After a wonderfully crazy semester in Austria and a beautifully relaxing Christmas break, it is definitely great to be back on main campus here in Steubenville again! I definitely have a lot to look forward to and to accomplish this semester, but so far it has been a great start. Living on the same floor as my household sisters has been wonderful, and I have enjoyed reconnecting with them and my other friends, some of whom I have not seen in over a year.
The semester has started and we are off to a great start!
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!).
As the semester comes to an end, finals have come and gone and friends are beginning to pack up their things for the semester. Despite all the people leaving and the semester ending, there is one thing that is just beginning: Advent! It is a special time here at Franciscan. I believe that not many people celebrate Christmas as well as Franciscan students.
This semester has been everything it has promised to be and more. Much, much, more. Almost too much. Between household, graduate school applications, classes, work, the play, and my senior thesis, this semester has been filled to the brim with one thing after the next. Looking back on the semester thus far, the extra-full schedule has been well worth it because despite the late nights and early mornings, I feel like I am taking full advantage of the little time I have left here at Franciscan.
It has been one crazy semester, that is for sure! Wow! Today, I took my last cell physiology exam and I’ll be honest: it feels very good to be done. I absolutely loved that class, but it is time for a break. I think I performed well on all my examinations. In the past week and a half, I’ve also turned in five lab reports. I am thoroughly exhausted… but it is good exhaustion. I feel accomplished and I know that I performed the best I could… and my best will be enough!
Hello again! I know it is very cliché to make an “I can’t believe how fast this semester went by” post at this point, but I am going to be that girl because it is so true. With all of the traveling, studies, and fun times here in Austria, it has definitely been a full semester. First though, I will bring you up-to-date on some of the latest adventures.
After three years of attending Franciscan University I figured that I was prepared for anything that senior year could throw at me. Little did I know that this semester would turn out to be one of the most challenging but also the most rewarding semester thus far. Between my senior thesis, graduate school applications, classes, work, and household, there seemed to be little time left for much else. And yet somehow I managed to add one more extracurricular activity: performing in this year’s drama production, William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.
In the previous blog, I described how CBT could be used in pastoral counseling. Today, I am presenting a model that can be utilized by the layperson and the licensed professional. The content of this blog is taken from my personal favorite pastoral counseling reference, Howard Clinbell. Clinbell’s work, Basic Types of Pastoral Care & Counseling, has been updated and revised by Sister Bridget Clare McKeever for its third edition; I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn and develop as a pastoral counselor.
It is senior year and nothing is more exciting or more bittersweet than starting your last-first-day of fall semester classes. I can say with all certainty that I will miss greeting friends excitedly after not seeing them all summer and the hustle and bustle of students moving into dorms and saying goodbye to their families. It is funny to think that freshman year it was all so new and overwhelming, but now it just feels like home.
Hello, again everyone! It has been a little bit since I last posted and there has definitely been a lot going on here in Austria. A couple of weekends ago we had our annual St. Francis Festival. Celebrating the festival here in Austria was somewhat different than celebrating on main campus, but nonetheless it was a lot of fun!