It is that time of year: the holiday season. Classes are winding down, people have end of the year assignments due and finals to start studying for, extracurricular activities are wrapping up, and Christmas break is in sight. Campus is alive!
I arrived back from a great Thanksgiving break and sat down with my roommates to catch up on how their breaks went. As we talked, we came to the conclusion that we were excited about the Christmas season and wanted to celebrate somehow. We then decided to have a Christmas party. Not just any Christmas party, but a classy Christmas party. We sent out invitations and before you knew it, our apartment was filled with
people dressed classy and having a wonderful time. We made sure the ambiance was exceptional to lead people into the Christmas spirit. We decorated with lights and a Christmas tree and played Christmas music to bring it all together. Having the ability to do this is definitely one of the perks of living in Assisi Heights. You have more living space, enabling you to entertain people, which I love to do!
Along with celebrating, school activities have been coming along. Instead of writing a thesis for my senior year, the Business Department allows you to lead a project in a group called Enactus (commonly referred to as Students in Free Enterprise or SIFE). Enactus is a not-for-profit organization located on many college campuses across the country that uses entrepreneurial activity to benefit society. Each campus starts different projects, and another woman and I are leading a project on Microsoft Excel. Last year, Franciscan students started this project because they felt Excel is something many people use in their everyday lives. We want to help people understand it better to make their lives easier. We host workshops where anyone can come to our class and learn how to use Excel. We had our first project last week, and it was a great success. We will continue to do them next semester as well.
Household commitments have finished for the semester, but not without some very exciting events. This semester I was fortunate enough to be a big brother in household. When someone wants to join a household, they do what we call “intent.” When someone intents, they have a formation period of prayer and discernment to see if that household is the right choice for them. During this time, some households have the intents choose a big brother. That is where I come in. I had a little brother and helped him during his intent formation. We met together frequently and did things that helped him grow in his spirituality and gave him a clearer understanding of whether or not this household is where he is supposed to be. Thankfully, he felt it was, and he was inducted last weekend, becoming a full-fledged member of the Disciples of the Word. We are all very excited to have him in!
As you can see, there has been a lot going on since I got back from Thanksgiving. Now I have finals to take, and I go back home for Christmas Break. One semester down, one more to go – I can’t believe it! I hope you have a wonderful, blessed Christmas and a happy New Year!
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.