Students will have the opportunity to explore their true passions and purpose in life through the “Dream Share Project” on Monday, April 8 in the Ballrooms. Michael Gleason, associate for vocation and mentoring, said the goal is to get students out of the mindset that they are defined by their major.
“I think people have a good idea of what they want to do but they feel that there are external constraints, and those constraints should be honored, but we want them to know they are motivated toward their true potential,” Gleason said.
Katie Brown, a Pathways peer, said that she thinks the video screening and workshop is a chance for students to look at things differently than they typically might.
“I am really excited about it, Wartburg does a lot of putting you in a major and keeping you there, so this is sort of a message to get people to realize you can do what makes you happy, even if it doesn’t fit with that major necessarily,” Brown said.
The workshop portion after the video screening is to help students identify factors in their decision making processes so they can work on getting in tune with their true purpose and find mentors to help with that, Gleason said.
To attend, students can show up in the ballrooms at 6 p.m. on April 8 to watch the screening of the Dream Share Project video and participate in a workshop after the video to help further examine the ideas from the video.
“The workshop really just makes it more interaction, it’ll help people dive into the questions they bring up in the video and just kind of further the experience, make it more memorable,” Brown said.
Gleason said the program should run about an hour and a half and that he hopes students really get into the reflection of it.
“We’re hoping that it gets students thinking about where they are being drawn to and how they can best contribute to the common good,” Gleason said. “Whether students have found their major or not, this is about looking at it outside of the academic world.”