Dear Catholic University of America,

I love you.

I love you because in this home away from home I have found freedom and friends and I could not be more grateful. While I may have a love/hate relationship with some classes and especially homework, the CUA life is like none other. When I got to college, in the city, it felt like the whole world was at my fingertips. Pre- Covid, I was riding the metro independently and claiming the streets of Washington, DC as my own personal playground. Being in college, especially at Catholic, I have the liberty to do what I want whenever I want to. If I want to go somewhere without telling anyone, I could (even though you definitely shouldn’t because that’s not safe). If I want to go to the monuments in the middle of the night because I can’t sleep, no worries as long as I have a ride. I am completely independent and free when at college and it is still the strangest thing in the world to me but I am so thankful for Catholic for giving me a safe space to do that. 

I love you.

I love you because of the friends I have gained and the people I have met while on campus. Some of my peers will become best friends, others will become fading memories, and, unfortunately, a few will probably become friend turned foe but I love meeting new people and interacting with the cocktail of the various personalities on our campus. I learn something from every single person I meet and I love that I have the time to meet so many people in one consolidated area. My freshman year, I was in my next door neighbor’s room at least twice a day. If we weren’t in each other’s dorms, we were roaming around campus somewhere else, but I always had a friend with me and that made college so much fun. I love my friends and I love Catholic for giving me these friends. 

I have a million more reasons why I love you but those are the main two. I miss you dearly and I cannot wait to be back on campus.

Sincerely,

Cindy Cintron