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  • October 11, 2014 9:34 am

    If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

    It really is true that time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t believe I’ve been in the College Program at Disney for over a month already. I absolutely love being able to just head over to a park on my days off, before my shift starts, or even just for a few rides and dinner. Although to pay for that amazing time off, I definitely am keeping busy at work. Life in the Circus is good so far and there’s never a dull moment! In what’s left of my very little spare time, as I mentioned in my last post, I’m taking two Disney seminar classes while I’m here. My instructor is fantastic, the lessons are fascinating, and I just sit there in class soaking everything up like a sponge.

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  • October 7, 2014 3:30 pm

    Three Years

    Three years ago today I was inaugurated as president of Ave Maria University.

    The time has flown by as the memories and legion of friendships formed here at Ave Maria amass.  My heart overflows with gratitude.  From trustees to donors, faculty members to fellow administrators, and alumni and students, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness that Tom Monaghan, who recruited me, first showed. 

    And you students never cease to amaze me.

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  • September 26, 2014 12:54 pm

    Emma Does the Disney College Program

    "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" -Walt Disney

    So for those of you who don’t know, this semester I am in Orlando doing the Disney College Program! I’ve been here since September 2nd and it has been magical so far. If you know me, you know that I am a Disney girl through and through, and this internship has been something I’ve always wanted to do. Hopefully this is the first step towards my dream career of marketing for Disney. Not only do I get to spend every day at Disney World, but also I am receiving internship credit from Ave, as well as a great life and resume-building experience. Already having two years at Ave under my belt, I felt well-prepared to be on my own and start a new adventure.

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  • September 5, 2014 4:47 pm

    Archbishop Lori Praises University Efforts in Religious Freedom Battle at Convocation Address

    Archbishop William Lori’s ringing defense of the right of religious liberty which he delivered in his Convocation address to a rapt Ave Maria University community gathered in a jam-packed ballroom this afternoon, capped a remarkable week of activities to start the new academic year.

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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:


    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.


    The Oratory at Ave Maria
    The view walking out of the Oratory in the evening.


    My older brother, Thomas, will be a senior at Ave this year. I can’t wait to share this new experience with him.


    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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