it all began when i started to do more and more high school visits. using my sales and marketing background, it has been a blessing to be able to use these skills i have sharpened and refined, for a good cause – my high school. i have been pretty much going on multiple school visits every week, accompanied by a current student of course, to market the school, and list x, y, and z reasons of why they should look into applying to our school.
WELL – last night, i ended up going on the high school visit myself because the two students didn’t show up. on top of that, there were about 150 students, and i had no student representation. so if you can only imagine me, handing out all these folders and “shadow day” information cards, and handing out pens, and answering questions left and right…that’s what i was doing. i was a one-woman show, i did my best, and i think it turned out wonderful actually 🙂 and of course this was in spanish harlem, so naturally, i called a cab and got myself home. PHEW! just in time for prayer with the sisters. and of course, i was in bed by 9:30pm. my life is awesome. 🙂
today was freshman retreat day! woohoo! this morning, michelle and i hurried off to the subway as we always do, and right when we got off our train, just about to transfer, i realize, AH! my pants are missing! i packed my black slacks in one of the many bags i was holding, since i had another high school fair tonight that i had to attend, and obviously look professional for! and sure enough…they were GONE! so what did i do? i re-traced my steps…all the way back to the convent, and sure enough…didn’t find them :(. so they were gone, they had fallen out, and now someone has a pair of my black banana republic slacks. now, while this is quite the unfortunate tale, i’m just hoping it went to someone that really needed them, so therefore…clothing the naked. not bad to start the day with a beatitude. 🙂
THEN! it was freshman retreat day! woohoo! it was truly amazing – the senior leaders were great and insightful, and you could really see and feel the spirit moving among the freshman. such a blessing. there was a part in our day when we went to the shrine and michelle walked them through the mural – telling the story of mother cabrini’s life. in the back, sister toni and sister ada talked more about mother cabrini and talked to us in more detail about the different things on display in the cases. sister had brought a relic with her and so she blessed each of the freshmen with the relic – i got to experience it too! what a blessing. wow…it was so moving and when we got back to the large group, we had each of the students say one word reflecting how the felt about that experience in the chapel, and some of the words were, ” wow ” / “awesome” / “inspiring” / “motivating” / “ohmygosh” …great, great things!
mother cabrini is truly amazing and truly, truly, what a blessing it is to have such wonderful students at the school. at the end of they day, they are all sisters, we are all sisters, and i am appreciating more and more learning about each of the girls and learning about their lives – how hard they work, how some of the students work before school and after school only to help pay for some of their tuition because they want to continue attending this school…such hard workers – no, they may or may not be the top in their class and the best in academics, but in terms of education of the heart and soul…these girls are brilliant. 🙂
and with another high school fair to close the evening, it is time to lesson plan! and by the way, i think it’s hilarious how i am making friends with all of the admissions and “office of advancement” reps at each high school in manhattan. haha, just hilarious. now, when i see familiar faces at these fairs, it’s like, oh! how are things? it has been so long since i’ve seen you…like, two days! you look great! haha, god love it.
peace be with you. may the spirit of disponibilitá be with you always 🙂