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March 26, 2010
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Workshop puts focus on future

Passions, callings and career paths were the topic of a student workshop called "Don't Just Declare a Major, Follow a Calling" hosted by Christian author Gregg Levoy. The workshop was held March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Apple Community Room in Garrett Sports Complex.

"The workshop will help you clarify what your own life is calling for you," Levoy said."Beliefs about choosing a major and career path are going to orchestrate every aspect of your life."

According to a posting about the event on the campus bulletin board, "With an eye toward gaining clarity and courage, the workshop will explore the psychological and practical processes typically encountered in listening and responding to callings, and the questions that arise naturally in their presence."

"The workshop challenged people to think about their majors," senior Karen Ward said.
Levoy said, "You need to make sure that 10 years down the road you have a good match between who you are and what you do."

Levoy stressed the importance of informal education. He quoted from Mark Twain, "Don't let college get in the way of your education." Levoy said he finds job shadowing, internships and summer jobs essential to learning.

"Sometimes you must be willing to go down the path and see what your life tells you," he said.

Ward said: "The workshop stressed the importance of an authentic life. It causes people to think, 'Do I want to do this for the money or to help people?'"

Levoy said the only way of "living a life that truly belongs to you, that isn't a knock-off or a sellout, is to get into the habit of talking to yourself."

Levoy stressed the importance of being open to creating your own job, saying that job opportunities are not limited to what is available on monster.com..

"The speaker urges people to lead a meaningful life, not just coast through it," Ward said.

Sophomore Tierney Ayers said she attended the event because she was struggling with finding her calling and was intrigued by the title of the program.

"[It] helped clarify prominent themes in my life and helped me discover new ways of thinking about my passions," Ayers said.

"The seminar focused on the big issue-really considering what's important to you and making your life worthwhile," Ward said. "This is important for everyone no matter where they are in life."

The workshop was faith-based, according to Ward, and was the first campus-wide event by Pre-Seminary.

According to his biography on his Web site, gregglevoy.com, "Gregg Levoy is the author of "Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life" - a selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, Quality Paperback Books, and One Spirit Book Club, as well as a text in various graduate programs in Management and Organizational Leadership.

As a full-time lecturer and seminar leader in the business, educational and human-potential arenas, Levoy has been a keynote speaker at state, national and international conferences and has presented workshops at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, American Express, BP Amoco, Ascension Health and has been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS. "

Levoy was an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico and served as a columnist and a reporter for both the Cincinatti Enquirer and USA Today. He has written about callings for promotional, corporate, and television projects, as well as publications including New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today and Readers Digest.


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