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May 27, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 18

Other nominees for the 2005 Edward H. Finnegan, SJ, Memorial Award

Guy Melamad

Carroll School of Management

Hometown: Nofit, Israel

What he's done at BC: Men's Soccer (two-time All-America, 2005 Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, Hermann Award semifinalist); 48 Hours; Appalachia Volunteers; First Year Experience orientation leader.

My biggest decision wasn't to come to BC, but rather making up my mind that I want to study in the US. Growing up in Israel, I wanted to combine soccer and academics. In Israel, I could only do one or the other, and since I didn't want to give any of them up, I knew that the only place I could do them both would be in the States. I heard great things about Boston, and also found out that BC was a great academic school.

I think that the very first day I saw BC during my official visit, I knew this was the place for me. In a strange way I cannot explain, I knew it would be a great experience I will never forget. And I have never regretted my decision.

I came open minded, and tried to experience as much as I could. I wanted to get the best out of my four-year experience, because everyone told me it flies by and I didn't want to regret not trying something that sparked my interest. I definitely see BC as a warm place with a perfect size school: not too many students, so you don't get lost with the size, but not too small either.

I am currently completing my master's degree in accounting and playing with the Colorado Rapids, a Major League Soccer team, and I have a full time offer with an accounting firm KPMG, after completing an internship with the company during the summer before my senior year.

My plan is to keep setting soccer and academic goals, while trying to accomplish them. I want to always do what I love, and whatever it is, give my very best.

Courtney Reynolds

Lynch School of Education

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

What she's done at BC: President, Campus School Volunteers; undergraduate research assistant; First Year Experience orientation leader; Assistant Director, Jenks Leadership Program.

Boston College has always been a part of my life. I have a framed picture of my two sisters and me, all under the age of five, in BC t-shirts. My dad (CSOM '75) is the biggest advocate not only of BC sports, but of the BC education. He has always praised the value of a Jesuit education, and its ability to challenge its students. Even though it was never really a hard sell, I was sold.

When my dad told me that BC would challenge me from every direction, I do not think I realized the extent to which he was referring. But then again, that is the sort of thing one has to discover on her own. These past four years, I have been forced to examine and reflect on every angle from which I see the world. My coursework, but most especially my co-curricular experiences, have opened new doors for me. I have grown more academically, personally and spiritually than I ever thought I would. I thank BC for giving me that opportunity.

As I sit here in an empty dorm room I know that nothing about it is in fact empty. The people I have met at BC - friends, faculty, Campus School kids - have filled my life with so much love and laughter that I come away a better person because of it.

Next year I will be teaching in a theraputic day school for kids with special needs. For me, teaching is the best way that I can apply all that I have learned here at Boston College. I cannot think of a better way to live the Jesuit motto "men and women for others".

Sarah Carlson

Connell School of Nursing

Hometown: Kenny Lake, Alaska

What she's done at BC: Captain, Women's Ice Hockey (Hockey Humanitarian Award winner); organizer of sled hockey benefit game for Massachusetts Hospital School for Children; "Morale Captain," annual Dance Marathon benefit; service trips to Ecuador, Dominican Republic and Mexico; Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship Club.

When I was 11, I told my parents that I wanted to play Division 1 Women's Hockey in college on the East Coast and so I set that as my goal. I wanted to play the sport I love with other girls that had the same passion as me, playing for a coach that would push me to reach my full potential as a hockey player and also as a person.

I will never forget walking into Conte Forum on my recruiting visit and stepping into the arena and saying out loud, "I want to play here." The school captivated me. All I wanted to do was play hockey and the people I met with sold the school. Now as a senior I understand that selling Boston College is no difficult task. BC sells itself.

I am sure I will continue to coach or play hockey after college: It's helped teach me what teamwork is all about and what it means to truly work hard at something with dedication and perseverance.

I also love to learn and have a desire to continue my education in nursing and obtain my nurse practitioner license, which I have been encouraged by my professors to do here at Boston College. Eventually I would love to practice health care overseas in a Third World country offering my service to people who truly need it.

Boston College has challenged me to live life without regrets, making the most of every opportunity I am given. I want to be a catalyst, someone who doesn't wait for things to happen but leads by example and makes them happen.

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