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May - A Time of Reflection

Posted by Megan DePrimio on Mon, May 15, 2017 @ 13:05 PM

I hope it is safe to say that we can officially say hello to spring (thank goodness it arrived)! As the Class of 2017 already is well aware, this month not only brings about nicer weather, but also great change – indeed, an interesting smorgasbord of both excitement and sadness.

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Topics: reflection, life advice, real world, megan diprimio, SVC Class of 2017, advice for college graduates

February – Heroic Leadership

Posted by Megan DePrimio on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 @ 09:03 AM

Greetings, readers, and happy almost (depending on when this gets posted) March. Honestly, where does the time go? Valentine’s Day decorations are out and Saint Patrick’s Day and Easter decorations are up and overwhelming stores. However, before the spring holidays come into full swing, I would like to share with you a book that was recently brought up through work, called Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney. In a nutshell, it is a book that teaches the four main Jesuit leadership principles that have ensured the Society’s success for the past 450-ish years. Now, I know very well that Saint Vincent is a Benedictine school, but hear me out here. Each religious order brings its own positive thing to the world, and despite the Benedictines and Jesuits being very different, they both are very good at what they do.

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Topics: leadership, jesuits, ingenuity, heroic leadership

How Did I Get Here?

Posted by Jessica Kennedy on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

How did I get here?

This is something I ask myself almost weekly at this point in my life. I finally landed my dream job as the Assistant Director of Business Affairs for the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, just a few months ago in September 2016. The title may sound fancy, but in essence I just do all of the accounting and finances for all of the Naval Academy sports teams … which I find pretty cool, actually. But trust me when I say, things weren’t always this smooth sailing. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that knows me, because I am probably the least graceful, most uncoordinated person on the planet. 

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Topics: Swimming, Saint Vincent College, business, McKenna School, Alumni, success, Navy, Jessica Kennedy, accounting

Exploring the World and Finding my Dream Job

Posted by Elizabeth Susko on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 @ 14:02 PM

Flash back to one year and nine months ago:  I was just a normal college undergrad accepting her diploma and hoping to start the next chapter of my life in the real adult world. What I didn’t know was how since walking across that stage my life would change drastically.  Like many graduates, I applied for jobs, hoping for the call to interview and waiting to hear if I got it.

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Topics: Italy, France, travel abroad, teaching, Fairfax, Normandy, Elizabeth Susko, dream job, Virginia

January – The Positivity of Possibilities

Posted by Megan DePrimio on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Happy 2017, everyone! Although I’m a little behind in posting this month, I do hope you all had a wonderful holiday and restful break (and for those of you who just returned from break, we are jealous)! I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I still find it hard to believe it is a new year already. Where did 2016 go? Ideally, the weeks off not only provided a chance to relax, but also a chance to reflect and process through the achievements and challenges the past year gave you. Hopefully, your successes and positives outweighed the negatives but, if not, you wonderfully have the opportunity for a fresh start.

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Topics: New Year's Resolutions, positivity, possibilities

December - Stewardship

Posted by Megan DePrimio on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

Happy December, y’all! I don’t know about you, but this month tends to be one of my favorite times of the year (minus a lot of snow). From running chaotically to various get-togethers, to having awkward small talk with distant relatives (Me: “Yes, Cousin Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the Midwest is great for meeting people!” [shoves cookies into mouth in order to avoid talking]), the holidays can be absolute madness. Despite the crazy scheduling, I love the bonding opportunities with friends and family that abound in the next few weeks. Last month, we focused on gratitude as an overarching theme for this series. As for this month, with the snowfall in full swing, I would like to introduce a different topic to focus a few thoughts on: Stewardship. A quick Google search for the definition of stewardship resulted with “the management or care of something.” While this term is used A LOT in my department (Special Events & Stewardship), it can be a little ambiguous as to what exactly stewardship or stewarding something is. What it really boils down to are relationships and how we foster and grow them — something we tend to do naturally throughout this Christmas season.

