Maria and Teresa
- Home: New Hampshire
- Major: Economics; Nursing & Theology
"I’m really grateful I came to Franciscan…and really grateful my little sister Maria has joined me. It’s wonderful having this chance to grow together."
I thought I knew a lot about Franciscan. My three older sisters came here, and I grew up visiting the campus. But so far it’s been full of great surprises.
To start with, I never thought I would be an economics major. I took an economics class during the first semester of my freshman year, however, and found it fascinating. It changed the way I saw the world.
I’m also realizing how much I’ve grown. The environment here helps you surrender to God’s will. I’ve been helped in that process by everything from the Born in the Spirit retreat I went on to simply spending time with my older sister’s friends. They’re such beautiful examples of women living the faith.
Most of all, I’ve discovered how fun Franciscan is. It goes to show that no matter how much you’ve heard about Franciscan, you can’t fully appreciate the school until you come here yourself.
Although my two older sisters came here, I wrestled with the decision to join them. In the end, the Nursing Program won me over. It’s one of the best in the country. Not only does it do an amazing job giving you the knowledge of the human body that you need, but it also teaches you how to care for the whole person.
The other main reason I came to Franciscan was because of the Austria Program. I went to Gaming as a sophomore and loved experiencing the richness of Catholicism in Europe. Living in a 14th-century monastery, walking where St. Francis walked, and seeing the nails that pierced Jesus’ hands was unforgettable. The experience changes you, almost making you into a living relic.
I’m really grateful I came to Franciscan…and really grateful my little sister Maria has joined me. It’s wonderful having this chance to grow together.
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