Good morning everyone!

I’m writing this to you from Alexandria, VA. In a few hours, I’ll be presenting about my trip to South Africa at the Alpha Chi National Convention, and then taking the rest of the afternoon to explore D.C. proper. It’s going to be a good day.

Please don’t try and stop me from humming the House of Cards theme song, because it won’t happen.

Let’s get to this week, shall we?

One. As I’m here presenting at a conference among some of the most intelligent students from around the nation, I keep thinking about my interview with Dr. Qingjun Li. Talk about a woman who went above and beyond to pursue her education! If you haven’t gotten the chance to yet, you’ll definitely want to read the interview.

Two. I wrote an article about grilled cheese sandwiches for Relish and nearly cried the entire time. I mean, could you look at this?

How Sweet Eats
How Sweet Eats

Three. Pope Francis released his “Amoris Laetitia” today, a 256 page document outlining how priests (and the larger Catholic/Christian community) should treat those who have previously been marginalized or exiled. In short, you should love more and judge less.

L'Osservatore Romano
L’Osservatore Romano

Four. Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Ambassadors. These beautiful faces have all undergone some form of medical hardship, yet have kept their heads high and and are now being brave enough to share their story and help others. Would you consider making a donation to this month’s Miracle Challenge to help me support them in that effort?12494723_10209047928585546_3079638379549263663_n

Five. A gentle reminder for all of the seniors who are graduating in the next few weeks: we need to breathe. We’re living in this tenuous place between trying to get all the things done in order to graduate and still trying to enjoy these precious few moments left in college…just show yourself some grace and remember that everything will work out. We’re all walking in May.

xx,

Jeanette

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