Meet Megan Heeder, a member of the Barton Community here at Walker Center. She moved into the intentional community last summer and lives in the Hume House. Currently, Megan studies at Boston College, and has plans to go to Marquette University in the fall to pursue a PhD in theological aesthetics. Theological aesthetics, Megan says, is the art and music aspects of the mass. Music, she says is what made her fall in love with her faith and better understand her Roman Catholic spirituality. Both music and art play a huge role in aligning her spiritual and academic interests. “I love music both as an art form unto itself and in the context of mass,” she says.
Megan says that her Hume housemates have been a great source of company and companionship since moving in. Recently, she has been even more thankful for their support because Megan has been training for the Boston Marathon! Leading up to the race, she has relied heavily on her Hume housemates to keep her motivated and keep up her spirits. “They’re really excited to come out and cheer for me,” she explains, “and they keep asking me where I want them to stand to see me.”
As the race gets closer, Megan spends some of her days wrapped up in nerves, while other days she feels ready to run her best race. Throughout her training, she has gotten to run in all kinds of weather conditions, and has gotten to test out almost every leg of the race track thanks to Walker Center’s location. The biggest consistency throughout her training has been her attitude. “I’ve tried to take everything in stride,” Megan says. She is confident at this point that she will run the race she is meant to this Patriot’s Day.
Her housemates and the rest of the Barton Community are all getting excited watch her from the sidelines on Monday morning, and everyone at Walker Center is proud of Megan’s hard work both inside and outside of the classroom. As she enters into the last few days before the race, and as she enters into her last few months at Boston College before heading off to pursue her PhD, we are overjoyed to celebrate Megan’s accomplishments. Best of luck Megan, we’re all cheering for you!
-by Laura Pierson, Programs and Communications Assistant at Walker Center
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