Undergraduate

What Gala Means To Me

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What. A. Night.

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Social Squad members, Lauren Diuco, Andrew Walter, myself and Andrew Kier at the Gala Reception.

I am here to report that the 2016 Saint Martin’s University Gala: A Taste of Brazil was a complete success. It was a night filled with amazing food, good spirits and generous donations to student scholarships.

We were so grateful for the support of Eataly Brazil’s renowned Chef Ligia Karazawa and Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern. With their generosity, as a University we were able to raise $1.1 Million dollars for student scholarships.

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The Marcus Pavilion transformed into a beautiful event space for the 2016 SMU Gala. 

Although, the night was glamorous and full of delicious food and good times, it is no question that the Saint Martin’s University Gala exists in order to support our students and make school possible.

Being a student at Saint Martin’s my educational journey was made possible by the generous donations to our University’s scholarship funds. I graduated in 2016 with my undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. I was able to do so without any student loans and debt. Now I am attended Saint Martin’s for a final year to achieve and graduate again but with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in the Spring of 2017.

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My formal attire for the evening

When my journey at Saint Martin’s comes to an end, I will be graduating with two degrees, and debt and student loan free. I owe this great accomplishment to not only my parents and the athletic department but also the generous donors who continue to give to such an amazing cause.

As a student at Saint Martin’s I am so grateful for the opportunities it has provided me and I am honored to be a part of such a generous and giving community. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the evening, especially those who so generously donated to scholarships for many students like me.

If you were unable to attend the event and feel the contagious urge to empower and support students like myself, you can still make a donation at the Saint Martin’s Giving Page.

Thank you to the Saint Martin’s Community for making education possible. Love – Sarah

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Social Squad members Andrew W., Sarah, Andrew K and Lauren with Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern.

Oh the places you’ll will go…

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Wow has time flown by… So many things have changed lately and quite frankly I have never been more excited for my future and all it holds.

For those of you who do not know, I have recently made the decision the put my MBA aspirations on hold. Instead of committing to another year of school I have courageously decided to enter the working world. I know, shocking right? Personally, I thought I was set on my decision to stay and extra year and get my MBA, but as I am learning more and more about myself and who I want to be in this world I am finding that transitioning right into an MBA program isn’t the right fit for me at the moment.

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W. Golf Team dressed to impress at the 2016 GNAC Championship dinner (Left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Celia Beyke, Lisa Zelasko, Jen Liedes & Grace Dyer).

Although I am making the decision to leave Saint Martin’s behind after graduation, I will always remember the moments of clarity and perseverance it has faced me with. From the first day I arrived on the campus at Saint Martin’s, moving into my dorm, meeting amazing friends, faculty and staff, the experience has ultimately transformed me into the individual I am today. Even though, my path has been altered, changes have ensued, and dreams have been challenged, I can still happily say that I would not be where I am today without all the amazing opportunities Saint Martin’s University has provided me.

Through all the ups and downs, deciding a major, changing my major, changing my major again… my experiences as a college student at Saint Martin’s will be ones that I will carry with me through the rest of my life.

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Senior W. Golfer’s after completing final rounds as collegiate athletes (there were tears) (left to right: Sarah Salvatori, Grace Dyer and Jen Liedes)

This past week I concluded my collegiate golf career. What a bittersweet and emotional experience that was. Golf has been an important pillar in my life for nearly 15 years, and now thinking about a lifestyle that does not involve competitive Golf has me feeling all kinds of different emotions. Through the sport, I have made life-long friends who all contributed to my transformation from a young and not-so-wise college freshman, to what I now like to look at myself as a confident, smart, enthusiastic young woman who is ready for what the world has in store for her.

One of the most important lessons that golf and getting a college education has taught me is that you aren’t always going to prepared for the experiences life throws your way. Life is an ever-changing battle and no matter how prepared you think you are, life will always surprise you. Growing up, I found myself frustrated with the things in life that were simply out of my control. I used to lose sleep over how people could sit back and just roll with the punches.

