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  • Graduation Thoughts~Leanna Robb

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 6/7/2013 01:21:58 PM

    As I look forward towards graduation, I feel like I am going through the five stages of death. Maybe that’s a little dramatic, but attending and graduating college are a really big deal. I have taken forty-nine classes, completed four internships, and created lasting relationships with peers and professors, and finally, after months of biting my nails, emailing, interviewing, and worrying, secured my very first full-time, adult job. I am just now entering the realm of acceptance, and the journey here is worth talking about.


    Until spring quarter of your senior year, you will be in denial. It just won’t register that college is ending. Two hour classes broken up by lunches with friends, having Friday’s perpetually free, and month long winter breaks are all fleeting aspects of a college lifestyle.

    I don’t know that it is the worst thing to be in this stage as long as you’re making the most of it. Don’t catch yourself thinking “Oh, I’ll just do that next time,” because pretty soon there won’t be a next time. Go to class - pretty soon you won’t have a class to go to. Go the extra mile in your group projects - pretty soon you might be working with one of your teammates in the real world. Listen to your professors - they’ve been out there in the real world and they know what it’s like. Make the most of the first stage of graduation.


    I would equate this stage to the time I told my father, at the mature age of four-and-a-half that I didn’t want to grow up and wanted to be a kid forever. I stamped my foot. I cried. I yelled.

    I would like to think I had a more civil reaction to this stage this time around, but I still felt those same emotions rising up. It isn’t fair that I only get four years of this glorious world called college. It isn’t fair that I’m going to have to start paying my own bills next month. But it’s just life. Everyone else is doing it.


    I actually considered adding a minor so that I could stay an extra quarter, but that’s about as close to bargaining as I got. I got pretty desperate trying to think of a way to perpetuate college, but it has to end. That’s why it’s such as special experience.


    This stage has been the hardest for me. The goodbyes, the farewell dinners, and the realization that everyone is leaving and my whole life is about to change, drastically, has been too much at times.

    Seattle University has an incredible community, and I felt like graduation would have me walk through a door that would shut behind me leaving that community behind. I felt an increasing amount of regret questioning whether or not I truly made the most of my time at Seattle University. 

    Don’t put yourself in this position. Call that friend you haven’t seen in a month. Go to the recommended lecture your professor talked about in class. Sit next to someone new in class and get to know them. You never know when opportunity might strike or suddenly disappear.


    And here I am. I am so excited for the next stage of my life. It’s exhilarating, terrifying, and bittersweet all at once. I know that I have the Seattle University and Albers support system to fall back on and that the relationships I made will last me a lifetime. I may not be a student anymore, but I am proud and excited to become an Alumni and join a new community in Seattle University.

    Congratulations, Class of 2013. We did it.

    Leanna H. Robb
    Core Honors - Seattle University
    Marketing Major (Senior) - Albers School of Business and Economics
    Digital Design Major - College of Arts and Sciences
    New Student Mentor - Albers School of Business and Economics
    Graphic Designer - Seattle University Student Activities


    Final Thoughts~Amanda Luna

    Posted by Sheryn Crater on 6/7/2013 01:13:13 PM

    As I look back on my college years the first feelings that emerge are both happiness and thankfulness. It is a blessing to be able to engage in higher education, and in my opinion the best opportunity of my life, thus far, to receive a degree from Seattle University. Throughout my time here I have grown as a student and an individual into an honest, reflective, and passionate young adult who is ready to tackle life as a working professional, and hopefully leave a lasting impression on the people I am able to contact in this world.

    It is strange to think back to move-in day in September of 2009. Am I still the same Amanda? I would say yes. But am I a better Amanda? Most definitely! Throughout my time at Seattle U I have been able to be involved as a student-athlete and a student-leader and both of these experiences have helped me to mature, and grow into the young adult that sits here now reflecting on her college career.

