Silent Mind

JFDKSLAJFKDLSJFKLSDJAKFAs a junior at Loyola University Maryland, I have come to understand the Jesuit ideals of service and social justice, and the notion that it is all of our responsibility to create a better world.

St. Ignatius Loyola set out to create a world where men and women would be “contemplatives in action,” where we would observe, notice, and take creative action.

The study abroad experience is many things: exciting, inspiring, fun, challenging, eye-opening. It also brings forth tremendous responsibility.

When traveling from place to place, it is easy to get caught up with the adventure in it all. It is easy to only notice the most well-known landmarks. But each destination has its own complicated problems that need to be addressed by and exposed to the rest of the world.

Walking and exploring the beautiful sights of Paris, I noticed dozens of women and children begging on the streets. Passing each of them, I wanted to know their story, how they got there, and if they could be anywhere else, where would they be?

The image of these children and women has stayed with me and led me to much reflection.

Why was I given this opportunity and not them? What can I do? How can my Loyola education help? How can I make a difference?

I wrote this piece for them, attempting to give them a voice.


The Silent Mind

She sits on a mattress, a child in her arms, burying its face into her breast, sleeping. Her weary back leans against the cold Pont Des Arts Bridge. Her hands shake back and forth as she holds the cup before her. Back and forth, the ringing of the three euros in the cup resonate only in her ears. Around her everyone notices her, a quick glance, a second of pity, but they just keep walking.

A herd of tourist, all wearing red “I love Paris” T-shirts come closer. One lifts a camera, points it towards her, and flashes. Her eyes overwhelmed with whiteness and tears.

She is blinded from the world around her. Her heartbroken brown eyes gaze up at the sky, seeking contact with God. A dirty sheet covers her bruised legs. Love locks surround her and the unknown baby. Irony of Love, from the world to their own world on the mattress.

Her mind begins to wander, envisioning the mattress as a magic carpet, just as Aladdin’s. Now she can escape. She flies on the magic mattress across the Eiffel Tower. Her hand reaches out to touch the top of the shimmering metal tower. She flies onward, over the breathtaking mountains of Interlaken. Switzerland. Then the Great Pyramid of Giza. Then Hagia Sophia. Then the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Then the White House.

She keeps flying, running away, observing everything about the world below her. The people resemble ants, she mashes them with her shaking hands. Squishing them on the grounds of the affliction and the pain they have permanently caused her. Now. Away from her fear. Away from her pain. Away from the tourists and their flashing cameras. Away from the hunger. Away from the humiliation. Away.

Another camera flash explodes in front of her brown eyes.

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10 Things I Miss about Home (Loyola)

Studying abroad in Leuven, Belgium, has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life…

I have been here for one month, exploring Belgium and Europe with the other 13 Loyola students in our group.

We have been to Normandy, Paris, Versailles, Saint-Malo, and St. Michel, France; Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany; and Dinant, Brussels, Bruges, and Gent, Belgium.

As awesome as my adventures in Europe have been so far, I find myself missing Loyola. Hanging above my bed at the Loyola International House is my green Loyola University Maryland flag. Every single day I see the flag, and the thought of Loyola comes to mind…

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Loyola’s Underground Secret

Not all those who wander are lost.

It is easy for Loyola students to stay within the boundaries of the Evergreen campus.

We get lost among work, activities, meetings, a social life, and we do not take time to explore the area surrounding Baltimore.

During the last week of school last year, a group of friends and I decided to explore the Evergreen Museum, which is located right next to Loyola’s campus.

We were wandering through the woods when we discovered this underground secret…

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Humans of Loyola

Last year, Humans of New York became a well-known blog throughout the world, inspiring other universities across the country to create a “humans” blog of their own.

My friends, Julia D’Agostino, Joey Dwyer, and Tim Attolino, and I decided to start the movement here at Loyola.

Joey and Tim are the writers and interviewers. Julia and I are the photographers. Continue reading

Hidden Emotion

The friends that I have met at Loyola University Maryland are the most respectable, wholesome, caring individuals that have come into my life. Each of them is exceptional in their own way. Their morals and religious beliefs make me a stronger human being. Their experiences, humor, and friendship motivate me to accomplish all that I can in my lifetime. They are absolutely exquisite human beings that deserve everything they aspire to be.

However, every single one of them carries certain burdens that are not revealed to the world on a daily basis. They constantly disguise their emotions because of the fear of being judged. There is tremendous struggle within.

I decided to create a video that allowed for a safe sanctuary for them to express their deepest personal struggles. Continue reading


Look for the beauty in ordinary things. College students are constantly in a hurry. Rushing from class, sports practice, studying, eating, etc. We are constantly worrying about what we should be doing next. As young adults we should attempt to take in every moment. In my everyday life, I try to treasure every moment. There is countless beauty that is hidden in our universe. Every time a notice something beautiful and intrinsic I snap a photo of it. Below is a collection of my photographs that I have taken with just my iPhone over the past week.

Cape Cod

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Measurement of Success

As individual human beings, we each have our own unique, evolving perceptions of success; therefore, the definition of infinite success is personal and relies heavily upon an individual’s culture, experiences, and environment. In a world comprised of approximately seven billion people, finding a universal definition or measurement for success it difficult to achieve.

There are three key actions that we must continually pursue during our quest towards our personal success: finding one’s passions, welcoming new experiences, and accepting failure. Continue reading