I’m extremely excited that I have the opportunity to share with you the experiences of my final year here at Franciscan University. This year has already begun setting high expectations for growth and educational benchmarks. I arrived on August 25th to the place I’ll call home this year – Assisi Heights.
Assisi Heights, commonly referred to as “The Heights”, are the on-campus apartments that are offered to junior and senior students. It has been great so far living with two of my good friends. We all contributed to make this apartment feel like home for this year and it came out as such. In living up here for almost a month, I have been pleased with the situation. I love that I have the space and accessibility of an apartment, yet I’m on campus and still immersed in campus life. I can still walk everywhere, and I am even closer to my classes here than when I lived in the residence halls. Being able to cook my own food, have my own bathroom, and having friends over to watch football on Sundays (the school supplies us with cable) has been awesome! Having a solid living situation has paved the way for a great start to the year.
This is my fourth year of studying Finance and I have a moderately substantial workload. I’m taking Public Finance, International Trade and Finance, Investments, Federal Income Tax I, and Mariology, an elective for my Associate’s degree in Theology. So far I have been very happy with my classes. They are interesting and I am learning a lot. My class times fell together very nicely so I have been able to get into a great routine of class, prayer, household, recreation, and social time.
For those who are not familiar with households, they are faith-filled, Christ-centered, spiritually empowered groups of the same gender seeking to grow in holiness during their time here at school. They are a great opportunity to grow in your faith, brotherhood or sisterhood, and have a very fun time. My household, the Disciples of the Word, is a household devoted to scripture and the sacraments seeking strength in our pillars of purity, chastity, humility, and evangelization through accountability and disciplined commitments. This household has been a tremendous gift for my time at school here by holding me accountable and deepening my spiritual life.
In addition to the faith aspect, it presents opportunities for a good time. This semester we hosted our first ever household dance, which was a huge success. A lot of people came out for our “crazy outfit” themed dance to kick off the school year. In addition, our household participated in the Household Olympics. These Olympics are run during the first weekend at school, and all the households form teams with new students to compete in a friendly fashion. Each year they get a little more adventurous with their events, and that just makes it more fun!
Well that’s a little bit about the start of my year. I look forward to the next time I can share with you, but for now I have a Public Finance test this week, so it is time to study.