As summer approaches and warmer weather trickles in, spring break provides a week for students to get away and enjoy time off. Maria Madera ’18, was kind enough to share her break with The Wheel, and explain how she continued to stay connected to the friends she made so far at school.
Wheel: Where did you go for spring break?
Madera: I was fortunate enough to go home for break. I live in New Mexico, so I got to enjoy 80 degree weather and constant sunshine.
W: How did you keep in contact with St. Kate’s and your friends while you were away?
M: Although I was sad to leave my friends here at school, I was glad to be going home. Luckily, my friends and I all Skype and Facetime, so staying in contact with one another was not difficult at all. It’s a great feeling to know I have a family to come back to here at school.
W: What was your favorite part of spring break?
M: My dad and I took a road trip to Las Vegas for two nights, which was a lot of fun. I was constantly Snap Chatting my friends pictures of all the famous sights throughout Las Vegas, and they were sending me ones back from where they were for break.
W: Is it hard to live so far away from school and your friends?
M: Although I am bumming out about being away from my friends over summer break, I know we will talk every day and be even closer when we arrive back at school in the fall. I’m lucky to have met such great friends to make me miss school and Minnesota.
W: When you got back home, did you feel like your first few months of college here at St. Kate’s had changed you in any way?
M: I couldn’t see a difference, but the first thing my mom said to me as I got off the plane was ‘Wow, you look so college!” It was funny and I laughed, but, thinking back, I can see how I’ve matured and become a lot more responsible since beginning college just a short seven months ago.
W: Finally, how has St. Kate’s impacted you the greatest?
M: St. Kate’s has made me a more confident and loyal friend. I didn’t think I would discover anything new about myself during college, but after only the first year, I see more of myself and more of who I am and who I want to be. I am confident in my decision to attend St. Kate’s and stick by it being the best choice I have ever had to make.
St. Kate’s attracts students from all over the world, which makes for a diverse community. Students from different places create an environment where everyone can learn and interact, while staying rooted to where they come from. Madera’s spring break provides a look at how St. Kate’s fosters lasting friendships while keeping home at heart.