Directory of Professional Development
MY STORY: My parents encouraged my sister and I to do as well in school as we could. "Your job is to be a great student and to do your best," I remember both my Mom and Dad saying. I took their wishes very seriously, and when it was time to enroll in college, I selected Villanova University. Somehow, in someway, financial aid worked out, and I found myself at Villanova as far from my neighborhood in the Northeast section of Philadelphia as I could imagine. While a mere 35 minutes away by car, I felt thousands of miles away.
Although I felt the distance from home and at many times questioned being at Villanova (Am I as smart as the students around me? Can I keep up? Am I a fake? A phony? Did an Admissions officer mistakenly let me in?), something happened, and it is difficult to articulate.
As my time here grew, I too grew as an individual. And as I became more involved with my academic work, the Villanovan newspaper, the Band, Residence Life, the Writing Center, and my campus jobs, I began to build and extend my life here, and my world expanded enormously. I connected with more people, made lasting friendships, and created a new home.
Opportunities abounded, and I felt that yes, I too belong at Villanova, and not only do I belong here, but I am also very much part of the fabric of life here. I help to make Villanova what it is. I am a part of the community here, and this matters.
That little voice that questions my presence still speaks to me, but it isn't as loud as it once was, and when I hear it, I can shut it down