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Major Minor of the Month - Justyna Skowronski

Major Minor of the Month - Justyna Skowronski
Justyna Skowronski '20
English and Journalism major

Why did you choose to become a CS Minor: I chose to become a CS Minor because I wanted to not only enrich my learning experience at a Jesuit university by learning more about the Catholic faith in an intellectual sense, but to also be a part of a greater community and family at Loyola. After commuting my sophomore year, I was yearning for more connection with people and I found my home in the Catholic Studies community.

What is a fond memory you’ve had as a CS minor: I'm stuck between two. One would definitely have to be my time abroad in Oxford, University with the CS Minor offered summer study abroad course Hobbits to Hogwarts. No matter what your major is...take it if you have a chance during your time at Loyola! The other was a Chili Night one of our alums Emily Kate Marticello hosted with past and present CS minors. We talked about the sex abuse scandal and our response as the youth of the Catholic Church prior to the Synod on Youth. There's nothing like a great meal and conversation with close friends in such a wonderful community.

Favorite Saint:  The Marto siblings of Fatima; St. Gemma Galgani; St. Kateri Tekakwitha; and Bl. Karolina Kózka

Career Goals and Aspirations: After graduation, I plan to work on the editorial side of publishing while I continue writing and blogging on the side. I aspire to be a Children's book author and novelist.

Favorite Catholic Author: Rachel Hollis & Matthew Kelly

Best Catholic Studies class taken at Loyola:  ENGL/THEO 383 & ENGL 287 (the Hobbits to Hogwarts study abroad course)

Favorite Service Experience:  Going on an ABI to Nazareth Farm and community service at the Marjorie Kovler Center.

Most important idea of all time: Learning to love.

Most important invention:  Education/School

Inspiration to do Good:  My family and especially my 10 other siblings. But additionally, past versions of Justyna; I don't want to let her dreams over the years go to waste.

Central idea of Catholic thought that intrigues you: Forgiveness.

Favorite Movie:  The Sound of Music.

Pet Peeve: Dirty dishes, wet willies, self-centeredness, poor grammar, smoking, and disoriented walkers downtown.

Favorite Food: FRUIT!

Favorite type of Music/ Favorite Song:  "Heart's Content" by Brandi Carlisle.

Any Body Piercings or Tattoos:  Yes to both.

Crazy fad went through in the past: Webkinz? Heelys? Silly Bandz? And crackle nail polish.

Qualities valued in a person:  Courage, ambition, kindness, patience, humility, and selflessness.

If named the president of Loyola, what would you do as your first presidential act: Make ASL a required Core class for all Education majors.

Nicknames: Tysia, Justine, and sometimes J.

Most Delicious Item at Portillos: Chopped Salad.

Pizza Topping: Probably green pepper and mushroom. (But I don't eat pizza unless it's deep dish)

Favorite Season: Fall

Dream Travel Destination: Greece

Guilty Pleasure: Vacuuming. And watching wedding dance videos on YouTube . . .

Favorite Green Vegetable: Broccoli

Meet anyone past or present, who would it be? Past: Elvis Presley. Present: Julie Andrews.

If you could be omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnibenevolent, which would it be?  Omnibenevolent.

Favorite Olympic Sport (Summer or Winter): Nordic Combined (Winter).

What is your favorite movie quote? “The moment of impact. The moment of impact proves potential for change. Has ripples effects far beyond what we can predict. Sending some particles crashing together. Making them closer than before. While sending others spinning off into great ventures. Landing them where you've never thought you've found them. That's the thing about moments like these. You can't, no matter how hard you try, controlling how it's gonna affect you. You just gotta let the colliding part goes where they may. And wait. For the next collision.” ― The Vow