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The Sentinel promise: The mission behind The Sentinel Blog

Jess Scherman By  Jess Scherman  |  @jescherman  | 

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You visit The Sentinel Blog to read about the superheroes of social work or the differences between occupational therapy and physical therapy or even to learn if earning a bachelor's degree is actually worth the time and energy. But as you're browsing through the featured articles, have you ever wondered, "Why in the world is this blog called The Sentinel?"

It wasn't just the clever alliteration of The St. Scholastica Sentinel that drew us to the name. In fact, there is a lot more that goes into naming a blog than you might realize!  

Our main goal was to decide on a name that would encompass our values as a college and the ways in which we empower our students to pursue a life of meaningful work.  

With all of that in mind, we landed on The Sentinel Blog. Here are three reasons why:  

3 Reasons behind the name of The Sentinel Blog

1. The rich history of news & media outlets

We've all heard of those classic newspaper names like The Times, The Herald, The Chronicle and The Gazette. Those names were borne of a philosophy of news coverage that strove to be honest, objective and informative.    

"The Sentinel" has always been one of those names. From the 175-year-old The News-Sentinel out of Fort Wayne, Ind., to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun-Sentinel of south Florida to  Milwaukee's Midwestern news stalwart Journal Sentinel, there is a longstanding tradition of the name in news sources big and small.  

We built The Sentinel Blog to be a credible source of higher education news and career-related information. We pledge to do this by using real-time market intelligence, current career and degree statistics and cutting-edge content strategies to answer your most prominent questions about your future.

2. The metaphor of St. Scholastica's Duluth campus

A "sentinel" is defined as a person who stands watch, often perched at a high vantage point overlooking a body of water. The role of this person is to provide safety, shelter and a sense of well-being.  

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) Duluth campus just happens to be perched atop a hill that overlooks the downtown hub of the city and the lapping shores of Lake Superior. We also strive to look out for our students. We want to stand with our student body by honoring the Benedictine values on which we're built. The Sentinel Blog aims uphold these CSS values of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning while preparing students to apply the same tenets in their communities after graduation.  

3. The role of sentinels in armed forces

There is a longstanding history of sentinels in the military. Sentinels not only stand watch, but are also often tasked to stand alongside the tombs of fallen soldiers who lived honorably. In fact, sentinels are also referred to as "honor guards." They maintain the dignity and integrity of the ground over which they watch, and they persevere in the face of challenges.   

The Sentinel Blog is a platform for current and prospective students to discover their educational and vocational potential. Like the sentinels of long ago, we stand with humility and vigilance when you need us. We endeavor to accompany you on your journey to achieving new levels of personal and academic success.

The Sentinel promise

CSS is committed to standing with our students, upholding their talents and goals in an effort to preserve their personal and career dreams. The Sentinel Blog was created to provide you with ample academic and career-focused information and to convey the spirit and culture of St. Scholastica-to embody the values upon which this institution was built.  

The Sentinel Blog aims to exemplify the heart and mission of CSS.  

With that, we promise to meet you where you are in your journey through higher education and, eventually, into your chosen career path. We are committed to answering your questions, preserving the CSS mission and doing everything we can to assist you in paving your own path to a life of meaningful work.     

If you'd like to learn more about what The College of St. Scholastica offers its students, take a look at 8 fascinating facts you may not know about the institution.

Jess Scherman


Jess is a higher education content creator who writes on behalf of The College of St. Scholastica. She researches and writes content to help current and prospective students on their path to educational success. As a published poet with a passion for the transformative nature of higher education, she loves discovering new ways to use her writing as a tool to help others.

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