The Bading House is a community of Stritch School of Medicine students who desire to be part of the living fabric of the Maywood community. Rather than remaining visitors or passers-by, we are committed to making our home in Maywood, serving the community, and getting to know its members as our neighbors. We are united in our passion for service and social justice, both in Maywood and beyond, and find that living out this passion in the context of community living provides us with support, inspiration, and encouragement in our work. We are inspired by the Jesuit value of living as men and women for others and feel that Maywood is a fertile environment for learning to serve our future patients well.
Past events and community commitments include:
- Service Day
- Monthly Christian Fellowship Meal
- Volunteering at Maywood Fine Arts
- Music Ministry at St. Eulalia Catholic Church
- Lenten Reflection & Dinner
- Murder Mystery Dinner
Learn more about the namesake of this community, Eva Bading, MD here.
I am from Buffalo, New York - a city with a vibrant immigrant/refugee population. Through lifelong exposure to health disparities among these and other underserved populations in Buffalo, I developed the desire to pursue medicine. During my time in undergrad I studied biology along with public health and international development. In my gap year I had the privilege of working at community health centers in Sierra Leone (West Africa) and Buffalo. As I planned my move to Stritch, I was drawn to the intentionality of community living, in a time of our lives where it is easy as medical students to lose sight of the bigger picture. The Bading House gives me an incredible opportunity to continue to develop my worldview centered on social justice and compassion for others. I am thankful for the ability to engage with the Maywood community and learn from classmates who are at various stages of this medical journey.
I am a current second-year medical student who arrived in the Midwest after being raised in the beautiful and sunny state of Arizona. I did my undergrad at Arizona State University where I studied Biochemistry, Spanish and Nutrition. I spent four years working in a local emergency room during my undergrad and fell in love with medicine during that time. After spending a lot of time working with local non-profit medical clinics, I discovered a passion for working closely with underserved populations in the primary care setting and have found a lot of joy engaging closely with such communities. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by the community-centric, faith-driven and genuinely caring fellow students here at the Bading house. And I am grateful to call this place home.
I am from Albania, a small country known for its hospitality. Spending my childhood there, I learned the importance of community and care. I moved to the US and was shaped by the sacrificial love of my parents. I attended the University of Michigan where I studied Neuroscience and had many opportunities to discover my passion for medicine and service. While there, I also grew in my Catholic faith and understood God’s primacy in my life. This growth, aided by a small community at the University, made me see the need to be challenged and to continue growing in my faith. Further, I saw service as a personal responsibility to take action in using my gifts for others. Volunteering at a clinic during that time, I saw the value that unhindered personal care offers. Though I still need to learn a lot, I hope to use the insight I have as a medical student in Maywood and beyond. I am thankful for the community at the Bading House; I know each member will help me become a physician for the whole person.
I grew up playing in the mountains in sunny Fort Collins, Colorado. After graduating from Fordham University with a degree in Theology and Humanitarian Studies, I spent two years as a volunteer in the rural Andean town of Andahuaylillas, Peru, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. I spent my time working in a teaching and after school support role with elementary, preschool, and middle school students. While there, I had the opportunity to interpret for visiting medical groups and fell in love with the space that medicine provided to accompany people in their most vulnerable moments. Living in the Bading House has been a powerful way to keep a desire for justice and community at the forefront of this medical school journey, and I am grateful for the way that my housemates and neighbors constantly push me to reflect and grow. When not studying, you can find me climbing, backpacking, reading poetry, cooking, and spending time with my border collie, (and resident fetch expert) Sage.
I grew up in the small town of Metamora in Central Illinois and knew from an early age that I wanted to peruse a career in medicine. I went to undergrad at Greenville University in Southern Illinois and studied Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish, where I developed a passion for working with those underserved and marginalized. After graduating, I had the opportunity to spend a year in the Dominican Republic and work with a community health organization. Between our rural clinics, home visits, and patient education, I began to gain a broader view of the field of medicine, which helped me decide to do the MD/MPH program, on the Global Health Equity track. As soon as I heard about the Bading House, I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. I am so grateful for the passion and community-mindedness of my fellow classmates who push me to expand my faith and worldview as we strive to live in solidarity with one another and our Maywood neighbors.