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February 4, 2013

Winter 2013: St. Edward's University Magazine

In the middle of editing the winter issue of St. Edward’s University Magazine, I had a baby. Perhaps it was from working on just four hours of sleep, but the stories in this issue got me thinking. In the middle of reading (and re-reading) the features and departments, I’d find myself dreaming about what type of person my son would one day become and what types of experiences he might have along the way.

This issue and the accompanying Magazine Web Extras are chock-full of stories about students who model the level of incredible boundary-pushing and character-building experiences parents hope their children will have. These newly minted adults are making a go at a professional baseball career, offering up wise-beyond-their-years advice on returning from international travel and searching for the secret to cure colorectal cancer.

Our cover story and two of this issue’s Web Extras celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mary Moody Northen Theatre. But what I think these stories are really about at their very core — and what I hope our readers will take away — is that the university is a place where students come to launch their dreams, whatever those dreams may be.

But perhaps what got me thinking the most about my son’s future is the piece on St. Edward’s University students taking their classroom experiences on the road. The six students we feature are just a sampling of what Hilltoppers are doing — I wish we could have brought you more —and they’re pretty incredible. From producing a hip-hop album as a junior in college to spending the summer in Kenya studying gender-based violence, these students are taking on the world in some pretty cool ways.

So here’s the thing: I have no idea what type of people my now-four-month-old son and his two-year-old big brother will be when they leave the safety of the nest. But I hope that they have the kinds of experiences that the students featured in this issue and in our Web Extras have. If they end up being future Hilltoppers, I know they’ll be at a place that’s committed to helping them not only reach their potential but also become self-aware individuals who think about the world around them and how to make it a better place.

For now, though, I think I’ll settle for my two-year-old saying “thank you” for a cup of milk and my four-month-old getting through the day in one outfit. I wouldn’t want them to grow up too fast.

Please email me at frannies@stedwards.edu to let me know what you think.

Frannie Schneider

Editor

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