Benedictine Values

Back to your roots

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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 bcki - habitat - group - paintingegin 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 cki - habitat - groupglobally 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.

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The best is yet to come!

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“Last” first day of school with one of my best friends, Madison Hibbard.

Well, my senior year has official started. I have just completed my last “first” week of school and honestly the feeling is bittersweet. Where did all the time go? I still feel as though I have just moved into the dorms my freshman year and now I’m living off campus and a senior college! My parents really weren’t kidding when they said “enjoy it because it’ll all be over before you have time to blink”.

But, I don’t know why I am getting emotional about the year when I have only had about a week and a half of school. I’m pathetic, lol. Instead of being sad about my last “first” day of school I should be happy that I still have an entire year (9 months) left until I graduate. I still have so many events and adventures that need to happen before I can even think about my college years coming to an end. For example, this is my first year on SMU’s social squad and I am so excited to see what different obstacles and opportunities I am confronted with. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing group of people and I am especially excited to experience all the wonders of the 2015 Gala. For those who do not know much about the SMU Gala, it is a Black Tie event that happens to be one of the largest funding opportunities we are so fortunate to have for our university. For the past several years we have been blessed with celebrity chefs too come demonstrate and cook a meal for our sponsors, alumni and anyone else who wishes to purchase a ticket. This year we have four celebrity chefs! Members of The Chew will be coming to Saint Martin’s to host the 2015 Gala. The Gala is clearly the largest event I will encounter, but I am so excited to explore all of the other duties of an official social squad member.the_chew_cover_craig_sjodin_600x480

I have so many other exciting things to look forward as well. I have my final golf season of my college career split into two seasons (both fall and spring) and I couldn’t be more excited to share my final year with my amazing teammates, traveling all over playing beautiful golf courses and making memories.

I also have to remember the amazing internship I was given the opportunity to have with the Saint Martin’s Athletic Department. I have been working for the athletic department since my freshman year working to promote games and student involvement. This year I am so blessed to have been able to turn that opportunity into an internship and work alongside SMU’s student information director and have a front row seat to what it really takes to run and promote and athletic program through community outreach and involvement, advertising, sponsorship and boosters. I am so thankful for this experience.

And of course how could I forget my two favorite clubs on campus SAAC (student athlete advisory committee) and Circle K. I am excited to use my internship with the athletic department and a boost to the events and fundraisers we have planned for the 2015-2016 school year in SAAC. I hope to be able to gain a better understand for what it really takes to get a group of students motivated to do good things for their student body along with the community in which they serve.

2015 Circle K members celebration the 100th birthday of Kiwanis in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2015 Circle K members celebrates the 100th birthday of Kiwanis in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Like SAAC, I hope to bring my knowledge for fundraising and upbeat spirit to my fellow Circle K members. I know that this year we have made it a goal to up our number of members. We want all students to be aware of the different opportunities there are when being a member of Circle K. Circle K International (CKI) is a service organization that is formed at the college level to help communities through service projects. Our Circle K Club is sponsored and works closely with North Thurston Kiwanis to direct our focuses towards our community and how we can work together to serve it. The values of Circle K are very much in line with the Benedictine values of Saint Martin’s, Faith, Reason, Community and Service.

This will be my fourth year serving on SAAC and what a great group it is to be a part of. I have met so many great people, attended so many successful events and in turn have gained so much experience when it comes to how to better our university and athletic program. I love watching student-athletes coming together to support their communities and organizations like Make-A-Wish and Boys and Girls Club. Being able to support and donate our time to these organizations have been such an honor and life changing experience. I hope to work closely with our Boys and Girls club contact this year and work to better SMU Athletics involvement in the program. I also hope to spread awareness and ignite a bigger flame in our involvement in Make-A-Wish. I would love for our program to grant a wish to a child who’s dream is to be a part of a college team.

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2013-2014 Women’s Golf team.

Long story short, even though my years at Saint Martin’s are coming to an end there are still so many things that I want to accomplish and see happen with all the programs I am involved with before I graduate this spring. So this year through my blogs I hope to share all my experiences with you, and help you all to become more involved in the Saint Martin’s community or whichever community at whatever school you may be attending in the present or future. Involvement with the university at which you attend is something I feel is very important and plays a roll in making life on a college campus more rewarding and enjoyable. So join me! Start thinking about, or keep your ears and eyes open for different clubs on campus. Even though I talk about how important I think community involvement is, I also think that it is so important that no matter what you are doing or involved in, to always stay true to yourself. Maybe you are unsure of what kind of person you want to solidify yourself as, but in all fairness, we never stop growing within ourselves. For me, golf has always been a part of who I am and I have worked hard for many years just to be where I am today. Why would anyone want to throw all of their hard work away? I sure wouldn’t! I only have one senior year, and I will do everything in my power to make sure that I don’t waste the opportunities I have set up for myself over the years. I am so excited to see where this year takes me and I am most importantly excited to see how SMU helps me grow and mature into a real adult. I know I will be transformed this year and I know I will be faced with hardship, but I will not let that stop me from becoming the best possible version of myself that I can be.