It has been 14 years since I graduated from John Carroll, and the memories from my time here are just as vivid today as they were back then. As I go through my daily life, there is always something that serves as a little reminder of those four very special years. It may be a particular food, a TV show or a song on the radio.
I will never forget my parents dropping me off that first day and the excitement I felt when I entered my room in Murphy Hall. There is a picture of me waving to my parents from the window of my dorm as they left. It was a new chapter in my life, and I couldn’t wait for it to begin. I had no idea what was in store for me. But I can say with certainty that the memories of freshman orientation, teachers, dances, friendships, sorority functions, classes and Spring Break trips are etched in my brain forever.
Since I graduated, I have married a JCU alumnus and still keep in touch with the friends I made while I was here. Many of them were in our wedding, and when we get together, it’s like no time has passed at all.
Things have come full circle, as I find myself back on campus. Only this time I am not a student, but was recently hired as a member of the Integrated Marketing and Communications team focusing on Alumni Relations. I feel just as excited and giddy as I did back when I was a freshman.
While a lot has changed, so much has stayed the same. When I was here, the Jesuits were living in Rodman, and there was only a Pizza Hut in the Inn Between. The campus has expanded quite a bit, but it looks just as beautiful as it always did.
I feel so lucky to be back and working at a place that I respect, value and believe in. I enjoy having the chance to give back to the school that has given me so much and relish the chance to relive so many great memories each time I walk across this campus.
I understand that not everyone will come back to work at John Carroll after graduation, as life will take you in many directions; and that may be far away from University Heights. I encourage you to take the memories that you have of John Carroll with you wherever you go.
Once you leave this campus, John Carroll may be out of sight, but not out of mind. At any given moment, you will be reminded of the amazing experience you had while you were here.