What a month October was… wow! Two cell physiology exams, two microbiology exams, and giving my senior seminar in the midst of those kept me more than busy. I will say that I was pretty depleted at the end of those 4-5 weeks of some pretty intense, near nonstop studying. It was a good depletion, though—I gave everything I had for my studies and I tried my best to make my work and studies my prayer. We all need a break at times though, and I was thankful that the 4-day fall break was waiting for me at the end. I am glad to say it was extremely rejuvenating!
I went to my buddy’s house on the far east side of Pennsylvania, pretty close to Philadelphia. There were six Franciscan students who came in total. It was awesome! We had an opportunity to just simply “be”—to relax, and allow ourselves to decompress. We had some pretty blessed discussions on what it means to give of oneself and also loving others more fully. These were followed by volunteering for the Carmelite Monastery in Philadelphia, eating legitimate cheesesteaks (the line was 40 minutes long!), having a beer or two, and running up the same stairs Sylvester Stallone did in the movie Rocky. All in all, it was a great time of fellowship and a welcomed break from the books.
I fought through to the end this past October, and I got my last two test scores back today: I am glad to say that my hard work has been reflected in the grades I received. Praise God! Franciscan has really pushed me to reach for excellence in my studies. This University has also allowed me to live in an environment of constant conversion that has changed my life. My studies aren’t for me… I look at my studies as an opportunity to obtain “tools” that I can use to lead a life of service to others. I am excited to see where God leads me!