I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. For me it was great, but as usual, it went by just a little too quickly. I had the wonderful opportunity to work full-time in the Admissions Office here at Franciscan, so for the first time, I did not go back home to Arizona for the summer. Although it was nice to have a change of pace, the campus was a little too quiet without all the students here, so believe it or not, I was looking forward to the start of a new school year. This year, I am finally a senior, which is bittersweet. I will be starting a new and exciting chapter of my life, but unfortunately, this will be my last year of blogging for you all. As with everything else in life, there is always a first and a last. God bless the start of this new school year!
During the summer, I figured my life couldn’t get any busier. Once classes started, I was quickly reminded of just how wrong I had been! Just when you think you are as busy as can be, the Lord allows you to experience more in life, sometimes more gently than others. For me, it was a rather smooth transition getting back into the swing of things, but it was faster than ever. I feel like we have been back on campus for months now, even though it has only been a couple of weeks. That seems to be the nature of Franciscan – you can be gone for a while, but once you come back, it seems as if you had never left. That is also the beauty of this university, where the community is so tightly knit that you can’t help but pick up right where you left off. Since everyone has arrived back to campus, I have seen one joyful reunion after another. For everyone, the unwilling separation caused by the summer was, once again, too long.
Since I will be getting married in May, I decided to take a rather heavy load of classes this fall, including my double thesis (theology and philosophy). Over the summer, my plan was to finish my thesis before the semester even started. Unfortunately, I learned my plan had been a little too ambitious, and I only finished my outline. However, during this first month of school, I really buckled down and finished writing, down to the last 32 pages! Writing my thesis, though grueling work at times, was a beautiful summation of my years here at Franciscan University. It allowed me to tie in so much of what I had learned from an array of diverse classes and professors. This is one of the most beautiful things about the liberal arts education – you are able to grow as an individual by comprehensively connecting what you learn in each class so that you can really grasp the bigger picture. For me, my thesis became a recognition of all my effort and hard work dedicated to studying over the years.
Now I have finished my thesis – all but the fine tuning – and the learning does not stop there. Already, I have become immersed in the knowledge of my professors, dedicating myself to much reading, writing, and class discussion. I am privileged to be a part of such an incredible community in which academics are rigorously challenging and yet the Catholic Faith is the ultimate goal of each and every learning endeavor. May God abundantly bless your academic year with a yearning for knowledge and a deeper trust in Him.
All my best,