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Big Things

Posted on: November 10th, 2012 by Ellen Gordon

Some pretty exciting things have been going on in my life lately, and I’m feeling pretty pumped about everything, so I thought I’d share two of my favorites with you guys before I disappear into my pharmacology textbook for the rest of the weekend.

1. Alpha Sigma Nu Initiation

Posin' with my official certificate, mom, and family friend, Barb

Last spring, I found out that I had been nominated to apply to Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honors society. It’s a huge honor to even be considered for membership, so I was just happy knowing that I had been selected to submit an application.

However, to my surprise, this summer I found out that I had been accepted to become a member!

Earlier in October of this year, we had our official initiation in the beautiful Madona della Strada chapel. Since I am a Jewish student, I had never really went into the chapel before, so let me just tell you now: it’s gorgeous!

The ceremony was also gorgeous, as well, and it felt pretty special to get officially inducted into Loyola’s chapter of the fraternity. (And it’s definitely the extra kick in the pants that I needed to remind myself not to let my grades slip this year!)

2. Nursing Dedication to the Profession Ceremony

My Uncle Bob and I after the ceremony!

The following weekend, I went back to the chapel to take part in the Junior year Nursing Dedication to the Profession Ceremony. This ceremony, in which our hands our blessed to heal as we dedicate ourselves to the profession and our professors welcome us into field of nursing, is the modern day version of the old “capping ceremony.”

It came at just the right time.

Junior year is one of the hardest years in the BSN program at Loyola, so this was the perfect way to remind ourselves why we’re going through all of these sleepless nights and countless hours in the library.

I thought the ceremony is very nice; but then again, I was our class speaker, so I may have been a littleeeee biased. Heeheehee.

Overall, both ceremonies provided just right amount of pumping up at the right time to give me the energy to make it through the last stretch until finals over! I’m officially revitalized and ready to go!

ASN Picture – Attributed to Mark Carlson

Dedication Picture – Attributed to Andrea Gordon

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