“I love the emphasis the school puts on forming the students physically as well as mentally.”
Mary Frances Deucher
WCC Class of: 2020 (current junior)
Originally from: Vass, NC
All-time highlight so far: I think it would have to be the outdoor program. I have never experienced a program quite like what WCC has and I love the emphasis the school puts on forming the students physically as well as mentally. The challenges in the outdoor environment have helped me grow personally in so many ways and helps to balance out the academic life in a beautiful and fulfilling way.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: One of my favorite trips was the COR Instructor Course. I took this course in preparation for leading the 21 day freshmen backpacking trip and one of the most outstanding moments on the course was climbing Wind River Peak.
Most mind-blowing revelation in class: WCC has shattered my perception of God. Before coming here, I think I had various ideas about God based on where I was at that time in my life. Coming here and being able to read Church Fathers and be guided by our brilliant professors has been a transforming experience.
Why Mary Fran wants to be a PEAK counselor: I would love to be able to share that with prospective students and show them what WCC has to offer. It is my chance to give back to the school.
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“As I continue to pursue God’s will here, I am often overwhelmed with joy at who God wants me to be and how He has guided me.”
WCC Class of: 2021 (current sophomore)
Originally from: Las Cruces, NM
All-time highlight so far: As I continue to pursue God’s will here, I am so often overwhelmed with joy at who God wants me to be and how He has guided me through this college.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: This winter I led a group of freshmen into Grand Teton National Park for a winter expedition, which was very demanding as a leader. At the end, I felt a sense of fulfillment that I have never experienced before: I had just led them on one of the most formative outdoor trips Wyoming Catholic College has to offer, while simultaneously striving to do what was needed to preserve their sense of wonder and joy.
You’d never guess that… I once bought two baby ducks without the knowledge of my parents, who were out of town.
If your favorite class was a book, what would it be? Philosophy is like an allegorical novel that you don’t realize is an allegory until you’re almost halfway through. You explore all these lofty ideas and initially foreign concepts that blow your mind and leave you wanting more. Then, suddenly, you realize that this whole time you’ve been learning about God and His creation.
“[The] sense of peace in the wilderness is entirely unique.”
WCC Class of: 2019 (current senior)
Originally from: Taylors, SC
All-time highlight so far: One of the highlights of my time at WCC was last May when many of my classmates and I went over to a professor’s house and ate burgers, played games and discussed an article we had read. It was a wonderful evening of leisure in good company.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: My favorite memory from an outdoor trip was this past August while leading the freshman twenty-one day backpacking trip. It was day 11 and from midnight to 4 a.m. On each hour, I took students to and from adoration, and in between, I tended the fire, looked at the glorious stars, wrote and talked with Jesus. That sense of peace in the wilderness is entirely unique. Augustine puts it beautifully: “I the inner man knew [creation], I, I the soul, through the senses of the body. I asked the whole frame of the universe about my God and it answered me, “I am not He, but He made me” (Confessions, X.VI).
You would never guess that…
My oldest nephew is older than my youngest brother.
I don’t like pizza, popcorn or Oreos.
Favorite Class at WCC: My favorite class at WCC was Philosophy 302, Aristotle’s Ethics. The class was a strange mixture of comedy and a self-help book, but in the truest sense of self-help, that is, self-knowledge directed outward toward contemplation of the Good.
“I was struck once again by how beautiful God’s first book is — and how amazing it is that I had the opportunity of spending an entire week beneath the dazzling night sky. It was a moment of contemplation, wonder, and peace.”
Originally from: Wildwood, IL
All-time highlight so far: The highlight of my time here as a student is Philosophy class, especially when we read Aristotle’s Ethics. This class really opened my eyes to what it meant to live life well, to be happy, and to be truly human.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: My favorite outdoor trip memory is sleeping outside underneath the desert Utah skies in Zion National Park.
Most mind-blowing revelation in class: With help from Aristotle we learned that the soul is intimately connected with all the body: our emotions, instincts, and reactions don’t stem from either a physical experience or an intellectual thought, but from a union of both.
