Siena Heights and DYAUSA Alumna Brianna Steffes, Reflects on DYMUSA
My name is Brianna and I am a 2016 graduate of Siena Heights University. I chose to attend Siena Heights to be part of the campus ministry program. Through this program I learned about Dominican Young Adults and was able to be part of the Siena founding chapter and later the president of the Siena chapter. I became very involved in the Dominican Young Adults that I even served on the National board as well. Through my experiences as a Dominican Young Adult I was given the opportunity to attend The Dominican College Preaching in Action Conference and was able to help organize and present at the Dominican High School Preaching in Action Conference multiple years. The first year I was able to attend the College Preaching Conference at Molloy University in New York. Through this I had my first experience of what being part of the Dominican Family really means. We drove to New York and were hosted along the way by other Dominicans that did not even know us, but were willing to open their doors for us to have a place to stay. This conference also gave me the opportunity to be in the same place as college students from all over the United States that shared the same Dominican beliefs as myself. We shared in song, praise and a lot of fun activities throughout the week.
Also through the Dominican Young Adults I was able to meet some incredible people. During our Siena Chapter meetings we always had a great time while sharing in our faith. Going to Siena and having the Adrian Dominicans right next door also gave me many opportunities. I had the pleasure to work with, socialize with, and live with some of the Adrian Dominicans; some of whom I am still in contact with.
Being part of the Dominican Young Adults aided me in who I am today. It taught me how to be a leader and work with others. It gave me the chance to better my public speaking skills as I had the chance to present at meetings and conferences. I will always remember my favorite quote from St. Catherine of Siena, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” This is something that being a Dominican Young Adult taught me and I will continue to try to live by these words to be the best I can be. I am very thankful for being part of the Dominican Young Adults and all that I have gained from it.
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