Pce 'n Luv: Learning to Live in the L.I.G.H.T
Moving into college for the first time is an exciting and terrifying task; entering a foreign place filled with fresh faces and new responsibilities. My first year at SLU went seamlessly, as I was enveloped in a wonderful community of kind souls, feeling on top of the world with all of the opportunities the university has to offer. I found the people I would call my best friends at late-night Java shows and Outing Club trips, club meetings and Dana Brunch. Just as I felt I was truly adjusted to dorm living, my mind became engulfed in the daunting task of finding future housing on campus. Suddenly, I was bombarded with social media posts screaming “APPLY! APPLY! APPLY!” to different theme houses, and my friends began to link up in potential rooming configurations, anticipating lottery numbers and praying for good ones.
After seeing my own sister’s experience living in the theme community, I had determined that I wanted something similar for myself. I was accepted into the L.I.G.H.T House my sophomore fall, thrown into a community of nine other students all living under the motto, “Living Intentionally Growing Healthy Together.” I had found a home that encompassed many of my own personal values and goals, things like mindfulness and meditation. Living in a theme house comes with its own responsibilities; leading workshops and hosting weekly Zen Den meditations, all while keeping the house clean and intact. My time, albeit short, living in a theme house has already allowed me to develop three core things:
My entire life I have been described as “shy.” I was always hiding behind my mom, always refusing to participate in class and group discussions, hiding in the shadows. Being a part of this community, I have been thrown into a whirlwind of responsibility. Primarily by being required to host workshops for fellow students, I have been able to take on a leadership role by organizing and teaching different projects.
Along with mentally preparing myself to lead workshops, I’ve had to tap into my passions and let those creative juices flow in order to brainstorm fun ideas to engage with the St. Lawrence Community. I’ve been able to celebrate my favorite holiday (Halloween) by hosting a pumpkin carving party, and I aspire to utilize my adoration for substantiality by teaming up with some strong ladies in other theme houses to make our own shampoos, conditioners and hygiene products. The requirement of hosting weekly workshops has allowed me to use these creative notions and ideas I never realized I had inside of me!
While coming into college and moving in with one or two strangers can be intimidating, imagine moving into a home with nine other individuals, only knowing one or two of those faces. During my time at the L.I.G.H.T House, I have fostered beautiful relationships with wonderful people, and have learned the importance of doing your chores and picking up after yourself, especially after the weekends. While washing a pile of dishes comparable to Mt. Everest may seem a daunting task, it is only one of the crucial duties to prevent flies and mystery smells. You must now be considerate of nine other people when waking up early or staying up late, rather than a simple one or two. Coexisting isn’t necessarily hard – especially when surrounded by such fabulous individuals – but it is certainly a learning curve and takes some getting used to.
Living in the L.I.G.H.T House has helped me to improve aspects of myself in ways I never could have dreamt, and I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to call such a place home.
Peace and love, always.