As the anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, we remember all the brave and innocent men and women who lost their lives 17 years ago. For a person my age, when I first was taught about the events that occurred on that day, it didn’t really sink in what happened.
By the end of August, I officially became a college student. My whole academic career had been centered on performing well and getting admitted to a top college, just as many of you can relate to. All of the preparation that was done over the past 17 years for this very moment should be reassuring, right? Absolutely not.
When my mother first suggested for me to attend a three-day trip to Pennsylvania for a retreat, I was very hesitant.
I was confirmed this year. It was an absolutely beautiful moment in my life and I’m so grateful that my journey brought me to this moment.
I may not be parading around Union Square, but in no way does that discount the amount of social justice work that I have done. In fact, when I have the time and autonomy to attend protests, I certainly will. Do these actions make me a bad Catholic? Or a bad Christian? They do not.
Faith is a very powerful thing, which can affect the way people act, think and view the world. As a young Catholic attending a parochial high school, I hold my morals and values close to my heart.
If I could take away one thing from working with LOVE, HALLIE Foundation, it would be this: Young people truly have the capacity to get meaningfully involved in any cause they choose if they are provided the tools and resources to do so.
Religion may not be concrete and it may not be finite. But sometimes, learning to question gives you the strength to grow – it helps you to find the true meaning you’re after and to just have faith in the path you’re supposed to take.
I’m going to give you tips on how to balance studying for final exams with your daily life. Hopefully, listening to my experience in time management can help you better manage yours. Don’t give up, do your best and leave the rest to God!
To all legislators, I ask: Are you willing to stand up for the defenseless and the victimized that are constantly affected by gun violence? How many innocent lives will it take for there to be an understanding that gun violence is and will remain an issue if there is no reform?