Student Life Update: December 2018

“Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” is one of my favorite movies to watch this time of year. Although it only has a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes (a total crime) I watch the film with great nostalgia and fond

ness. John Williams’ “Somewhere In My Mem ory” and “Christmas Star” always brings me close to tears.

It’s not lost on me that one of the scenes where the song plays is when Kevin, the main character, stops outside the New York Children’s Hospital on Christmas Eve and sees a child looking out his hospital room window. What the movie doesn’t show is the hospital staff taking care of that child.

Trocaire’s 60th Commencement ceremony was held on Monday, Dec. 17, and with 156 of the 173 students graduating from the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Home Alone 2 in the back of my mind, I thought about how many of these graduates will be caring for the ill during many holidays. These graduates will be caring for patients during Christmas, Yom Kippur, Eid Al-Fitr, and Diwali, to name a few.

The levels of self-sacrifice that Trocaire students make really astonishes me. From my interactions, I witness how many of our students put aside what they value in life to study healthcare, business or technology. Then, after completing their degree, our students continue to make sacrifices related to their professions. I believe it takes a special kind of person to be a Trocaire student.

As we enter winter break, I hope everyone enjoys their time to relax and spend time with family and friends. And, if you get the chance, watch Home Alone 2.

– Tom Vane, Director of Student Engagement