Class Year: 2016
Hometown: Malvern, PA
Area of Study: Majors: English/French; Minors: Faith-Justice Studies/LEO (Leadership, Ethics, & Organizational Sustainability)
Interests: Reading, writing, service, exploring new places and finding hidden gems, making puns, traveling, singing along and harmonizing to pop songs on the radio, cooking dinner with my roommates
Hello, Internet wanderers! My name is Lindsay, and I’m a senior word-tinkerer, Nutella-gobbler, and experience-soaker-upper here at SJU. I’m a fan of the Oxford comma and all things Jesuit, and I also make my fair share of ridiculously awful puns in my spare time. You can usually find me with a travel mug of some caffeinated beverage (coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon- lather, rinse, repeat), probably somewhere in the bowels of Wolfington or Merion Halls, or sitting at that picnic table on campus that no one knows about (it’ll be our little secret).
I’m very interested in service and social justice, especially in the Jesuit tradition– particularly because of the many service and faith-related opportunities here at SJU. Through weekly service, service-immersion trips, studying abroad, and simply exploring Philly, I have become immersed in the neighborhoods, cities, and world outside my previous experiences and have been pushed far outside my comfort zone in the best ways imaginable– and I’ve loved it. I’m leaning towards doing a year of service after I graduate in May; after that, I’d like to go into some sort of nonprofit or social work that would address the needs of the most marginalized in our society.
I like writing words, and I hope you like reading them. Let’s do this.
This Thanksgiving, as food is splayed out on tables across America, we will say our prayers and count our blessings for all that has happened in the past year, and for the family and friends that surround us. We’ll dive into piles of food, laugh (or bicker) with family, and merriment will be had by all around. Mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ultimately– the inevitable turkey, the “bird.”
And though I do indeed harbor a fondness for turkey on Thanksgiving, this year, I’m especially grateful for a different bird.
As a senior who will be leaving this campus in a mere six months,
This past Sunday, SJU held its first-ever Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention. Sponsored by the Dean’s Leadership Program, the walk drew over 300 students and raised over $3,000 for the SJU and national chapters of Active Minds, a mental health awareness and advocacy organization. I was one of the 300 present for the walk on Sunday night, and for a first-time event, it was really well done.
The walk began with student leaders from the Dean’s Leadership Program introducing its importance, followed by an associate dean of the business school,
I had the honor and privilege this past weekend of representing SJU at the Alpha Sigma Nu Centennial Triennial Conference at Marquette University, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Alpha Sigma Nu is the international Jesuit honor society, with a chapter at every Jesuit university in the United States, as well as in Canada, Korea, and now Spain. Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is based around three tenets: scholarship, service, and loyalty to Jesuit values.
As Chapter President for Saint Joe’s, I and two other members of our executive board of the SJU chapter were able to attend the conference this weekend.
It’s been a little over a week since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, and I still can’t stop replaying scenes from those two days over and over again in my mind.
I was in the vicinity of Pope Francis’s incredibly moving speech at Independence Hall. I teared up when he closed with an Our Father in English, and nearly again when he waved and drove by where I was camped out in Franklin Square, to watch the speech on a Jumbotron.
I was there when he drove up and down the Ben Franklin Parkway just after twilight’s waning,
The Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) at SJU is a program I hold near and dear to my heart, and not just because it saved me a few hassles moving into my freshman dorm a few days early.
The early move-in program takes small groups of incoming freshmen to a service site in Philadelphia for three mornings straight (while using public transportation!)– the same site every day. In the afternoon, groups explore various fun places in Philadelphia, meet professors who take them on a tour of a Philly neighborhood, reflect on these experiences,