As I begin to wind down my final term at Saint Martin’s, I have really began to reflect back on all of the clubs and departments who have aided in my growth and development in the SMU community. Throughout my last 5 years at SMU I have met some incredible people, been a part of some amazing clubs, teams, events and activities. With only a few blogs remaining it is my time to give back to those who have supported me every step of the way. Before I leave you all with my final farewell next month, some recognition needs to be given to an incredible group of people.
A club on campus that has shown me compassion, as well as helped me rediscover selflessness when I needed it most. A group of students and staff who showed me what it truly meant to put the needs of others before my own, showing me that there is always something you can do to help someone else.
The Circle K club at Saint Martin’s is truly a beautifully complied group of students from all walks of life who come together to do good for the community that surrounds our University. Being one of the most internationally decorated clubs on our campus, they need a little kudos.
Last month, this group of incredible students set off for their District Convention in Yakima, WA. Working hard all year, applying for tons of awards and compiling a scrapbook full of their many service projects and memories as a group. The club came home with 10 district level awards which included:
· District Scholarship
· Outstanding President
· Outstanding Member
· Outstanding Editor/Bulletin
· Outstanding K Family Relations
· Outstanding T-Shirt
· Outstanding Scrapbook
· Club Growth
· Outstanding Faculty Advisor
· Walter Zeller Fellowship Award
This group of students have accomplished so much this last year and the City of Lacey recognized that. Shortly after returning from District Convention they were awarded the Compassionate Community Recognition Award, awarded by the City of Lacey. This is an award that is given quarterly to recognize those who work compassionately in the community.
I could not think of a better group of students to receive this award. A club on our campus that puts the needs of others before their own. Continuously offering a helping hand to those who need it and helping me to rediscover what it truly means to be a selfless member of society.
Thank you Circle K. I will miss you.
Now that things have began to settle down in my life it has really given me a chance to go back and think about everything I am about and my whole reasons behind being involved with so many different activities and groups on campus. I love to help and serve others. I find so much joy in life in the simplicity of putting a smile on someone else’s face. I like knowing that what I am doing with my life is going to help someone else in the future. Lucky for me, Service is one of the four core values at Saint Martin’s.
It did not occur to me that I had even began to lose sight of my focus on service. But truthfully I have been so busy and I can now honestly say that I did lose sight of my passion for service among all the craziness that life was throwing my way. Now that school has settled down, fall Golf season is over, and Gala prep is finished I have been able to take a breather and reflect on how service is important in my life whether I like it or not. First lets address the elephant in the room: Service is extremely hard to do when you are extremely busy. Personally, I know how hard it is to stay committed to serving others when you have a million other things that need to be taken care of in your own life before you can even begin to think about taking care of the needs of someone else. I know there are some people out there that make the act of service look flawless and stress free and it can be. But when you are a college senior trying to graduate, apply to grad school, play a college sport and be a member of multiple clubs on campus. It. Gets. Hard. Does that mean you should never engage in service activities while in college? Absolutely not!
I can honestly say, that despite all the craziness, everything I do and am currently doing in my life are helping to shape me into a pretty well rounded person. For those of you who have kept up with the evolution of my blogs you may have seen me mention Circle K International. If you have not, Circle K is a service organization that exists at many different universities across the globe. This is a group that allows students to come together and serve others while bettering their communities, universities and themselves. Circle K is for everyone and anyone who has a passion to serve and help those who are in need of it. Saint Martin’s has an amazing group of students that belong to our Circle K Club. Most students are also involved with athletics and many other clubs on campus. Circle K is always looking for new members who are ready and willing to serve their community.
Our most recent and more large scale service project was a Habitat for Humanity building day. As a group we spent the day painting trim and exterior walls of a home. Habitat for Humanity is a globally recognized organization that partners with communities and families to make home ownership possible for everyone. Habitat adopts a family who is in need of a permanent roof over their head and who has fiscal capabilities to pay for a extremely reasonable mortgage but just may not have the money to make the initial purchase a home themselves.
Being a member of Circle K has opened my eyes and given me a whole new definition of service. Service comes in all different shapes and sizes and I am thankful that I have found a group of people on campus who share in my passion to help and serve others.
I’m feelin’ 22!!!
Wow, this semester is really flying by. First school started, we just finished midterms and I recently celebrated my 22 birthday. So crazy! I still feel like that bright-eyed 18 year old that first moved into the dorms for the first time in 2012.
