Here’s a day in my life on the Catholic Women’s Floor: Friday, Feb. 5, 2011.6:50 a.m. I wake up and go to breakfast at 7:30. I sit at a table with other wonderful Catholic people, next to some tables full of seminarians, and enjoy guessing the answers to Isaac Asimov’s Super Quiz! It’s a tradition we have each morning.8:15 a.m. Normally I would have Catholic Studies 101, but Dr. Boyle is out of town. On any other day, I would be in his class, laughing as he talks about how we’re all slaves to technology. We’re reading The Odyssey right now. It’s pretty awesome to dissect a classic book with such an intelligent and kind professor. This is my first Catholic Studies class, and I love it.9:35 a.m. I have Political Science 104. We talk about how European conservatism andliberalism differs from American conservatism and liberalism.12:10 p.m. Time for Mass. I get to go early since I don’t have class immediately before it, which is a blessing. I see one of my favorite people and get to sit by her, which is another blessing. Afterward, I go to the caf with the usual noon Mass crowd.1:35 p.m. I have history class, Early America to be specific, which is really interesting. We’re talking about the discovery of America and how some people exaggerated what they saw when they were exploring.2:40 p.m. Class is out, and I am done for the day! I go back to Dowling and relax, which mostly means talking to my floor sisters. Most of us keep our doors open when we’re not studying hard, so there’s always someone to talk to.5:20 p.m. We all go to Scooters to fuel up. I go to the Saint Paul’s Outreach house and hang out with the women there – yet another blessing. After that, I go back to Dowling and walk with the floor to Cor Jesu on South Campus.8 p.m. Cor Jesu is a monthly event at The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. It’s two hours of praise, adoration and worship – a time for us to spend time with the Lord. The seminary chapel is packed. We’re looking forward to Cor Jesu next month.12:30 a.m. We finally go to bed. After Cor Jesu let out at 10, we all stuck around and talked to the people who came to it, so we got back to Dowling around 11. Once inside, we talked to our sisters a little bit longer before finally dragging ourselves to bed.I can’t explain how much living on this floor has helped me grow in my faith. Being surrounded by such a community has made it much easier to strive to be the best person I can be and to build friendships that go beyond the surface. No matter where I go, I know I’ll always have my sisters to support me, and that is why I dearly love the Catholic Women’s Floor.

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