Freshman year was quite a roller coaster ride! I came into a new environment I was not accustomed to, knowing no one at the University of Cincinnati. Despite this, I made this an opportunity to make new friends and involve myself with new organizations, including the University Honors Program, UC’s Club Water Polo Team, and Saint Monica-Saint George Catholic Church. It took a little while to get my feet on the ground, but once I did I was well grounded by the close relationships I made with some great people. Today, although we are all studying various genres, often on different parts of the globe, the friends I made my freshman year are still my best friends at this school, and I am sure will remain so for the rest of my life.
St. Monica-St. George
At a retreat to Camp Ernst in Kentucky with St. Monica-St. George
Involving myself with the St. Monica-St. George (MoGo, for short) Catholic Church was a great opportunity for me to expand my faith, an area of my life that I strive to improve, while meeting people with similar aspirations. I went on several retreats with MoGo, as well as several day outings. It was instrumental in developing some deeper relationships with some of my closest friends, and keeping myself balanced spiritually.
University Honors Program
Cliché looking photo
I was a little nervous at first to apply for the Honors Program at UC. I questioned whether or not I was good enough and whether I deserved it. After talking with my friends and family, I decided, “why not!?” It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my Freshman year. I was opened up to a whole new group of people with similar goals and aspirations as myself, but with a varying interest base. It opened up so many doors for me, and continues to do so.
Through the Introduction to University Honors course I took in the Spring Quarter, I learned about the different parts of being a successful Honors student, as well as college student in general. The opportunity introduced me to even more people and, consequently, helped to shape me into a more well rounded person.
UC Water Polo Club
UC’s Club Water Polo Team
I have always been adept in the pool (much more so than on land). I have been in a pool for as long as I can remember. I swam and played water polo all four years in high school, won MVP for swimming my Junior and Senior year, and served as team captain for both sports my senior year. Coming to UC, I didn’t know that they had a club water polo team until about a month and a half into the school year. I decided to join the team, and it turned out to be a great decision. It kept me in shape, playing a sport I love, and introduced me to many more people with similar interests.