Guest Blogger: Nicole Rossi
The website states that, “SEEK is a gathering of college students on a journey. It’s a place where we can come together to take on some of life’s BIGGER questions and, like guides along the way, learn from one another where wisdom and experience lead. Life is meant to be lived and in order to live it to the fullest, we need to heed the wisdom that calls us to ‘ask, seek and knock’ to discover who we are, where we’re going and what motivates us. Presented by FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, SEEK2015 is an adventurous five-day event in Nashville from January 1st – 5th. With unexpected twists and turns, you will be challenged, inspired and left wanting more. Don’t go it alone, let’s seek together.”
That is simply not enough to describe the powerful experience.
“Come and see.” Well that is exactly what we did. 18 of us travelled from our hometowns right after Christmas to Nashville, TN, to spend a week with over 9,500 other college students sharing our faith. Incredible is an understatement. Powerful is more fitting. After morning mass each day, the women and men were separated for a Women’s Talk and Men’s Talk, in which the speakers address specific gender issues in today’s society. The various speakers ranged from a nun who shared her faith journey to an atheist sharing her journey towards Catholicism. (I was not allowed at the men’s talks-even though I tried to sneak in a few times). After a brief break for lunch, there were opportunities for different topic “Impact Talks” to attend. There were about 10 options for each of the 2 Impact Sessions each day. This allowed you to follow what sincerely related to you or what you needed to hear. Most of the Impact Sessions, I attended with fellow classmates and we were able to discuss our reactions after. I found that being surrounded by those who believe in the same faith and who are struggling with similar cultural and societal pressures deepened my own relationship with God and those around me.
Vulnerable is the perfect word to encompass all that it feels to be open to one another and to God during this experience. The keynote speech that
ended each day was so moving sharing it with the 10,000 other students. