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#MyMagisMessage: Lilian Lebednick '21

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from Lilian Lebednick, a senior Supply Chain Management major and Psychology minor!

At which service sites / community partners have you served or been a student liaison?

I have served with Fatima Family Center for Afterschool Tutoring, St. Martin de Porres High School for Philosophy Tutoring, Eliza Bryant for Saturday Games Day and Spa Night, and YouthAbility for Exercise Class.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?

To create the best version of tomorrow by being kind to myself and others today.

Service puts the Magis teaching into practice. Many find that painting a woman's nails or teaching a child how to subtract to be simple, basic, and not life-changing. But when you leave a service site, you've not only changed that person's life, but you've changed yours as well. The Magis is doing more for others so you can grow into yourself.

I've partaken in service every semester since freshman year and it has had the greatest impact on my John Carroll experience. Service has given me the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people, bond with other students, and take responsibility as a leader. I have learned something from every person I've met. Sometimes it's little lessons like be prepared, pay attention, and stay motivated. However, the biggest lessons hit harder - to take responsibility for your mistakes and become a better person through them.

If I made a mistake yesterday, yesterday's me is still me. I am who I am today with all my faults. The goal for tomorrow is to be a tiny bit wiser, and that's me too. I have many faults and I have many fears, but I am going to embrace every day as a challenge to use them for the better.


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