Gorgeous Weather

The weather is finally amazing everyone! It’s time for spring dresses and sandals! Yayyyyy! I hope you all are enjoying the weather as much as I am.

This past Monday, I started my week with my field experience at Columbia Explores. Every time I go, the more excited I am about being a teacher. Although I am not at all a morning person, I want to be so that the students I work with get the best assistance and lessons. I believe there is hope for myself on being a morning person. (Knock on wood.) After my Monday afternoon class, I signed a contract with Ali who works for Student Life to be a Transition Peer Mentor (TPM) next year, so that’s exciting!

FullSizeRender (8)On Tuesday after my 8 am class, I had a tour which I believe went well, and then did table hours for “Pals for Tara.” Pals for change has brought together many RSOs at school to create awareness over SXU’s own student Tara Hill, who is a full-time student who has cancer. Tara is a fellow classmate of mine and I know few other students who are so kind-hearted and positive about life. Here’s her GoFundMe page if you would like to give anything: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/h4xb/give-so-tara-can-live utm_source=giveforward&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=dashboard&shareid=34613. And here’s her blog if you are interested on reading more about Tara: http://www.onetarahill.com/423324285.

On Tuesday evening, I was able to convince Professor Hilton to let our class attend the “Professionalism in the Work Place” event. IMG_1940It was an exciting event to have with a great turnout of individuals interested in professionalism when it comes to religion, sex, and race. Responding to immigration issues was one of my favorite events that I attended this past week. We had three fantastic guest speakers who were all SXU graduates. I was really happy to go because they gave me hope about MSPJ for next year. After recently finding out that our budget has been decreased and that we will only be allowed to use the SXU shuttle services twice a semester instead of four times, I felt heartbroken. Knowing that this past year Yuritza and I had worked so hard to get our bus as full as possible and have the largest turnout for each trip than ever before, these budget cuts hurt a great deal. But it gives me reassurance to know that the Sisters of Mercy are going to be working with us to continue our monthly trips and fundraising for them.

IMG_1992On Friday, we had our last PM (peer minister) meeting with our old team. We also had some new members join. To me, it was a surprisingly emotional meeting. Knowing that so many of our fantastic team members will be graduating and going our own separate ways seems so unreal. I feel as though this year has went by too fast. To me, this meeting also showed me how the change of my positions for jobs next year will be different than this year: No longer being a RPM (resident peer minister) and being an RA (resident assistant) and a PM for Justice makes me truly excited to see how it will all go. I am really looking forward to our new team for next year, and I’m so excited for all the great members who stepped up to these positions.

On Saturday, I “needed” to attend the Art Institute in downtown for my online ESL class.IMG_1978 I was happy to have this reason because I have been waiting to go all year and haven’t been able to. I was even able to attend the van Gogh gallery. It was also surprisingly a lot cheaper to go as well. Because I was able to get in for the price of a Chicago student resident and the van Gogh exhibit was less than $20. I was super surprised! It was a great time but crazy busy being a Saturday afternoon.

That Saturday evening I was also finally able to see “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2!” The first one is one of my favorite movies so I was so excited about the sequel. I was not at all disappointed. Without giving away details to the movie, it is totally worth going to see if you haven’t done so. I even dragged my boyfriend along and he also enjoyed it way more than he thought he would. So yay! It’s even boyfriend approved!

I seriously hope this weather stays and that everyone enjoys their week!

A quote to leave you with by Jimmy Dean: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Big News!

IMG_1760Hey everyone! I hope your first full week of April went well. My first week of April was eventful and showed me how many blessings I truly have in my life.

On Monday, I got to start my week at my field experience site and it is always a great time. It breaks my heart that I have less than a month with these great students and my mentor teacher. Getting to be a part of their classroom has taught me so much; I will always hold onto these memories. Seeing firsthand how to create a positive environment in a classroom with limited resources and see true growth in these students is something I can strive to do in my own classroom someday.

On Tuesday, I had an exam in my American Literature course and found out this weekend that I got 100% (YAY, studying works!) Following this, I had a tour for the Office of Admissions with my old roommate, Brittany. It’s always more fun giving a tour with another person. And I think for Special Visit Day, it can make it more personal for the prospective students. Later on Tuesday, I had a meeting with MSPJ (Mercy Students for Peace and Justice) and ECO Club on how we are going to collaborate for Earth Day (April 22) and the Hunger Banquet (April 20). So keep your eyes open around school for flyers with more details about these two events!

