The Future is Bright
“The best part about my experience at the March was seeing the dynamics of the people present,” Steven Nowotarski, Holy Family 1, Chicago, Ill. said. He attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. in January earlier this year. “There were Catholics and atheists, men and women, young children and the elderly, and people of all races and ethnicities. It truly is a cause that is bringing people together from all over our nation to fight for life.” He attended with fellow members of the University of Notre Dame Right to Life Club, of which he’s been an officer for the past two years. More than 1,000 students from the combined community of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross College (all in Indiana) attended the March, which is the group’s most well-attended event each year: “Although we are fighting for a day when the March will no longer be necessary, until that day, the Right to Life club will show our continued support for the March.”
Steven, who is studying finance and political science at Notre Dame, chose to attend March for Life because many of his friends, who attended in recent years, frequently spoke about how wonderful it was to witness and participate in the pro-life movement. Steven, who hopes his generation is the voice for the voiceless and demands a higher standard of respect for all people from the moment of conception, was elated to see the vast amount of young people at the March.
“My experience at the March for Life was one of joy and hope for the future,” Steven explains. Noting that many protests or marches seem to emote negative themes, he reveled in how different the March for Life was. “Among the huge crowds present in D.C., I saw people who cared not only about the unborn, but also about supporting mothers, immigrants, refugees, the poor, and all other groups of people who are marginalized by society,” he said.
Notre Dame supports students who attend the March by allowing excused absences for any classes missed. The Right to Life Club and other clubs on campus provide funding so there is a minimal cost for students to attend. “Although these perks will not be available to me after I graduate this year, bearing witness to this cause is something that is extremely important to me, and I will make every effort to attend the March for Life every year from now on,” the college senior said. As the largest club at the Catholic university, the Right to Life Club is extremely active in the community, hosting baby showers for women who don’t have the support or financial means to do so on their own, writing support letters to those on death row and organizing (including singing!) karaoke night at homes for disabled people to build community with them. Steven, currently serving as Treasurer for the club, said, “Being an officer for such a large club is a big commitment, but seeing the fruits of our efforts is the most gratifying thing I have done in college.”
Steven’s best advice for college students is to try all different kinds of clubs and organizations. “College is a great opportunity to learn what is really important to you as a person and what you would fight for,” he said. “Once you’ve found what you are truly passionate about, commit to it!”
Wanting to change the world can be a daunting thought, even if you are a college student ready to be who God meant you to be and set the world on fire. (Thank you, Catherine of Siena!) But don’t you want to try? Steven echoes, “If every college student finds a cause they care for and spend as little as an hour or two a week furthering that cause, the impact you can have on your community can literally be life-changing.”
Article by Katlyn Gerken.