Self-Discovery in College (and on the Trail)

Credit: iStock.com/Heather Barrett
Credit: iStock.com/Heather Barrett
Many of our students think about college as job preparation. The focus tends to be on the job and not whether it suits their skills and abilities. A lot of students are pretty convinced about what they can’t do but much less certain about their strengths—what they could do, want to do, and would be happy doing for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, a lot of people end up in jobs that don’t make use of their talents. They have a job, not work with meaning or that brings satisfaction. Sometimes the fault lies with the job, but an education is supposed to lead to work that has personal value and relevance.

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