Autumn is in full swing here as the leaves change colors, the temperature drops a bit, the pumpkins are out, and campus is looking good. The beauty has been accompanied by exciting activities such as Homecoming Weekend, midterms, and intramural championships.
A couple of weeks ago, we had our homecoming here. At this time, the alumni and parents come in as the University puts on a series of events to celebrate our homecoming visitors. Some of these events included: the St. Francis Festival, which consisted of food, crafts, and many games for all ages. In addition, the households on campus had the opportunity to have a fundraiser by organizing one of the fair’s food tables. My household, Disciples of the Word, has a long-going tradition of making apple fritters, which I must say are very respected around campus. I was working the booth and someone came up to me saying, “I’ve been waiting since last year for these!” Needless to say, sales went well. In addition to these fritter festivities; another event that I attended was the concert in our campus piazza. At night, the University brought in a band, Seabird, to perform for the student body. They were playing good music, accompanied by dancing as well! It was a great conclusion to the exciting events of the weekend.
After Homecoming weekend, I found myself in the library studying for midterms. I had three midterms this semester, International Trade and Finance, Mariology, and Investments. I had already taken Public Finance and Federal Income Tax earlier in the semester, which was nice leaving only three more exams. Regardless, it was a pretty crazy week having to juggle classes, midterms, and extracurricular activities; but after having finished all my tests, I feel pretty confident that I did well. My classes have been very interesting this semester as I have all new professors, so I am getting a different style of teaching along with the new material. I think my favorite class so far is Mariology. I love all my business classes, but this class is absolutely beautiful. It is a class focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary, so I’m learning material I have always known, but I’ve never delved into the history of it; looking at sources such as our early church Fathers and Pope’s. I would definitely recommend this class for anyone that comes here.
Flag football has been underway for a while now. This season is the first of four intramural seasons that the University organizes, and this past weekend, we had the intramural flag football playoffs and championships. Our playoff game was Saturday and we won, which led us to the championship game on Sunday. We played another great team and the game was definitely a close one; we battled back and forth until my team finally pulled away and won by a little over a touchdown. Aside from the satisfaction of winning the intramural championship, it is always rewarding to win a championship because of the “shirt”! If anyone has every read my blogs before, I have talked about the shirt already. There are two leagues in intramurals, A and AA. The A division, the more casual league, gets a carabineer for winning; and the AA division, the more competitive, gets an intramural championship t-shirt. Our team won the championship and therefore received a new addition to our wardrobe.
My first semester of senior year is halfway over. It is unbelievable to think that my time here is coming to an end, but I can definitely say I have been having a phenomenal year so far. I’m very excited to see what else the semester has in store. I will keep you posted!
Until next time,
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.