Here’s the deal: For the love of John Carroll University

February 15th, 2007

I love John Carroll University. I know what you might be thinking, “She’s kind of crazy, isn’t she?”

Yes, it is true, I might be, but not because I think John Carroll University is great.

The only thing I ask of you is not to judge me too quickly, but rather, simply hear me out.

My love for our beloved school began when I moved onto campus in August.

As my family and I pulled into the parking lot I was greeted by a few welcoming upperclassmen who enthusiastically carried all of my prized possessions to my dorm room.

They did not even make fun of the excessive amount of Sponge Bob paraphernalia I had. We were off to a good start.

After classes began I quickly fell in love with the campus.

I love walking by the huge John Carroll statue every day and I love that you can get anywhere on campus in ten minutes or less.

In mid-September I noticed something particularly unique about wildlife here on campus.

The squirrels are unusually friendly. (In case you were wondering, the squirrel with only half of a tail is my favorite. I’ve concluded that he may have been in a freak lawn mower accident).

Now you can officially call me crazy.

I love the fact that I can tell you this story – before Thanksgiving I was walking past the library and noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a squirrel running at an impressive speed directly towards me. He nearly latched onto my jeans. Hopefully, he just wanted a hug.

Yes, that actually happened.

I love knowing that each and every weekend I am guaranteed a delicious omelet at Parkhurst.

I love that the bell tower was illuminated with red lights at Christmas time.

I love even more that a Jesuit priest lived in the bell tower for three years in the 1930s. One day I think I would like to live in the bell tower.

I love that when it snows there is a small chance I will be run over by a snow plow that looks strangely like a Tonka Truck.

I love that I have never received a negative comment about my square winter hat that, you guessed it, looks like Sponge Bob.

I love that I can attend mass at 10 p.m. on Sundays and I love going out on The Labre Project on Friday nights.

I love that about 90 percent of the students here at John Carroll University are obsessed with “Grey’s Anatomy” and will even go so far as to plan events around the seemingly “sacred” Thursday night time slot. (I am one of those people.)

I love being so close to the wonderful city of Cleveland.

That’s right, I love Cleveland, too.

In all honesty, we are very lucky to be here at John Carroll University, The Jesuit University in Cleveland. (I love saying the full name.)

We’re receiving a great education – probably the best in the world. You’ve heard it before and it is true, a Jesuit education will never be matched.

We should be proud to be students at John Carroll University.

These will be some of the greatest years of our lives, enjoy your time here while you can. Fall in love with your school.