Monday, September 22, 2008
At Peace on College
It's so interesting to me that I am so at peace when on a college campus. Earlier in life, I thought it was just Northwestern's campus--where I went to school. It would make sense that I find peace and comfort there, considering my wonderful memories there. But I'm beginning to realize that I am most peaceful, most relaxed, and most "where I want to be", on any college campus. (I should qualify that--I do prefer mostly brick campuses with trees, flowers, and big lawns. :0) )
photo by Dan Heacock
I just returned to my hotel room in Lafayette, IN after wandering around Purdue University's campus for a while. Luckily, I blend in so no one bothers me.
I just feel so "right" when I'm walking around, on a beautiful evening, amongst college students. Sitting on a bench, admiring the incredibly well kept, old architecture, laying down by a waterfall and just being still.
I love being on a college campus.
And with this coinciding with my yearly "I want to make a difference for Christ in the lives of young 20 somethings" ranting, I'm finding it difficult to understand all of the yearnings inside of me.
It's just so strange to have such emotions for something, and a certain group of people, but have no idea what to do with it. And this isn't just a one time thing; it's consistently popped up in my life since graduating college.
Yet, I have very little to no desire to apply for a job at some college somewhere.
It's just like, I have this innate need to be on campuses, and this beginning of a flicker of a flame to perhaps maybe somewhat consider venturing into 20 something ministry.
But I don't know how.