Eva Lucchino, COL’19, is an English major and history and theology minor. This year, she is serving the Hoya community as a Catholic Retreats Leader.
While junior year has definitely been the most challenging from an academic standpoint, it has also been my most rewarding semester at Georgetown so far. I feel that my relationships at Georgetown, both with individuals and my club communities, have grown stronger and more fulfilling. I believe that this deepening of relationships is due, in part, to my role as a Catholic Retreats Leader.
I led the Catholic First-Year Retreat Loyola as a sophomore and enjoyed experiencing my faith in community with others. Being a leader last year caused me to reflect more about my experiences in the context of my faith, friendships, classes, and clubs. As the school year came to a close last year I decided to apply to be a leader for the 2017-2018 academic year, because I wanted to help others by sharing my personal experiences with faith. I also wanted to continue to grow in my faith within the Georgetown community.
Loyola has provided me with a faith community, inspired me to reflect more often, and made me more aware of God’s presence in my daily life. Being aware of God’s presence has been a comfort to me on the nights that I have to walk home at 2 am after studying and a joy when I am enjoying a new book. The Catholic retreats I’ve participated in will remain with me throughout my time at Georgetown as an encapsulation of what it means to be in a faith community at university and as an important step in my personal faith journey.