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I will be forever grateful for all of the memories St. Tom's provided me during my time at BGSU...



As soon as I toured BGSU, I felt like I was at home. I loved the campus, the environment of the town, and it was the only college around that offered the major I wanted. Everything made sense. Another big draw for me was the campus ministry and Newman Center at St. Tom’s. It seemed like a great community to be a part of and I knew, before I even went to BG, that I wanted to live in Newman housing. I had a strong faith life throughout high school, so it was extremely important for me to make sure that was a key part of my college experience. I also knew I needed to stay in community and continue to grow in faith, especially in that stage of life.


Something that made the biggest impact for me during my time at BG would be the community, opportunities, and events at St. Tom’s. The community was amazing, and you always had people to come back to after class or a long day, who you knew you could rely on and would be down for just about anything. There were so many opportunities for personal growth, such as retreats and Bible studies as well. As for events, they were pretty much endless. There was always something to do and the community was priceless. I will be forever grateful for all of the memories St. Tom’s provided me during my time at BG that I will always carry with me.


Like anyone, your faith has its ups and downs, but for the most part I had maintained a relatively strong faith life throughout all of those years. College is tough, as well as that particular time of your life, so having St. Tom’s was what kept me grounded and focused on what was the most important. I’m thankful for where I’m at right now and my faith is still very present, but it looks a lot different than when I was at St. Tom’s. Everything was right at your fingertips and your community was built right in. St. Tom’s definitely made me appreciate the importance of having a community surrounding you to not only help you personally, but to help build others and strive to become saints together.


Lauren Strauss, Class of 2019