Past and present. We decided to reissue our old college IDs for the new ones on the LAST day of school. Just for fun and keepsakes. As you can see, we are USF’s finest. @ohhjayare @fatimanicole #byebye #undergraduate #realworldshit #imscared #drunkready
Shaved my head to help Cancer Research. Conquer Childhood Cancer. 😃 #XYZcares #USF #stbaldricksday
I began attending the University of San Francisco in the fall semester of 2008 as a freshman. I stuck with a group of friends from back home for a little over a semester until I began to branch out and make new friends that I slowly became close to. I joined a great fraternity and made awesome bonds with my brothers in my brotherhood. I joined a number of other organizations as a freshman, just to get my feet wet with involvement in school as well as meeting new people and I believe that that was one of the more positive choices I’ve made as an undergraduate. School-wise? That’s a different story. I declared my psychology major mid freshman year and decided sophomore year to add on a biology major as well with all kinds of minors. The thing about me is that, in regards to my future, I am so indecisive. I don’t know what I want. I graduate in less than a month and I can firmly say that my path after college is still hazy at best. But as I reflect back on my college experience, I look back on it with a smile. I attended college in one of the best cities in the world. San Francisco, a bustling city filled with life and diversity. I’ve made friends, brothers and forged bonds in the last five years that I will cherish for a lifetime. I grew as a strong leader. Became president of multiple organizations, my fraternity being one of them, and founded an organization on campus myself. Could I have done better at school? Of course I could have. Could I have been less lazy? Of course I could have. But throughout my years in college, did I progress as a human being? I would like to think so. I grew as a leader, as a person, as an individual and as a human being. I’ve experienced hardships, both mentally and emotionally and have come to numerous realizations of this thing that we call ‘life.’
The world is not a fair place. People can be cruel and many will break your trust. You will experience disappointment and heartache time and time again. But what I learned in my years at USF is that there will always be reasons to smile. You will have friends that you will sit in the cafeteria with and laugh and be obnoxiously loud with. You will have brothers to relax with or eat randomly at four in the morning somewhere just because you want to enjoy each other’s company. You will see younger students grow right before your eyes. You will see new leaders, that you nurtured yourself, grow. You will always have someone to lean on or a shoulder to cry on. Someone to talk to and someone to hug. Someone to play cards with till six in the morning and someone you know you can trust. You realize that with all the downsides in this world, that there are reasons to smile. You will witness the good in people, you will witness people returning things to the lost and found, you will witness people coming to a random stranger’s aid when they have fallen and witness strangers helping a blind person get through campus. You realize that although you may have made mistakes in the past, that you can learn from them and become a better person. You will realize that although there are those that will break your trust and those that will turn their back on you, that there are those you can turn to and those that will drop what they’re doing just to know that you are ok. You realize that there is hope in this world and that there is hope in others. Most importantly, you realize that there is hope for yourself. That regardless of whatever hole you may be stuck in, that you will always be able to climb out of it. You realize that tomorrow is another day filled with opportunities just waiting to be seized. So get off your lazy butt and seize the day. You realize that life is worth living. So go out and live it.