As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021, we share the experiences, memories and plans of some of our seniors.
Shae Slaven (’21)
Hometown: Chelsea, Iowa
Major: Religious Studies and Theology
While at Loras, I was involved with Du Peace and Justice, TREC Trips as a student coordinator, Antioch Retreat, Delta Epsilon Sigma, transfer mentoring, and various Mass ministries.
Loras wasn’t part of my original plan, but after I decided to transfer from my first school, I knew I wanted a school that embraced their Catholic identity and had a strong sense of community. I realized very soon after starting here that Loras was the perfect fit. I loved the opportunity to practice and grow in my faith and am extremely grateful for the community atmosphere I was hoping to find.
Looking back, Loras has far exceeded my early expectations. I came to college looking for “the best four years of my life” but did not realize the amount of personal growth I would undergo and the relationships I would nurture into lifelong friendships. Being a Duhawk these past few years has been the best, but I now know that Loras’ impact will last a lifetime.
My favorite memories of Loras have been the result of all the wonderful connections and deep friendships I was able to form during my three years here. The people here make this school so special and am I am blessed to have been able to know many of them. While it wasn’t a big moment, one of my fondest memories was at the final Mass of my sophomore year, where quite a few students and staff gathered together for the last time before summer break and graduation. It was so good to be in a community with people that I loved, and it was there that I realized that I had made the right choice to come to Loras.
After graduation, I plan to take a semester off to work before continuing my education in January 2022 by pursuing my Master’s of Science in Nursing.