With so many pressures at the end of the year, it can be difficult to find time to breathe, much less step away. But that is what eight students did just before the end of the academic year.
Reflection is at the heart of the Concordia community, says hall director Melissa Shugarman.
“Taking advantage of an opportunity to slow down and reflect is quite important to understand how we can engage ourselves in what is to come,” she says.
Shugarman facilitated the retreat along with hall director Heidi Rogers and vocation associate Jon Leiseth.
The daylong retreat took place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D. The participants started by creating timelines of their lives, marking major events or influences with sticky notes.
This began a process of deep discernment. Lara Baum ’11, Billings, Mont., valued having time to look back on her journey before she graduated.
“I feel less anxious,” she says. “I see myself as a work in progress.”
With the pressure off, Baum is ready for interviews and to seek out her vocation rather than a job.
Adam Mousel ’13, Northfield, Minn., reflected on the challenges he has overcome at Concordia.
“Being here at Concordia has challenged me to reflect more,” he says. “This was a great time of introspection to think about what challenges I have overcome.”