education, faith and God by our side,

We give on to others what we can provide.

Giving back encourages us to grow and serve,

In turn we provide others with care they deserve. 

While studying abroad in London I was given the chance,

To fulfilled my Business 200 requirement with much more than a glance.

Assigned to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Primary School,

I would be working with the kids, hope they don’t drool.

Drool and germs aside, I love workings with the youth,

It truly was the perfect fit for me and that is all the truth.

Welcome to Year Three,

Said the voices of 25 young pupils welcoming me.

The teacher exclaimed, you have come to the right place,

As this is an excellent learning space.

We appreciate you coming, your presence is of great need,

Without volunteers like you, the children would not succeed.

We can’t thank you enough, the teacher ranted,

Us too, the children all chanted.

Pulling me aside, she was quick to tell,

You are a bombshell but many are not as fortunate and well.

Coming from homes of different background,

Lower income, overcrowding and single parent families are to be found.

Accepting and learning from those different from us,

I am very much aware as we can discuss.

Going on to say, the children often do not get enough attention,

And their studies have slipped, not to mention.

The child is never at fault and we do all that we can,

Time is of the essence, so we make a plan.

Proven critical to work one-on-one with each child more,

Resulting in their learning being enhanced more than ever before.

High education standards are to be meet,

And Blessed Sacrament will not succumb to defeat.

With your help we can give the kids a future all so bright,

Oh, it would be such a marvelous sight.

Introduced to the class,

The teacher warned her pupils, you better not give any sass.

I told the children they could call me Miss Kate,

And honestly they think I am great.

Wanting to touch my blonde hair,

And try on her heels if they so dare. 

They ask in all curiosity what is the American dream,

I tell them life isn’t always what it may seem.

Infatuated by my American accent as I speak,

When in fact it is me who is enamored by their British accents and all the cheek.

Meeting on Wednesday each week,

The children and I have much to complete.

With all to accomplish in a day,

The children do look forward to me coming I must say.

School is a safe place to learn, interact and grow,

After a hard day of work there is much progress to show.

Our day begins with much clammer,

Before we move into grammar.

Education puts the children on the right path,

And lets not forget to add up the math.

Hard at work on our times tables,

We give each of the pictures labels.

I read one-on-one with each child from a book,

And if they need help, I’ll offer a look.

We sound out any tricky words, pausing at, “originate,”

One word at a time, the pronunciation much up to debate.

Next we move onto spelling and I’m very impressed with the words they spell,

The children are so very smart from what I can tell.

When the children work hard we incorporate a game or two,

Then go outside to play until our hands turn blue.

When my day with then children comes to an end,

They are so very sad, but I say I’ll see you next week to put them on the mend.

I part ways with Business 200 resulting in many take aways,

I’ll carry forth this experience into the professional world with no delays.

I have had an overall experience all too great,

Volunteering, serving and giving back is my new fixate.

Kate '18

Royal Day Trip to Windsor

I am completely infatuated by the Royal family of England and take every opportunity I can to visit the different residences, soak up all the family history and I may even be Kate Middleton’s biggest fan. My favorite new character in the Royal family is American actress, Meghan Markle, who is dating Prince Harry and has been photographed numerous times with him in London throughout the last couple of months. The mother of the Royal family is nonetheless, Queen Elizabeth II, and at almost 91 years of age, she is still enjoying every minute of her reign. Her Royal Highness spends quite a bit of time and almost every weekend at Windsor Castle, which is located just 25 miles from her main residence in London, Buckingham Palace.

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Leaving the hustle of London’s busy streets felt like such an escape as I made my way into the quaint little town of Eton and then crossed over the River Thames into Windsor. My first stop was at Eton College which is a boarding school for pupils aged 13-18. The school was founded by King Henry VI and considered to be the most elite boarding school in all of England grooming young pupils to embark into society as distinguished individuals. I found the school particularly interesting because Princes William and Harry attended school here growing up (I even saw the dormitory they lived in!) and 21 of England’s previous Prime Ministers are alumni as well.

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On to Windsor Castle! Looming over the town and quite impressive in structure, Windsor Castle is to this day, the world’s oldest and largest occupied castle. As I walked through the massive gates of the castle, I felt  like a member of the Royal family, and of course, I had my eyes peeled for the Queen and Prince Phillip. I was blown away by St. George’s Chapel inside the castle walls as well as the State Rooms which still host Royal functions today. Day trips throughout England always fill my mind with so much history and leave my heart with a deeper appreciation this beautiful country- I truly enjoyed every minute of my Royal experience today!

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