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All-day retreat offers tools to undecided students to help discover their passion

By Kenney Kost / managing editor

Students face one of the toughest life decisions when they step onto campus — selecting a major.

Decisions for Success on NE Campus offers students a reflective option to help bring their passions to light on their own.

The retreat includes reflective practices, poetry writing and walk-and-talk activities 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. April 13 in the Galley (NSTU 1506). Students should be prepared to stay all day. Academic advisor Marjeanna Burge also encourages students to complete a MyPlan assessment in career and employment services and bring a printed copy to the retreat. Students who plan to attend should register at http:// tccdne.volunteerhub.com/event/index.

A lot of times, the decision is influenced by many outside factors such as parents and money, said student development assistant Brooke Burge. 

“We want to help you discover you,” Brooke Burge said. “We want to guide them to their own passion, help them be true to themselves in what they want to do.”

The Courage To Teach, a book by Parker Palmer, and the Circle of Nations event from this year’s Native American Heritage Month inspired the retreat format, Brooke Burge said. They focus on various professions and try to help individuals reconnect to the passion that drew them to that profession. Marjeanna Burge said she has participated in and hosted several of these circles.

“I’m very familiar with the power these circles provide for the individual,” Marjeanna Burge said. “I began to think about the many students that are confused and searching for what profession to pursue and started thinking this type of practice would be perfect for helping students discover those passions and direction before they enter a profession.”

Understanding what one wants and having a goal in place help keep motivation in place, Brooke Burge said. The retreat is not to give students answers but to help them find the answers in themselves. Students can expect to leave with a better clarity about themselves, she said.

“Each time we are given the opportunity to learn more about ourselves, we should take it,” said Marjeanna Burge. “When we learn more about ourselves, when we take the time to discover our own gifts, our own talents and desires, we are stronger.”

Marjeanna Burge said the toughest decisions in life require patience and critical thinking.

“We live in a society of instant gratification, and we want quick answers,” she said. “Some of the best things in life come from slowing down, taking the time and making some effort for best outcomes. Yes, the student needs to give up some time to attend this for a day, but the outcome is well worth it.”

Marjeanna Burge is currently accepting donations of old magazines to use for clipping during the retreat. For more information or to donate magazines, call Marjeanna Burge at 817-515-6908 or Brooke Burge at 817-515-6566.

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