Shout-out for Catholic colleges and universities

Students attend outdoor Mass at Loyola University in New Orleans. (CNS photo)

Just as high school seniors are making final decisions for college and juniors are starting  (or continuing) their college search, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Univerisites is promoting a video highlighting the distinct benefits of a Catholic college education.

The 9-minute video profiles five recent graduates of Catholic colleges who talk about how their college experience gave them a sense of purpose and enabled them to integrate faith in their daily lives. The association’s member colleges are encouraged to post the video on their websites.

Marina Pastrana Rios, a Boston College graduate, jokes in the video that the Jesuits “ruined” her  — “in a good way” — because her education at the Jesuit-run university made her ask herself: “Does the world really need another CPA?”

Not satisfied with just pursuing a business career, Marina, like other graduates featured in the video, wondered what more she could do for the world.

Now she is program director of the school’s Montserrat Coalition, an initiative that seeks to help students in financial need.