By Taylor Wilson, Sophomore, Columbus State Community College
Joining Household this year was nothing short of rewarding. As somebody who wasn’t attending Ohio State and only knew a handful of people when the year began, I was definitely a little nervous and apprehensive. Growing up with two brothers, I had never lived with other women, so when I was put into a house with fourteen other women, well, you could say I was a little intimidated. Our house, Siena, is unique in that it hosts two households: North and South. This year I lived in North Siena where there was plenty of spontaneous harmonizing and music videos made. Being a part of this sisterhood has been one delightful journey. Every woman in Siena is unique in what they enjoy and how they love, and the Lord certainly shed light on how each individual’s personality contributes to this mission of glorifying the Lord and sharing His gospel.
Two households functioning under one roof threw a curveball into the household norm, adding a neat dynamic and creating an interesting bond between the two. Though we functioned entirely as two separate households, we share things like a laundry room and a staircase and entry ways, so seeing each other in passing, joining together for movie nights, and going on ice cream runs became quite common!
Living so close to campus allows for great outreach opportunities. Our home is a welcoming place for friends to hang out, eat, or study together. It is special to be a part of a community who hosts fun parties and tailgates that are focused on building relationships rather than social status and drinking- like so many of the party houses that surround us. As a student attending Columbus State, living so close to campus helped me to feel like part of Ohio State as my bible study met every week in the library, and my friends loved to hammock on the oval or go skating at the ice rink!
Siena has been a wonderful adventure and a real place of growth and ministry. Because of the large space we have, hosting outreach events, coffee houses (sharing talents within the community over coffee and desserts), and even celebrating Mass is possible. What an incredible blessing and gift Siena has been to this community. Looking back at the year, the Lord has done incredible things, not only in my own life, but in the lives of those we encountered, and I am so thankful I was able to be a part of Siena’s first year in action!
We are grateful to all our benefactors and the Catholic Foundation who have made such a wonderful opportunity possible!