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You are You


There is immense Beauty in this world, that's for sure.

Sometimes it's just harder to see.

You're blind to it.

Blind until you sprint right up to Beauty's nose and look right into its eyes.

Other times, it hits you like a ton of bricks before you can even prepare yourself.

Yet most of the time, it'ss i m p l e.

Beauty is a simple thing.

It's a cup of coffee in the morning as you plan your day.

It's a smile from a stranger as you walk to class.

It's free time with your friends in the midst of a cluttered week.

It's a professor who actually cares how you are doing.

It's the sunset after a long, hard day's work.

Beauty is a simple thing.

Sooner or later in life you find that Beauty has been there the whole time.

Most of the time, you just didn't have eyes to see it.

Or you refused to see it.

You refused to see that where you are is where you're mean to be.

And that the past does not define you.

And instead, the past has brought you …

In Response

These days, when people ask me how I am, what I would really like to respond is, "Tired."

I am tired. Not necessarily physically, although sleep is definitely my one true love in life.

I am mentally tired. Emotionally drained. Whatever you want to call it.

As many of you know, my older brother passed away in May. My brother was very mentally ill and in the last few years of his life, was very misunderstood by many people who failed to grasp the severity of his mental illness.

What causes me to feel this emotional exhaustion is the stigma surrounding mental illness, and the fact that not many people are doing anything about it.

And I have come to the realization that if I don't do or say anything about it, then who will?

Mental illness is real. No, you cannot see the way mental illness affects someone. It's not as apparent as something like cancer. It's a mystery, hidden from view and only apparent to those who really have eyes to see the pain behind the eyes of t…

Dinner with Dr. Carolyn Woo

Every so often, we come face-to-face with moments where everything just seems to fall into place. It is in these moments that life finds meaning for what feels like the very first time. Our minds open, plans unfold, and hearts rediscover their purpose buried so deeply inside.

I had one of these moments Sunday night.
If you know me well, you know it has been my dream to work for a company called Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for about as long as I can remember. CRS is the official humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS's mission is to "assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person." The current CEO of Catholic Relief Services is an incredible woman named Dr. Carolyn Woo. Dr. Woo was the former dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where I am studying my fourth and final y…