I was sitting watching the Cards game with my other fellow ASC members, discerning what to write and was quite befuddled as to how I was supposed explain my time here so far in St. Louis in a mere blog post. Just as suddenly as Kolton Wong smashed a home run in the bottom of the 7th to drive the Cards to the lead it hit me that this is what my time here in St. Louis has been about: community. Nobody knows community better than Cardinal’s nation. I haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid quite yet, but I do appreciate the passion and love that St. Louis shows for their team. As I looked to my left and right I realized that my ASC community has been the glue that keeps this hectic life I live together. Only four months ago these friends that I am enjoying chips and salsa with were perfect strangers and today I can’t picture my life without them. The support, love, and laughs they have given me are too many to count.
My time at SLUH has been no different. I was ushered into a community ready to embrace me with arms open wide. I quickly felt like I was a Junior Billiken, bleeding blue through and through. Just like a Junior Billiken I have celebrated in the schools victories on and off the field. I have prayed with the boy’s during the Examen and at all school masses and I have mourned with them over the loss off one of their brothers.
The life that I have created here is so very simple and yet it is all my own. I came to St. Louis with no connection and two big bags at my side. Today I have a new home and a new family. I cherish the time that I have here.