Why Grace wants to be a PEAK counselor: I want to be a PEAK counselor because I can genuinely say that my experience at WCC has been life changing and I want to share that experience with others. I’m so excited to spend a summer immersed in wisdom and wonder!
“ I want to spur others on their search for the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.“
Originally from: Billings, MT
All-time highlight so far: Living in such a tight-knit, faithful community. There is nothing quite like walking down the hallway and knowing the names of every person you pass.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: Last fall I was on a rafting trip to the Gates of Lodore. We [beached and rafts and hiked] to the top of the trail to see a wonderful view up and down the canyon, the river roaring through the canyon, and the rafts tied up 200 feet below. Someone started to sing the Salve Regina, and the rest of us followed suit. The hymn resounded off the canyon walls, and nature replied with its echo of our praise. That moment was my favorite and most treasured memory of any outdoor trip I have been on.
Most mind-blowing revelation in class: Growing up, I had this idea that God was some man removed completely from nature, an onlooker of our actions, the bearded man in the sky. Turns out that our natural relationship with God is much more intimate. God desires us, and all his creatures, to be causes. In being a cause we, in our own small way, imitate him.
Why Ben wants to be a PEAK counselor: I want to be a PEAK counselor because I want others to have the experience I did as a PEAK participant. Trust me, there isn’t any other place where you can go rock climbing, talk about whether a void is a privation or a substance, and then have a discussion on whether Christ fulfilled the Old Testament criteria for a Messiah all in the same day (Spoilers: He did). If you don’t know what those things are but you want to, come to PEAK.
“It wasn’t until studied Humanities that I realized history could be used as a study of character and the human soul.”
Originally from: Waukesha, WI
All-time highlight so far: Definitely the Freshman COR Expedition. It’s not often you get to spend three weeks in some of the most beautiful country in the United States accompanied by a priest, three instructors you respect greatly, and 12 to 15 other young men with similar values and interests. The friends I made on COR remain some of the closest I have.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: Sitting around the campfire on the Kokopelli Trail Mountain Biking Trip. The biking was hard (120 miles over five days), but exchanging stories with the other four guys over each dinner was a blast.
Most mind-blowing revelation in class: Learning about the tyrannical and magnanimous souls in Humanities was incredibly interesting, especially through reading Thucydides, Herodotus, and Plutarch’s Lives. It wasn’t until then I realized history could be used as a study of character and the human soul.
Why Farley wants to be a PEAK counselor: PEAK combines all my favorite parts of WCC: the great community, an outdoor trip, great discussions, sports, and prayer. An opportunity for a summer job doing all the things I love was too good to pass up.
“In that moment I felt the raw and powerful glory of God present in those desolate mountains, a feeling which I will never forget.”
Originally from: Atascadero, CA
All-time highlight so far: The highlight of my time as a student at WCC has been being part of its small community which fosters friendships between the students. For example, I feel that I can easily befriend any one of the students and even faculty and staff members. Sometimes it seems that I am getting to know a different student better every week. This tight community has allowed me to bond with people outside of my class or close friend group. It is unique to be at a place where one can go on adventures with anyone from the school and have a genuinely good time.
Favorite outdoor trip memory: Ironically, my favorite outdoor memories tend to be the ones I hated the most in the moment. For example, last fall break on a backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountains we gained 1,300 feet in about two miles of trail with some of our packs over 60 pounds. I could barely walk another step. When I finally conquered the top of the mountain pass the wind ferociously whipped me back and practically blew me over. In that moment I felt the raw and powerful glory of God present in those desolate mountains, a feeling which I will never forget.
Most mind-blowing revelation in class: Theology class never fails to amaze me. I have learned so much about my faith, from the mystery of who God is and the gravity of the Incarnation, to man’s fallen condition and God’s undying and incomprehensible love for man nevertheless. I am consistently humbled in class with the weight and beauty of these mysteries.
Why Gen wants to be a PEAK counselor: I had so much fun coming to PEAK four years ago and my love for Wyoming Catholic College grows with each progressing semester as I delve deeper into the curriculum. I want to share my love for this school with the high school students who attend and add my energy to this fantastic program.
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