U of L and faith: Freshman Kellie Lueke
By Lynnsey McGraw–
Meet Kellie Lueke, a freshman at the University of Louisville majoring in Sociology.
She is Catholic, but when asked if she is practicing, she said, “Yes and no. I pray every day and go to Church sometimes on holidays, but I haven’t been to Church in a long time.” She also added, “I went to Catholic school, so we had to go during school hours once a week.”
She compared high school life to college life, saying, “College is a lot more independent work based and very time consuming.”
She is a freshman coming in to a whole new life of college. Is having faith affecting her social life?
“Sometimes it affects who I hang out with,” she revealed. “I’m obviously not going to care if my friend is Baptist, Catholic, but you probably won’t find me hanging out with an atheist. I feel that would just be awkward. I have family that is Catholic, Baptist, and Jehovah’s Witness; it doesn’t matter to me. As long as you believe in God or Jesus, you are fine with me.”
With college being a whole different world, and coming from a Catholic background, faith has an effect on her academic career.
Lueke stated, “It gets me through things that seem difficult; it helps me see that everything is going to be okay. Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it is not the end.”
Is it harder to maintain faithful in the life of a college student?
Lueke doesn’t think so.
“I know who I am and what I believe in,” she said. “I’m not going to let anyone change that.”
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