Women’s Golf

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 ❤

 

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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.

Who is SarahSalSMU?

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It seems as though the last three years have raced by! Freshman, enjoy it while you still can because your college years will flash by before you know it. I mean do I really look like a senior in college?! Wait, don’t answer that! To be honest, the thought of being in college did not really start sink for me until… well now. Ha! But, let me tell you it has been some of the best years of my life. For those of you who do not know me (yet), I am Sarah Salvatori and I am a senior here at Saint Martin’s University. It’s very nice to meet you as well! 🙂

Women's Golf in Hawaii!
Women’s Golf in Hawaii!

Okay, but in all seriousness, college is pretty cool. You will meet all kinds of different people who will give you some of the most incredible opportunities, friendships and memories of a lifetime! Now, college will have its high, highs but it will also include some pretty low, lows. But, honestly, that’s life and without all those different experiences I know that personally I wouldn’t be half the person I am today.

I like to think of myself and a fairly involved student with the University. I like to dip my feet anywhere I can. College is all about making connections and establishing networks. So that is what I try to do.

I am a co-captain of the SMU Women’s Golf Team. I have been a varsity member since 2012 (my freshman year) and have loved every moment! We are very fortunate to have a split season, and the opportunity to play beautiful golf courses in and outside of Washington throughout the entire year! As a member of the Women’s Golf Team, I also have the opportunity to represent the team with fellow co-captain, Grace Dyer, on SMU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). I was also given the awesome opportunity to serve as a student-marketing intern for the Athletic Department, where for the past three years I have worked along-side SMU’s athletic director and sports information director, to help promote the University’s athletic programs.

SMU Circle K members with four international awards!
SMU Circle K members with four international awards!

As of this year, I have recently joined the internationally recognized service club, Circle K. Circle K is made up of students who want to see and make a difference in their communities. For those of you who have been involved in K-Kids or Key Club, Circle K is the college continuation group for you! Now I am still new to the group but thus far I have been given a taste of the extraordinary fellowship and service opportunities that this group has to offer. I had the opportunity to attend this year’s international convention in Indianapolis, Indiana where SMU’s Circle K took home four internationally recognized awards!!!

This year is also my first, and final year as an official member of Social Squad, and I am so excited to see what this year has to offer! It will be bitter sweet as my four years of college come to an end but I am excited to see what the future holds and where it will take me. Join me as I venture through my final year at Saint Martin’s University.

Love,

Sarah