Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
Religious Studies Teacher and Cross Country Coach
My SI Story
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie warns us of the “danger of a single story.”
When we make an SI education possible for someone who can’t afford tuition, then we share a thousand stories.
For my brother and me, college degrees changed the trajectories of our lives. My family’s story was altered because of scholarships to USF and Boston College, where I earned my degrees. I owe a profound debt to the Jesuit community, who made it possible for me to graduate without owing student loans or immediately needing to find a high paying job. I was free to choose a career that was meaningful to me. Likewise, SI frees our students so that they can study what enlivens them, what sets their hearts on fire.
We had one student in the class of 2015 whose family lived in and out of homelessness during his senior year. SI was perhaps the most stable place in his life. It was his safe place. I am glad he had the opportunity to experience senior year at SI, from prom to senior retreat. And I’m thrilled that he had the chance to share his story with others.
I love that my job means working with students like him — volunteering with students in the Tenderloin at St. Anthony’s or praying with seniors on the Kairos retreat. I love that I get to coach some great cross country runners and see how they develop as prayerful leaders. I feel joy when they tell me that they are choosing a college based on their deepest desires, where they find God at work in their lives.
I hope people continue to donate to SI to help these students. Why? Because the earth desperately needs heroes. The planet that these students might save is our own. The ones who will cure cancer, solve climate change and end world hunger may be sitting in one of our classrooms right now.
SI is the incubator to make this happen, the place where they will start to sense God’s desires for them and where they will catch the spark to ignite their passion to change the world.