Coming back to school is always exciting. You get to reunite with your friends after not seeing them the entire summer, and start living on your own again. It’s such a joyous time of year. But also stressful- I don’t know about you guys, but the beginning of the year can be overwhelming. Syllabus week is like a continuous feeling of getting hit square on the face by a bus. And buying books leaves you with your bank account crying and identifying as a “broke college student” once again.
So yeah, there’s a balance. And amidst all the busy-ness, I realized there is so much going on that sometimes we forget to appreciate the little things- like friars scooping ice cream for you, flowers around the rosary circle, or the blue sky without a cloud in it and warm weather. Someone once told me to “waste time with the people you love” and I still think about that phrase all the time. Take the time to appreciate the people and instances around you that bring you joy- that you may become more joyful.
Hi! My name is Josefa Gonzalez. I’m a senior here at Franciscan majoring in communication arts and loving every second of it. I’m from northern Virginia (yes, northern must be specified because southern VA is basically another state) but if people ask I usually just say DC. I enjoy a good cup of coffee (French press please) and pretty much everything on the Starbucks menu.
My favorite food is avocado (added to any meal) and coconut flavored anything. In my spare time, you can find me in the gym boxing, running, in the library blogging and writing my senior thesis, or hanging out with my household sisters on the Little Flowers wing.