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On Wednesday, I had my “De-Stress with Pop Pilates” event, and it was great! It was supposed to be April 30, but Amanda, the instructor got sick so I decided to push my event back a week. It was a great event to see students be a part of! Students tried out Pop Pilates, tried new healthy snacks and we talked about ways to de-stress in college. I would say the event was a success!

On Friday, after going to the Office of Financial Aid and talking with my family, I committed to the paperwork and signed the contracts for my leadership positions for next year. I am so excited to announce that I am going to be a Resident Assistant (RA), Peer Minister for Justice (which is a whole new position they created this year- PM for Justice), and a Transition Peer Mentor again (TPM)! I feel truly blessed to have been picked for all three positions and look forward to seeing how they are all connected and yet different from one another. FullSizeRender (4)(This picture is from my FOCUS summer orientation, but it’s how I am feeling two years later!)

On Saturday, I was able to go to the Senior Art and Design Presentation. I was really excited about going because I was actually asked to participate in someone’s project, so I was looking forward to the finished product. I was so amazed with all of the artwork and I would for sure say to stop by and see it if you can! Here are some details from the SXU website:

The Senior Art and Design majors will be presenting their yearlong thesis work in two exhibitions entitled “Collective Imagination.” The first show will run April 9-19 and will feature Adewumi Adegoke, Tania Gutierrez, Dominique Joly, Karina Ramirez, Thomas Rohlfs and Wioleta Takuska. Opening reception is Saturday, April 9 from 3-5 p.m.The second show will run April 23-May 5 and will feature Lindsey Surin, Janet Tencza, Thoas Schultz, Eleanore Menke, Heidi Gregerson and Emma Healy. Opening reception is Saturday, April 23 from 3-5pm. Both exhibits will be in the SXU Gallery; hours are Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to  2 p.m.

Today (Sunday), I felt truly honored because I had my Induction Ceremony for Kappa Delta Pi, the School of Education honor society. We had a great guest speaker from the Chicago Sun Times newspaper, reporter Maudlyne Ihejirika. IMG_1920She presented an inspiring speech about “I Care” teachers and how essential it is for a teacher in an urban area to care even when there are limited resources for the classroom. Because my family is all in Minnesota, I was lucky to have my boyfriend there with me. It made me happy that he got to be there for a celebratory moment, instead of just listening to my rants about how much homework, stress, and studying that I need to do (which is normally what he is subjected to).

Overall, it was a busy, fantastic, hectic, and blessed full week. So I want to end this week’s post with a quote that brings me comfort about the future and college on this last month of classes:

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” –Malcolm X

Spring Formals!

IMG_1801Hello readers! Hope you are all doing well! This week has been a busy one for me. On Monday, I started my morning at 6 a.m. and I didn’t finish till my night class that got done at 8 p.m. I finally got to go to Pilates for the first time in a while! With my classes and spring break, I haven’t been able to go so it felt awesome to be back at it and working out.

On Tuesday, I had my normal long day from 8 a.m. until my night class that got done at 8:30 p.m. Yay for long days! The nice thing about Tuesday is before my night class we had our Spring Break Service Trip Reunion. So pretty much this consisted of the people from all the different service trip locations coming together and talking about all the trips and the work they did.

On Wednesday, I started my day with a tour before class. I love working with prospective students. I am not completely sure exactly what I love most about it. I think that I just love sharing the reasons why I love SXU. Later on Wednesday, I had a Mercy Students for Peace and Justice (MSPJ) meeting about this upcoming month and plans for Earth Week. Following this meeting, I had an ECO club meeting talking about our goals for creating a more ecofriendly campus.

I began my Thursday with my 8 a.m. class. After that, I worked the “Catholic Higher Education as a Partner in the Church’s Mission” event for campus Ministry. All I had to do was help people get to where they needed to go, so as a tour guide it wasn’t hard or anything! Archbishop Cupich came as a speaker to discuss the relationship between Catholic higher education, the Church, and their shared mission.

