Finals: How God Can Help

Ah, finals season is upon us. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, am I right? L.O.L.

If you’re like most, you are one stressful and busy bee for the next week or so as you take or prepare for final exams. In this very crazy and overwhelming time of the semester, I think we can all forget who is really in control and who is always there to help us when we need it. I mean, who wouldn’t? As college students, we have papers, projects, tests, extra-curricular activities, our faith, friendships, family, and so much else to balance that life can become a blur at times. But even in these blurry moments, even when we aren’t thinking about Him, He is always there. God will always be there. Although sometimes it may not feel like it, He is with you all the time.

Yes, He’s there even while you’re taking finals. I know that feeling God’s presence while I prepare for and take tests really helps me focus and calm down, so here are a few tips to help you feel Him there too:

1. Pray, pray, pray! 

Girl, pray your heart out! This one may be the most obvious tip, but it’s too important to not mention. Pray whatever and however you want. Pray in the car, pray at home, pray in the chapel, pray during your test, ask others to pray for you; just PRAY! Prayer is a very key and important aspect of our faith life because it brings us so much closer to God by creating a more intimate relationship with Him. During finals, this relationship is even more crucial as you try to keep your wits and sanity about you. Just turn to God, ask for help, guidance, his presence, or whatever it is that you need to get you through this stressful time.

2. Take a rosary with you

You don’t even have to pray the rosary (although, it wouldn’t hurt), just take one with ya! Feeling Momma Mary’s presence can be super comforting during a stressful time like finals. It’s also a great way to feel God’s presence too! Just take a rosary with you in your pocket or your backpack to have a physical reminder that Momma Mary and God are always there.

3. Read Bible verses

We all know that God speaks to us and reveals Himself to us in many different ways. One of which is through scripture. Try pulling out your Bible or your Jesus Calling and read a few verses/pages when you’re feeling overwhelmed amidst your studies. Not only does it temporarily take your mind off of stress, but God might just speak to you through your reading and really help you push through finals week!

4. Listen to Christian music

Go ahead and SANG! Christian music is full of love, positivity, inspiration, and light. Who doesn’t need some of that during finals week?! This tip can also go hand in hand with the previous tip. Like I mentioned, God is always trying to speak to us; listening to Christian music is another great way to hear His messages.

5. Take time to be holy

Now, I don’t mean the word “holy” as being “goody-goody.” I mean that you should try setting aside some quiet time to be still in the presence of God. You don’t even have to do anything, just be still. You can do this by receiving communion, going to daily mass, attending adoration, or simply sitting in the chapel. Focusing your mind and heart on our Lord allows you to free yourself from your worries and stresses by giving them to God. Some of the limitless benefits of this include both physical and emotional healing, feeling closer to God, and feeling more at peace. You just have to allow yourself to open up and soak up the light of His presence so that you may receive the MANY blessings God has prepared for you.


There are so many more ways to help you through finals, but these are just a few ways involving God in your life can help you. Oh, and always remember to eat, sleep, and breathe. You got this. Rock out those finals, you’re almost done!

 

 

 

Falling in Love with Our Mother

A lot of people question if others should have a devotion to Mary. They are not sure that it is right. A devotion to Mary is very different then the worship or the adoration we have for God. Mary deserves to be honored, not worshiped. A devotion to Mary is not just respectful of the relationship we have for God, but can also help you grow closer to him than ever.

1. She is Jesus’ Mother.
Out of all the women that have come and will come, she was chosen to be the mother of our Lord. She took care of him and taught him. The person who took on this job deserves respect.

2. She is our Mother.
During the Crucifixion before Jesus died, he gave us Mary as a mother. John 19:26-27 says, When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” This was more than him asking John to take care of her; this was him giving us to Mary and giving her to us. She is our heavenly mother and as we know she is probably the best mom around just look how good her son turned out!

3. Jesus listens to her.
As we know Jesus is the perfect man, and the perfect man would listen to his mother. Jesus always listened to Mary. The Wedding at Cana is a good example; John 2:3-5 says, When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman why do you involve me in this,” Jesus replied. ‘My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” He than goes forth and does what his mother asked him to do. When we come to Mary asking her to plead with Jesus for us, he will listen to her request.

4. Even God and the angels respect her.
God did not tell Mary she was to have the son of God but like the gentleman he is, he asked her. His angel even comes to her with so much respect saying she is full of grace. The majority of the Hail Mary is actually what angel Gabriel said to Mary.

5. She is a great role model.
Mary is the poster girl for giving her life to God. She risked the ridicule and abuse that a woman would receive for having a child before marriage. They stoned women who committed adultery in these days. She even almost lost her future husband because of it. She was willing to give her whole life up to do God’s will. She is one of our greatest example of charity, chastity, and faith.

