Catherine Tacopina never met her grandmother, Carol. Her family continues to share the idea that she reminds them of her grandmother. It is one of the reasons why Tacopina’s mother gave her an old tea cup of Carol’s. Today, it is Tacopina’s favorite tea cup.
Jen Maurer stopped playing basketball when she injured herself a few years back. However, to this day her father’s words of encouragement have stuck with her. The day after Resident Assistant Appreciation Day, she received this basketball from her father. The object includes words she uses today in all of her passions.
Patrick O’Reilly’s gaelic cross was a gift given to him by an ex-girlfriend. The two are now just friends, but O’Reilly said the cross is an object of memories for him. Although it is the norm for people to give back or throw away items from a relationship, he said he refuses to let go of an item he cherishes.
Stephanie Cabrera received a small golden pendant of baby Jesus when she was younger. Although she isn’t religious, she said the item has helped her get through the rough patches in her life. Today, she refuses to separate from the item. Now, each person in her family has their own pendant, ranging from different styles and colors.
Rachel Kaminski’s grandfather passed away when she was in high school. Although they loved each other very much, Kaminski realized she never was featured in a photo with him. The heart-shaped necklace is all she has left of her grandfather. She said she will always cherish the item throughout her lifetime.
Jordan Wilkinson was like any young writer in high school; she kept a diary. She found herself avidly writing about her ex-boyfriends, family issues and moments of sadness on a daily basis. Today, she looks back at six completed diaries and attempts to return to her first love, writing for the sake of writing.
Kelly Murphy discovered her love for TOMS when she attended college in Charleston, S.C. She now hangs a TOMS flag in her room as a remembrance of all the memories she had at her former college. In this audio piece, Murphy shares the story behind her decision to transfer and why she really adores TOMS shoes.
When Brian Campbell graduated high school, he received this card from his best friend back home, Amelia. Campbell said he and his friends are jokesters and continue to make each other laugh when they all return home from college. He now attempts to stay in touch with all his friends, but he said it’s harder than it looks.
When Amy Lau tried on her mother’s graduating ring, she didn’t realize she would open up new discoveries. Although American graduating rings and Peruvian graduation rings are different, she found that she and her mother both struggled with their education. In this audio piece, Lau shares their stories.
Brendan Wright’s pillow is a one-of-a-kind item created by his sister using one of his old T-shirts. Wright said he now has the pillow in his dorm, but also takes it on long trips. He said the pillow reminds him of the strong connection he has with his family.