I am Chris Pagano, a junior here at Franciscan University, and this semester I will be back sharing my experiences with you. I am very excited about what the Lord has in store this semester. We arrived here a week ago and hit the ground running instantly. I am studying Finance with a minor in Theology. This semester I have a full business schedule. I am taking all second part classes such as Intermediate Accounting II, Intermediate Corporate Finance, Business Law II, Business Statistics II, and Microeconomics. All these classes are two semester courses, so I took the first part of them in the fall. Through my semesters, I have grown to love my business courses and greatly enjoy my major. The professors have been amazing, and the course material has been very interesting, entertaining, and applicable, preparing me for when I will graduate and pursue a career in Corporate America.
With classes starting, the rest of campus life did as well. A very unique and beautiful opportunity at Franciscan University is to be able to join a household. Households are single sex groups of men or women who come together to help each other grow in their faith as well as other aspects of their lives. I am in a household, Disciples of the Word. My household has about 20 guys in it who hold each other accountable to pursuing holiness in all that we do, especially in academics. It has been an amazing experience having my brothers in household there with me as a walk my journey through Franciscan. They have helped me out a tremendous amount and we have a lot of fun together. To welcome in the opening of households for the semester, the campus had a Household Life Mass where all students are welcomed to come to Mass with the households. Each household has a banner, and they process in and out of the Mass with them. For this Mass, my friend and I processed with ours.
After the busy week, a bunch of my friends traveled over to Washington D.C. with thousands of other people to the Pro-Life March. I went down on Saturday, and we stayed with some friends who graduated from Franciscan not too long ago. It was very nice to be able to catch up with them and see my friends living the grown-up life. We hung out from Saturday night until Monday when we went to the city center and marched with everyone up to the Supreme Court building to pray that life be respected and abortion be illegalized. After the march, we headed back to school to prepare for another week.
Life is going very well here. I am having a blast so far and there is so much more to come. Intramural sports are starting up soon and I love participating in those – I can’t wait! I look forward to sharing with you the good times to come.