Hello and Welcome to my Efolio. My name is John Severs and I am Senior at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The purpose of this network is for you to get a better understanding of who I am as a person, student, or prospective employee. I am originally from Bakersfield, California located in the San Joaquin Valley about two hours north of Los Angeles. It is a metropolitan city with a country influence and is dominated by outlying farmland and oil fields. This was important in my upbringing and ultimately why I chose the song "On My Highway" by Jason Aldean as the theme for my Efolio and ultimately for my Senior Capstone Project. The Senior Capstone is one of four fundamental pillars of a Holy Cross education along with Service Learning, Internship, and Global Experience. On the left you will find pages about each one of these pillars along with an explanation of each one and the story of my personal experience with each one.
Being all the way from California and being the kind of guy that needs to have his truck, I make the drive from Bakersfield to South Bend and visa versa, every year. This is also important in understanding why I chose my theme. Over the years, the drive has become very important to me and I look forward to them every year. No two drives are ever the same, but there is a distinction to be made between heading home for the summer and making my way back to school to start a new year. The drive out to California gives me ample time to think and reflect about the previous year. My pace is slower and more relaxed, giving me time to unwind from the chaos of finals and going away parties before I arrive back into a new chaos of visiting family and friends along with working for the summer. On the other hand, the trip back to school is very different. The pace is much quicker and my mindset is much more focused. While I reflect on my summer some, most of my thought tends to focus on the future. I think about changes I want to make, set goals for my future self, and prepare myself mentally for academically focused work after a summer of physical labor. I believe these trips have been very influential in who I am today by helping me process my experiences when I am traveling alone, giving me lasting bonds and memories with friends I have made the drive with, and even finding out what I am capable of in life and death situations when I came up on an accident in Utah and assisted the victims until help could arrive. This situation changed my outlook on life and is explained in greater detail in my Mind, Body, and Spirit section of this site.
Well, if you've read this far let me just stop and say thank you for showing an interest in my Efolio and my personal story. As you have probably already figured out there are more links to pages on the left hand side that will give you a more in depth look at who I am as a person, student, or prospective employee. Again, thank you for taking the time to visit my Efolio.