I have a few minutes to share with you about the busyness of life here on campus. In my last blog, I was telling you about the tests I had coming up; they are here and making their presence known. I had three tests last week and two this week. Needless to say, I have been putting in some serious time in the library. It has been a heavy business load studying for Intermediate Accounting, Business Statistics, Microeconomics, Corporate Finance, and Business Law, but I enjoy it.
Along with studying in the library, I have been able to glean some knowledge elsewhere. The University has a series of talks called the “Distinguished Speaker Series.” They bring in men and women to talk about specific topics that they think the student body would be interested in. Last week, I attended a talk given by Chris Lowne, a former managing director at J.P. Morgan & Co., one of the nation’s largest financial services firms. He gave a talk on how receiving a Jesuit education impacted his life and enabled him to be a leader. This allowed him to become a successful businessman. The talk was very interesting because coming from a Catholic school and wanting to go into the business world, it was great to see how you can apply the morals and values of the Christian life into your career. Hearing his concrete examples and experiences gave further insight on the impact Christianity can have on everyone and how we can live out our faith in different ways.
In addition to academics, my household has been very active these days. Every household has to do a service project once a semester. My household, the Disciples of the Word, decided to go into Pittsburgh and pray outside one of the abortion clinics for our project. We drove in around 11 a.m., attended Mass at the gorgeous cathedral in Pittsburgh, and then prayed outside the clinic. It was a beautiful experience to be with my brothers from household and praying in such an intense place needing prayers so badly. We continue to pray for an end to abortion, and for life to be respected.
With strengthening the mind and the spirit, next comes the body. Mission trips are very popular at Franciscan University and they need to fundraise for their trips. A popular fundraiser is hosting dances. This past weekend there was a dance that my friends and I attended. We had a blast dancing all night. Dances are a big hit on campus, which makes it even more enjoyable because all your friends come out for them. I’m sure this won’t be the last one!
I look forward to sharing with you soon.
Hi I’m Chris Pagano. I’m is a Business Finance major with a minor in Theology. I love to spend my busy days enjoying various activities on campus: household, swing dancing, studies, and much more. Each semester helps me to learn and grow in my life in many different ways and I am looking forward to seeing what this one holds.