Book Review: Outstanding Tips for Faithful College Students and Others
Subtitled “Forty Tips for Faithful College Students,” Aurora Griffin’s book provides a valuable guide for parents and prospective students to avert the seductive temptations in higher education that beleaguer the young at prestigious secular universities. Whether it is the dogmatic atheism that mocks “silly religious people,” the radical ideologies espoused by a majority of faculty and students, the moral relativism that rejects traditional norms or Christian morality, or the drug culture, binge-drinking, and casual promiscuity that infiltrate college campuses, the culture of the modern university endangers the faith of the young when they fail to know, love, live, and defend their religious convictions in an alien environment inimical to religious knowledge and divine truth.
Question: For What Would I Give Up Christ?
My dad told me from the time I was a child that a day would come when I had to choose between what I most wanted and Christ. One day I would be tested to see if I loved something else more than God.
One Young Woman's Practical Wisdom about Virtuous Living
25 March 2017
When I opened up How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard, I encountered a great and handy guide to practical wisdom for living a good, faithful life. It’s directed to Catholics, from Catholic publisher Ignatius Press, but it’s got gems for anyone looking for tips on living a virtuous and balanced life. Author Aurora Griffin, a recent Harvard graduate, talks with me about the book, the school, and life.
The Inside Story of the Woman who Fought Satan at Harvard
Aurora Griffin came into the spotlight in 2014 when a group of Satanists were invited to hold a black mass at Harvard. As a devout Catholic and student leader on campus, Aurora decided to stand up and fight against this evil, becoming a leader of a movement that began at the university and eventually gained national attention. It would be the most important thing she did during her years at Harvard, Aurora admitted, honoring God and successfully helping to stop an infamously anti-Catholic ritual from being celebrated on campus.
Harvard was a Great Place to be Catholic: I Felt Like a Rebel!
Aurora Griffin is no stranger to the pages of the Catholic Herald, having written here about her book, How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard (Ignatius Press), and here about her successful efforts to stop a Black Mass taking place at Harvard. Having now read her book with its many thoughtful and practical suggestions for how young Catholics leaving school can grow in their Faith at university rather than abandon it, I have now caught up with its young yet very articulate author to learn more about her experiences
Thrive as a Person of Faith amid Secular Sinkholes
People of faith who feel under siege in secular settings can navigate with strategies such as daily prayer, connecting with those who share your religious beliefs and forging friendships with spiritual naysayers, author Aurora Griffin said.
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Many religious parents mourn the fact that a disturbingly large number of young people graduate from college considerably less religious than when they entered... Aurora Griffin is a recent Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar who studied philosophy at Oxford, and plans to pursue a career in business. How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard is her first book, where she describes her undergraduate faith life, where she describes how she maintained and expanded her religiousness in an environment that was not particularly conducive to faith.
Can you Keep Your Faith in College?
Catholic colleges offer plenty of on-campus resources for students to practice their faith: daily Masses, frequent opportunities for confession, and easily accessible clergy and religious. But what if you’re a student attending a college that has no affiliation with the Church? What can you do to maintain your faith while not giving in to temptations? In a new book, How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful College Students(Ignatius Press, 2016), author Aurora Griffin tells readers about her collegiate experience and offers guidance to students.
To be Catholic in College
11 December 2016
Aurora Griffin was on a mission — a Catholic mission — while at Harvard University. The author of the recently released How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard was a Rhodes Scholar and a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the Ivy League. During her time at Harvard, she wrote for The Harvard Crimson, served as president of the Catholic Student Association and took the lead in having the “black mass” canceled on campus.
Lessons Of A Catholic Rhodes Scholar
9 December 2016
The book embraces the lesson of Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, ... Rather, the law of the LORD is his joy; and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted near streams of water, that yields its fruit in season; Its leaves never wither; whatever he does prospers." Griffin wants to tell a young person starting out in adult life is that if you come to know, love and serve the Lord, not vaguely, but through definite practices, you will prosper. She is living proof of that: precisely because of her way of life, she says, she studied hard, was a big success at Harvard, and even won a Rhodes Scholarship.
My interview with Aurora Griffin, author of How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard. How was Aurora a devout Catholic going to Harvard?
6 December 2016
It was nothing short of providential that I would meet Aurora, a rising star when she was in Boston at the headquarters of the Catholic TV station to promote her book, How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard.
The Rhodes trust
24 November 2016
Aurora C. Griffin, Westlake Village, is a senior at Harvard where she majors in classics. She combines interests in western ethical thought, Christian theology and bioethics with her desire to build a society more conscious about the way it develops and uses biotechnologies. She is president of the Harvard Catholic Student Association, founded and led a group for female Catholic fellowship, and founded a fellowship for Christian pre-medical students to volunteer for cancer hospital ministry work.
Yes, there are faithful Millennials who stay Catholic at college
22 November 2016
Aurora's insights reveal something many Catholic students across the country have come to understand: that one of the few true “safe spaces” on a college campus – Harvard or anywhere else – is among fellow believers, especially at Mass.
How to Stay Catholic While Attending College and University
15 November 2016
It’s not every twenty-something who has led the Harvard University’s Catholic Student Association, successfully prevented a Satanic Black Mass from being held on said university’s campus, earned a graduate degree in theology from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and still found time to write a book which has been critically acclaimed by Catholic intellectual luminaries such as Scott Hahn and Peter Kreeft. Aurora C. Griffin, however, has done just that!
How I Stayed Catholic At Harvard (And You Can Too!)
