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“I have been on Arcadia’s campus since I was 14 years old, but my sister was the one to graduate from Arcadia University. I attended DeSales University and was a student worker and tour guide in the Admissions Office. When I moved back home after graduation, I began job hunting within my field. As fate had in store for me, I came across an opening here at Arcadia University. I had only dreamed of having a job that was like my home away from home. A little sidebar, my high school swim coach was Arcadia’s swim coach and we used to practice here on Arcadia’s campus. So when I say this place reminds me of home, I mean it!
I just celebrated being a member of the Arcadia community for ten years. Yes, I know I am old, but this means I am pretty familiar with the students on campus. With that said, there is always this time when I have that moment that makes me feel like ‘Wow, I am so lucky.’ It happens annually and involves a different group of people each year. That is graduation! I always feel such a sense of pride that, in a very little way, I helped some of these students get there.
College is the time when everyone is deciding who they are and where they fit in this big world. I think it is great to experiment and get out of your shell, but it is important to not stray too far from yourself. My college was named after St. Francis DeSales. He has a quote that was used around campus a lot that I love: ‘Be who you are and be that well.’ I think that is something that all college students should keep in mind.”