Yoela! However this may sound, I’ve never been to a retreat before.

I mean, I’d heard of them but never actually experienced one myself…. Until last weekend! Here at Saint Xavier University, being a Mercy school and all, they offer a number of retreats throughout the year. Being a Freshmen, there is an exclusive retreat called “Quest” that only people in your class can attend. I wasn’t originally all that interested but just the fact that I could only go on it as a Freshmen made me feel like I’d be missing out if I wouldn’t have gone.


So, we packed up our things for a weekend, met at the chapel at 5pm and we were off by 5:30. The bus ride was fun, we played this game with everybody where one person stands up and everyone else yells whatever questions they could think of. I had much fun thinking of abstract questions like if you could be either a land animal or aquatic creature, which one and why?


We got there Friday night and did some ice breaker games and had a dance party/ chill session for the end of the night because it was like 8 pm. The cabin was up in the middle of no where Michigan so I thoroughly enjoyed going on a nighttime stroll in the surrounding forestry. On Saturday, we had a couple of hours to go snow tubing and cross country skiing! It was so cool!


Now, one of the rules of quest is that you can’t give away the magic of it. What I can tell you is that people opened up; they touched your heart. We were assigned into small groups and the people you were in a small group with all trusted. It was such a beautiful, friendship building retreat! Since the retreat, I’ve seen fellow Questies, we’ve made Quest game days in the diner, and last night we went out for Quest family dinner at Gilhooleys!



Some people say SXU doesn’t have anything going on. And like, yeah, we are a small religious school so we don’t have a bunch of sorority and fraternity nonsense, don’t have giant streets like SIU were the only people living in those houses are students, and our school doesn’t have giant concerts like the University of Iowa.


BUT, there’s so much to do- as long as you’re willing to make sacrifices. This place is homey and you get to know almost everyone. It’s comfortable and accepting; Warm and inviting.

Hey Everyone!!!

My name is Torie Bolster and I am a junior, Psychology – Clinical Counseling major here at SXU. I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, right down the block from Saint Xavier.  I was a commuter for my first two years here, but was chosen to be a Resident Assistant in Regina Hall this school year. Living on campus has been a huge transition for me so far, but I absolutely love it! I do get homesick a lot and miss my family, but I can always just walk over to my house and see them whenever I want. (all while doing my laundry for free and eating all of their food…thanks mom!)

Okay, enough of the boring stuff…here are some interesting facts about me that will help you get a better understanding of who I am.

1) I loveeee to workout. 

Working on my fitness!

Working on my fitness!

I worked at Women’s Workout World for two and a half years as a group fitness instructor, which is just a fancy way to say that I taught workout classes. So yes, I did wear a microphone headset and looked like I was a member of NSYNC. (Justin was my favorite!) Now you can catch me working up a sweat in the Shannon Center every day, which is our gym on campus. I teach the People on Weights class there every Wednesday at 12:15 PM so that means I’m pretty *buff and tough.

*see picture to see just how chickeny my little, scrawny arms are.


2) I’m super involved on campus. 

My awakenings small group and I!

My awakenings small group and I!

So y’all already know that I’m an RA, but I also have a lot of other things going on as well. I was an Orientation Leader this summer for the first year and transfer students who were coming into SXU this year. Along with the Coug Diaries job, I also work for Student Affairs as an information desk worker. I’m involved with WXAV, the radio station here on campus. I’m starting out as a producer right now so (hopefully!) next semester I can have my own show. You can listen to Ricky Widmer and me every Friday from 3-6PM on channel 88.3! I also do a lot within Campus Ministry as well. I’ve attended and led both the Quest and Awakenings retreats, gone on the Women’s retreat, and attended two Spring Break Service Trips to Kentucky and Kansas City, Missouri. So if you see me running around campus a lot looking frazzled, now you know why!

3) Cats and babies make me happy.

Pretty self explanatory.

4) My little sister Mady is my best friend. 

me and mady.

Even though we are five years apart, she and I are extremely close. I wouldn’t know where I would be today without all of her love and support that she has shown me through the years. And she’s also super useful when I don’t have anything to wear/have no money to buy new clothes and can just borrow hers whenever I want to.



5) I’m obsessed with quotes.

So don’t be surprised if I get super cheesy and put up tons of inspirational quotes throughout the year!


Well, that’s all I have time for now! Thanks for reading and I can’t wait to keep on posting throughout the year!

Peace and love,