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Strose Envy and Peace of Mind

Hello Saint Rose!

I  hope everyone’s semester is off to a smooth start. My Italian adventure is quickly approaching! Brushing up on my Italian lingo, purchasing a selfie stick, and packing is only adding to the suspense! My flight leaves on January 27th. While I am incredibly excited to go, I have been missing Saint Rose these past two weeks. Home is a breath of fresh air and relaxing, but I do miss all of my friends, our campus, and even my coursework (who would have thought).

One man. One Selfie Stick. One Adventure.

One man. One Selfie Stick. One Adventure.

During these refreshingly idle past two weeks, the thought “this is what post-graduation must feel like” has fluttered into my psyche. I urge everyone who is at school now to enjoy the moment! College is speeding by, so please embrace every second of it.

Now, I have a personal favor to ask of you. Yes, you. Reading this post. I would like to introduce you to a very special person on our campus.

Danielle, Pedro, and I in Saratoga.

Danielle, Pedro, and I in Saratoga.

Pedro is a young man with special needs who I spent a lot of time with during the Fall semester. His mother, one of the greatest women alive (she’d give Mother Theresa a run for her money), works in the education office in the Lally School of Education. You may have spotted Pedro and I lounging in Starbucks, reading in the Curriculum Library, or hanging out on the quad. Working with Pedro has been one of the most rewarding, insightful, and life changing experience during my college career.

Sunday night family dinner at Pedro's!

Sunday night family dinner at Pedro’s!

Me and Pedro

Me and Pedro

My euro-adventure means I’m not on campus this semester. I will miss Pedro from the bottom of my heart. If you see him on campus, PLEASE send him a smile or a wave from me. Kind words and greetings from Saint Rose students instantly put him in a great mood. A simple “Hi Pedro!” can change the course of our day for the better. These random acts of kindness would really help to engage him socially and can have a lasting effect on my little friend! Thank you!

Ciao for now!


  12 comments for “Strose Envy and Peace of Mind

  1. Jocelyn
    January 22, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Will make sure I say ‘Hi’ to Pedro when I see him. Good Luck on your trip to Italy!

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:38 AM

      Thank you so much!!

  2. Charleen bloom
    January 22, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Thank you so much for your blog and you’re genuine caring! Great post! That’s what we want for our CSD students! Would love to meet you, when you return! You certainly have this family clear! Sr. Char Bloom, professor emerita

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Sr. Char!
      It would be an honor to meet you! I take great pride in being a CSD student at Saint Rose. Thank you for creating a wonderful legacy. I have had countless opportunities during my undergraduate career (working with Pedro, undergraduate research, attending ASHA, Friday Knights) that have made my time at Saint Rose worthwhile. Thank you creating this amazing program which has provided so much for me!

  3. Susan DeLuke
    January 23, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    We miss you already, Drew! Have a wonderful,adventure. Friday Knights and Pedro won’t be the same without you! Dr. DeLuke

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      Dr. DeLuke,
      Thank you for the support! I will miss Friday Knights so much this semester. Best of luck with the program and fishes!

  4. Jan
    January 23, 2015 at 12:59 AM

    Wow! Packing and To-Do lists take on a whole new meaning when an item like this is on them! As another mom of kids on the spectrum, and someone who knows Pedro and Kate, my heart fills to read this! You and your friends are amazing for this level of follow-through! Yes, it matters!!!!

    • January 23, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      Thank you so much for the kind words! Sending warm wishes and prayers your way! Always!

  5. Emily
    January 24, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    I teared up at the last paragraph. Wish I was at Strose right now to add to the hellos!

  6. David DeBonis
    January 24, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    HI Drew; Thank you so much for posting this and for recognizing the amazing two people that we have come to know in Pedro and Katie. And speaking of amazing, your dedication to Pedro and your effort to look out for him even when you are out of the country is so admirable. You are truly a good person. Have a great trip.
    Dave DeBonis

  7. Tammy
    January 25, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I was lucky enough to work with Pedro on campus and am now blessed to see him every school day! I’d be happy to say hi for you 🙂

  8. January 25, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Drew this is an awesome post. I know the Drew Effect (as many of us call the awesome impact that you have on others around you) will be impossible to replicate but we will follow your lead.
    Have a fantastic semester and love what you are experiencing. Also I agree with your comment about Katie giving Mother Theresa a run for her money.

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