Senior Class Celebrates 100 days until Graduation

100 days by Caitlin McCownThursday, Jan. 28, Southwestern’s Senior Giving Council invited SU seniors to the Landmark Tavern to celebrate their last hundred days as Pirates.

Southwestern seniors were invited to come to the new bar for happy hour and were even treated to a free drink. Janet Del Real, a member of the Senior Giving Council, said that this is one in a long line of events that have been used to encourage SU seniors to donate to their soon-to-be alma mater.

“100 Days to Graduation was the Senior Giving Council’s idea to kickoff the countdown to graduation and start celebrating our last semester at Southwestern. The Senior Giving Council, itself has been hosting Happy Hours, Tower Days and Senior Dinner for several years and exists to encourage SU Seniors to donate and give back,” Del Real said.

While there are only about three months left for those attending, many were optimistic about that time.

“I want to do everything that I haven’t done. Try Elgin sausage, go to Mighty Fine – mainly food related things,” senior Alex Caple said. “I also want to tour the court house.”

In addition to the free drinks, the event featured snack foods and a local pianist who played songs that ranged from “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” to “Poker Face.”

“The event itself went great! We had about 60 seniors attend, a great number for our first event. From what I heard from those that did attend, people enjoyed the time they got to spend with their fellow classmates,” Del Real said.

The goal of the Senior Gift Council is encourage students to donate to a scholarship fund that will benefit future Southwestern students.100 days by Caitlin

“Hosting a Happy Hours is our way to encourage Southwestern seniors to give back to SU. We hope that at some point before graduation all seniors will open their wallets and contribute $20.10 (our graduation year) to a scholarship for a first-year student. Donations can be made “in honor of” or “in memory of” someone who the senior wishes to thank or acknowledge. Many students take the opportunity to thank a professor who has impacted them or their parents and all donations are printed in the commencement program,” Del Real said.

While this is the first, it won’t be the last opportunity that SU seniors have to donate to the scholarship fund.

“Our next senior event is Tower Days, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Seniors who have donated a minimum of $5 get to sign the Cullen Tower and leave their mark on Southwestern,” Del Real said.

Graduating Senior Makes Final To-Do List

May 9, 2010.  Courtesy of Google Images.

May 9, 2010. Courtesy of Google Images.

I never thought this semester would arrive – my last semester in college. Remembering back to my very first semester, I recall thinking that four years was going to be a long time. The truth is, however, that it is not. These years have gone by like a blip on a radar screen, fast and insignificant within the grand scheme of things.

Not to say that my time in college has not changed me dramatically – hopefully for the better – because it has. The classes I have taken, the friendships I have formed, and the essence of community that I feel will forever impact the rest of my life, even when college life seems to be a distant memory.

Before embarking on all that lies ahead after graduation, there are many goals that I hope to accomplish within this last semester at SU.

First and most importantly, I want to finish off my education “with a bang.” Not to toot my own horn, but I have kept an above average GPA since the beginning of college, and I would like to stay consistent with that aforementioned accomplishment.

This semester will most likely be the most challenging that I have ever experienced, and keeping my GPA, if not obtaining a higher GPA, would leave me feeling not only gratified, but consistent (consistency is very important to me).

Second, I would like to graduate with a career that not only interests me, but makes a sizeable contribution to some sort of community, wherever that may be. I realize that I am graduating into a “tough economy,” but I think this goal is more than doable. I have plenty of time and multiple resources at my disposal.

Third, I want to have fun. I want to really appreciate this last semester and everything that college life gives to its students.

At times, I have taken my college life for granted and now that I see that time coming to a close, I am aware of a fondness, if not great appreciation for all that college life allows for. Even though I have a great deal of work and obligations ahead of me within these next months, I really want to strive to have fun and appreciate my time here. Every class that I attend, every book I crack open, every paper I write – I want to value it all, even more than I have in the past.

Last, and this seems somewhat trivial to me, but I want to “document” more of what happens during my last semester here. I have never been a

A scrapbook is a good way to remember your years.

A scrapbook is a good way to remember your years.

big picture taker or scrap booker, but it would be nice to do at least one of those, if not both. Unfortunately, I have a poor memory so having something concrete – like pictures of documentation of some kind – will help me to remember specific times, experiences from college.

For those of you that have just started your college education, for those of you in the middle, and even for those of you nearing the end, I advise all of you to sit down, make a list of goals and work to accomplish them. It is never too late and when you look back on it, I guarantee you will be thankful you did.

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