IMG_1833Early on Friday MSPJ had our last Broadview Deportation Trip. It was a bittersweet vigil to be a part of for me. It was a beautiful interfaith vigil that had all kinds of different faiths and cultures. We had a great turnout, and I feel so blessed to have been able to lead the trips this semester. Thank you to Kathy, Lupe, and Elizabeth for helping me on the trips and being there for me. 12916936_971571876258451_731283452280336450_o (1)I do not know what I will do without all of you when you graduate next month. Thank you, Yuritza, for showing me how Broadview should be led, and I hope that this semester I led it a fraction as well as you did when you were here. Later on Friday, SXU had our Spring Formal on the Odyssey II Cruise Ship. It was a great time! The whole Odyssey was rented out for SXU. This year, the theme was a masquerade ball, which was really fun. Lots of people had fun masks and beautiful dresses. I had such a lovely time with my friends and I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

Following a late Friday, on Saturday, I had my boyfriend Jon’s ISP (Integrated Science Program) Spring Formal where we went to dinner at Orso’s and then we went to see a Second City Show. It was a fantastic show and it was so funny! IMG_1856I really want to go again! The show we saw called “The 40th Revue” was just great!  Second City, for those who do not know, is similar to TV’s “Saturday Night Live” just a little smaller! If anyone ever has an opportunity to get to go, I would for sure go. It’s a great show!

I hope the weather gets less crazy than it was this week. IMG_1857And that everyone remembers that we are in the final stretch. WE CAN DO THIS!!

Easter Break!

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all had a great and lovely Holy Week! I actually had a pretty long Easter Break this week because I went home to Minnesota after field experience on Monday! This was my first time back home since the beginning of January, so I was ready to go home! (So the rest of this blog post will be about me being home!)

So on Monday I surprised my brother, Emiliano (13), and sister, Maya (18), at the airport because my mom, who is a writer and many times gives rides to writer friends who stop in Minneapolis, told my siblings that they were picking up a famous writer. IMG_1716Instead they got me! They were so surprised that Maya almost ran through the security check point!

On Tuesday I got to surprise my youngest sister, Luna (7), at my dad’s and I saw her and my dad. It’s crazy to me how big all of my siblings are getting and how smart they are getting! Luna read her first chapter book over break!! She read the first Magic Tree House book to me!! It’s crazy! And Emiliano is more sarcastic than ever!

IMG_1753The rest of break I went back and forth from my parent’s homes and going to church with my boyfriend! Overall, it was a great and relaxing Easter Break with those I love!

Who Really Needs Sleep?

Hello all! Once again, this week has been another crazy, sleepless week! On Monday, I felt lucky because my teacher for field experience allowed me to teach her second reading class after I observed her first reading class. It was awesome to actually be teaching the lesson plan and being involved in the class. I asked the class what they should call me because of my double last name and they asked for Ms. Garcia, which is what I decided to go with! (Sorry, mom) And after I finished the lesson, the class clapped for me!

IMG_1467Later on Monday around lunchtime, I found out that Bernie Sanders was going to be at Roosevelt University (in downtown Chicago). Once I found this out, I knew that this was finally my chance to see him! So I talked with some friends and we decided that we would leave right after my MSPJ (Mercy Students for Peace and Justice) meeting! So we got in line around 6pm! And waited until around 8 for our tickets to go inside, seats were on a first-come-first-serve basis! Once we got our tickets, we were all super excited and happy because that meant us leaving campus and waiting in line was going to be all worth it! Everyone, from those in line to the police officers to even the community members, was all kind! Bernie didn’t come out until 11 p.m. that evening, and my group of friends left at about 11:45 because I had an 8 a.m. the next day! Elizabeth, one of the friends who went with us, was also an election judge at 5 a.m. on Tuesday so we really did need to go! Even though it was a late night, it was completely worth the lack of sleep to see Bernie!IMG_1484

On Tuesday, I felt super tired and lost my voice from the night before. So when I made it to my 8 a.m. class, I felt pretty proud of myself! There was supposed to be a group presentation but one of the members of the group was running late and wasn’t going to be there for another 45 minutes, so my professor cancelled class!! This has never happened to me before but I gladly went back to my room only to start working on my homework… Not to sleep…

