Q: Tell us about your education – what is your background and what you are currently studying?
A: My undergraduate degree is in Public & Community Service and Theatre Arts. After undergrad, I did a year of service in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). I was placed in the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Houston, which was an amazing experience. I’m currently seeking the MA in Theology and certification in Pastoral Ministry. As a part of this program, I am one of the campus ministry interns. One of my main questions is that of practice; how do we “do” theology and develop faith/engagement with students?
Q: So what do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I would like to be a Campus Minister in the Cristo Rey. My year in Houston with the JVC had a profound impact on me and I would love to contribute to that community again, on a more permanent level.
Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, but could have three things what would they be?
A: I would need a kitchen because I love to cook and bake. My roommates say that it’s easy to know when I’m procrastinating, that’s when the food appears! I would definitely need an iPod full of Broadway albums and songs. If I have to be stranded, you can be sure that I’ll have Lin-Manuel Miranda keeping me company. That being said, it’s not like I would be alone. Finally for my third thing, I would bring something to write with! I love to be creative, and hopefully I could find something on the island to write on, so I could write or draw.
Q: What was the last gift that you gave?
A: I mean, Christmas gifts happened, but if we’re talking about special events, my mom was recently installed as the head of a school. In order to celebrate that achievement, I gave her books on educational leadership from the Catholic perspective.
Q: What is something that makes you laugh?
A: My fellow Campus Ministry Interns always manage to put a smile on my face. No matter how bad our days are or what’s going on, someone is always able to share a story or make a joke and get the rest of back into a better state of mind in order to put our ministry first.
Q: If you won the lottery, what would be your first purchase?
A: It would have to be a new car for my mom. I can’t think of a better way to spend my millions!
Fun Fact: The Cristo Rey educational network exclusively serves low-income communities with 32 schools across 21 states plus Washington D.C. One of the Cristo Rey high schools is located right here in Philly!
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