As you enter the campus of Cabrini College, it doesn’t take long before you see or hear the school’s motto.
“Do something extraordinary.”
As a freshman, it’s hard to picture the extraordinary when it seems so far down the road. But we all enter college life with dreams. Cabrini is a place to dream big.
Before coming to Cabrini, I already felt that I had the best of both worlds. I spend every day writing a professional-style blog on my favorite baseball team while being able to still be a fan. For any aspiring sportswriter, it doesn’t seem to get better than that.
College life takes time to adjust to new surroundings, new people and a whole new world. In the beginning, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re not too involved.
This past year has been life changing for me, and it’s all thanks to this fantastic school. As a communication major, you learn career skills and get involved early in your college career. So, late last school year, I got my first taste of communication experience by calling lacrosse games. Being the play-by-play man was something I had always dreamed about. That was the first of many dreams being realized.
This year, I joined the sports staff of Cabrini’s radio station, 89.1 WYBF-FM, full time. There is not one week of the year I don’t look forward to talking about sports on our weekly sports show or a game that I don’t want to call. It simply never gets old.
As a first-year writer for this fantastic newspaper, The Loquitur, I found myself instantly propelled into a world of writing I had only dreamed about. I was officially a sportswriter – albeit on a small scale.
The experience I hold closest to me is one I got to enjoy just weeks ago. As the men’s basketball team was making history, I was there to capture it in the media. Sitting in press row at the NCAA National Championship Game in Salem, Va., it really was the big time.
Here I was in this grand arena, broadcasting and reporting on a national stage.
I’m a sophomore and 20-years old. Thinking about my heroes and role models who inspired me to dream as big as they did, I realize now that I got to do something that not many others get to do. I treasure that experience and will remember it for the rest of my life.
My experiences in the media have taken me so many different places, and it’s simply about recognizing the situations. My sister’s high school was in threat of closing based on the Blue Ribbon Commission’s decisions. I was there to provide a Cabrini tie to the story. I brought Cabrini up close and personal with Philadelphia’s beloved hockey team in January by covering a Flyers regular-season game.
I could have never pictured myself living these dreams, just as I’m sure many prospective students feel right now.
The idea is that whatever your dreams are Cabrini will help you realize them. If you want to be a teacher, there are similar opportunities, programs and experiences awaiting you. If you want to work in science, there is a building dedicated to it, loaded with possibilities.
I have accomplished so much in two short years. It’s hard to believe that things could get better, but I know they will in my remaining two years here. Treasure everything that exceeds your wildest imagination while you go to Cabrini. The years fly by and you can’t get them back.
And when you attend Cabrini, while you dream big, you get to meet others who share those dreams. The friendships you build here are just as important and add to the college experience. As a freshman, there are many people who enter campus in the same situation. But the best part of making friendships is that you will find some of the best people with the same goals and dreams are the ones who you get to work around, regardless of year.
There are no labels at this college. No one person is bigger than anybody else. We are all simply students working toward our goals and dreams together.