Home Away From Home.

Gregory Smith is pretty sure that the close group of friends he is made at Aquinas will be in his life for a long, long time – a fact he is looking forward to as much as he is looking forward to graduation in a few years.

What brought Gregory to Aquinas as an English secondary education major was a combination of academics and campus culture. He visited several smaller schools, but something about this campus visit told him that Aquinas was different, from the individual attention he received even as a prospective student to the close-knit Catholic community that welcomed him. He fell in love with the school even before he noticed the Dominican Sisters on campus or experienced a lively House event.

Today, Gregory lives in the Seton Lodge residence hall on campus, participates actively in House Life and appreciates the social and spiritual opportunities that campus life offers. Compared to his high school friends who went to other colleges, Gregory has a special appreciation for the fact that his residential community shares moral values that are close to his own.

“It creates an environment of peace, love, caring and tight bonds,” he says. “I can’t wait until there are more opportunities for Aquinas students to live on campus and experience what I have.”

Gregory Smith, Class of 2018, Birmingham, AL

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