My wife will finally graduate this year from College of St. Mary and then do a one year intensive to get her Masters in Occupational Therapy.
I remember that it wasn’t too long ago that I was an MA student and she was working three jobs and I was working part-time at Walmart. Now she is blooming into a professional and comes home excited and empowered to do great work. I am a very proud husband and I am sure that she will be a great Occupational Therapist.
If anyone has daughters that want to be surrounded by other young women, I would give a nod to College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska. While Creighton is great and both are Catholic, there has been something particularly empowering about an all-girl school.
To an altogether different topic.
The research of our colleagues in cohort one has been exciting to see and it’s sad that we still live in an incredibly misogynistic country and world. Seeing my wife become incredibly out-going and seeing the leadership skills that were always there come to life has giving me a breath of fresh air. That’s why we chose College of St. Mary in the first place. I don’t know why I am going down this rabbit trail. Maybe it’s partially because of it’s link to the research of my colleagues and the great work they are doing in this area.
On the other hand, I think that I am taking a moment to talk about this because it’s just on my heart.
I have found myself becoming more impassioned about the oppressed. I see great leaders under the tyranny of pseudo-leaders all the time. Whether it is because of gender or color or gender identity, all of it has become heart-breaking for me and I want to do something about it. At my job I continue to come in contact with more and more budding college leaders, many of which are from Creighton, who come longing to get involved in something meaningful. I listen to their stories and I find that it’s no longer okay just to “be,” but to “do.” The two (“to be” and “to do”) are connected for them. Without working out the “being” through “doing,” these new leaders disheveled and unhappy. Truth is, these students have been changed forever by the Jesuit charisms and because of their time in the Creighton community.
I am excited about the future and excited about leading some of these budding leaders. It’s fun to see!