On Wednesday at Mission Day, three people were awarded for their outstanding work for our school and community: a student, one a professor, and one a staff member. For the student service award, one of my closest friends and someone I truly look up to, senior Kathy Rodriguez received the award! I felt so proud of Kathy because I know she truly deserved the award! Kathy is one of the most kind-hearted, genuine, loving people I know. She has worked to serve those around her and live a compassionate life. Kathy has helped me with leading Broadview, convinced me to stay with my ESL endorsement and just been a kind presence in my life. IMG_1609When she was giving thanks for the award her speech brought me to tears. It makes me sad to know that Kathy will be leaving SXU this May, but I know she will change the world and be a great teacher wherever she ends up serving.

On Thursday I was able to attend the “Working with Mercy: Health and Welfare of Women” which was a great event to attend! We had five SXU alumni who spoke about their current jobs and the areas of Illinois that they stressed needed the most assistance. The jobs that they held varied from non-profits to hospitals to being an organizer. It was incredibly cool to see how Mercy is still a part of them not only at home but in their work.

IMG_1643Later on Thursday, I was also able to attend “A Night with Political Cartoonist,” which was funny, informational, and interesting! I would say that everyone should look up “Keith Knight” and look at his “controversial comic strips.” He made many great statements which I hope to always remember. One of these statements was that we all need to be having these uncomfortable conversations about race and what is going on in the world. One statement that he also made to follow this statement was that it was good that we were uncomfortable with horrible events that happen in front of us; it shows that we are still human, but that we have to do something about these events. Silence is acceptance.

On Friday, we had another trip to Broadview Deportation Center! IMG_1650Joining us was not only many community members but also reporters and camera crew form Salt and Light Catholic TV! We had a great turnout and it was just another great experience to be a part of! The final date for Broadview is April 1, so if you would like to sign up just contact me at garciafisher.g01@mymail.sxu.edu. We’d like you to be part of the change and stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters as they are being torn apart by our broken immigration system.

On Sunday, we had open house for admitted students for the class of 2020! It’s crazy to think this day two years ago my mom dragged me to go and hear about the School of Education, and I decided to change my major! Loving education, so thanks, mom, for convincing me to go and hear about the School of Education! Love you, momma!

Hope you all have a great Holy Week and a happy Easter! Thanks for reading!

Spring Break 2016

3.15Hey all! So these past two weeks have been completely utterly beautiful and ugly. From crazy midterm’s week to my spring break service trip in Tennessee, I feel as though I need another spring break to relax after this all! But life doesn’t roll this way! So onwards and forward!

The week before Spring Break, I was noticed that I was awarded the Dorothy Ritter Davis Scholarship. I can’t believe that I was picked, but I feel so blessed and honored! Quoting part of the award “The School of Education is proud to continue the legacy of Mrs. Ritter Davis by recognizing your commitment to excellence, compassion, service, and appreciation of diversity – qualities Mrs. Ritter Davis modeled in her 33 years of teaching. One of your recommendations noted your service and appreciation for diversity, ‘Ms. Garcia Fisher does not limit herself to a single group of people.  She is more concerned with finding solutions and supporting people with whom she can empathize, whether they be college students struggling to adjust to campus life, people trying to eke out a living in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, or undocumented citizens facing deportation at the Broadview Detention Center, where Ms. Garcia Fisher led a public prayer meeting for them so that they would know that others cared for them.  I know that this openness will prove to be an asset to her because jobs and populations are always in flux.  Teachers who can empathize with an array of people, as Ms. Garcia Fisher can, will prove to be much more effective.’” Writing about this two weeks later, I am still in shock that I was chosen!3.15 2

Otherwise, Midterms life was not all that exciting! I had exams and work so it was not all that fun… I did attend a student led Meditation about peace within the sea of troubles that midterms bring! RPM (Resident Peer Minister) Kathy and Rachel led it, and it was a much needed break in the week!

