My name is Marissa Ann LeJeune, I’m from Channelview, Texas, and I am a sophomore at SFA. I am currently a Mass Communications major with a focus in Public Relations. I grew up a cradle Catholic with lots of family support to be Catholic. I didn’t think I would have such a hard time going away to college while maintaining my faith but I hit a few obstacles. Being physically apart from my tight knit
family set me out in deep waters. I found it harder to wake myself up on Sundays to go to church, it was easier to make excuses as to why I can’t make it to church events and there was no one directly holding me accountable for actions that go against my faith. It wasn’t until someone made a mean joke at St. Mary’s that made me cry and have no other choice but to open up to the St. Mary’s community about the struggles I was having. I was then directed to a retreat called Awakening. I originally did not want to go for any other reason than to be “in the know” on all the secrets that there were. I also had lot of homework and stress that was really discouraging me from going. After crying my heart out and experiencing a really powerful adoration, I ended up loving the retreat. This retreat forced me to slow down and re-recognize the feeling of Christ in my body and accept it again. Even though the college life is still super busy crazy, I learned to fill it with more wholesome activities and surround myself with wholesome people.