• Allison Pelyhes

Numen Lumen l Deena Elrefai '22 l 9/28/2021

Deena Elrefai '22 shares on the theme "Dreaming". Elrefai focuses her Numen Lumen on the grace for self that comes from daydreaming. She also invites us into her dream of grace in her own life:


May I never love who I could be in theory more than who I actually am.

May I never seek my teeth into a future so perfect I exclude myself from the plan.

May I never attempt to abandon my strengths in the name of taking up a little less space?

May I never put on a face that's so brave I'm actually proving how very afraid I am of disappointing the people around me, of saying 'no,' of admitting I'm drowning, of taking a break, of walking away, of appearing weak.

Instead, may I breathe slowly and take my time and listen to my body, my heart, my mind.

May I show up for myself broken, fractured, or bruised?

And may I love others like this with grace, patience, and truth.



Deena Elrefai is a senior from Leesburg, VA, studying Public Health Studies and International and Global Studies with a minor in Spanish. While at Elon, Deena has completed all 5 experiential learning requirements and is currently an Elon College fellow, a Periclean Scholar, and a Lumen Scholar. This year, Deena is the Team Leader for Elon Challenge in Campus Recreation and Wellness, and she is also serving as the intern for Diversity and Access with the office of undergraduate admissions. She is passionate about global health and maternal and child health care and hopes to pursue a career in global health fieldwork after graduation. Deena loves spending time outside with her friends and enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing, and her cookout order (just in case anyone is interested in buying her some dinner) is a tray with 4 chicken quesadillas and a chocolate shake".



Our Numen Lumen theme this year invites speakers and musicians to ponder the idea of dreaming. “Dreaming” will push our community to traverse the passive and active forms that dreaming takes in our lives. Speakers will explore the literal and figurative series of images, ideas, sensations, and emotions in the mind and through their work.


We ask speakers to ponder where reality and dreaming meet, what form dreaming takes in their everyday lives, and how dreaming directs their pathway. Can dreaming be a productive form of activism? Is dreaming strictly forward-thinking, or can it exist without time restraints? Is dreaming simply an involuntary experience? How may dreaming be dangerous, or irresponsible in the face of real-world issues? Or, where can it be a useful instrument? What are the burdens of dreaming? What or who makes you dream?


We encourage you to share your thoughts and responses to our speaker in the comment section below!


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