6. She is said to visit the souls of Purgatory.
Multiple Saints have had a chance to find out more about purgatory through their spiritual gifts. They have said that Mary comes and visits the souls that are there. This is such a beautiful act of the Queen on heaven and earth.

7. She will lead you closer to Jesus.
A relationship with Mary is one of the best ways to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. No one knows him like his mother. He wants a relationship with you so badly, and Mary knows this and will help out as much as she can.

Mary is our greatest advocate. She cares for us and loves us. A devotion to her is a very beautiful thing that every man and woman needs to think about. Some of the greatest Saints had a great devotion to her.

She is here to aid you in anyway she can, you just need to go to her.

From Natalie Mohr at https://www.theodysseyonline.com/7-reasons-devotion-mary

10 Verses for those Stressful Days

No matter what you are going through. You might have a list of things to do and due dates that seems to multiply with each passing day. You are on your fourth cup of coffee and wondering if it’ll ever get any easier. It does and it will. Here is a list of verses to remind us that God is not only watching over us, but guiding us and encouraging us as we work through this school year.

1. Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

2. Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

3. John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

4. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

5. 2 Chronicles 15:7: “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

6. Psalm 37:24: “though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

7. Isaiah 12:2: “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

8. Romans 8:31: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

9. Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

10. Colossians 1:11: “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might o that you may have great endurance and patience.”

Meet the Whos??

So you made it to an info session and now you have these events called “Meet the Mus” that you can go to and you still have so many questions… Like What is it? What do I wear?? Who is going to be there? Am I going to be by myself?? What if no one likes me? What if I don’t like anyone? What should I tell people about myself? And so many more questions. 

What are Meet the Mu events? So in Mu Epsilon Theta we have three pillars. Spirituality. Service. and Sisterhood. So each of the Meet the Mus events are focused around one of the pillars. There is the sisterhood Meet the Mus event at Mozart’s Coffee this year, the Service event which was writing positive post it notes to distribute, and the spirituality event which was a praise and worship and prayer together. Then we also have Mass together on Sundays. These events often change locations and what we do at the events every year but always focused on the pillars.

What do you wear? Well it depends on the event. The sisterhood event girls often wear cute clothes; dresses, cute tops and jeans. For the service event, definitely wear something comfortable because we could be doing anything from working at a soup kitchen to walking around to distribute sandwiches. All in all you should really just wear whatever makes you comfortable and confident. When you are both of those things your outfit is not what people focus on because they are distracted by your awesomeness.

Who is going to be there? Am I going to be by myself? A lot of current member will be there and so will a lot of potential new members. (These are the women that you would be pledging with so in addition to talking to new members, take a moment to introduce yourself to the women that will be pledging Mus with you. Who knows they could become a really great friend!) Current members will be there to get to know you and answer any questions you have. This is a great time to informally get the down low on being in Mus and really understand what we are about and the young women we are made up of. And no you will not be alone.

What if no one likes me? What if I don’t like anyone? You have just made the decision to go to one of these meet the Mu events, which requires some courage of heart and the current members know this because not long ago we were in your shoes, nervous about meeting new people and worried about the impression we would leave. But please know, our current members are just excited to see you there because it means there are women who want to have a Catholic faith community in college just like we did when we were looking for that community. We are just excited that you have the same interests as us and that is more than enough for us to not like you but love you!! And if you feel like your just not clicking with any of us that is okay. We have a wide variety of young women in our sorority but sometimes being in a sorority just isn’t for everyone. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to love you! We are more than happy to find you the community that does click. And there are so many Catholic student organizations that operate at the University Catholic Center, if you feel like Mu Epsilon Theta isn’t your cup of tea then we can help you find the group that is just right.

What should I tell people about myself? Be yourself, be strong, and have courage. You are perfect the way you are and we want to know all about you! Tell us about the fun trip you took over the summer, the fun stuff you want to do in Austin (like seeing the Bats, going to pumpkin patches, and to farmers markets!), the TV shows that you are obsessed with, your favourite saint…. the list could go on and on.

Meet the Mus is a series of events that are made for you. They are so you can see what the sorority is like, what our typical week would look like, meet some of the young women currently involved in the sorority and run through a sort of trial period to see if this is the Catholic community that fits with you. Take advantage of the events and try to go to as many events as possible so you can really test the waters and meet all of us.

Founded on Faith

The final information session has happened and we had a surprise guest, PATRICIA PEREZ, one of our FOUNDERS!

She came by and shared the reason why she started this sorority and why she has come back. She said she was looking for a community which she could share her Catholic faith with and a support system for her college career. But what made her want to get more involved after being away for some time?? But of course the love and support of her sisters at the Beta Chapter in Texas State. The women of the Beta Chapter were there for Patricia when her and her family needed it the most. They had never met but that didn’t really matter. Because as her sisters in Mu Epsilon Theta and in Christ they were there to help.

