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A Transfer’s Guide to SVC: Part 2

Posted by Amanda MacMurtrie on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 16:09 PM

If you made it through freshman year and you’re gearing up for Round 2, welcome back!
If you’re setting foot on campus this fall as a seasoned veteran, I salute you.
And if you’re a senior, I’ve got nothing but love and respect for you.

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Topics: Campus Life, Campus Ministry, Saint Vincent College, Transfer, Amanda MacMurtrie, SVC, friends

Junior Year: Lessons Learned

Posted by Sara Krug on Wed, May 7, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

It’s hard to believe that my junior year at Saint Vincent College has come to a close. It has been a while since I last posted, which goes to show just how busy I have been. This year has probably been one of my most successful so far, only because I have learned so much about myself and my fields of study: communication and graphic design.

Let’s start with the reason I am here and what is fresh in my mind: this past semester’s classes. Besides, I just finished all of my finals! I made sure to fill my course load this semester with 19 credits. Here’s a brief overview of my classes and what I learned:

  • I became a forensic scientist in my Chemistry and Crime class/lab and learned many valuable life lessons about how easily evidence can be misinterpreted. All I know is that if I ever have to serve on jury duty, thanks to Dr. Bettie Davis, I’ll be more prepared in making a just decision.
  • I was able to bring out my inner photographer in my Digital Photography and Post Production class. This was my third class with Mr. Joseph Materkowski, who has taught me a variety of different techniques that will always be helpful to know and understand, especially in my future career. The best part of this particular class was trying to find people who were willing to be photographed and have their picture shown to a class full of students. I think the award goes to my niece who actually let a salamander crawl on her face when I asked her to do it in order to get a funny photo:)
  • I learned more about the many types of art in my Art History II class and conceptual art was my favorite to talk about. I think it is so interesting, because it makes you think, even if it doesn’t make sense or seems weird, and it challenges what art is all about. I also learned that my professor, Mr. Ben Schachter, is not only a painter, but also creates some amazing sculptures and works of art with electrical pieces. How cool is that!
  • I enjoyed learning different drawing and painting techniques in my 2-D Design class. Br. Mark Floreanini taught me last semester for my Stained Glass class, and he has always been helpful and supportive of my talents. Check out this interesting and colorful self-portrait of mine that is composed of hundreds of dots of color and another drawing I created of the Saint Vincent Basilica window with a hatching technique.
  • I became a public relations specialist in my Writing for Media class and composed a portfolio full of valuable writing samples related to Elk County Council on the Arts, a non-profit organization close to my home town that I worked at for two summers. These writing techniques and tools will definitely be valuable for the future, and Ms. Beth Michalec really helped me to develop my reasoning behind writing and encouraged me with kind words throughout the semester.
  • Most importantly, I conquered my fear of reading in my Children’s Literature class! Since I have such a creative mind full of distracting thoughts, I have never been much of a reader. I want to give a shout out to Dr. Marybeth Spore, who really inspired me to overcome my apprehensions and, because of her support, I was able to successfully read 14 books; some in less than even two days. I would say that’s a pretty big accomplishment!
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Topics: Campus Life, Sara Krug, Campus Ministry, Graphic Design

Spring Break in Brazil: Daily Reflections

Posted by Sara Krug on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 08:03 AM

After weeks of anticipation, long plane rides, warm weather, over 1800 pictures, and time spent with amazing sisters and beautiful children of all ages, spring break in Brazil is one experience that I will never forget. Please enjoy this breakdown of my trip and how it helped me grow spiritually and learn how much more meaningful life is when God is involved.

Day 1: (Friday)

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Topics: Sara Krug, Campus Ministry, Brazil

Marching into a new semester!

Posted by Sara Krug on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 09:01 AM

It’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog because of the energy I have been dedicating to school and work, but I want to take the time to share what I’ve been up to! I finally have time to recap my Christmas break and give and update on the Spring 2014 semester. It’s hard to believe that I am already over half-way done with my junior year of college. People aren’t kidding when they say college flies by in the blink of an eye!

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Topics: Campus Life, Sara Krug, Campus Ministry, Graphic Design

Saving in College: Turning 5 Dollars into 500

Posted by Sara Krug on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

College is a very memorable time for most students and often considered the most precious years of one’s life. It’s a time to learn, make friends, explore new interests, and bring ideas and dreams to life. Some people are able to attend college without any financial concerns, but let’s be honest; there are also many who work really hard to make ends meet. Whether you are a college student or not, I’d like to offer some advice for how to save money for something special.

It turns out that Pinterest is not just good for great craft ideas and inspiration; it also contains great tips for how to organize your life and improve budgeting habits. Over a year ago, I saw an interesting pin about a “5 Dollar Savings Plan”. The idea is to save 5 dollar bills whenever they come into your possession. The trick is to put them aside whenever you receive them as change and vow not to spend them no matter what. It takes dedication to follow through with the venture, but it is definitely worth it.

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Topics: Sara Krug, Campus Ministry, Brazil, saving money

"Tis the Season to Be Thankful

Posted by Sara Krug on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 @ 09:11 AM

Thanksgiving is right around the corner but, if we truly want to live meaningful lives, every day should begin and end with thanks. It is easy to appreciate the beauty of the fall season as the leaves change colors and crisp aromas fill the air. The SVC campus has so much character that it is hard not to walk anywhere without wishing I had a camera in hand to capture the scenery. Having a peaceful atmosphere allows the mind to wander and the imagination to stir up mounds of endless ideas and creativity.  Life can feel overwhelming at times with work, classes, chores, jobs, activities, etc. and it is easy to forget about what is important and be thankful for what we do have. Below is a powerful quote that struck me when I read it:

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Topics: Campus Life, Sara Krug, Campus Ministry, Thanksgiving

Meet the Blogger - it's me!

Posted by Sara Krug on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

"Home is where the heart is."

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Topics: Campus Life, Sara Krug, Campus Ministry

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On this blog, current students write about everyday life on the campus of Saint Vincent College, a private, liberal arts college located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.


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Michael Brinker

Michael Brinker, junior communication major, currently in Orlando, working with the Disney College Program.

Amanda MacMurtrie

Amanda MacMurtrie transferred to Saint Vincent as a sophomore studying English with a minor in Theology. Transferring to a new school is not the easiest thing in the world, but she is steadily finding a home on this beautiful Benedictine campus. Between enjoying life in community, balancing books for fun and books for class, and finding little corners of beauty, Amanda is discovering a few joys of life at Saint Vincent College.

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