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Topics: Christmas, Megan DePrimio, stewardship, friendships, relationships

November - Gratitude

Posted by Megan DePrimio on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 16:11 PM

Hello from Indiana, SVC community! My name is Megan, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College. Although I am three years into the “real world” and seemingly a little removed from my initial collegiate experience, it is so nice to know that I am still connected to a place I call home. So first things first, why am I writing to you? Because it is not only important to increase your knowledge while you are in a higher education setting, but to also expand your perspectives, stretch yourself, grow your network and refine what living a life of impact means to you. Never in a million years did I think I would be approached by my alma mater to give my perspective on life after school; more specifically, how my experience at Saint Vincent College prepared me for my goals, dreams and accomplishments (and how your experience will too)! Overall, I am greatly looking forward to helping students try and navigate the waters of post-college life. Even though I tend to lean toward the perfectionist side, I’m sure this blog will not be perfect and it might not always be pretty, but I can guarantee it will be authentic, candid and genuine.

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Topics: communication, Saint Vincent College, Notre Dame, Alumni, gratitude, post-gradtitude real life, Megan DePrimio

Three Years with Peace Corps Panama

Posted by Abby Bryant on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 19:03 PM

Four new Darien volunteers and me after their official swear-in ceremony.

All Peace Corps volunteers commit to 26-27 months abroad- 2-3 months of training and then two years of service in their host community. Though the experience is truly wonderful and life-changing, most volunteers are more than ready to head home at the end of those long 26 months. There are some volunteers, however, that just aren't quite ready to leave yet. 

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Topics: Peace Corps, Panama, Volunteer Abroad

Bearcats in the Kitchen

Posted by Allyson Lambert on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 11:07 AM

Welcome to my new blog series, "Bearcats in the Kitchen!" 

Whether you commute to campus, work part-time at an internship or just moved into your first apartment after graduation, this series will provide you with cooking tips and recipes to fit your busy lifestyle.

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Topics: Allyson Lambert, Bearcats in the Kitchen, Dining, Student Life, Saint Vincent College, Cooking

You Can't Plan Life

Posted by Allyson Lambert on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

From the time we're born, it seems as if our entire lives revolve around school and planning for this mystical thing called a career and future. Unfortunately, no one really tells you what happens when you get there. Thrust into the unknown territory of adult-hood for the first time, I found myself unable to navigate this "real-world" nightmare that had manifested itself in my life.

As my to-do lists grew longer, I started to feel even more overwhelmed with tasks: go shopping, get an oil change, make a dentist appointment, pay credit card, file taxes... It never ends! Keeping myself alive is a lot of hard work. Sometimes, I get writer's block while making a grocery list (I kid!). While my friends find this hilarious, it's not very efficient...

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Topics: Allyson Lambert, alumni advice, Nevada, life after college

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My name is Jessica Kennedy. I graduated from SVC in 2012 with a dual major in accounting and business management with a minor in international business. While at SVC I was on the swim team as well as being involved in SGA and SAAC. I am currently the Assistant Director of Business Affairs at the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, where I reside with my dog, Zoey. I also own my own photography company, KennedyPhotographyCo, where i display and sell my prints on Etsy. I still swim and have also taken up running and have ran over six half marathons in the last three years. 

My name is Elizabeth Susko, and I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College (mathematics major with a secondary education certification). After Saint Vincent, I moved away and became a high school Math teacher in the Northern VA area. I couldnt imagine being where I am today and I hold some of that journey to being a Bearcat.  Cant wait to share my daily adult life (post-undergrad) experiences with you!

Hello there! My name is Megan DePrimio, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College (communication major and English minor). I also have a master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After grad school, I became an athletics marketing intern at the University of Notre Dame and I now work in Development. Every day I am amazed at the path I have been on since I was a young Bearcat. Even the planner in me couldn’t have forecasted this journey! Happy to be here. 

 

Allyson Lambert graduated from Saint Vincent in December 2013 with a degree in finance. She currently works in the Financial Leadership Development (FLD) Program at PPG Industries in Reno, Nevada.