Cura: A "Fresh" Perspective?
Gabby Villadolid '17
As Ignatians, many of our values are based in Jesuit ideals, one of which we call Cura Personalis, or care for the whole person. Recently, Saint Ignatius added a program for freshmen based upon this concept. Launched at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, Cura was designed to ease the challenging transition into SI. This program was meant to create community amongst peers, pro- mote wellness, and educate students about Ignatian spirituality.
While its goals were based in good intentions, Cura was not an optimal ex- perience for some of those freshmen. Regarding the Cura program, Patrice Bau- tista '16 said, "Most topics were relevant to what we were going through, but I felt like people didn't really care about what you were talking about."
While last year's Cura was a work-in- progress, the planning committee bounced back this Fall with a series of games and activities designed to actively involve students in learning the importance of com- munity. When asked about the improved Cura program, Patrick Lynch, the Assistant Principle of Campus Ministry, said, “Last year was a wonderful pilot for our needed support. This past summer, we were fortunate to have a team of leaders built on what we learned in last year's program. They re- vamped 90% of the lesson plans to make them more relevant and focused on student engagement."
From my experience as a freshman this year, Cura has become a great pro- gram. Cura has helped to break the ice and allowed me to become closer to my peers.
Patrice Bautista '16 also added, "We all became comfortable with each other. Because of that, I had friends to hang out with during my resource period." Cura is a wonderful way to get to know the school and teachers better. Through interactive games, Cura has made learning about Ignatian values and members of our com- munity fun. The new program this year is very beneficial and fully lives up to one of the ideals Ignatians value most, Cura Per- sonalis.
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