When I was asked to write this article, I said yes right away because I love what The Torch Project represents, but to be honest I was a little hesitant because my life hasn’t changed since graduation. I am still looking for my first full-time job after college, I spend my days applying for jobs or doing a few interviews each week and I pray that an opportunity will come my way soon. Furthermore, my faith life after college has been difficult because I haven’t been at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish since last fall due to the pandemic and me trying to keep my family safe.
My faith life these days consists of praying every night and watching Masses on TV or listening to different Catholic hymns. When I reflect on my time at DePaul University and my involvement with Catholic Campus Ministry, CCM truly played a major role in who I am today. Through my involvement with CCM, I was able to enter the church officially. Although I was raised around Catholicism my whole life, I was not able to become a Catholic until much later in life due to my medical condition. I will always be immensely grateful to everyone who played a role during my time with CCM. These days it may seem difficult to build a community due to everything going on in the country and the world but I try to build community by doing Zoom calls or phone calls with friends.
Although my faith life has been difficult after college, I am blessed to have many wonderful memories with CCM that I carry with me everywhere I go. If you are a graduating senior reading this know that as long as you put faith first in your life everything will work out for the best. May God bless you!