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Acrobatic Yoga.

President of Niagara University Men's Club Soccer
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Freshman Reflections

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Hey, all! Well this is the last you will hear from me for the 2011-2012 school year.

It's a little bittersweet to be honest. On one hand, I can't wait to go back to Ohio and see family, friends, and make some money (“broke college student” is not an exaggerated stereotype!), but then again I love it up here with all of the new friends I've made, and I feel like I'm even doing something productive with my life. Yes, yes, call me a nerd or a geek, it doesn't bother me but the bottom line is that I go to college for a reason. I enjoy learning and I'm excited to move on past this stage and into the “big boy” world so that I can make a positive impact on it.

As my last entry, I figured I would reflect a bit on this past year, so here we go”¦

  1. First off, being in the Niagara University commercial was SICK! It was an amazing way to kick off the year by becoming a little celebrity around campus and even Western New York. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take” is a famous quote from Wayne Gretzky (I believe), and I took a shot and made a huge goal. Lesson learned: Don't be afraid to try something new.
  2. The first semester was rough in terms of how much sleep I would get each night and how I went about prioritizing my everyday and even weekend activities. I am a people pleaser so I would always be helping a person out before myself, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but, when it cuts into school and my personal health, things needed to change. Lesson learned: Sometimes you need to say no.
  3. The “freshmen 15” IS REAL! As much as I hate to admit it, I jumped 15 pounds my first semester - while I was playing soccer! Thankfully, I have lost it but I am definitely more mindful of what I eat and more conscious of the need to stay in shape. By the way, that picture is me sticking my gut out! (Just want to clarify that so my friends don't call me fat for the rest of my life, ha ha). Lesson learned: Take care of your body.
  4. Relax! Life happens. Sometimes it can really kick you hard where it hurts and sometimes it can really be an amazing thing. I'm sure my friend from home, Richie Harper, was sick of me complaining to him at some points of the year. Yeah, I had my ups and downs like everyone else in the world, but I'm still here, alive and kicking. Lesson learned: Just breathe.
  5. I feel like everything happened first semester so here is probably the biggest thing that's happened second semester to me: I have started independent research working with MRSA, a type of bacteria. And even though I'm still doing the basics, it really is awesome. It's kind of creepy how my relationship is with these little guys. I call them my babies and I will argue with them if they are doing something I don't agree with. I haven't lost an argument yet and, if I do, then I really will be worried about my mental state (ha ha). Lesson learned: Bacteria really smell.
  6. Last thing! I came to Niagara University with my mind set on cardiovascular surgery and, after my first year, I am not sure if I want to get my MD, my Ph.D, or both! Science has so many different opportunities and I am considering them all. I suggest you consider them all in your field of interest; you never know what might happen with another path. Lesson learned: Keep your mind open to possibilities.

For all of you current high school seniors (if any of you read this,  that is”¦), I hope my last entry helped you out at all and I wish you good luck! For those I will see at Niagara University, welcome to the family and, if you live in Seton, I will see you around! Hopefully, you will enjoy it here as much as I do!

Everyone, have a great summer! Take a breather, go to the beach, sunbathe, work, laugh, play, take a jog, but just make sure to have some fun! Life is too short not to have fun.

I devote my final “roll out” to Laura Brownlie.

Autobotsss”¦ ROLLLL OUTTTT!

James Lioi