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Month: December 2016 (page 2 of 4)

Guest Post: Marissa Delvecchio reflects on volunteering in Rome

Upon arriving to John Cabot University, there were many volunteering opportunities and clubs offered to us. The one that stuck out the most to me was the STAND club, in which members go to Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in groups of 8-10 people every Friday morning from 9-12am to socialize, work in the supply room, or help serve breakfast to member refugees. This center is open only from 9-12am as a place for refugees to socialize and eat breakfast, since many of the boarding homes for refugees require them to leave during the day. The past few times I have gone, I have worked in the supply room. Continue reading

“A Semester of Self-Care” by Heather Brody

As my first semester as an editor of 186 South College comes to an end, I feel incredibly grateful to have been able to work with such a creative, dedicated, amazing group of editors and writers. I decided to look back at the articles that have been posted over the past few months, and I noticed that an interesting theme had emerged. Many of our writers chose to explore difficult topics of stress, anxiety, self-acceptance, self-care, and more. Topics that society often discourages us from talking about were brought to light through the words of our Honors students. Our writers were real. They were raw. They were unapologetically themselves. And I want to take a moment to thank them for that.

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Guest Post: Scott Debrecht reflects on World Politics from Italy


Scott Debrecht is part of the first group of Honors students to participate in the World Scholars Program this year.  The World Scholars Program allows first year students to go abroad for their entire first semester.  Scott chose to go to Rome, Italy.

When I first learned that we had to take a mandatory World Politics class as part of our program here at John Cabot University, I wasn’t too excited. Frankly, I thought that forcing us to take a certain class was kind of silly, seeing as how we were all in international related majors in the first place. However, the first couple of classes put my doubts to ease. Professor Driessen is one of the best teachers I’ve had; he is smart, relatable, enjoyable to listen to, and clearly is enthusiastic about his field of study. Because of this, the material became much more interesting. It is one of the classes that I look forward to going to, even with the additional Honors assignments outside the standard curriculum. Each assignment helps me to understand what we learn in class and to come at all kinds of issues from a new perspective. And even though the class is Honors, it really isn’t that much more work or time than any of my other classes and it has taught me on a much more in-depth level. My knowledge of world events and the nuances of political science has grown so much from this class, while at the same time being enjoyable, and I know my fellow Honors students feel the same. At the time I am writing this, our presentation on the European Union’s view of the American Presidential election is just about a week away, and I know we’ll be working hard to teach the subject to the rest of our classmates. Even if the program were to make this class voluntary, I would still recommend it to all freshman in the World Scholars Program.


“A Case for Concerts” by Shannon Murphy

One of my favorite memories is of a concert at a theater in my hometown. The venue is richly decorated in Baroque style, with red marble pillars and gilded gold trim decorating the ceiling. Cherubs regard the stage from plaster perches, and murals of cloudy skies line the edge of the ceiling. The architecture of the building was a funny contrast to the rock concert going on inside; it is much more the kind of place where you would expect to see Hamlet rather than Haim. My friend and I were there to see Cage the Elephant, and it turned out to be one of my most unforgettable nights. Continue reading

Guest Post: My Little E(tip)phany, by Yasmin Mann

The gym was full of people; athletes warming up for their matches and talking strategy, referees inspecting the courts for the first round of games, and audience members taking their places along the walls. My teammates and I were huddled together, stretching. I was trying to get myself in the zone and ready to go. Our referees indicated it was time to start and we took our places. My heart was pumping and adrenaline was rushing. I was so ready to start off the intramural volleyball season with a win.

Okay, so in reality, stakes probably weren’t as high as I hyped them up to be. Continue reading

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