For my Spring Break, I went to Glenmary Farm. We were located on Joppa Mountain and the focus of our trip was a retreat-like mission-immersion program for those who are interested in sharing the mission and ministry of the Glenmary Home Missioners in Union and Grainger Counties, Tennessee through service, simplicity, prayer, and community in a rural setting. I had the opportunity to be part of the community by doing construction for the majority of the week! 1457526_10207778542768742_1610057522623339453_nThis allowed me to talk and listen to the families who we served while also working on creating a better life for them. I already miss waking up in the morning being on “God’s time” to see the vibrant, colorful, and captivating sunrise at Glenmary behind the Appalachian Mountains. I loved the peacefulness and stillness while gazing upon this wonderful view and hearing the melodic sounds of birds chirping and Belle snoring, then shortly after, hearing the wake-up call, “Gooooood morning! It’s another beautiful day on the mountain.” And finally I already miss the stars that filled the sky, how they shined so clear and bright when all I could do was to watch them. SXU sent a fantastic group of students who I felt honored to work with, it truly was a life- changing experience.

A poem that I have grown to deeply love from my trip was “The Invitation” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer:

It doesn’t interest me

what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for

and if you dare to dream

of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know

if you will risk looking like a fool for love,

for your dream,

for the adventure of being alive.

This is only the beginning of it! So please look for the full text of it! If I were to ever get a tattoo, it would be of this. But it is also way too long…

So after a hardworking Spring Break, I came home to my Regina doom room with a cold and hives. I hope you all had a great Spring Break (hopefully ending better than mine did). And good luck on this first week back! Thanks for reading!

Crazy Weather!

2.28Hey all! So this past week we have had crazy weather with tons of snow to it being in the 60’s!We have had it all when it comes to weather this week! I think the only thing I don’t like about it is that it makes life difficult to figure out what to wear because everyday the weather was different!

So this past week in school I was a part of the “Busy Persons Retreat” (BPR). This means that every day I studied the daily scriptures and reflecting on them with a guide. My guide was Sister Kathleen. Working with her was a really good experience because she used to be a teacher and we just really connected to one another about what my thoughts were for the readings. Some cool things about the BPR is that you only meet with your guide every day for half an hour and have an half hour before hand of reading and prepping for the meeting. This was my first year doing it, and it was really easy for me to do because the meetings go with my schedule! So it worked well for me! And this evening (Sunday) we are having a pizza party and meditation which just makes all of this seem cool because it was free! So next year, sign up, people!!2.28 1

On Tuesday for my American Literature Since 1865 course, I had my group presentation about Robert Frost! It was cool to do the research and present it to the class. I also found it really cute that Robert Frost married his co-valedictorian and that she was also his inspiration for a lot of his poetry.. (Awww) And we must have done well because we got an A for it! YAY! And Robert Frost gave the graduation address for Grandma Fisher’s college graduation.

On Wednesday, I made it to round two on the leadership progress which was group interview for returning leadership positions. This year the process has been completely changed so it wasn’t anything like it has been in past years. Although afterwards I realized that I liked it, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it. Some things that were changed was that returners and new applications were separate from each other. And that all positions were together for the group interviews (where before RAs had group interview together, and TPMs separate and all together). Something nice about this is that those who are applying for multiple positions (like me) only have this one interview with multiple people observing. Something that I didn’t like as much about this new process is that I don’t know what I have been brought to the next level in regards to what I am applying for. So for example, I am applying for next year to be a RA, RPM, PM, And TPM but just by looking at my resume and application I could only be in the process still for being a TPM. (Hopefully this is not true but could happen).

2.28 2On Thursday I had my event about “love language.” I really loved getting to this event because everyone has to reflect about how they want to receive love and how they least want to receive love. So those who attended the event, started by taking a 20 question quiz on http://www.5lovelanguages.com (in case you want to take it) and then afterwards we talked about what these results meant. One thing that I stressed as being important is that those around you may not have the same love language as you, so not only is it important that they know what your love language, but also that you know the other person. One of the great things about this is that it doesn’t have to be about someone that you are romantically involved with, it could also be your friends! I really enjoyed this event because it stresses how love may not always be easy, and how it’s something you yourself need to work on but also those around you.

2.28 3For those of you who don’t know this, my boyfriend goes the Northwestern and is taking Italian as his language requirement. Part of this requirement is going to events. Last night, I got to accompany him on getting to go and see the Opera of  Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). It was a beautiful performance and it was lovely to see! I seriously am amazed at how great opera singers are! A three hour performance of singing in crazy pitches and without mics! It also brought back my own memories of when I was in orchestra pit for high school musicals! That seems like such a long time ago!

