My name is Abby Anderson, and I come from a magical place to the south called Franklin, TN. I am lucky enough to be on scholarship here at Xavier where I am studying Theology and Spanish, with minors in English and Peace Studies. Before graduating in May of 2013, I hope to complete my Xavier bucket list by attending a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, visiting the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo, road tripping to Cedar Point with my roommates, and having President Fr. Graham know my name.
In the past three years at Xavier I’ve participated in various clubs and organizations, particularly ones involving faith, service, and social justice. In the spring of 2011, I participated in the Academic Service Learning Semester in Managua, Nicaragua where I lived with a host family, took classes, worked at a community organized childcare and nutrition center, and travelled the country. Currently, I work as a tutor in the James A. Glen Writing Center, lead a small faith-sharing group, act as the co-president of the student club Voices of Solidarity, and participate in Contemplatives in Action. Though my post-grad plans are a little fuzzy, I plan on going back to school to earn a Masters of Divinity and not become a pastor or minister.
While not participating in Xavier-affiliated activities, I enjoy chilling in Appalachia and planning construction projects with Appalachia Service Project. I also love reading, writing, listening to music, doing anything creative, and being in awe of the beauty that exists in this world. As a phototaxic being (akin to the sunflower), I follow the sunshine and have recently started the valiant (and likely unsuccessful) attempt to enjoy running.
In the fall of 2013, I plan on embarking on an Ignatian pilgrimage to explore how St. Ignatius of Loyola’s journey impacted his spirituality and the development of the Society of Jesus and what that means for a Jesuit university like Xavier. In an attempt to be authentic to Ignatius’s own journey, I will hike from Loyola, Spain to Barcelona, hitting up important places like Pamplona, Montserrat, and Manresa. I will then travel (thankfully not by foot) to Paris and Rome. My hope is to return home with a better sense of how well my university is living up to its Ignatian heritage and Jesuit values.