NOVEMBER 19, 2014 – Kelly Kimball (NHS’16), a human science major, says attending Georgetown has allowed her to fully explore her Catholic identity.
Today, Kimball, who is also a theology minor, is an active member of the Catholic Daughters of Georgetown University and lives in a house on Magis Row.
“It was wonderful to meet more people my age who were Catholic and interested in exploring their faith more deeply,” says Kimball.
Magis Row Living
Magis Row is an independent living learning community located on 37th Street near the university’s main gates. Georgetown students apply, through the Division of Student Affars, to live in these houses.
Each house on the block has its own theme, which allows residents to discover and pursue their shared interests and passions.
“I really enjoy living on Magis Row,” says Kimball. “All of the house themes are very different, but we all have the common goal of delving deeper into a topic that we are interested in.”
Catholic Women and Spirituality
Kimball lives in a house with the name “Magnificat: Catholic Women & Spirituality.” Residents host monthly discussions with Georgetown students and faculty that focus on what it means to be a woman in the church today.
“We want to create a space on campus where we can explore what it means to live out our Catholic faith in our daily lives,” says Kimball. “We opened our most recent discussion by looking at Mary through a social justice lens, specifically in her prayer of The Magnificat.”
The residents also meet every week with Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani, their advisor, and discuss the works of Catholic female writers. They also write weekly reflections on faith, which they plan to turn into a book at the end of each semester.
The human science major stood out for Kimball because of its unique application of science to the context of the human body.
“I love how the NHS incorporates the Jesuit values into its teaching, especially in its emphasis on caring for the whole person,” Kimball says. “There is nothing more important than respecting the dignity of the people we are caring for.”
Upon her graduation, she plans to go to chiropractic school.
“I’m very passionate about getting people to think about their health in new ways, especially with regards to maintaining a level of optimal health and preventing disease,” she says.
By Masha Mikey (S’15)