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Throwback to freshman year with roommate, Grace Dyer. Day 1 Saints.

As I got older, experienced life and rediscovered myself and what is truly important to me, I have found that embracing those unexpected moments rather than fighting them make life so much more enjoyable. Although many will question my decision to put my MBA aspirations on hold, saying “Oh, you’ll never go back” I rebuttal those statements and doubts by saying, sure, maybe I won’t go back to school after I graduate with my Bachelors. But, I am confident that if the time is right for me, I will and that is good enough for me. That’s not to say that it isn’t the right decision for one of my peers. Everyone is different, and I have found peace and great joy with my decision.

Best of luck to all of you fellow and future Saints of Saint Martin’s University. Let your passions drive you towards your successes, life-long friendships, and everlasting memories. It has been my greatest privilege to have been able to serve the University in so many ways over my four years. I will miss all the amazing faculty, staff and friends who have helped me along the way. The road was long, stressful and challenging but I would never trade those experiences for anything.  Thank you for all of the amazing opportunities, love and support, SMU! I will miss you!

Love Always, Sarah Salvatori ❤

 

MBA, I’m coming for you!

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This 2015-2016 school year is racing by. With the first semester almost over and finals just around the corner the force is strong in this one to start thinking about what comes next. (corny Star Wars joke)

One would think the most traditional option after graduation would be to get a job. Getting a job right out of college is a great option, but there are always other avenues that you can explore. One of those avenues is enrolling in a graduate studies program (masters). Most graduate studies programs have great opportunities for students who would like to further their education.

Saint Martin’s undergraduate business program and MBA program have a great relationship and make the transition into MBA life seamless. Although I have yet to take an official MBA level course the business program has provided me with plenty of insightful information about the MBA program.

Although I will still continue to look for jobs, I have also made the decision to enroll in 3 MBA courses in the spring semester. Some of you may be wondering, “Wait, how is she taking MBA classes while she is still an undergrad?”. Great question! The answer is that the Business department runs a great program from undergrad to masters. If you are an undergrad student who is in within senior standing you are eligible to take a maximum of 3 masters classes while still enrolled in the undergrad program. Isn’t that cool? Well it gets better! If you are an ordinary student looking to enroll in an MBA program but maybe did not get your bachelors in business you would be required to take a total of 17 courses to obtain a masters degree. But, if you decide the MBA program is something you want to do and you will be graduating from SMU with a BA in Business Administration 5 of those 17 classes will already be accounted for. The first 5 courses in the MBA program are introductory classes that have already been covered for those who will graduate from SMU with BA in Business. Which leaves only 12 courses left to complete a masters degree. Pretty cool, huh?

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Currently students have the option to take a maximum of 3 masters level courses while still in the undergraduate program. Once you have officially graduated and are only enrolled in the MBA program I believe you have the ability to take up to 3 classes a term. I am still working out all of the kinks myself and it is all still a work in progress.

With that being said, I hope to have the ability to take at least 3 MBA courses per term in hopes of getting my MBA by December of next year or even sooner! I would be the first person in my family to get a Masters degree and I think that would be a pretty monumental thing and make my family very proud.

If you are as interested in this masters track program as I was when I first heard of it be sure to contact the School of Business at Saint Martin’s. If you are wondering about student-aid the Graduate Studies Office also offers opportunities for students to apply for Graduate Assistant-ships, which is also something that I myself am looking into. If you are a student who is interested in enrolling in the Masters program but not until after graduation here are some of the application deadlines you should be aware of:

  • Fall session 1 (Aug. – Oct.) — apply by July 1
  • Fall session 2 (Oct. – Dec.) — apply by September 1
  • Spring session 1 (Jan. – Mar.) — apply by December 15
  • Spring session 2 (Mar. – May) — apply by February 1
  • Summer session (May – July) — apply by May 1

I wish everyone the best of luck with the remainder of their semester, good luck with finals and Happy Holidays!

Sarah