Groundhog Guidance

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Dear Groundhog,

So, I have a degree picked and I’m really interested in it and want to pursue it. But, I keep asking myself, is this what God wants me to do? Does He want me to pursue an occupation, or does He want me to get married and have kids or join the convent? I think what I’m really asking is, how does one know what God has planned for us?

Signed,

Really Want to Know

Dear Really Want to Know,

I really think that the beauty of life is that we can’t know for sure what is in store for us. 

The bottom line is that you just have to have faith that God does indeed have a plan for you and He will help guide you through it. You can certainly do things to help determine what the next steps are though. 

Maybe go on a discernment retreat or research different religious orders. Just as discerning marriage is something you do with a particular person, discerning joining a convent is something you should do with a particular order in mind.

Be present in the here and now and enjoy studying what you’re interested in! If you’re always anxious about the future, you’ll miss out on all the great things that this period of your life has to offer.

Look out for the opportunities that God provides for you and pray about them. If you ask, he’ll help you head in the right direction.

I totally understand wanting to know what’s coming next, but I think there’s something exciting about the fact that the possibilities are endless. 

Life is like a trust fall with God. Feel free to take the chance and fall back, because He’ll definitely catch you.

Have faith,

Groundhog

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Dear Groundhog,

Groundhog, I need some help! I’m trying to fight the STEM student stigma by going to an Old Mill party, but I don’t know how to get invited; there’s no lab manual for college parties!  What’s a bio babe supposed to do?


Signed,

Anita Party

Dear Anita Party,

The easiest way to get invited to a party is knowing someone else who is invited. Maybe this is a sign to extend your friend group outside of the science building.

If you know who hosts most often, reach out to them and ask if they’ll let you know next time people are hanging out. Sometimes you have to be the one to take the initiative to make new friends.

Try to forge a genuine friendship with them and don’t just use people for their party hosting skills though. Friendships of utility, as anyone who’s taken Philosophy and the Ethical Life will know, are deficient modes of friendship and aren’t bound to last long term.

As a side note: Remember that you don’t have to drink to have fun at a party (especially if you’re not 21 yet — I’m looking at you, underclassmen), but if you do, be responsible and careful about it.

Be safe out there, and as a general rule, don’t wander around Old Mill alone at night. I’m sure you’ve heard the mantra of every school-trip-chaperone that has ever existed: “Buddy system, buddy system, buddy system!”

Have fun,

Groundhog

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