Some really great things have happened this semester thus far. Now that we are well on our way to the end of the semester which also means that all things on campus are in full swing. Golf is also in full swing, and the fall season is almost over. I just need to take a minute to brag about my awesome golf team! So far this semester we have had some great performances and great finishes. At our first tournament in Canby, Oregon we were the only Division II school at the tournament and our competition in its entirety were from large Division I programs. Despite our place finish, as a team we performed awesome! We had some great scores that were paired together for some great team totals and we have only improved from there. Our second tournament of the season was our home tournament at Olympia Country and Golf Club. We had another great performance from the team and were able to capture the first place trophy for the second year in a row! Next up, we took the road and headed up to Bellingham, WA for Western Washington’s home invitational. Western is always known for their outstanding excellence in athletics and typically crushed us in past tournaments. With our team continuing to practice and work hard together we were able to place second at the tournament beating Western Washington on their own turf and finish just behind a nationally ranked team! I am so proud of this amazing group of women! Next stop is our annual Hawaii tournament and I couldn’t be more excited to see what my team and I can accomplish together!
Along with golf, Circle K has also hit the ground running offering several different opportunities for community service for our Circle K members. Our first service project of the year began with a highway clean-up. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this service project but I heard that the group that went had a lot of fun. As a group Circle K also did local park clean-ups around the city of Lacey where we worked together to pick-up trash, pull weeds, and spread bark in order to give the local parks a revamping makeover. Another great thing I love about Circle K is that we work really hard to make sure that all club members feel supported and appreciated. One of the ways that the club does this is by doing their best to attend all club members other extracurricular events such as athletic competitions, concerts, performances, ceremonies, and any other activity a fellow Circle K member might have happening. For example, at my home golf tournament, members of Circle K came out and supported teammate Sally Fletcher and I. When they came to the tournament they were also equipped with beautiful support signs for both Sally and I! It was by far the coolest thing to have my peers there to support me and my team and the fact that we won made the whole experience even better! It’s an amazing thing to see people you care about support you in what you do.
Now that my fall golf season is winding down my involvement in all my other clubs and jobs will be going up. One event that is right around the corner and one that I am super excited to be involved in and it is the 2015 SMU Gala! This is an event to celebrate students and their desires for achieving higher education and engagement from a strong community. Like I had mentioned before in a previous blog, this event brings in a lot of big names from the community who come to donate to academic funds all while enjoying a spectacular culinary experience. As a member of Social Squad I have the opportunity to attend the event covering all the news and happenings on social media. In excitement for the Gala and all that it entails I just had to send out a countdown tweet. I walked down to the Marcus Pavilion and found the University’s cardboard cutout of The Chew and took a picture with my arms around my favorite member, Clinton Kelly and posted a tweet. In this tweet I expressed my excitement to meet the group but most importantly meet one of my all-time fashion idols. I naturally had to tag Clinton Kelly’s twitter account in my tweet and off it went. Little did I know that Clinton himself would graciously go out of his way to respond to my fan-girl tweet! I could not believe it! I am so excited to meet him and the rest of the members of The Chew in as little as 15 days. I am so thankful for this opportunity of a lifetime and I cannot wait to see what this night has in store!
Now that this semester is nearly over some of you might be wondering what is next for me or even what is coming up next for you? Especially if you are in your senior year, stress may be running high. I know I am experiencing high stress levels just around one simple question, “what now?”. Personally I have found myself juggling several ideas about my future. Do I want to stay in Washington and find a job, or would I rather move back to Oregon and find a job there? Or would I rather want to tough it out one more year and stay at Saint Martin’s to get my Masters in Business Administration? At the moment, I have no idea what is going to happen, but one can’t help but think about it. One way I am keeping my stress low is by staying in contact with Ann Adams in the SMU Career Center. She is always so willing to take a look at my resume whenever I need to add something new. She is always planning and hosting events for studnets to get their future jumpstarted with Business and Career fairs for all majors. With the idea in mind that all student deserve a bright future she has started the Saints Have A Plan campaign that is a run through the Career Center for all students. She provides anyone who wants it with a checklist of things you can do as a student each year of school to prepare you for a career or continuing on in high education. Working with Ann in my last several months at Saint Martin’s will be crucial but I am so thankful to have so many people on the Saint Martin’s campus who are looking out for our futures.