12/10/2015 Chris Karlesky

A Few of Our Favorite Things

When the members of the Class of 2019 arrived on campus at the beginning of the fall semester (hard to believe it's almost over), they brought with them many suitcases, crates and boxes. Hidden inside were hundreds of precious keepsakes from home, reminding the students of the people and places central to their lives. We asked several of them to share their prized possessions.

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  • Ivanna Hernandez brought a handmade painting from her home in New Mexico that says "Never Alone." Made by a close friend, it reminds her that no matter how hard things get, she's always got someone by her side. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Wesley Muys, a native of Bethesda, Md., and a die-hard Washington Capitals fan, brought an Alexander Ovechkin bobblehead doll. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Elisha Thomas, of Chicago, treasures her grandmother’s ring, given to her by her father. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Alessandra Rella treasures the female Buddha figure that her mother got for her on a trip to China. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Anjeli Chapman wears a Fire Department of New York jacket from her boyfriend, who is a cadet training as an EMT with the FDNY. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Tyler Lu, of San Jose, Calif., displays the Saucony running shoes he's had since seventh grade. They have holes in them, but for good reason; he's worn them to run 26 half marathons. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Every day, Taylor Kelly wears an Irish necklace given to her by her parents when she was in ninth grade. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Elizabeth Reed received a prayer shawl from people at her church in Iowa. Whenever she gets homesick or misses her friends and family, she wraps up and feels a little bit of love from home. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Brendan Stautberg feels most alive when he has his electric guitar in his hand. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Tanzima Ummi holds an Islamic prayer mat, which she uses five times per day. She was born and raised in Brooklyn; her family is from Bangladesh. Image Credit: Eric Forberger
  • Yara Ibrahim, from Egypt, enjoys looking at the photo collage she made of her friends and family. Image Credit: Eric Forberger

First published in the Fall 2015 edition of Franklin & Marshall Magazine.

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