Hi everyone! We’re going to try something new here on the blog, and that’s to let young adults in our network write articles to be posted here. If you’d like to submit an article (can be about anything related to UUism or being a young adult) please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our first post is from a young woman named Kelly, writing about her college experiences:
A Tale of Two Ministries
By Kelly Margaret
I first came to Hiram College with glorious expectations. The first one was that I would get nothing but A’s. The second was that I would get involved in ALL OF THE THINGS! I had impossible expectations, impossible with a capital I. People warn you about college; don’t do drugs, don’t party late into the night, and never sleep with your professor; but how do you warn an ambitious overachiever? According to American culture, those people don’t exist. Who would even want to do well in school when faced with a variety of tantalizingly ‘high’ options? Me, that’s who, which apparently makes me the most boring person on the planet! To be honest I could care less.
One of the first things I learned while attending a Montessori High School, was about the ‘fourth plane’, a period of psychological development from 18-24. Key ingredients in the fourth plane are the development of a sense of spirituality and crave for social justice in young adults. Either because I read about it, or because I genuinely desired spiritual and social fulfillment, I began a Campus Ministry on my college campus.
Freshman year, my Campus Ministry started off wonderfully! I had a small yet dedicated group of about 6 people, we created and organized campus events, and made great friendships. In fact, going to my Campus Ministry group was the highlight of my week, rather than the various theatre events that constituted the bulk of my major. Eventually a year passed, some shitty things happened, and I took a semester off from school. Thus began my second ministry, my ministry.
As important as it is to serve others, you have to serve yourself first. Not in a selfish ‘gimmee that’s mine’ kind-of way, but in a ‘cradle and nurture yourself’ kind-of way. If you fail to do that, then you fail to see the big-picture of where you’re going, what you’re doing, and how on EARTH do you pay for those sent-from-hell student loans?
So, as the story goes, when I came back from a semester of self-care, I re-initiated my campus ministry. It took me awhile to realize that because I had changed, the form and shape of my campus ministry had changed too. As with most things, the energy you put out changes over time, and you have to adapt to those changes while staying committed to the things you love most.
So that’s it, the ‘tale of two ministries’. I hope this blog post helps you (mainly because I put in pretty pictures) or helps someone close to you, but most importantly, I hope this post helps me to clarify my priorities. Because I had no idea where this post was going when I began writing it. Wow, it ended up really weird huh? (Life pun).
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