BY ALLISON BARRICK
Graduating in May and looking back at the last four years, Best of the Barons nominee Ellie Schlueter has greatly enjoyed her time at Franciscan University, becoming involved in a variety of activities.
Schlueter, majoring in mathematics education, said that she has always enjoyed and even excelled in math.
“It’s amazing how numbers are black and white,” she said, explaining how these rules can lead to greater knowledge.
Schlueter also described how she wanted to become a teacher as she views Catholic education as a means for evangelization in the United States.
Schlueter is a member and past coordinator of Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. However, her involvement in her household did not merely involve intenting and being inducted. She assisted in its re-activation in 2012.
“I definitely loved Servants of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the importance of their charism of loving Jesus’ Eucharistic heart,” shared Schlueter, explaining her desire to be a part of this household re-activation as opposed to joining an already existing household.
“And,” she continued, “adoration was an important charism that needed to be a part of Franciscan life.”
Having had a positive experience, Schlueter said that household allowed her to share her household’s charism with others in order to be “a better apostle of Christ.”
“It’s been great for building faith-based friendships and for helping me grow spiritually,” she said.
While she was very involved in athletics in high school, Schlueter was not able to be on a NCAA team in college. However, this did not stop her from becoming involved in sports another way. Schlueter participated in intramural sports with her household, winning both volleyball and women’s basketball intramurals.
“Since joining household, it was really awesome for household to create teams and invite freshmen,” she explained.
As she is graduating soon, Schlueter shares that she would tell future students to make the most of their time at Franciscan.
“I would say learn as much as you can, not only in the classroom but through all the amazing experiences Franciscan has to offer,” she said.
“Be involved, participate, enjoy some things you may be nervous about, but interested in,” she encouraged. She also said to learn from other people as interacting with them can be a learning experience as well.