Monday October 31, 2016

Don't Give Up the Ship

This time of year tends to bring on a certain level stress for most students.  Midterms, papers, and projects are in full swing and we are in between Fall and Thanksgiving break.  Fortunately, UD provides many ways to hit pause and take some time for yourself. 

I first heard about Lighthouse going through sorority recruitment during my freshman year.  One of the girls I was talking to had mentioned that she was a leader on it and loved it.  Since then, I had heard nothing but great things about it and made the decision to sign up at the beginning of this year.  Similar to most retreats, I had no idea what to expect.  However, the gift of love, closure, and a reconnection with my faith was more than I ever would have guessed I was going to get out of it.

Lighthouse is a faith-based retreat in which you go off campus for a weekend to reflect, pray and serve with other fifty students.  This small group of students allowed for a close and tight nit connection to form throughout the weekend.  Through sharing stories, self-reflection, and faith connections I think we each took away something that we will never forget.  The weekend revolves around a nautical theme and the slogan, “Don’t give up the ship” meaning that no matter what storms you may be experiencing in your life, you are never alone. 

After attending and experiencing what Lighthouse means, I was able to come back to campus refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the semester.  The university offers a great deal of other options and retreats to help reset your battery and I cannot express the reward it can bring you.

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