Last week started off strong with a 10 hour bus ride to Notre Dame. During this bus ride I not only met some of the most wonderful people on this campus but we also watched Harry Potter and I got no sleep but it was such a fun time and a wonderful way to kick off my birthday. Monday morning we got to ND, had a tour, and then I got to meet up with Allison which was probably the best possible way to spend my birthday. After a day of catching up I then got to watch my school be absolutely destroyed (107 to 48 I think) by the ND basketball team, but the CUA cheering section was actually louder than the ND one and almost everyone I was with knew people on the team so we were cheering for friends by name and yelling jokes to our players and I think I only ever want to watch sports with that group of people from now on.
The next day my class was canceled so I got to sleep and had a whole day to catch up on whatever I had missed. Obviously that night was election night and after watching most of the results in our student lounge I headed to the white house which was insane. Fights were breaking out, news cameras were everywhere interviewing people, and people were climbing trees in an attempt to start riots but I left before they started burning flags.
Wednesday night I went to a Grouplove concert. I actually cannot find words to articulate how amazing the concert was so I’m just gonna leave it at that.
The next week was not quite as wonderful.
Monday was basically a series of unfortunate events. I think between having to figure out my schedule for next semester and a test in every class this week the stress hit me hard and I kinda fell apart. My roommate and I both woke up late, I lost my key, phone, and student ID all at different points throughout the day and had to spend a stupid amount of time looking for them, Cat’s boyfriend started driving up here but after 11 hours got in trouble and had to turn around and head back which created a whole other set of drama, and then to top it all off I found out that one of my friends that I actually enjoy hanging out with will not be coming back next semester due to financial reasons which just really sucks.
Wednesday morning, after staying up until 4 studying, my roommate and I had some alarm setting problems and both slept through our first classes which was just stupid. So I missed 3 classes (all with attendance policies) and then I had tests in both my other classes but at least I didn’t sleep through any tests. I later locked my phone, key, wallet, ID, and everything else I own in my room and I couldn’t go get RA to unlock it because I’ve already done that once and didn’t want to have to pay $30 for my stupidity and I couldn’t get ahold of my roommate to get her key so that was a fun 2 hours.
Friday things turned around and I got up at 6 and went to mass with an amazing group of people at the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa’s order) House and then we helped in whatever way we could around the house which was mostly sweeping and making beds but it was a nice way to start the day. On campus there is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which is the national Catholic Church and its huge and beautiful and I spent like an hour touring around it between classes. Across the street from campus there is the St. Pope John Paul II Shrine and that night’s house activity was a scavenger hunt through the shrine and then watching Night at the Museum in the shrine so that was fun.
So there are these things called doors of mercy in major churches all over the place and there are some at the Basilica and if you complete a list of pilgrimage type tasks (confession, mass, pray for pope, etc.) and walk through the doors you are granted indulgences (the good kind not the false ones you pay for) and since the year of mercy is ending I completed the necessary things and walked through the doors this week.
Also for the past 2 weeks I have been abiding by jewish orthodox kosher laws and tomorrow is my last day. In the end it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be and by the second week I wasn’t even really having to think about it.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels to all of you!!