A Freshman’s Reflection

Finishing my first year is both emotional, stressful, and relieving. It’s the whole idea of happy to be done, sad to leave (even if it’s only for the summer). I remember my first day walking on campus. I moved into my dorm, made some friends, and tried dining hall food for the first time. During[…]

A Senior Reflection

In the next month, I will approach the day I’ve been looking forward to since I was a senior in high school: graduation day. Imagining my college graduation as a high school student, I dreamed I’d be graduating with a degree in biology or chemistry, plans to attend medical school, and an initiation into the[…]

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

We as humans are full of expectations. It isn’t really something we can help, I don’t think, but we all certainly do enjoy making prejudgments and leaning into them. We have expectations that our day will go smoothly and that our coffee will be hot. You have expectations and dreams for your children and grandchildren[…]

The Meaning of Change and Growth

“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you and grow.” – Shauna Niequist When I graduated high school, I looked back on the past four years, and I firmly believed that I had changed more in those four years than I would ever change again. I[…]

UPerk, A Place to Be.

I love coffee. Anyone who has known me for an extended amount of time has probably picked up on the fact that I am always carrying a ceramic coffee mug and I coordinate them with my outfits. I have a coffee pot in my room and it’s set to brew 5 minutes before my alarm[…]

10 Essentials to Understanding the Young Adult Volunteer Program

10 Things you need to know about YAV YAV stands for Young Adult Volunteers. The Young Adult Volunteer Program is a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and is a year long service program open to young adults, ages 19-30. YAVs serve at sites all across the United States and even internationally! YAVs serve communities[…]

The Examen… like a really big Examen though.

The Examen is a daily prayer that St. Ignatius required the monks in his charge to perform. It involved looking back at your day and trying to find God in it, and then looking forward to your next day and praying about it. I wrote this Examen out for my ministry’s Senior Night. Graduating seniors[…]

Moravian Love Feast

On March 29th, the students of UKirk UTK and Vol Catholic joined together at St. John XXIII for a Moravian Love Feast, a time of fellowship and full bellies that centered on our faith communities’ unity in our mutual love of God. At first, it was nerve racking to consider two totally different religions to meet[…]