By Erin Hallissy

A Jan Term class called “Living Dangerously,” which challenges people of faith to take action, turned Lindsay Ryberg’s life around. “Definitely that class made me see that I’m responsible,” the 21-year-old senior says. Responsible to her community, to those in need.

Before taking the course, she says, she never would have been interested in issues such as sweatshops, but after it she worked on an anti-sweatshop resolution on campus. In her years at Saint Mary’s, she has also volunteered at such places as St. Anthony’s in San Francisco, the Youth Shelter in Berkeley and St. Vincent de Paul in Oakland.

Ryberg’s faith is important to her. She lived in the Lasallian Community in her junior year and is in the Santiago Community this year. Both are residence hall communities centered on faith, community and service. “I wanted to live with people who shared a common interest in faith, to pray with people who wanted the same thing that I felt,” Ryberg says.

Ryberg, who is from Orange County, traveled to New Orleans during spring break in 2006 to participate in relief work, and studied abroad in Rome, where she and five friends from high school who are attending other colleges were able to room together.

The business administration major (with a minor in communications and religious studies) has a 3.89 GPA and says getting good grades is important to her. Ryberg, who received a Wilder Trust Fund award, loves learning and developing personal relationships with her professors. She’s become a different person than she was in high school, more serious, more open-minded, especially because of her work at the youth shelter. “You start looking at the homeless person in the same way that you look at people in your class. I see how much I’ve learned and how different my priorities are.”

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