Disclaimer: If you’re avoiding Pitch Perfect 2 spoilers, for reasons passing understanding, don’t read this. (Read this anyway.)
I went to see Pitch Perfect 2 with my father.
It’s a feel good movie, so if you care at all about plot line, or about anything other than crazy good mash-ups, the movie may be lacking. This being said, imagine my surprise that when Anna Kendrick and her band of A cappella singing friends couldn’t harmonize, they packed up their van, and drove, to a RETREAT CENTER. When the Bella’s were failing at being friends, when their priorities were a mess, their solution? Go on a retreat. Take time away from your normal schedule. Go with friends. Talk about what’s important. Sing in twelve part harmony while playing on a low ropes course. It all makes sense.
Campus Ministry is home to great retreats, and I suggest you take advantage of them all over the next four years, but the first retreat of this year is CONNECTIONS. The Connections Retreat is for freshman only, led by upperclassmen, away from campus, and for the weekend. Go canoeing. Go to mass in front of a crazy beautiful lake. Get lost in the woods (Please don’t do this). Make a Taylor Swift music video. Make friends. Wear bandanas. Like I said, it all makes sense.
The Connections Retreat is the perfect place to say, “Do I like college (Insert your name here)?”
Are you a good roommate? Are you a good friend? How are your classes? Did you start going to mass? Did you start going to the gym? Why aren’t you on an intramural sports team? Have you not gone down to the Campus Ministry Center to meet the acca-awesome people who work there? (Wink, nudge) What, above all, do you struggle with?
Spend time with a group of people who are asking the same questions and with people who want to help by sharing their own answers.
Cut yourself a break and take a weekend to make sure that you actually survived the first three weeks of college, and have hope that you are going to survive the next twelve.