Steubenville has been confused the past couple weeks with some crazy weather. It went from being 55 and sunny one week to 3 inches of windy snow the next week. This week, the hills are crawling with sledding fanatics, and merely walking around campus can put a student at risk for being nailed by a rogue snowball. Students and staff alike are enjoying the beauty of the winter wonderland.
Superbowl Sunday brought another thrill of excitement to campus. NY Giants and New England Patriots hats, hoodies, and jackets were worn religiously as people debated over who the winner would be. I went to a friend’s house off campus for a pot luck Superbowl Party. It was all girls and we laughed at the fact that we muted the TV during the game and talked, and then got quiet and paid rapt attention to the commercials when they came on – how different from a guys’ Superbowl party!
Nursing clinicals have started and my rotations include Pediatrics and a Women’s Health/OB floor. On Wednesday at OB clinical in Wheeling, WV, I got to listen to the heartbeat of a baby boy that was a mere 24 hours old! My pediatrics patient was a 2 month old boy with breathing problems, and I was able to teach his parents how to do infant CPR. He was the cutest thing who slept all day – I wanted to trade places with him and catch up on some sleep! I am really enjoying learning about the beautiful gift from God that new life is and how to best prepare for it, welcome it, and take care of it.
This past Saturday, the tennis team got together for a morning Mass and breakfast get together. We all see each other separately on campus but haven’t really gotten together as a team since late October. It was great to be able to pray together for the past, present, and future team, the coaches, and the benefactors. Afterward, we all had breakfast and reminisced about the past season and all of our jokes, struggles, and fun times. We decided to make it a tradition, so now I’m looking forward to every Saturday for some tennis team time.
My household, Theotokos, has gotten six new intents in the past 4 weeks; it’s crazy! An intent is a person who wants to join the household and is willing to go through the formation process to become a sister (or brother for men’s households.) Today after household prayer, we opened the common room door to find a cake with a note that said, “Eat through the cake to find the note with the name of your new intent on it.” Needless to say, we demolished the cake in a matter of seconds and were so excited to welcome a new future sister.