Jamie Berthold is a senior at SFA, graduating in May with a degree in Special Education.
Why did you choose to attend SFA?
I had initially heard about SFA when they came to my high school. They have one of the top professional education programs in the state of Texas. When I came here, everyone was very friendly, welcoming and helpful. I just fell in love with the beautiful SFA campus and the environment of East Texas. It was also not too close to home, but not too far away.
How did you get connected with St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry?
I think it was during my orientation. They had a table there and I wanted to be involved with a Catholic ministry, like many of my friends were at A&M. There were a number of students that were talking about Awakening and gave me a lot of information on St. Mary's. Then, when I first came to Mass, they were having a Ministry Fair. I also joined Kappa my first year.
What impact has St. Mary's had on you personally?
I am a totally different person than when I was a freshman. I always had a strong faith background, but as a college student there were many paths that were available to me. The friends I made at St. Mary's had the same morals and background, and were able to support me and lift me up. They helped me become a better person, realize my self worth and develop a greater self-esteem. Then, through Awakening,Core Team, and and all the different organizations of St. Mary's, I learned who I was and found a deep authentic relationship with Christ, that I would not have found without he community here at St. Mary's.
Have you adopted any special devotions?
Definitely to Mary. I did my Marian consecration last year, and renewed it this year. She was part of my reversion and transformation in in going to daily Mass and Adoration. My sacramental prayer life also increased.
What are you planning after graduation?
I have accepted a teaching position in Cushing, TX! I would also like to be involved in a local parish in some way, possibly with a youth group.