By: Melanie Wilcox, ‘13
Over 25 student leaders representing their respective classes gathered in the living room at Aquinas House on Saturday over lunch from Panera Bread for the Student Leadership Retreat. These student leaders met for the purpose of discussing ways to integrate Aquinas House with the rest of the Dartmouth student body. Social events include a poker night, Super Bowl watch party, pub trivia nights at Murphy’s, game night, and many more. Service events include going to the Haven, food bank, and teaming up with Tucker and the Dickey Center as AQ representatives for their service projects.
The Honorable Gregory Slayton ‘81, former Ambassador of Bermuda and professor at Tuck Business School, had a lively discussion about why the work we are doing is vital at Dartmouth and how it requires courage. Raised in a non-religious family, Ambassador Slayton became a Christian during his time at the College on the Hill. He posed three thoughtful questions: “Who are you?” “What is your definition of success?” “Where are you going?” He then left us with an applicable verse to the group of college students: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Prior to the discussion, we met for Mass at 10 a.m. and listened to an insightful homily from Fr. Chris. Mainly, Fr. Chris talked about the difference between being an intentional Catholic and a cultural Catholic, and how he began to arrive at his Catholic beliefs during his time serving overseas in the United States Army as a combat medic and paratrooper. The student delegates could relate to this given the rift between cultural and intentional Catholics both at Dartmouth and on a widespread scale.
The AQ student leaders are looking forward to many fun events planned for the term and for leading others to encounter Christ’s love.
Melanie Wilcox ’13 grew up in Dallas, Texas where she spent her high school years at Ursuline Academy. In addition to her involvement here at Aquinas House, Melanie is a contributor to The Dartmouth Review and a member of Alpha Phi sorority.