I MMA C U L ATA MA G A Z I N E * W I N T E R 2 0 1 5
There was an expectation in my family that my
sister and I would go to college. My parents bought us
a college guide and said, “Pick something.” They were
proud that they could pay for our college education.
My mother told us, “You need to be able to
support yourself. You can’t rely on your husband for
everything.” I wanted to be a mother and have a lot
of children after college, so I thought the smartest
thing to study would be Home Ec, to be prepared for
that and also to have a job. Everyone thought Home
Ec was an easy major, but it wasn’t. We had to take
science courses, and Basic Chemistry was harder
than I was happy with! I thought, “My English
major friends aren’t sitting through four-hour labs
When spring came, we loved to take a few
moments and relax in the rocking chairs on the back
porch of Villa Maria, so that was a favorite spot. One
of every boarder’s favorite places was the post office.
We were each assigned our own individual small box
for our personal mail. We were always checking to
see if someone had written to us, especially
My roommate Donna came from a big, gregarious
Italian family, while mine was English-German, and
more staid. She talked about her cousin Tony a lot,
how he was honest, and she relied on him for good
judgment, and those qualities appealed to me.
When he was looking for a blind date for a play,
Donna suggested me. But being shy, I didn’t really
impress him. He asked Donna to set him up with
But I came down to visit Donna in Sea Isle, and
we went to the beach with Tony. We talked, and this
time, we seemed to be more on the same wavelength.
We wrote to each other over the summer. That helped
us get to know each other in a way that we wouldn’t
At one point, during the fall of my senior year,
he was still seeing two other girls. That wasn’t that
uncommon then, but it was a little rough because we
were all in the same class at the same school. But by
March of my senior year, we were engaged. He ended
up with the right one, I’ll have to say!
I think that living separately from your parents
in a somewhat protected environment while you
continue to grow and start to navigate your own route
in life is an incredible opportunity. The educational
focus as well as the moral focus that Immaculata
stressed has shaped me and all of us lucky enough to
have had the opportunity. That is a combination that
has served me well in life.
When I started my college search, I didn’t want
to go to Immaculata. I wanted to do something on my
own. But I thought, “Let me just apply there and see
what happens. My mom will love it if I apply.”
We went to see it again, and I thought, “I do want
to go here.” It felt very familiar to me compared to
other schools, because I had heard so much about it
from my mom and great-aunts. Sometimes colleges
feel very large and overwhelming, but I felt like it was
an easy transition.
I loved Sister Marian William. Absolutely loved
her. She was president when I was there, but she also
taught a couple of my classes, so it was nice to get to
know her on a personal side. She was a really good
teacher. She knew how to engage students.
My favorite spot on campus was a little phone
cubby on the second floor of Villa Maria that was
rarely used. Any time I wanted to make a call, or my
boyfriend—who later became my husband—wanted
to call me, we could use it. There were only one or
two phones on the hall in the dorms, and it was
torture! I think the year after I graduated, they put
in individual phone lines in the rooms.
When we moved my son in, I thought it was
hysterical that there were signs up saying “visiting
hours,” since the dorms are co-ed now. It just made
me laugh because we weren’t even allowed to have
visitors. Boys were only allowed to come up on
moving day to carry things. I took a picture of a sign
and sent it to the classmates I still keep in touch with.
Immaculata shaped me by giving me a better
understanding of my Catholic faith through the
Theology classes I took. It was a part of everyday life
then, and it is now, too.
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I had some trouble deciding on a college—none
of the ones I visited seemed right. Immaculata felt
like the right one since it has a history with my family.
Their time here may guide me, but this journey is
My favorite spot on campus would have to be
either the Rotunda or the Library. The Rotunda,
I can’t help but see as the center, and the Library
is a place where I can get help for my projects
I have to say that IU is shaping me into someone
who’ll be ready for the challenges the world has to
offer. My major is Mathematics/Computer Science.
I was interested in technology and computers since
I was young, and I hope to work in the computer
industry designing and programming new software.
My favorite memories of IU so far are of those
spent with my friends, just enjoying our time together.
If I had to describe Immaculata in a few words, I
would say it’s a welcoming community.
My mother tells me stories about Immaculata as
I go through and meet new challenges. The stories
of her friends, the stories of her teachers, her classes,
her family. They all have their own value to them
and each give me new courage to push through my