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Hey everyone! My name is Ben, and I’ll be your Publications Student Leader this year.

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This was my Staff photo this year for the Antiochian Village! People always make fun of that tie. I think it’s pretty dope.

Okay…what does that mean?

Right, so I’ll be responsible for running the OCF blog and the website this year. It should be pretty rad.

Well, what are you going to do?

Oh, awesome question! For the blog, we plan on posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the school year, starting today. We’ll be posting a ton of reflections and testimonials–basically other OCF members like you telling their stories from various OCF things they did, like regional and district retreats, College Conference, Real Break, Day of Light, Day of Prayer, and other chapter events. If you want to write something for the blog, like a reflection or a testimonial, I’d love to help you out. You should email me at publicationsstudent@ocf.net.

What experience do I need to have?

None! I’ll walk you through it. If you want to post regularly, you can contact me about becoming a Blog Contributor, which is a new position this year. It allows you to work more directly with me and our other Blog Contributors, post on a scheduled basis, and gain experience while sharing your love for OCF with your fellow OCF members across the globe!

Wow, that sounds like a sweet deal.

I know!

So that’s the blog. What about the website?

Can’t tell you everything just now, I’m afraid–we’ve got a lot of stuff in the works. Stay posted for me.

Ooh, sounds mysterious and exciting. Why don’t you tell me a little more about yourself, Ben?

For sure, totally non-fictitious person. I’m Benjamin Solak, a second-year student at the University of Chicago–no major just yet, but that’s okay (right?). I attend Christ the Savior, an OCA parish in Chicago, but I’m from my father’s parish, Holy Trinity, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Big football fan (Go Eagles!), marathon runner…LOVE chocolate chip cookies.

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This is us at The Cloud Gate in Chicago. Emma thought it was absolutely incredible. I thought Emma was wrong.

Wait, Benjamin Solak…didn’t your sister do this job last year?

Yep–my greatest claim to fame is being Emma Solak’s younger brother. She was Publications last year, did a swell job–she’s the Chairwoman of the OCF Student Leadership Board this year. I want to be her when I grow up.

Are you gonna do as good a job as she did?

Nope.

Well, at least you’re honest. I respect that in a man.

Thanks. Be sure to follow the OCF on Facebook, Twitter (@OCFMinistry), YouTube, and Instagram (@ocfministry) so you never miss a thing. Study hard this school year, go to that first OCF meeting even if you don’t know anybody, and I’ll see you back here soon! Let’s have a good year.

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