I joined The Troubadour as a freshman during my first week at Franciscan University. I came in as a mass communications major with a concentration in journalism and had high hopes to become a mainstream newspaper journalist. It made sense to join the school paper. I had been a part of my school paper in high school and wrote a few articles so had some experience that would help me be successful, but my editors gave me the tools I needed to do well. Within my first year at Franciscan, I wrote over 40 articles on topics ranging from expansions on campus, student government, the March for Life, and more.
Because of the very broad core program at Franciscan, Franciscan students have the opportunity to take classes with a wide variety of professors from different departments. Within my first semester, I knew there was something very special about this group of people who have dedicated themselves to the education of their younger brothers and sisters in Christ. So what is it that makes them the best?
I didn’t have the pleasure of ever meeting Father Mike. He left Franciscan before I was a student, but he still had such a significant impact on my life that losing him felt like losing a close, personal friend. His name was present from the moment I stepped foot on campus. I can’t remember the first time I heard his name. It was probably on my tour as a prospective student as we walked past his portrait in the J.C. Williams Center.
Franciscan University is such a special place for so many reasons. And I think I could talk all day about why, but there are a few standout reasons why I think Franciscan is unlike any other university.
Thinking on the little way recently, because of St. Therese’s feast day Oct 1st! St. Therese is so great- I think she’s a saint that is so reachable and relatable.
I’ll admit it, I never really took the Lenten season all that seriously before being submerged in such a dynamically Catholic environment here at Franciscan. I vow to make this Lent meaningful, to walk step by step with Christ, to follow through with dedication as He did on the Cross for the sake of my littleness. He’s inviting me to the desert with the warmest of welcomes.
Life as a Franciscan student is nothing less of an adventure. Especially with the excitement of beginning anew as a Freshman, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of it all. It is in these places on campus that I have practiced the art of abiding and resting.
Here at Franciscan University there are so many opportunities for the human person to thrive and grow. The campus faith life is unmatched, with over 600 students going to daily mass, an active household faith life, and over 25 Friars on campus to serve us students. The friendships formed here are amazing relationships with like-minded people that challenge you to grow everyday closer to the Lord.
To some outsiders (mostly my mother, and probably most mothers) a men’s college dorm may appear to be a smelly, dirty, loud environment that someone should avoid if at all possible. But until you’ve lived in the dorm, you may not be able to fully grasp how that seemingly putrid smell is the smell of a…
Have you ever put cookie dough in ice cream? If you haven’t I highly suggest it. I promise you won’t regret the decision. That was my Saturday night this past weekend. My roommate Mary and I had ice cream and cookie dough and watched The Fault in Our Stars. Talk about the epitome of a girl’s night.