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Get Involved, Get Very Involved!

The second week of school was hectic. On Tuesday and Wednesday I spent a fair amount of my time at the Student Involvement Fair. As a sophomore the experience of attending the fair was the complete opposite of my freshman year. Instead of browsing the possibilities I was now presenting them. As a  TORCH facilitator (New Student Orientation Program), Student Leadership and Ministry (SLAM) member and Resident Student Association representative (RSA) it was my duty to promote these enriching experiences. Did anyone try the international candy that Campus Climates was handing out? I  loved the Polish candy!

Check out my video of the Student Involvement Fair!

Wednesday was the first Bagel Day of the school year. Students can stop by University Ministry the first Wednesday of each month for Bagels, coffee and juice from Panera Bread (yum).

I went to my first floor meeting of the year. The Resident Assistants were kind enough to give my fellow residents and me pizza. Word to the wise: get a lovely container to stick some pizza in fridge for breakfast the following morning (yay, cold pizza!).

Thursday was the second class meeting for Hebrew Scripture Part I, a three hour-long course. During the class my peers and I were given maps to study for a quiz on the areas related for Old Testament studies. I had no idea I was taking a geography course. Stuff like this just tends to creep up on you.

Campus Activities Board (CAB) put on their first event of the semester on Friday. CAB rented a large outdoor blow-up screen to show the movie Kungfu Panda 2. What a hilarious and thoughtful movie starring the voice of Jack Black. The main character, Po’s, ignorance is almost too much to bear.

Over the weekend, the SLAM team went on a retreat to The Siena Center in Racine, WI. We listened and reflected on a series of witness talks related to the four Dominican pillars (prayer, study, community and service) and the university motto, Caritas et Veritas. The retreat center is right along the coast of Lake Michigan; the perfect place to skip stones on the water.

Next weekend is the Emerging Leaders Retreat, a weekend trip to Lake Geneva, WI where first year students to come together to learn about leadership and themselves. I am also a leader at The Connections Retreat, a much shorter retreat on Friday the 23rd. The Connections Retreat will start at 5:30 pm and will include a free dinner along with much needed reflection. All Dominican students are welcome.

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