I just returned from back-to-back weekends of a sophomore retreat at De Smet Jesuit called Ascent. Ascent is all about choices. It calls students to recognize choices they did or did not make and choice outcomes. It challenges sophomores to change their choices as new information is made available and teaches them that their choices do not affect them alone.
While sitting on this retreat, one central question kept popping up in my head, “Why did I choose ASC, and with my new knowledge of teaching and the program, how can I evaluate my choice?” Boom. Smack. This question forced me to reconcile why I had decided to spend this year with ASC and what outcomes have or will come out of my choice.
While there is a litany of reasons why I chose to volunteer with ASC, more importantly I am aware of all the things which are telling me that I made the right choice. Looking back at these last few months, I am filled with a deep sense of contentment.
My choice led me to meet 20 amazing friends at boot camp. My choice led me to live within a community that is supportive and fun. My choice led me to strive to find God in all things, from working with a difficult student to experiencing the pains of lesson planning. My ASC choice has given me the opportunity to meet young students who are inspiring and creative. My choice has led me to evaluate my own spirituality. My choice put me in touch with so many talented faculty and staff who tirelessly work to bring about the Kingdom one selfless act at a time. Most importantly, my choice has given me a sense of fulfillment.
So, while I have many more months to go, I am excited for the future. I am excited to experience many more instances that will cause me to look at my choice of ASC and say, “That was good”.