I finished up my Christmas break by going on a bit of a road trip—1400 miles from Illinois to Michigan to Ohio to Philadelphia, PA! I was able to visit friends and family along the way, and it was an awesome time (particularly those moments when I wasn’t being chased by snow storm Hercules!).
The beginnings of the semesters at Franciscan are always fun because a lot of “reuniting” happens. A lot of the students at FUS take advantage of the pretty awesome study abroad program in Austria (which I highly recommend!), and the only bad thing about it is that you sometimes get separated by close friends because you or they leave for a semester. A good number of close friends came back and I will say that with some of my household brothers, the excitement lead us into a wrestling match the moment upon seeing each other. I guess you can say that guys have interesting ways of saying, “Hey, I missed you, I care about you, and I’m really glad you’re back.”
My research and classes—I am super excited. I’ve got a couple more students joining me to do research this semester, and I’m really excited to see the great potential we have to do some awesome work these next few months. Two classes that I am particularly looking forward to are Advanced Organic Chemistry and Nature of Love. In that Organic Chemistry class I’ll be studying the inner workings of small molecules and how their chemical properties allow them to do good within our bodies, while in the second class I’ll study the essence of what true love is, taking full advantage of what Franciscan offers in a unique way—that solid, passionately Catholic education. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more excited for a class.
I’m going to be studying the center of the human person, what it means to be fulfilled and happy. Truly, at the heart of it, we all desire to love and to be loved. What a gift it is to study it in a way that will challenge me intellectually, all the while knowing it is built on a rock solid foundation of truth. You can count on me talking more about this in the coming blog posts!
That’s all for now.