I was on my way to Mass today when I saw this girl taking pictures of herself by the prayer garden. I came closer and realized that I had never seen this girl before. I kept walking and didn’t think anything of it. Next thing you know, I am in church, and she is also in a pew. She is still taking pictures of herself, in church! I thought to myself, “I need to get to the bottom of this”.
Well, I played guitar at mass, so I forgot all about the girl. After Mass, I headed over to the Scherv to get something to eat. As I went to find a seat (which were plentiful), I saw the girl sitting by herself on the side of the dining hall. So I asked if I could join her. Turns out her name is Daniella and she is from Venezuela. We actually had a really good conversation, and I never mentioned this to her, but she spoke very good English. She told me that she is a pre-med student and she lives in Lemmon Hall. She says that she gets to talk to her family everyday, but she says that she stays so busy that she doesn’t have time to miss them. She was very open about everything, which I enjoy, because I like to ask a lot of questions. Keeping conversations on the surface doesn’t bode very well for me.
Through my Walsh career, I have discovered the power of the personal touch. I was glad that I met Daniella and got to talk with her, because she is a very nice person and she brings a perspective to life that I could never understand on my own. Four years ago, I don’t think I would ever walk up to a random person and have lunch with them. It has been fulfilling to me, because instead of making judgements, I have been able to discover who people really are, by simply engaging in friendly conversation.
If you were to compare Walsh to another campus statistically, such as Akron, Kent St, Ohio St., etc, I think that you would find that there is a relatively low amount of diversity than there would be at a larger, public school. But, I think that if you did another analysis on the time each student spent with another individual of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious views etc, you would find that overwhelming, Walsh students spend more time with individuals that are different than them than you would at a public school (don’t quote me, it’s just speculation). Why? Because the class sizes are smaller. Because there is an emphasis on each individual student. Because our Catholic values focus on the inherit dignity of each person, and our structure and programming reflect that. Because it’s likely that you will have a opportunity to interact with the same people weekly, if not daily.
With that being said, life is what you make it.
Stay classy my friends