I have so many memories that I'll take away from this campus, many being late-night philosophical debates about the world's problems in the Center for Just Living, or quiet evenings sitting on the rocks down by Lake Superior followed by coffee at Perkins. I have tried to make the most of my college experiences, and in doing so, I have many random and fun memories that will stick with me for quite a long time.
For the past three years I have taken 23-hour road trips down to Columbus, GA, to protest the School of the Americas. You learn so much about your traveling companions when you drive straight through the night across the U.S. I've also been on the J-term trips to Cuernavaca, Mexico, and Los Angeles, CA. I've also participated in the Alternative Spring Break trips to Baltimore, MD, and El Paso, TX.
I have fallen in love with Lake Superior! Some of my favorite memories are trips down to the lake at 11 o'clock at night to look at the stars with a trip to Perkins afterwards in the early hours of the new day. Duluth is also a great place to snow-shoe, hike, and participate in other outdoor activities. Walking through Chester Bowl in the fall, or even down the trails behind St. Scholastica (near the Valley of Silence), is breathtakingly beautiful.
College is what you make of it. If you come to St. Scholastica with a willingness to have fun and let your self be changed (for the better), then you will fit right in. Live it up on the weekends, but study hard during the week. Make friends with the sisters and get involved in clubs and activities. You are only in college for four years. It seems like a long time now, but it goes by very, very quickly.