Being a senior in college means that you will experience a lot of “lasts.”
Recently, I participated in my last Cabrini Day. Typing that it is my last Cabrini Day is so hard for me to wrap my head around. I am not good with “lasts.”
Each year to honor Mother Cabrini and the mission of the university, the Cabrini community comes together around her feast day and participates in various activities that relate to a specific theme. Throughout the day, one could attend mass in the morning, present or walk through the presentation forum, get served lunch in the cafe by the Cabrini faculty and staff, listen to the guest speaker and find out who won awards, as well as participate in the annual run/walk for social change.
I was fortunate enough to participate in four celebrations during my time at the university. From creating and presenting projects, listening to others share their research, to hearing the various speakers that came to share their stories, I was there for it all.
This year the campus community focused on the differences in cultures and the contributions of immigrants and migrants. My research centered around the stigmas and lack of support systems for those experiencing homelessness. My heart was educated on a topic that I was unfamiliar with.
I was able to create a project board of facts and pictures as well as an interactive activity that those who participated were to write on a popsicle stick how they could support the homeless. Those sticks were then to be glued with other responses in order to create our own version of a house that represented a support system.
During the presentations time slot, I was able to attract small crowds to my table. It was gratifying to know that others were interested in my research and work as well as interested in participating in my activity.
The atmosphere on campus that day is always electric.
There is lots of excitement not only coming from students but also faculty and staff. Everyone wants to see each others' creativity and excellence shown off and celebrate not only each others' hard work but Mother Cabrini and her mission that is so engraved into the campus community. You feel as if you are at one big family celebration, with lots of smiles and laughter coming from everyone.
Cabrini Day is a great experience for someone who would like to shed light on an injustice of the world with the campus community. This experience really lets you step out of your comfort zone and get to know others around the campus that may share similar interests.
Four years have really flown by and I am grateful for the positive experiences I have had with all of the Cabrini Day’s I have participated in. You really do not want to miss out in participating or going to support others on this day. You only have four times to experience it, so do not ignore those chances. It will be worth it in the end, i promise.