This Sunday is an important day for me, perhaps one of the most important days of my life.
On Sunday, at 20 years old, I will receive full communion and be accepted into the Catholic Church.
I quietly began contemplating my faith just over a year ago. As my faith grew, so did my voice and soon enough I felt proud to announce my decision to become Catholic.
In some ways, I think I feared opposition and judgment but quickly learned that it did not matter what people thought. That lesson is one I am glad I learned.
I feel like people our age think it's clich?© to be religious, as if it conflicts with the social norms of our 20-something personalities. Our culture tells us that our instead of church on Sundays, we should still be sleeping.
By default, we assume the things we want to do will otherwise conflict with any sort of religion.
When people ask me how I came about making my decision to become Catholic as a college student, I always say the same thing. I found faith and a relationship with God on my own accord and that I am grateful for.
I am not a perfect person nor will I ever be a perfect Catholic, but my religion helps me build a foundation of morals that I am proud of.
I by no means write this column to push my beliefs on others, rather I write this as a celebration of my accomplishment and as a testament to the way I view my faith. The first leg of this life-long journey of faith closes this weekend and I feel more thrilled than I can even say. As kids, we were always excited to hang our good grades on our fridges and in many ways, this is my good grade.
Ashley Duvall is a junior public relations major from Vernon, NJ. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.