"Having New Eyes"
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes." --Marcel Proust.
Throughout my four years at Holy Cross College and during the time leading up to this, I have had many amazing experiences. As a child and young adult, I was blessed to spend weeks camping with my family, enjoying the beautiful outdoors while frequenting historical sights and national parks across the country. At Holy Cross College, I have been blessed to travel to Montreal Canada to visit the tomb of Brother Andre. I have been to Glacier National Park, to Washington D.C., to the art museum in Chicago, to Bethlehem Farm in the Appalachian mountain range, and beyond. Yet, through these experiences, it is not the memories itself that have mattered; rather, these experiences have helped me grow as a person and challenged my outlook life.
I had a non-traditional (although increasingly common) childhood. I was home-schooled through my senior year of high school, and I am the second oldest of eight kids. I got my first job at age fifteen, working over 20 hours per week while being a full time student and being involved in extra-curricular activities. I have been working my way through life ever since. These experiences have developed within me a strong work ethic and a desire to learn, providing a strong foundation on which my collegiate career would later build.
As I prepare to graduate, looking back on my four years, I realize that I have been given the gift of both education and human experience: of being academically informed and of personally connecting with people from South Bend, Indiana to Bangalore, India. Having been given these gifts, the question I now wrestle with is what this means as I prepare to enter into the professional world: how must my life be different because of the experiences had and connections made?
As I wrestle with this question, one that will likely be in the forefront of my mind throughout the rest of my life, I invite you to click through the tabs on the left and view my online portfolio. Additionally, I would like to extend the invitation for you to attend my capstone representative. This will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8th, 2013 in the Pfeil Center Conference Room on the campus of Holy Cross College.