College is What You Make of It

Diego and Friend

  By Diego Garcia SEAHEC, guest blogger, University of Notre Dame January 5, 2018 The clock turned past 11 and I suddenly felt a strong punch to the gut. The adrenaline began to kick in, along with a strong feeling of angst and trepidation. I quickly zoned out every distraction around me and focused solely on the blank screen in front of me. Tic-Toc. Each passing second in that final hour felt like being trapped in a room that got smaller and smaller. I typed and typed, pushing the limits of what could be written in a mere 60 minutes. With only a couple of minutes before the midnight deadline, I finished the final essay of my last college application. I hurried through the tabs and final requirements for the application as the clock wound down to 12. Finally, with a strong sigh of relief and seconds to spare before the deadline, I was officially finished. I submitted my last college application exactly one year ago. I perfectly remember the feeling. I was happy and relieved to have finally finished that stressful experience, yet scared and nervous of what the future would hold. I can imagine many of you feeling… Continue reading

Sacrifice Who I am Today for Who I Can Become Tomorrow


By Diego Garcia SEAHEC, guest blogger, University of Notre Dame January 12, 2018 I left my home today. This time around was much more difficult to leave my family, friends, and girlfriend. I’m not sure if leaving the first time did not weigh on me as much since I was excited to begin a new chapter, or if this time after being gone for so long I realized just how much I had missed home and the small things like my bed, my mom’s home-cooked meals, and the delightful weather. Today was tough. This last week in Nogales I repeated to myself over and over that I did not want to leave the comfort of my home. I’m happy at Notre Dame, and I miss my friends and life over there, but home is truly where the heart is and its hard leaving it for an extended time. Goodbyes are the worst. Knowing that you won’t see the special people in your life for months is tough. It is at the moment you last see them, the moment you have that last kiss, hug, or blessing that all your feelings culminate and explode into tears. Since I was a kid… Continue reading