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First Person > My Bonaventure Legacy
rowing up in Brooklyn,
New York, has been inter-
esting. Being a part of the
biggest city in the world has its
advantages and disadvantages.
However, growing up here means I
was lucky enough to be able to at-
tend the school that has done so
much for me, Xavier High School.
At Xavier, I was surrounded by
a wonderful and dedicated fac-
ulty and staff. Two people come
to mind specifically: My biol-
ogy/anatomy teacher, Mr. Steve
Iannuccilli, and my journal-
ism/A.P. U.S. Government teacher
and headmaster, Mr. Michael
LiVigni. Those two well-rounded
individuals gave me a platform to
share my talents with a large au-
dience. In my journalism class,
Mr. LiVigni inspired and pushed
me to be the best possible writer
I can be. After a rocky start, I be-
lieve I did that. Mr. Iannuccilli
started a podcast with me that is
listened to by hundreds not only
at Xavier, but around the city.
Besides being in a podcast, I
was a captain in the Xavier Regi-
ment, a well-known Junior Re-
serve Officers' Training Corps. It is
here I learned what it means to
not only lead by example, but to
do my best to serve others. In my
time in high school, I have com-
pleted more than 100 hours of
community service, following the
motto of my school, "Men for
My college counselor saw my
potential and without hesitation
recommended St. Bonaventure
University. My parents and I did
some research, visited campus
and by July of 2016 I knew that I
was destined to be a Bonnie.
The journalism program at SBU
has produced some of the most
influential journalists in the coun-
try and around the world. This in-
cludes five Pulitzer Prize winners,
which means a lot to me because
it is my goal to one day win that
At SBU, I hope to continue
bringing forth everything I
learned in high school. Xavier set
a foundation for me that allows
me to use my talents and abilities
to serve others and create new
opportunities for myself and
those around me.
I believe I bring to campus a
new perspective on broadcast
journalism. My experience in cre-
ating two podcasts is an advan-
tage for not only me, but for my
fellow classmates.
I am excited to be a Bonnie and
I am ready to take on the new
challenges that lie ahead. I am
very grateful for my parents for
giving me this opportunity to at-
tend such a prestigious university,
and to all those at Xavier who
have inspired me to do what I
had heard about Bonaventure
all my life. And when I applied
as a senior in high school, my
family explained to me that I
would be a legacy student. My
parents, Patricia Flynn, `83, and
John Curran, `84, my uncle, and
my cousin all had glowing things
to say about this place, and I
thought I might like it, too.
As a freshman, I realized almost
immediately that I was right. I was
surrounded by pretty incredible
people: student leaders, resident
assistants, professors, advisers, and
students who had profound ef-
fects on my experience. I saw
what they had accomplished --
the jobs, internships, or positions
they juggled on a daily basis --
and I marveled at how they still
made time to answer my silly
questions. The transition to college
life is never easy, and I looked to
these people for guidance.
After a semester or two of tak-
ing a break from extracurriculars
and adjusting to college academ-
ics, I got involved with everything I
could. I started with the activities I
loved in high school: I joined the
Music Department, played on an
intramural basketball team, and
spent lots of time with my friends.
For the first few years, I con-
stantly worried that I wouldn't get
the positions I wanted, or that I
wasn't involved enough in com-
munity service. I wanted the full
experience, but I also had to bal-
ance the responsibilities. Eventu-
ally, I branched out more, applying
for positions across campus and
building my résumé. Following in
my mentors' footsteps, I found
new loves as a student ambassa-
dor, Orientation Team leader, and
co-founder/co-captain of the
women's club basketball team.
Each new title felt like another lit-
tle win, and holding leadership po-
sitions gave me opportunities to
pay forward the kindness I was
My junior year, I was given ad-
vice that I will never forget:
"Bloom where you are planted." I
took this to mean that it's not
about being involved in every-
thing. It's about using your talents,
doing what makes you happy, and
taking the time to be a positive in-
It's the summer of 2017 now,
and I'm a graduate. I've been
thinking about my college years,
and I realize that my most influen-
tial experiences stemmed from
someone showing me the kind-
ness, compassion, and humanity
that Bona's is famous for. I've
come to realize that your legacy
isn't defined by your family history,
or the titles you hold -- it is meas-
ured by how you choose to spend
your time and your talents.
Legacy is about love. It's about
affecting change every day by
lending a helping hand, a shoulder
to cry on, or a listening ear. When
I think about what kind of legacy I
hope to have left at Bonaventure,
I'm reminded of all the people
who laughed with me, cried with
me, and were there when I
needed them. My Bonaventure
family taught me how to share the
love I have been shown, and I'm
incredibly grateful to be a product
of this community.
Curran earned
bachelor's degrees
in psychology and
music in May. She
is returning to SBU
this fall to work on
her MSED in clini-
cal mental health
Sapienza is a J/MC
major who does two
podcasts: X-Squadron
(he and his friends dis-
cuss movies, comics, TV
shows and video
games) and Blueshirt
Talk (New York Rangers
and hockey in general).