Saints Outside SMU

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Two weeks ago, a group of Saints got off a bus in Seattle and made their way to CenturyLink Field.  The Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer team, were playing their last game at home before trying to make the playoffs.  All they needed was a win, and we were there because Campus Life put it together.  The Sounders won 2-1, and since then have won the next two playoff games without allowing a goal.  On October 1st, Residence Life took a group to go see the last home Seattle Mariners game.  They had unfortunately been eliminated from the playoffs the night before, but they were one of the best Mariners teams in recent years, and Saint Martin’s was there to watch them.

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Opening Ceremonies for the Sounder’s final regular season game, and 2-1 win. – Photo by Deveney Dela Cruz, October 2016

 

The location of SMU is really incredible.  Only an hour away from Seattle, and two away from Portland, events are never hard to come by, and SMU is great at getting you there.  Saint Martin’s attendance at a Seahawks game may be many years down the road, that isn’t stopping anyone from throwing together their own residence hall, football party.  These experiences are not limited to sports!

My American Immigration class, taught by Dr. Brian Barnes and Dr. Jamie Olson, took us into the Seattle Chinatown-International District.  I doubt I would’ve made the trip there on my own, but now I’m sure I’ll go back.  We were given a tour of the Wing Luke museum and the historical buildings in the area.  We were also able to try some amazing food!  Another example of an off-campus event would be discounted, or free tickets to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.

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Snapchat picture of a tasty dessert we discovered while exploring historic Seattle. – October 2016

 

While it isn’t off campus, one great annual event that most students can get involved with is the Saint Martin’s Gala.  The Gala can still provide as a fun distraction from studies and stresses while staying at SMU.  This year, it will be Saturday, November 5th.  The Gala is a fundraiser for student scholarships, hosting wonderful guests every year.  This year, we welcome Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods, and Ligia Karazawa of Eataly Brasil. Last year, we were fortunate to host the cast of The Chew, including Iron Chefs, Michael Symon and Mario Batali.  It’s amazing that we can get such incredible chefs, and personalities on our SMU community to help create scholarships.  This will be my first year attending the Gala as a member of the Social Squad!  If you would like to donate, but cannot attend The Gala, we would welcome a gift that you can give here.

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Chef Mario Batali and I strike a pose at the student reception, preceding the 2015 SMU Gala. – November 2015

 

We’re so lucky to have outlets provided by the school that get us off campus and let us see what else is beyond the Residence Halls and Old Main.  We can spend so much time in study rooms and behind our textbooks that we can forget how important it is to focus on our own self-care, and watch a game, explore a new city, or meet new people.

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Andrew

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