University of St. Thomas

University of St. Thomas

Saint Paul, MN

Meg Tvrdik graduated in May, 2012 with a Bachelor Degree in Communication and Journalism. She was the captain of the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, participated in AdFed, TommieMedia (a student-run online publication), Young Democrats, and Photography Club.

What was your first day like?

“My first day was very rough. I had the stomach flu and I was also 400 miles away from everyone and everything I grew up with. So it was safe to say I wasn’t feeling my best. :) Luckily, my RA always made sure we went to dinner as a floor and really stressed that we keep our doors open for the first couple of weeks, just so girls could stop by and introduce themselves. Some of my best friends today are girls I met on my floor that first week.”

How did you adjust going from high school to college?

“The biggest adjustment for me was the fact that there was no one there to tell me to do my homework. I had to have enough self-discipline to realize that college was going to be what I made it. If I got a bad grade because I went out with friends instead of studying that extra hour, it was all on me. It was a little scary at first but once I developed a system (writing everything in my planner, studying in the library and not in my room), it was smooth sailing!”

Why did you choose the University of St. Thomas?

“I chose St. Thomas because I wanted to attend an out-of-state school. I knew that in order for me to grow, it was going to be away from everyone and everything I knew. It was really scary at first (I almost transferred back to Lincoln), but after the first year, I was in love with Minnesota and the people I had met. I chose a Minnesota university because I have family here, so I knew some of the area at least a little bit.”

What is your favorite part about St. Thomas?

“My favorite part about St. Thomas is the size and location, which I think goes hand-in-hand. The student body is around 10,000 (including grad students) and the college itself is in an area much like Dundee in Omaha, Nebraska. There is a lot of history, beautiful houses and it’s a little quirky too. You can always see someone you know, but you can also meet someone you don’t as well.”

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?

“My advice for an incoming freshmen would be to work hard, but also take time to have some fun and enjoy it. College goes by fast, and even though it sounds crazy, someday you will miss sitting in the library until midnight finishing that ten page paper. I would also advise to step out of your comfort zone every now and then. It will be easy to just hang out with friends from high school, but you never know who you meet if you are just friendly and give people a chance!”

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