Published: March 3, 2016
More than a dozen students gathered at Chapman Lake over the weekend for Campus ministry’s annual senior retreat.
The purpose of the retreat was to prepare graduating students for the drastically different lives they are about to embark on and teach them how to develop and retain the faith they have valued during their time at The University.
Although Campus ministry is hosting eight more retreats before the end of the semester, senior Tricia Leavy said the one this weekend was her last.
“It was a really beautiful and peaceful way to say goodbye to Chapman Lake with a group of people who were all saying goodbye to Chapman Lake,” she said.
Before saying goodbye the group listened to several speakers in two panel discussions.
The first panel consisted of two couples who spoke about faith and relationships. Leavy said there was a recently married couple as well as a couple who has been married for years.
The second panel involved recent graduates who spoke about difficulties and triumphs maintaining faith after graduation.
One concern for the group as a whole was that they would not have a strong support group of people who had similar values as them who they were able to talk to about deep faith-related topics.
Leavy said the talk from the recent graduates was helpful in addressing that specific issue. One woman spoke about finding a church after graduation that offered young adult groups where she was able to find people she connected with.
The other recent graduate talked about how it is still possible to find those meaningful relationships all the seniors on the retreat have found during their four years at The University, it just takes some more time and a little more effort. He assured the group that each of them would still meet some special people in their lives.
Leavy values the experience as she prepares to depart from her home for the past four years.
“I found it so helpful for processing, saying goodbye to my friends after I graduate and processing how we’ll all be scattered all over (as well as) remaining spiritual even though I won’t be surrounded by the constant Jesuit models,” she said. “It made me feel more ready to leave a place that hands you this spirituality, these good meaningful friendships and go out into the world and have a new place to explore and find these things on my own.”
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