I hope this great weather stays with us and hope you all have a great week!

We Start the Week in Snow and End it in Warmth!

THIS WEATHER IS AMAZING, is it not?! This past Friday and Saturday we got to the amazing 50’s! LOVE IT! This week has been a kind of crazy week; it seems that just when I think I can’t get more busy, I do! This past Monday I did not have field experience because it was President’s day! Instead, I started my lovely morning at 9:30 giving tours before class and also after class! I totally got in my steps in for the day!

Congrats to these Cougars on fighting for a good cause!

On Tuesday, I attend the MAP Grant Rally with SXU and 11 other Illinois colleges. For those of you who are not up to speed on what is happening in Illinois, there is a crisis in Illinois due to the Governor not releasing the state’s budget, this meaning that the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) awards needed and promised across the state of Illinois. At this time, SXU has more than 1,600 of our students depending on these MAP funds, which ends up about $6.4 million. (Each underclassmen class is about 500-600 students). This rally was held at the Thompson Center to show that Governor Rauner needs to sign SB 2043 because our state depends on it. There was a great turn out of students and staff members there. Horribly, Governor Rauner vetoed the funds.At this current time, SXU does not have a plan for next year without these funds.

This past Wednesday and Thursday, my Spring Break Service trip group sold tamales and held a bake sale! We are having another day of selling tamales on Monday to help our group meet our fundraising funds! Both Wednesday and Thursday went really well! Our group would of done it on Friday but we also realized that many of our students don’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent, so to play it safe, we decided to push it back to Monday!

On Thursday, I had another tour with a great group of students! I always love the students I get to give tours to, but this group of students was fantastic and great listeners! Later on Thursday,we also had our last Spring Break Service trip meeting. I really enjoy these meetings because in these meetings we focus on the how the Sister of Mercy core values which are Red WINE (Racism, Women, Immigration, Nonviolence, Earth) are a part of not only our surroundings but how these issues influence the areas that we are serving. My younger sister Maya also came to visit me from Minnesota for her college music auditions this weekend as well! So it was great to see her and be with her!

On Friday, I had one of my favorite trips to Broadview! FullSizeRenderThe weather made it great; for months, it’s been extremely cold in the morning which does make the experience a little bit more difficult to be fully part of (body freezing is somewhat of a distraction when standing in solidarity). Between 5-10 sisters and brothers were deported that morning, and we stood with the two families who we saw leaving the detention building. On a joyful and happy note, there was a man who had been detained for more than a year who was actually released last week. He came and stood us.

On Saturday, Maya had her music audition and then afterwards we went exploring in downtown soaking up all the great weather we were having! It was great to hear Maya play and just feeling so surprised to hear how much better she has gotten since I have heard her last. Given Maya has always been really great when it comes to music, she has gotten even better since the last time I heard her.IMG_1125

On a complete side note, I also wanted to share what I’m doing for Lent this year! For those who do not know, Lent is the 40 days that Jesus was in the dessert, starting on Ash Wednesday to Easter (see 40 days!) This means that mass goes to an almost-dark place based on our sins and how much we sin. Or at least that’s what I feel like the focus is… So what I decided to do was be healthy in the simplest terms. Going deeper than this would be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. For my mind and those around me, I am working on not being so critical and sarcastic. I realized that I needed to work on this because I have gotten to the point where it’s almost rude and judgmental; I don’t need to do this in life. As you may remember, I have been trying to be healthy by being active and eating right and so I am going to push harder for it this lent by making sure that it is part of my daily life. For the spirit, I am going to be attending Women’s prayer group on a weekly basis, attending the Busy Person’s Retreat this upcoming week, and lastly making sure that every day I have self-reflection and/or praying. What I am also realizing is that I am going to try and journal everyday about what is going on. Not only would this help make my weekly blog posts filled with more details but it also would make sure that I am reflecting and going through everything that had happened that day.

I truly hope this fantastic weather continues! And that you all have a great week this week! And if you are a staff member or student, stop by on Monday starting at 11 am in the Diner to buy tamales, it will be first come first served! We will be ending whenever it finishes! Thanks for reading!

