Hello Everyone! My name is Christine Lawless. I am a sophomore here at the good ole STJ! I am studying Communication Arts, and loving it! I really enjoy being able to make the most of my college experience in New York City. I am excited to participate in so many more things that St. John’s has to offer me!
SJU France 2013
September 16, 2013
This past summer, St John’s gave me the experience of a lifetime. This May, I was given the opportunity by the St John’s global studies office to take a communications class in Paris, France, a city I have long dreamed about visiting. As soon as I arrived at the Paris Campus, I ran up to my room and looked out the stereotypical Parisian style window to see the Eiffel Tower just a small ways away from me. Instantly, I knew this was going to be an amazing trip!
The first full day that we were in Paris we visited the top of the Arc de Triumph; this soon after become one the best views I had seen in a long time. We climbed to the top using an all cement and bright spiral stair case, which never seemed to end. At the top, out legs were tired, and our egos bruised from the treacherous climb to the top. However, the view was worth all the pain that later came from those stairs. The first thing I looked for was the Eiffel Tower, because let’s face it, I’m obsessed. I loved see all the residential buildings at a uniform height while the Eiffel Tower was much more than the city’s average. In the distance we saw the Sacre-Coeur high up on its hill looking over the city from a distance. The whole view was insane, and I can’t wait to do it again.
The rest of the two weeks were magical, we went on a boat ride on the Seine, the river that runs through Paris, we ate dinner out a countless amount of times, we even got the see something that Parisians are famous (or infamous) for; Protesting. During our two weeks there, we got to see the fore front of Paris making its move in the gay marriage laws. For much of the time we saw numerous amounts of people protesting gay marriage and even people protesting the protesters! The streets were filled with commotion and at some points, it got a little scary. Yet, I wouldn’t want to change the experience even a little.
The entire two weeks was filled with new experiences, cultural immersions, and new friendships. I got to see so many things I wouldn’t have been able to do by myself for a long time. I’m so beyond thankful to St. John’s for giving me the experience I’ll never forget and the, hands down, best vacation of my life.
April 29, 2013
This past week, was everything it was cracked up to be. Spring Week 2013 is by far, some of the best fun I have had on St. John’s Campus. I started Spring Week with a non-St. John’s sponsored activity, my birthday. I spent this marvelous with my fantastic roommates, and a few close friends. We decided not to go into the city for it, because we knew it would be just as fantastic to spend it doing St. John’s activities. Firstly, we went to Cold Stone Creamery, not only to enjoy some scooped, massaged and pimped out ice creams, but also to support our St. John’s service learners fundraising for their 2013 Panama Trip this summer! After Cold Stone, we enjoyed a classic family style meal at the old Montgoris Dining Hall. Overall, I had a pretty low-key, yet wonderful birthday. So thank you roomies!
Later in Spring Weeks, I attended the long awaited Battle of the Voices Finale! There were so many amazing talents, that I only dream to sing as well as. It is always tough for me to choose a favorite, but I was definitely rooting for Crystal Salamon, Stacey Rivera, and, of course, Usen! Needless to say, Usen owned it. I had a smile on my face for his entire performance. Way to go! Every one of you guys!
For the last day of Spring Week, I did was any level headed St. John’s Student would do; I enjoyed loads and loads of free things as the STJ Spring Carnival! I think my favorite part of St. John’s has got to be all the free things they offer us, and trust me; I take them up on that offer every time! I got a t-shirt, snow-cones, popcorn, free rides, and dip-n-dots (only about 2-3 times though!) Spring Week was a success!
New York City tourists!
April 17, 2013