Saint Mary’s welcomed families to campus Friday for the annual Sophomore Parents Weekend. Despite rainy weather and Friday’s breaking news of College President Jan Cervelli’s resignation, students and parents gathered for a variety of activities organized by Saint Mary’s Class Council.Family members participated in activities spanning from a Saturday brunch to pumpkin painting and carriage rides at Saint Mary’s annual Oktoberfest. These events were followed by a closing mass Sunday morning. “Our main goal is to have events promoting unity for the school,” sophomore class representative Meg Hemmert said. “This year we have a brunch followed by Oktoberfest, [which was] sponsored by Student Activities Board. On Sunday morning, we have a sophomore class Mass at the Church of Loretto.” Tom Pantelleria, who attended the events with his daughter, sophomore Emily Pantelleria, said the Saturday brunch was an especially exciting event.“We got to meet [new interim College President Nancy Nekvasilt on Saturday], which was a relief to us parents,” he said. “We got to talk about the school’s mission of developing confidence and critical thinking amongst the women here. We’re all confident that these young women will grow up to be the next great leaders of our country.” Many families, including sophomore Alison Schibi’s, arrived on-campus from across the country for this weekend. “We flew from Kansas, which is always an adventure itself, but it’s always worth it to see Alison,” Kelly Schibi said about her daughter. “Every opportunity to come up and visit campus is exciting because we just love it here.” Eric Schibi, Alison’s father, said it was an interesting weekend to visit campus after the shocking news of Cervelli’s resignation.“We are so shocked to hear the news,” he said. “It’s very surprising and interesting that all this just happened.”Alison said she was “so happy” that she got to spend time with her family. “I loved having my parents and sister come visit me this weekend,” Alison said. “I know that a lot of sophomore students did not have parents come, so I am very thankful I was able to see mine and spend time with them.” For many families, the weekend was a special time to relax with their daughters.“I’m most happy about seeing my daughter,” Geri Pantelleria, Emily Pantelleria’s mother, said. “That’s most exciting because I have missed her so much.” Emily expressed a similar sentiment, voicing the joy she felt combining her two homes for the weekend.“I love every opportunity to blend my Saint Mary’s family with my real one,” Emily said. “Saint Mary’s is my second home.”Tags: families, parents, Saint Mary’s Class Council, Sophomore Parents Weekend
Right after nationals [in May] is when I’ll be turning professional, so every tournament and every second counts before then. I don’t regret anything, to be honest. Since freshman year, the goal has always been to become a better golfer. I feel like I’ve done that and progressed — I wouldn’t say slowly, but in a timely manner. Freshman year was a building year. Sophomore year, I was able to get into competition in the lead and the final groups. Junior and senior year, it was all about winning and getting better, getting ready for the next chapter in my life, which is professional golf. The one that sticks out is winning at Rolling Hills [my junior year], that was the Pac-12 Championship. That one sticks out because the past couple of years, we’ve been close at nationals and last year, we didn’t get to nationals. So Pac-12 sticks out to us as one of our bigger wins. For it to be in front of our home crowd, in front of the whole fanbase, it was a very electrifying win we had against a couple of names — [Cal’s] Collin Morikawa and [Oregon’s] Norman Xiong, two of the top players at the time … It was a picture-perfect win for me. It’s an athletic sport. A lot of people might put that as not the right term for golf, but it really is. We’re walking every morning, we all have physical demanding needs in our swing, just to hit the ball further. The training that we do … it’s a mentally and physically demanding sport, and that’s something a lot of people don’t realize because you see casual golf as more of the image of golf. That’s not what it is. We’re competing, we’re grinding out there. It’s a tough sport. Q: Do you have any regrets from the past four years? Q: What is your favorite memory at USC? Just to learn. One of the best pieces of advice that I got was before I came to college — I talked to a friend of mine, [former Stanford golfer and No. 1-ranked amateur] Maverick McNealy. I went through the same path as him, where freshman year was shaky. Senior year, he ended up winning 11 college titles. I asked for his advice before I came to college, and he said, “Just to learn.” Just to learn from the guys that are on your team because everyone’s good at something. Just enjoy college because I can say it now — it went by pretty quick. It’s just been a learning process. For many college students, four years of school can seem to fly by quickly. For student-athletes, grueling workouts, travel and the rigors of competing at the Division I level can make it go by even quicker. In this series, the Daily Trojan sits down with senior athletes playing various sports at USC to discuss their experience over the past four years, from their athletic life to their academic life. This week’s senior is men’s golfer Justin Suh, the No. 1 ranked amateur golfer in the world. Q: What’s one thing about golf that most people don’t know? Q: Do you have any advice for freshman athletes? Q: What have you had to sacrifice in order to be a student-athlete? We practice every morning, Monday through Friday. We wake up [around] 5:30 to 5:45 a.m. We have to drive to the course before traffic, and leave before 6 a.m. We tee off right at 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 11:30 a.m., get back to campus around noon. Tuesdays and Thursdays we have on-campus practice, wake up around the same time, get to campus around 6:30 a.m., start working until 10:30 a.m. and then weights 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. We have a pretty jam-packed practice schedule, but that’s just what it takes to compete at nationals and perform at the level that we’re at. Q: What’s next for you? We have to sacrifice a lot. Golf especially, we’re on the road probably the most out of any sport here. When we compete, we travel probably four days out of the week. Most of our seasons, we’re traveling weekdays, so we’re missing a lot of school, we’re missing a lot of classes, and that’s something I can’t really get back … I wish I had more time to be more involved in school activities, but the memories I’ve created with my team and with other student-athletes is unregrettable. Q: What is your schedule like? As for the memories and friendships I’ve created at USC, it’s been an unbelievable journey so far. I’ve met such intelligent minds at USC in the business school, in the athletic facility with all our trainers, nutritionists, coaches. There’s nothing to regret.