Explore 2015
Explore retreat 2015

The PLU mission statement informs the curricular and co-curricular experiences offered on campus. The EXPLORE! Retreat is designed to both uplift the university mission, and also to invite you as a student to consider what experiences you might have in your coursework, through leadership and involvement, by attending lectures and films, etc. to engage in opportunities for inquiry, service, leadership and care for others, for your communities and for the Earth.

an opportunity to get out of autopilot and engage in discussion - whether it is listening or sharing by Laura Johnson
What is Explore! Retreat?

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Explore! provides the framework for later conversations, explorations, inquiries, etc. into Big Enough Questions and vocation... Explore! leaves you with questions (and the ability to effectively pursue those questions) that linger in your mind, not just for the remainder of your college career, but for the rest of your life.
benefits of attending explore retreat

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In one word, "vocation" means "a calling." While a career is about your professional development, vocation has a broader scope and addresses your purpose in life. Your career might be one expression of your vocation but each student's journey is unique. Being a teacher, a social activist, a community organizer, or a student can all be examples of vocation.

The vocation of a student can be considered in terms of character strengths. Character strengths, also known as virtues, are desirable ways of engaging with yourself, others, and the world around you.

to pursue a vocation, or to find one's vocation, is to set out looking for not only what areas of study you are passionate for, but also what type of life you would like to have by Laura Johnson
What is vocation?

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Vocational exploration was at the root of PLU's mission upon its founding in 1890. Ever since then, the university has continued to honor its Lutheran heritage by supporting students as they seek meaning and purpose in their learning, in their work, and in their lives.

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Big Enough Question

Big Enough Questions (BEQs) are very personal and can vary widely from one person to another. It is often a challenge to think about what you want to ask yourself regarding the big picture of your life. This questioning and self-exploration can take a long time, but the important thing is to continue the journey.

Having "the answer" to these questions is not important, because as you go through life, your question can be answered in different ways.

BEQs are any question we grapple with or want to explore. For example, Who am I? What do I want to do with my life? What do I love? What does love mean to me? What am I passionate about? And, the underlying question tied to all of these - why?
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