This past week has been packed with so many fun activities for me. On Saturday morning, I had an SJLA (Special Jesuit Liberal Arts) retreat; on Sunday afternoon, my RA hosted a Yoga & Yogurt floor program; on Monday night, I went to the final USPB comedy show of the semester; and this afternoon, Tuesday, was Pet Therapy.
SJLA is an honors program which I was invited into upon my acceptance into Scranton, and which I began in the first semester of my freshman year. SJLA is a four-year program which in part determines my (and every other SJLA student’s) curriculum – there are a certain number of required SJLA classes each semester. Starting next year, there will be only one section of each SJLA class so I will have class with everyone in SJLA. For the most part, we all know each other (I knew everyone, but not everyone knew every single person), but this retreat was an opportunity for us to meet or become more familiar with our fellow SJLA students. Unfortunately, as many SJLA students had commitments this weekend (there was an orchestra concert and it is the final weekend of rehearsals for the Liva musical), we could not have a full-day retreat at Chapman lake. Instead, we had a four-hour retreat in Collegiate Hall, a beautiful multipurpose room in Redington Hall (where I live). Most days students use it to study, but occasionally it is reserved for events like this, the yearly benefit concert, or Second Chance at Prom – which was this Friday night. The retreat was so much fun – I loved hanging out with some really great friends and thinking hard about moral questions. That sounds so cliche and so stereotypically SJLA, which is very much a philosophy-based program, but the questions we discussed really made me think about existence and humanity and moral relativity. I would have loved for the retreat to be longer, but we definitely made the most of the time we had.
On Sunday at 4 PM, my magnificent RA Kelly held a floor program called Yoga & Yogurt! She set up a greek yogurt bar: vanilla and plain yogurt, sliced almonds, granola, peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon. Yum!! After we ate our yogurt parfait creations, she led us through a calming and challenging yoga practice. I felt rejuvenated and strong! Kelly always puts on really great programs, and this one was no exception. Tomorrow night we have a chocolate fondue program… I am SO excited 😀
Yesterday (Monday) night, USPB Comedy had their last event of the year. The British comedian Chris Jones came and gave a great show. He was absolutely hysterical. The audience loved him, and I was so thrilled to see the huge turn-out for the show. Nearly every seat in the theater was filled. He deserved it, too! It was a great event, and I am so proud of my friends on the Comedy committee for ending their reign as co-chairs in such a tremendous way.
Today was the best day of the semester – Pet Therapy Day!!! My friend Shannon’s mom, Miss Nancy, brought their adorable dog Holly!! Holly is a Portuguese Water Dog and a therapy dog, so she is a pro at events like this! I love Holly and I am so grateful for the opportunity to hang out with her today 🙂 After Shannon and I finished our classes, Miss Nancy took us out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s. It was so sweet of her to include me in their plans and I had a great time with them. Coincidentally, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen (a soup kitchen within walking distance of the University) was having a fundraiser tonight – 20% of the bill goes towards the Soup Kitchen! So, of course, we participated. We met a very kind woman who organizes the event twice a year. The next fundraiser will be sometime in October, so if you’re in the area, definitely go to Ruby Tuesday’s for lunch or dinner!
Tomorrow is supposed to be absolutely beautiful – temperatures in the 70s and sunny!?! Sounds like perfect weather to me. So get outside if you have a chance! I hope everyone has a beautiful rest of your week! You should definitely check out Liva Arts Company’s production of RENT this weekend, and get excited for Spring Fest on Saturday – the biggest USPB event of the year! See you there!