US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How is hook-up culture affecting college students?

By A U.S. Catholic interview |
Article Lifestyle

In our May 2014 issue, the editors at U.S. Catholic interviewed theologian Emily Reimer-Barry, professor of theology at the University of San Diego about the messages women receive from the church. Here, she talks more about some of the challenges her students face regarding hook-up culture, and the implications for young people and the church.

Student loans affect more than just your wallet

By Caitlyn Schmid |
blog Lifestyle

I know firsthand how hard it can be. It’s a daily struggle that now affects 1 in 5 American households. It affects your every decision. It’s a crippling feeling felt deep in the pit of your stomach. It keeps you up at night. As the student loan debt of America has crept over $1 trillion and many millennials expect to spend decades to pay for college, the problem with student loans is not going away any time soon.

How Catholic colleges can and should help DREAMers

By Donna M. Carroll |
Article Justice
One university president shares tips on how to welcome and support undocumented students.

My involvement with immigration reform started with one student on a bicycle in a snow storm. How else, I learned, could he get to school without a driver’s license, which was not an option for an undocumented student in Illinois in 2007? Neither was a campus job, though he was an honors student majoring in economics. He asked for my help, tentatively at first—not for himself, but for the dream of citizenship—and so it all began.

Will the church get on board with the push for universal pre-K?

By Scott Alessi |
blog Your Faith

How much do you remember about your first day of kindergarten? That might depend on how good your memory is and how many years ago it was, but it also might have something to do with what you were doing in the years prior. For some children, kindergarten is their first foray into the world of education, their first time away from home, their first experience inside a classroom alongside other kids. That's how it was for me, and I know it was a big adjustment that took some getting used to.

The benefits of emphasizing equality in education

By Elizabeth Lefebvre |
blog Lifestyle

Just imagine this educational landscape: Free schooling—including at the university level. Continued support for teachers. No high-stakes standardized tests. More recess and breaks for hands-on projects. More equality?

Catholic schools unite—you have nothing to lose but your deficits!

By Catherine O'Connell-Cahill |
blog Lifestyle

Let’s hear it for the intrepid staff at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, N.J., who have not only embarked on a bold multimedia fundraising campaign to secure the school’s future, Anthony 2020, but have also created a new online community, Faith in Education, showcasing the success stories of Catholic schools across the country. The site’s creators hope to spark conversation about Catholic schools on a national level.

Changes to the SAT and why we should care

By Kira Dault |
blog Lifestyle

When I took the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), back in *undisclosed date here,* it was all about the bubble sheets. There was no writing section. There was only the sealed paper test and my secret fear that when I showed up to take the test, all of my pencils would be Number 3 pencils.