GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16
Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am an accounting major and finance minor, which has caused me to have some really late nights in the library! On campus, I am on Tutor Cabinet in OAS, Treasurer of the Accounting Association, and Board Member of the Student Alumni Association. I am a passionate Friar Fanatic and really bleed black and white! My main focus right now as a senior is to win an intramural t-shirt because I refuse to graduate until I win! You can often find me daydreaming about my semester abroad and frequently looking for cheap flights back to Europe.
Leaving Providence College for a semester is a scary thought. It is hard to imagine not spending Sunday mornings in ray, late nights in the library, and cheering on the Friars with some of your best friends. But leaving Providence College for a semester was the BEST decisions of my life (besides choosing to come to PC, of course). During the fall of my junior year, I decided to pack my bags and spend the semester studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and here is the six reasons why you should too:
1. The Food
Where do I begin? From pizza, pasta, and panini’s in Italy, to baguette’s and macaroons in France, Europe has AMAZING food. Everything is so unbelievably fresh and you can taste the difference. Yella’s in alumni is great and all, but look what you can get for lunch in Italy!
2. Weekends Are Spent Traveling
During my short three and a half months studying abroad, I had the opportunity to visit nine countries and twenty five cities. One day you are in class, and the next, you are watching the Eiffel Tower light up the Parisian sky or swimming in the Mediterranean Sea off the Amalfi Coast. And if you book your flights properly, you can get some ones as cheap as $16.30! That can be cheaper than an Uber to downtown Providence.
3. Because Walking to Class is Like Walking Through History
Europe has taken so much pride in preserving their history and culture, and you immediately feel like you have traveled back in time. From walking by the Czech Castle in Prague, or the canals in Amsterdam some of the most iconic monuments become a part of your daily life. Oh and did I mention, your art history classes are spent exploring all of the culture and artwork these cities have to offer. From the Uffizzi in Florence to the Louvre in Paris, class somehow doesn’t seem so bad.
4. Europe Becomes Your Playground
When you are younger and your parents bring you to a new playground you spend hours exploring all of the cool things you can find. Europe is the same thing, but for study abroad students. You can enjoy the culture of Oktoberfest, the thrill of Skydiving in Switzerland, and climb around some (designated) monuments, which make you feel like a kid again!
5. You Make Memories With Old & New Friends
Some of my best friends I met abroad and together we dream about returning one day. My parents sent me to a foreign country to live with one friend and three strangers, and I could not have been more thankful for that experience. I was fortunate enough to go abroad with 40 PC students (Florence became a mini-Friartown) but also made new friends too. Some of my favorite memories from abroad were spent making dinner with my roommates and walking around Florence at night. They quickly become your family.
6. Makes You Appreciate Providence College Even More
And there is no better feeling then coming back to Providence College the next semester. No matter where you are, no matter where you go, Providence College will always be your home!
GUEST BLOGGER: KRISTIN MICHELS, ’16 Hi Friartown! My name is Kristin Michels and I am a senior from Westchester, NY.... MORE
Hi Friars! My name is Melissa Sheil and I am from Southwick, Massachusetts. I am a junior psychology major with a business studies certificate, and a member of the Dirigo Leadership Honor Society. I tutor DWC, philosophy and theology in OAS, and am also a member of Tutor Cabinet. I am a Protege Mentor and this past summer I worked as a Resident Assistant/Mentor in the Friar Foundations Program. I serve as a Research Assistant in Providence College’s Social Perceptions and Attitudes Lab, and am most interested in studying academic achievement. I am an Admissions Ambassador, Special Olympics Volunteer and will be volunteering on my third Habitat for Humanity trip this Spring Break! When I’m not watching PC Basketball or Hockey games, you can find me playing intramurals (and still trying to win a t-shirt)!
Providence College is my home away from home. It has been since I stepped foot on campus for the first time, and it will continue to be a part of me long after I graduate. When I think of PC, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t Development of Western Civilization, or even the fact that we are Big East Champions. The first thing that comes to mind is that Providence College is a place that has supported me, transformed me, and allowed me to grow over the past three years.
