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.
Hello! My name is Caitlin Dudenhoefer and I am a junior Psychology Major here at Franciscan University. This semester I have been blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad at our program in Gaming, Austria. It is such a gorgeous part of the world and reminds me daily of the wonders of God’s creation!
After a challenging week filled with long lab reports, spearheading research, and taking 400 level biology exams, it was time to take a breather from science. Thankfully, my household, the Disciples of the Word, went on retreat and I had the opportunity to lead the guys for the weekend.
During the opening weekend, Dr. John Bergsma took the initiative of helping the students really start off on the right foot by offering a talk on Christ-Centered Leadership. It was a moving and empowering talk for everyone who attended.
I write this last and final blog as an official college graduate from Franciscan University. Four years have never gone by so fast and have never been so influential in my life. This university has had an immense impact on the person I have become and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I had to come here. These last final weeks have been a great way to wrap up my time here as many year-end events occurred.
Happy March! It’ been a fast two months since I last posted. I have been pretty busy, but in different ways than I have been in the past semesters. In the past semesters, I was very busy with school work, clinicals, and just nursing in general. This semester is definitely less intensive than the other nursing semesters, so I have more free time. But the problem is that I get so excited that I have free time, I fill it all immediately with other things because I can! So, I’m busy, but in the best way possible.
Like many seniors, I have found myself reminiscing and reflecting more and more as my time at Franciscan comes to a close. Although there is a lot to remember and find joy in – Austria memories, fall breaks, dances, etc. – one thing that my mind keeps going back to is my household, Theotokos. I joined the household as a sophomore coming back from Austria, and it has been such a stable source of prayer, love, and sisterhood for me here.
As I was sitting in class today, I was shocked as I came to the realization that there is only one week of classes left in the semester. I know we all say this every year, but this semester seriously went by so quickly. You always think that life will slow down, but honestly, it only gets busier.
So the good news is that we have finally made it through mid-terms. They usually set in about this time of year, when the leaves start to turn and a slight chill enters the air. Consequently, the long-awaited exams remind us not only that we are already halfway through the semester, but also that fall is finally here!