SXU Gives Back

Ever since I can remember, serving the needs of others has been something that is of great importance in my life. I’m not sure why, but I have always had this huge sense of empathy for others. Even when I was young, I could always put myself in someone else’s situation and feel what they were feeling. I am very blessed to have this attribute because it gives me the opportunity to connect more with people, even if the things we deal with are not very similar. And I believe that because of my empathy for others, I will always feel called to do service for the less fortunate.

As I have stated in earlier blogs, Saint Xavier has eight core values that this school bases its mission upon.  They are Respect, Excellence, Diversity, Compassion, Hospitality, Integrity, Learning for Life, and Service. Obviously you can more than likely guess which one is my favorite…..respect! Justtttt kidding, it’s service! All joking aside though, finding a school that placed service at the forefront of its values was something that meant a lot to me. And it is because of SXU and all the service for the less fortunate that I have done that I am who I am today.


Glenmary group from SXU.

Every year, Campus Ministry sponsors Spring Break Service Trips to various service sites around the US. When I heard about this opportunity, I immediately signed up. I had only done service on a smaller level, but going out of state and serving others really intrigued me. My first year, I was randomly assigned to volunteer at Glenmary Farm in Vanceburg, Kentucky. It was at this farm that I not only bonded with twenty other SXU students and faculty, but also started the process of loving and accepting myself. It was through working in a food pantry, spending time with the elderly in a nursing home, and being away from all the craziness of everyday life that I began to reflect upon who I was. I’vealways struggled with perfection; wanting the perfect life, grades, and body. But Glenmary Farm showed me that I have so much to be thankful for, and if my life isn’t perfect, oh well! Life isn’t about getting everything you want, but accepting and loving what you have.

Me and Wild Woman in good ole KY!

Me and Wild Woman in good ole KY!



Working on Leotis' wheelchair ramp!

Working on Leotis’ wheelchair ramp!

My sophomore year, I went on yet another trip to Jerusalem Farm in Kansas City, Missouri. The group of SXU students and staff we went with was smaller, but the experience was just as rewarding. We worked on a wheelchair ramp for a man named Leotis, learned more about and advocated for composting, did lots of physical labor, and cooked/ate lots of delicious vegan and vegetarian meals. Just as I learned a valuable lesson at Glenmary, I did so as well at Jerusalem. Even though I’ve attended Catholic schooling my whole life, I’ve never really believed in any higher power…until this trip. I gained a sense of spirituality and created a sense of who I believe that God is. It doesn’t matter if what I believe follows a certain religion, or if it’s what society says I should think…it’s about you and what you need in your life.


The Don Boscos!


Even if you don’t want to attend a week long service trip, there are tons of other ways to serve others. You can donate old shoes in the Share Your Soles containers here, join the service club, or talk with Campus Ministry about their weekly service opportunities.  I promise you, if you’re looking to do something outside of your comfort zone, immersing yourself in service is the way to go. Plus, it shows you just how truly beautiful humanity and life really are.

Peace and Love,



“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” –MLK.

Hearts full of love, and a lives fulfilled through service.

Hearts full of grace, souls full of love, and lives fulfilled through service.


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,