Valentines Once Again

Hey all, so I just wanted to start with an apology about how my last two post haven’t been what I believe they should be. Last week my post too short, and this week it’s a day late. For that, I am really sorry! It has been a crazy couple of weeks for me which should not influence my posts!

The Diner featured the Mercy Student for Peace and Justice (MSJP) Wall of Love during last week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Wall of Love is supposed to be visual event where the SXU community decorate the Diner in colors that bring them love. So we asked our staff and community what “brings you love” and “what reminds you of love” and “what makes you happy”. It was somewhat sad to see how much people struggled with coming up with one thing that made them feel loved in their life. But also it made me happy to see students asking if they could do more than just one post-it note because they need more room. A happy video of the event last year is this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWO3GzckXJA

2.15. part 1This past Thursday, I had Eucharist Minister training. After this training, I can now give the bread and blood of Christ, so I think that’s pretty cool. To be given the opportunity to service our community and truly welcome them to our chapel. Our chapel works towards allowing everyone to feel truly welcomed at McDonough Chapel at SXU, all are welcomed.

On Friday, I was able to volunteer with Student Ambassadors (the tour guides) at the Ronald McDonald House which was a great experience! I had never actually been to the Ronald McDonald House but once I got there I saw how fantastic it all was! The “house” was more like an actual mansion but the house is a great resource in the Chicago area. Looking online at the website it says “Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened its doors on December 15, 2008 as the fourth (of five) Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago. Our 16 bedroom House was designed as the ‘little House in the woods’ nestled in a grove of trees right across the street from Advocate Children’s Hospital. Unique to this House are our four extended stay suites, with separate living and sleeping areas, for families who need to stay over 30 days.  2.15 part 2The House is located right across the street from Advocate Children’s Hospital. Our hope is to provide world class care, comfort and compassion for families during their greatest hour of need, when their child is in the hospital.  Studies have shown that children heal 31% faster when their family is by their side. This year throughout Chicagoland, we anticipate providing 43,000 nights of care and comfort for families, saving close to $7.5 million in hotel and food costs for families in medical crisis.” If you are interested at looking at the website here it is! http://rmhccni.org/rmh-near-advocate-hope-childrens-hospital/

Later that Friday, I took my boyfriend to go and see the Chicago symphony orchestra (CSO) for part of his Valentines gift! I would like to start with, I’m not crazy about Valentine’s Day. But my boyfriend is pretty fantastic and does so much for me throughout the year that I decided to work really hard on saying thank you… 2.15. part 3So we were able to see the CSO with student tickets which seriously is great! Great seats for even a better price! (Seriously will miss it when I graduate). Even though Director Riccardo Muti was unable to conduct his February concerts in Chicago due to recovery from a hip operation that was needed following a minor accident. Distinguished Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who is currently in Chicago to lead the CSO in performances this weekend (February 5 & 6), has graciously agreed to remain with the Orchestra for an additional set of concerts on February 11 – 16. And it was truly a great performance. My boyfriend and I had a pretty relaxing weekend of great food! Making this valentines not suck so much! I hope that you all had a great week and a happy valentines!

Good luck this week! And have you heard about the heat spike this Friday of getting into the 50’s?! SO EXCITED! Especially after the snow this weekend!!

Sorry For Not Having Such an Exciting Week!

1.1Hey all! I hope you have all had a great week! The weather has been pretty good I think! The snow has pretty much melted the snow on campus and everything is becoming alive once again on campus! Even though it is still chilly out, spring is just around the corner! This post is going to be a somewhat short one just because I am not sure that I really did anything worthy of writing about!

I did do my workouts and Pilates classes! Which is something that I am really starting to enjoy and look forward to doing! Like who doesn’t enjoy feeling like they want to die? (Only kind of kidding…)

I was able to do the Breadtruck this past Thursday, which made my day!1.2 I always love getting to do the breadtruck! And one new thing about the Breadtruck this time was that we had another car following us spreading awareness and information about diabetes.

I also discovered one of the major pros of living in Chicago: insomnia cookies! Getting to buy warm cookies after nine at night can lead to no regrets! Seriously, was great and warm!

1.3Lots of homework and meetings this week so I am sorry for this being a short one! But next week will be a fantastic post with more happening!