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Injured student finds that Alvernia University classmates demonstrate Franciscan ideals

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 3:28 pm

College students are not always the nicest people in the world. It is tough being a young adult in a growing society! With hormones and deadlines, students can sometimes become self-absorbed in their own worlds. This is not the case at Alvernia University in Berks County, in which I am proud to say I am a part.

After having major knee surgery just a few weeks ago, I had the daunting task of walking around campus to my classes. I have been well acquainted with walking around college campuses with a cane, crutches, and/or boot. This was my 11th surgery due to being hit by a drunk driver in a car accident four years ago.

I had attended two other colleges before Alvernia and had not encountered an equal amount of care. I was surprised and delighted with the way I was treated as I made my way around the college.

All of the students I encountered were courteous and helpful. Not once did I have to open a door by myself. Not once did I feel rushed as I made my way up or down the stairs. In fact it was the complete opposite. My classmates would wait at the top of the stairs to hold the door open for me, and trust me; my pace was far from quick.

Students constantly asked me if I was okay, and asked what had happened. My peers did not feel inconvenienced by my injury but instead wanted to hear of my struggles and know how they could help. I was amazed at how much the students here at Alvernia cared. Every time I was helped, it put a huge smile on my face and made it easier for me to continue my day.

Alvernians definitely portray the Franciscan values that are core to the university's mission. The goal of the university is to provide knowledge along with love. The love that is the mission of this establishment has reached the hearts of its students. Somewhere between a high-stress class schedule and work load, the students have learned the importance of kindness and love. It is this type of learning that helped me when I needed it.

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