Providence College does these things for everyone who is lucky enough to be a student on its campus. While the busyness of our day to day activities doesn’t always allow us to reflect on this transformation, we each experience special moments on campus that allow us to truly see how much we have grown in our time at PC. For me, these moments of reflection happen whenever I take a walk around campus.
As I was walking towards Slavin last night, the sun was setting and seemed to be highlighting the “I Love PC” sign on the glass walls. This past week, the Alumni & Family Weekend theme has been displayed everywhere. I took this as an opportunity to ask my peers to reflect on why they love PC. This is what I found:
1. Clubs and Organizations: “I love the clubs and organizations. Through them I’ve met some really smart, dedicated, and passionate people and friends. They also allow for individual growth and expansion of ideas.”
–Aida Cruz, 2015
2. Friar Family: “I love being able to walk around and talk to everyone. It’s a great feeling knowing everyone on this campus has each other’s backs.”
– Eric Rivera, 2016
3. Intramural Sports: “One thing I love about PC is that I have had the opportunity to play in a ton of different intramural sports. My favorite intramurals are flag football and wiffleball because it is always fun to stay active and hang out with my friends. Still waiting on that T-shirt though!”
– Kathryn Ellersick, 2016
4. Guzman Hall: “Guzman Hall is home to about 120 freshman boys and is the best dorm on campus! The bond created from living in Guzman Hall is invaluable. The fact that everyone who lives here cares for each other makes it the best place to live. Walking up and down the halls feeling welcome in every room you see is something really special. I couldn’t imagine not having the brothers I met in my dorm, and we will forever be a part of Guzman Hall.”
–Brian Sheil, 2018
5. Opportunity for Growth: “I love PC because it is a nurturing place that allows you to grow and evolve. It has really helped me to find my calling and what I truly love in life, which is helping other students. As the saying goes, you are always a FRIAR. Knowing you can always fall back on the PC community is a bonus!”
–Marco Aurelien, 2016
6. Everyone finds their place: “I love PC because there are so many things to get involved in. Everyone has a place here.”
– Chris Reynolds, 2018
7. Values: “I love PC because it reflects my morals and Catholic values, and for the invaluable education that offers an array of courses.”
–Arlin Baez, 2017
8. Service: “Service is one of the biggest reasons I love Providence College. I am a social work major and have done two semesters of service as an element of my classes. I have also participated on Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trips for three years. Both of these opportunities have given me the ability to help those in need and grow as a student at PC and a future helping professional, which I am forever grateful for.”
– Lindsey DePippo, 2016
9. Friendships: “I love PC because of the friendships I’ve made and the sense of community. I’ve met some of my closest friends in my four years here, and I consider them an extension of my family.”
– Mike Giso, 2015
10. PC’s Amazing Staff: “The workers all over campus, especially those at Ray, go out of their way to brighten your day. Fran and Dot are like my grandmothers always checking up on me and giving me a compliment.”
– Will Cavedon, 2016
11. Campus Scenery: “My favorite thing about PC is our beautiful campus. I love being able to enjoy the scenery throughout all of the seasons as I walk to class. I especially love the trees!”
– Ali Chapman, 2016
12. Community: “One reason I love PC is the community. I have never been in a place that the people cared about each other so much. The students here make sure everyone is being the best they can be.”
– Kevin Hoegler, 2017
13. Everyone’s Love for PC: “My favorite part of Providence College is that everyone at PC loves PC. When I was applying, there was not one person who did not rave about how amazing their experience was and never had anything but good things to say. This creates an irresistible energy on campus because you know that everyone is just as excited to be a part of the Friar Family as you are!”
–Abby Wolf, 2018
These reasons, and more, are why Alumni continue to maintain such a strong relationship with the Providence College community. PC has a lasting impact on each of its students, and fosters love within the Friar Family that endures long after a student graduates. Which brings me to the fourteenth reason why we love PC:
14. Forever a Friar.
Personally, I view this saying as embodying what our school is all about. PC is differentiated from other colleges based on its identity as family. Take this weekend as an opportunity to reach out to your extended Friar Family- find out what they love about PC, and why they keep coming back.
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