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April 2013


Dare to Dream

One month. It seems surreal to think that all we have ever known in essence is gone. For the majority of our life we all have always anticipated another year of school, another year of school lunches and another year of waiting to figure it all out. Yet I have come to realize that the painful, yet beautiful truth of it all is that we will never have it all figured out.

Everyone says that this is completely terrifying, but in some strange way it is comforting, beautiful, and yet poetic. St. Thomas for many of us has been this safety net of familiarity- it was often an expectation for us to go to school, to graduate with a degree and to get a job. Yet, the thing that scares me the most is that I am going to lose all my friends. Not in the sense that we’re all moving on and leaving our bubble we have called home for 4 years, but that I am going to lose my friends in who they are. Expectations are the driving force for this problem that encourages security over passion and the notorious over the unknown. We fear what each other will think. We fear our parents. We fear society.

I think it scares to see my friends- so creative, inspiring and compassionate drift away. It makes me dwell on the moments where we used stay up late where we cared so little, yet cared so much. The days we talked about what we wanted from the world and weren’t afraid to say it aloud. The walks in the quad where you gave that unforgettable smile to a stranger- just because it was sunny.

I think that I’m hard on people because I realize how young we all really are. I fear we are losing all these inspiring, compassionate and amazing 20-some year-olds that have the potential to fret the unpaved path. To follow a dream, to open a business or work at a non-profit. I want to see our graduating class inspire the next St. Thomas graduating classes to come and to show them that it’s okay to be unconventional. To give them that soft gaze that everything is going to be alright.

The reality of it all is that it’s going to be alright. Life has this astounding way of working itself out with or without us walking by its side. All I know is that I don’t want to let my compassionate 23-year old spirit away- I don’t want ordinary. I know that I am not alone in these feelings and I can feel it in my soul. So I encourage all of us to not fret the days to come. I encourage us to let those youthful spirits continue once we graduate and continue to be passionate about whatever drives you.

Travel the world. Open that business. Find the person of your dreams. Dare to be great. Expect extraordinary- and have the courage to seek this out.

By: Katlin Nordyke, BUSN200 Coordinator



Tutoring middle schoolers – a surprisingly daunting task

And what did I get out of this experience you may ask?

The goal of the program was simple: to help the kids succeed

And if I was to do this there were a couple of skills I’d need.

Like the ability to make a 50-minute study plan

It must leave the students confident and help them understand.

I felt myself get better at this, as the time went by.

One student even told me her grades had never been so high.

While working with the students, communication was key.

I had to learn to connect with them despite diversity.

I realized I was succeeding when they began to open up

Telling me about their families, their dreams for growing up.

I felt them start to trust me and give me their respect.

This made tutoring struggling students more fun than you’d expect.

I benefitted the students by offering my help

But I got a lot out of this experience as well.

I learned that good communication holds great power

The more mine improved, the more got done in just an hour.

Every student was different, so I adjusted to each

But I learned that my calling most likely isn’t to teach.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my time serving.

I liked giving time and attention to those deserving.

The coordinator told me my help was greatly needed.

For a one-on-one program, the number of tutors was far exceeded.

I leave my time at Murray far better in many ways

With a great deal to consider for my future working days.

I like the way serving others made me feel.

In a world obsessed with money, being happy is a bigger deal.


By Hilary Palmer, BUSN200 Student