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  • August 19, 2014 9:10 pm

    Tips for Living With Roommates: Part 2

    And now for part 2 of Tips for Living With Roommates—specifically for the guys. If you want to check out the tips from a girl’s perspective click here!

    I honestly have no idea how the inner workings of a guy’s mind function, but I’m sure you manly men don’t care too much about sharing wardrobes and roomie arts and crafts. So I’ve enlisted one of my friends to give his perspective on the roommate situation, and some tips that the guys will hopefully find more relatable and useful.

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  • August 19, 2014 9:09 pm

    Tips for Living With Roommates: Part 1

    The thought of living with roommates in your college dorm can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. What if they snore? What if I snore? Will we get along? I’ve been there and totally feel you on the worries. I know all about the “research” you’ve probably been doing on Facebook, so here are some tips on living with roommates once you officially meet. And let me assure you that the roommate life is a good life.

    This post comes in two parts. These tips are from my experience; so if you’re a guy and have no interest in girly roommate bonding time, click here for a guy’s perspective!

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  • August 12, 2014 12:15 pm

    A new chapter: Thoughts & Photos from Marisa, Class of ‘18

    Marisa, an incoming freshman, has a personal blog with a focus on fashion. A couple of weeks ago she posted about the next chapter in her life, studying at Ave Maria University:

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    Long time no post everybody! Sorry, it has been a week and half since my last blog post. Life has been super hectic, but in a good way. Since, I have the greatest following for this blog and all my followers and viewers are the best, I wanted to give you guys a little update on what’s been going on in my life lately. In less then 26 days I’ll be moving to Florida, where I will be attending Ave Maria University this fall as a freshman. I can’t wait to experience this new chapter of my life. I will continue to keep on blogging while I’m there. Right now, I want to share with you guys some photos from when I went to visit the campus in February. If y’all would like to keep in touch with my move to Florida and my adventures at school go ahead and follow me on Instagram andTwitter. I use social media as a really good outlet to keep in touch with my family and friends, so if you would like to see what’s going on with my life go ahead and click the “follow” button.

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    The Oratory at Ave Maria
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    The view walking out of the Oratory in the evening.
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    My older brother, Thomas, will be a senior at Ave this year. I can’t wait to share this new experience with him.

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    I can’t wait to get some vitamin “sea” when I’m out there.

  • August 1, 2014 12:53 pm

    One Stop Dorm Shop 2.0

    I heard back from some of my lovely readers that my One Stop Dorm Shop from last year was very helpful in their preparation for Orientation and dorm shopping. I’m so glad to be able to offer some guidance through this exciting (and sometimes stressful) process, so this year I decided to write an addition to the Dorm Shop post.

    If you have questions about the layout of the dorms, I have descriptions and diagrams here on last year’s post. I also have a brief list of things I definitely suggest bringing and stuff you probably won’t need ;)

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  • May 28, 2014 2:00 pm

    (Vice) Presidential Welcome

    Wednesday, 2:25 Cyprus Time
    In a village outside of Nicosia

    "I’ve got this," I thought, as I rode the bus into the capital. After interning at the State Department headquarters last spring, I thought that this new internship, at the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, would start off pretty much the same. I expected the usual tours of the building, orientation,
     and introductions, then starting on my work as an intern. Simple.

    But not this time.

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  • May 5, 2014 12:17 pm

    Finals week! Final Blog of the academic year!

    Finals week!  Final Blog of the academic year!

    And if you are wondering why I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks, here’s why. 

    First, I accepted an invitation by a senior student to be on his intramural basketball team.  The good news is that I played well enough that the opponent actually started to guard me.  The bad news is that I tore meniscus in my left knee and had minor surgery.  Lessons learned?  Probably none.  In fact I want to go out and play as soon as the rehab concludes.  But my wife Mary carefully reminds me that there is a reason why there isn’t a senior circuit for basketball like there is for golf. 

    So perhaps I scored my last points in competitive basketball (in a game, by the way, that we lost by two points).  But perhaps not.  How can I possibly go out on a loss?

    My stupidity in playing against athletes a third my age did not keep me from having a great couple of weeks that were as busy as you would expect.

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  • April 16, 2014 1:34 pm

    2014 President’s Award Finalists

    The season of Lent concludes today and our Ave Maria University community looks forward with great anticipation to the Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil liturgies.  It is a time of grace, these days of mystery, and I am excited that this late Easter comes as the academic year reaches its crescendo.  So much is going on and our 199 graduates are getting ready for their big day May 10.

    As you students conclude your studies today and prepare for the holiest days of the year, and as the University closes until next week, I wanted to send you home with the news on the five finalists I have chosen for the President’s Award, our University’s highest honor for a student.

    I received scores of nomination letters and fortunately I had the assistance of three individuals who made recommendations to me after reviewing the qualifications of the nominees.  I am grateful for their help because this year’s nominees were all deserving of finalist status  I congratulate them all on their many accomplishments and extend my gratitude to all who sent to me a letter of nomination.  

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  • April 7, 2014 10:56 am

    Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, to Which College Shall I Go?

    Deciding on which college to attend is a difficult decision, trust me, I know. Choosing where you want to spend the next four important years of your life is a very daunting task. My decision process involved a lot of laying face down on the living room floor in indecisiveness. A lot of my friends had already picked what school they wanted to go to, which only added to the pressure. I know a lot of you seniors are getting down to the wire here, so I figured I would share what I learned in hopes to ease your final decision making process. And those of you who are juniors—keep this info in the back of your mind for next year!

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  • March 31, 2014 11:01 am

    Sabbath surprises and delights

    What a Sunday!

    The phone rang at my home Saturday and it was a member of the security detail of Governor Rick Scott saying that he would be coming to Ave Maria University on a swing through the area.  I invited the Governor to join Mary, my family and me for the 10AM Mass, and sure enough, he came.

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  • March 25, 2014 8:46 am

    Today’s newspaper

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    For those with a Naples Daily News online subscription, view the opinion piece here: naplesnews.com