I have been an active member of the Newman House at Binghamton University for four years and I can truly say that it has become a home away from home. The Newman House provides a warm and welcoming community where students can share, explore and discover more about themselves and their faith. Over the years, as a member, I have built meaningful and lasting friendships and I have grown both spiritually and socially. In the Newman House, I am a member of the student run music ministry, where I work collaboratively with other musicians to prepare and perform arrangements for weekend masses. By doing this, I am able to combine my passion for music with my Catholic values. Further, I attend "Eat, Pray, Love," where we share a meal on Friday nights and I participate in a group of upperclassman where we discuss compelling topics about our faith and modern society. This spring break I was involved in the mission trip to Philadelphia where we assisted with renovations of low income housing units, supervised students in a community after-school program and supported families by working at the local thrift store in the community rehabilitation center. The Newman House provides numerous opportunities to become involved within the community both on and off campus.
Every time I walk through the doors of the Newman House, I am overcome with feelings of comfort, love and friendship. Sister Rose has wholeheartedly created this unique environment that allows us to feel a part of a second family, when our immediate families are far away. Lastly, as a member of such a kindhearted, intelligent and caring group of people, I have learned to embrace a life where I cherish every moment. The Newman House holds a special place in my heart and my experience here stands as an unforgettable highlight in my undergraduate education at Binghamton University.