    As a student-athlete I have been able to represent Seattle University as a member of the track and field team, I and have learned so much more than how to heave a hammer 46 meters. I became a good teammate, I became accountable, and I developed the skills to tackle difficult tasks head on. I am thankful to our coaching staff for helping me to do this and for their commitment to our team. As a New Student Mentor in Albers I have truly developed as a leader. I have been given the opportunity to practice my leadership skills, through trial and error, with a dedicated and passionate group of supervisors. There are not enough kind words I could say about our graduate assistants, Therese Credle and Megan Fillipi, and our supervisor Dhorea Brown. All of them work to keep us updated so that we can remain good mentors, but also educate us as young professionals so that we are prepared to be leaders out in the “real world.” To them I owe sincere gratitude.

    My extracurricular activities aided a lot in my development, but as a student I have had amazing experience and have had professors who have helped me grow as a young professional. Albers, overall, has an amazing group of professors, and especially in my respective major, accounting. I respect each and every accounting professor who I have taken courses with. I remember them all. Niranjan Chipalkatti sparked my love of accounting, and each professor thereafter has kept the flame alive. I am so grateful to Chips, Sarah Bee, Marinilka Kimbro, John Merle, Jim Schneidmiller, Dave Tinius, and Vidya Awasthi. I name them all because they deserve recognition, even if it is simply in the blog of one of the many 2013 graduates. All of these professors have displayed their love and passion for the field that we as students aspire to be a part of. I have continually been challenged, but always motivated, tested, but fairly rewarded. I appreciate the openness that all of these professors have given us. I have learned the ins and outs of debits and credits, rules and regulation, and the intricacies of the financial statements. Most importantly, though, I have learned to work hard and recognize just how much I am capable of.

    As if I haven’t said it enough, I am just so thankful for EVERYTHING Seattle University had given me. In closing, I think I will end with my personal mission statement. This is something we were required to make for our Management 489 class. This is one of the capstone courses in Albers, so it makes sense in this class I would be asked to define my personal mission and who I want to be. My personal mission statement is:

    I am a person who is dedicated to honesty and goodness, and have used this as motivation to develop a broad set of skills and knowledge that will have an impact on others’ lives. I am always ready to give my all to whatever I choose to do and with whomever I cross paths. I will never falter in my dedication to my commitments as a businesswoman, and one day as a wife and mother. I am confident that I can do it all, and am ready to learn and experience this world with a smile and a positive attitude each and every day.

    And with that it is goodbye. I will never forget my time here and all who have touched my life. I also hope I have had an impact on some people so that they will never forget me. Thank you, thank you, and thank you times a bazillion Albers School of Business and Economics and Albers University! Toodles!

    Amanda Luna
    Accounting Major (Senior) | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
    New Student Mentor | Albers School of Business and Economics | Seattle University
    Track and Field Athlete | Hammer Throw


    Thanks for a Great Year!!!

    Posted by Russell Aivazian on 6/4/2013 01:53:59 PM

    11 Days, 19 Hours, and 52 Minutes.

    It is hard to believe that my last four years here at SU is down to the final two weeks. My experience at SU has been full of excitement, love, fun, and the occasional dance party. As the end approaches, I have been especially focusing on these experiences and trying to properly say “see you later” before I leave to begin my new job in Chicago. 

    As a final blog post, I would like to thank all of those people both in Albers and in the SU community who pushed and challenged me throughout the past four years.  Yesterday, I was talking to my English 110 professor, Dr. Hawley, about the maturing I have done in Seattle, especially in the classroom.  Especially as an Albers student, I was challenged to stretch my understanding of concepts of material and not be “ok” with just finding the right answer.  The Albers school has such great resources in its professors and staff, and I have been so blessed to be at this university and share in its mission of “educating leaders for a just and humane world.”

    The last four years have been incredible and it is because of the connections I made within the business school, that I have become a more mature and focused person.  This experience would not have been successful without all of the support this school shows its students.

    As a parting word: don’t be afraid to know your professors, don’t be afraid to take risks, and don’t be afraid to speak up and your experience will be so much better.

    Very Best,

    Russell Aivazian—NSM