That is the best part about being in this sorority. We have a strength we have formed together; a bonded sisterhood. But we also have the strength of our faith. We look to each other for prayer and as friends we share our college experience together. We are sisters for life and sisters in Christ.

Much Mu Love!

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The Down Low on the Info (sessions)

  1. You are going to meet a lot of young women, each with crazy amazing dreams and each very different from each other. So try your best with names, but don’t fret when you can’t remember (its a lot of names). And most importantly just be your self. Smile and have fun because this is only the beginning and there is so many more adventures to be had together!
  2. Pledging Mu Epsilon Theta takes several months. Why? Well we want you to understand what sort of commitment it means to be a member of our sorority. Yes it takes some time and energy, but you get amazing friendships and so so many memories with these women in return.
  3. We are all at different points in our faith journeys. Each one of us is still learning and striving to have a better faith life. And we love you no matter what pint you at in your journey, because we all work together to get better.
  4. School is still important. Being a MuEp means being with your sisters during those fun outings for ice cream and for the late night study sessions. We are a support system that can help you achieve your dreams if you let us and that means helping each other do our very best at school.
  5. Lastly, don’t get nervous. We are here to welcome you. Introduce your self. Stay and talk to us. We would love to get to know you. And please, please ask us questions about anything you want to know.

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Hope to see you at the Information Sessions!! Much Mu Love!!

 

First Day Tips and Tricks with MuEps

  1. Check for your syllabus online. Almost always the Professor posts the syllabus online and its so helpful to print out the syllabus and bring it to the first class. It is also super helpful to keep a copy of the syllabus with your notes for that class, so you know exactly when test dates are and what information should be studied for that particular test.
  2. Leave a little bit early and give yourself time to get lost. Most of the time your classrooms are easy to find, but some classrooms are tucked away in random little hallways under the stairs. Give yourself some time to get lost and find your way back to the right place. Also, if you get to class a little bit too early, then you have some time to scout out a bathroom or just sit and collect your thoughts. It’s totally normal to go in and sit in the empty classroom before class starts. CAUTION: If you get to a class early by 10 minutes or more, then there is more than likely still a class in session there. Just let the professor finish up and allow all of the students to exit the class before you go in.
  3. Pick a seat that you feel comfortable with. College doesn’t officially have assigned seating, but it might as well. Everyone picks one seat and sits there for the rest of the year, so pick a seat you like. It’s best to sit near the front of the room, but if you know sitting front and center is going to make you uncomfortable the whole semester, don’t do it. Maybe a second row seat is more your style. But try and make it a point not to sit in the back or next to the door, you can get easily distracted when you sit in the back.
  4. Sit next to someone and make an effort to get to know them. We all walk into classes where we know absolutely no one. And Yes, sometimes it easier to sit far from anyone else and not talk because you don’t know anyone, but everyone else is in the same boat. So try and sit next to someone and strike up a conversation. “Hi my name is ________, what’s yours? What’s your major? Where are you from?” Try and exchange phone numbers or maybe add them on Facebook. This is so helpful when you miss class that one day and need to get notes and when you need a study buddy for that really hard exam that is coming up.
  5. Take notes on the syllabus when the Professor goes over it. The Professor has so many side comments about expectations for papers and projects that are due throughout the semester. Pay close attention to those details. It might even allow you to start really big projects before things get too hectic during the semester.
  6. Ask Questions AND Go to office hours. Professors are people too. Professors are teaching on topics they find really interesting and may even be doing research on. So Professors love it when students speak up and ask questions, make comments and are genuinely curious about the topic being studied. And Office hours are a great way to ask specific questions and have a conversation with your professor about anything. Getting to know your professor could help you get job recommendations or letters for scholarships, grants, or even recommendations for graduate school programs.
  7. Don’t stress. First day nerves are totally normal. Take a deep breath. You are going to rock it!

 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  ~Philippians 4:13

Planning with Printables

As the August 31st and the 2017-2018 school year fast approaches, life may get a little chaotic and hey that is okay! But just in case you were wanting a little bit more organization in your life or maybe your trying to start this new year on a good foot by staying on top of your classes and due dates, then you have come to the right place.

The women of Mu Epsilon Theta spend quite a lot of time studying together, especially at the University Catholic Center, because sisters who study together are sisters who stay together!

Check out these awesome planner printables you can use this semester below courtesy of Mu Epsilon Theta by either clicking on the images below or on the pdf downloads at the bottom of this page.

 

PDF Downloads:

Daily Planner

Today Planner

Weekly Planner – Standard Time

Weekly Planner – Military Time

Weekly Planner – Blank Times

Twenty four seven Weekly Planner

Month at a Glance

Semester Planner

Assignment Planner

Definitions

Readings packet

Monthly Budget

Task List