2 November 2016
It’s not every twenty-something who has led the Harvard University’s Catholic Student Association, successfully prevented a Satanic Black Mass from being held on said university’s campus, earned a graduate degree in theology from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and still found time to write a book which has been critically acclaimed by Catholic intellectual luminaries such as Scott Hahn and Peter Kreeft. Aurora C. Griffin, however, has done just that! The author of
4 Tips to Help You Stay Catholic in College
18 October 2016
One in ten American adults were raised in the Catholic Church but no longer identify as Catholic. And of those who have left the Church, 30% did so between the ages of 18-23. To help young people face the challenge of keeping their Catholic faith in college, Harvard grad and Rhodes Scholar Aurora Griffin wrote the book How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful College Students.
Staying Catholic at Harvard: Aurora Griffin’s Story
30 September 2016
“Going to a secular school doesn’t mean you’re going to lose your faith.”
On Thursday, September 29th, Montrose juniors and seniors gathered in Founders’ Hall to hear from Aurora Griffin, a 2014 Harvard graduate, about how she upheld, defended, and strengthened her Catholic faith during her time at Harvard and beyond. These experiences were the subject of her recent book, How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard. Her stories and advice captivated the audience. As she spoke, Founders’ Hall boomed with laughter at one time and held its breath with fear at another.
A Subtler Satanism
13 September 2016
Having received Our Lord in the Eucharist daily for years, Harvard student Aurora Griffin sensed the enormity of the evil touted under the guise of an educational “reenactment” of the Satanic black mass. “I believe that the Eucharist is the most precious and holy thing in the world,” Griffin writes, referencing her fear of its desecration. “If I did not protect it, what did that say about my true priorities?”... When Griffin’s crusade led to the event’s cancellation on campus, she made her way to the Holy Hour scheduled at St. Paul’s.
When parents send their child off to college, they hope for safety and success. Catholic parents have the added concern that their child will not remain in the faith amid campus pressures. Thus, a new book by Harvard graduate Aurora Griffin on how to stay Catholic is most welcome. How I Stayed Catholic at Harvard: 40 Tips for Faithful Catholic Students carries an introduction by Catholic apologist Peter Kreeft, who points out that most books of this type are written by parents, whereas this one gives practical advice from the front lines by a recent graduate.
ISI student spotlight
From Honors Scholar to Rhodes Scholar: that’s the path Aurora Griffin has traveled. ISI was not surprised to learn that Aurora had been chosen to receive the world’s most prestigious academic scholarship. An ISI Honors Scholar in 2012–13, the Harvard student has consistently displayed exceptional intelligence, character, and leadership.
OCS alumna named Rhodes Scholar
Aurora Griffin, the 2009 Oaks Christian School valedictorian, has been named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. She will attend Oxford University to pursue a Master of Philosophy in theology and Christian ethics with an emphasis in bioethics.
Rhodes scholar speaks at alma mater about faith, heroes
23 January 2014
Aurora is a student at Oaks Christian High School where she's a member of the national Honor Society and has been in the top 10 dean's list every semester. She's received the West Point Award, the National Merit Commended Scholar Award and the AP scholar with distinction candidate award.
Oaks Christian School Alumna Aurora Griffin is Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar
26 November 2013
Westlake Village, California—“The Rhodes scholarship is awarded to people who want to fight the world’s fight and I was able to show the committee that the issues of bioethics are the world’s fight,” said Aurora Griffin after being named a 2014 Rhodes Scholar. “My proposal to the Rhodes committee was to use fundamental principles of theology to address emerging issues in biotechnology.” Griffin participated in a rigorous process, competing with more than 800 top U.S. university students.
Meet the 2014 Rhodes Scholars
26 November 2013
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving each year, the Rhodes Trust announces its next class of Rhodes Scholars, the elite academic club that counts prominent politicians, academics, journalists and one president among its alumni.
3 Californians Get Prestigious Rhodes Scholarships
24 November 2013
The final California recipient, Aurora Griffin of Westlake Village plans to study theology and Christian ethics. She’s a senior at Harvard University, where she’s studying the classics. She heads the Harvard Catholic Student Association and founded a fellowship for Christian pre-medical students. She previously spent a term at Oxford studying philosophy.
32 Americans named Rhodes Scholars for 2014
24 November 2013
WASHINGTON — The Rhodes Trust says 32 U.S. men and women have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October. The winners were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The scholarships, announced early Sunday, provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England.
A new setting — Oxford — for bold visions
24 November 2013
Their interests range from exploring the nexus of medicine, psychology, and sexuality to applying statistics to immunology research, but one thing Elizabeth Byrne, Alexander Diaz, Aurora Griffin, Andrew Lea, Paolo Singer, and Katherine Warren have in common is a desire to change the world for the better. As newly minted Rhodes Scholars, they’ll soon have the chance.
Pro-life at Harvard: an interview with Aurora Griffin
4 March 2012
While the pro-life view is not always popular in academia, especially at Ivy League institutions, some young people are setting out to change that. While raging pro-choice activists have had their run of the mill for some time, motivated pro-life students are now on the move. Harvard University sophomore, Aurora Griffin, is compelled by her Catholic beliefs to be an outspoken advocate for the unborn. As Vice President for the Harvard Right to Life, Griffin has her finger on the pulse of this issue.
Camarillo man leaves legacy for generations of students
Woodcock said graduations were always a highlight at the end of each school year. He recalled the speech of 2009 OCS valedictorian Aurora Griffin, who has graduated from Harvard and will attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. “Her address was a highlight. She really talked a lot about her philosophy and people who influenced her,” Woodcock said.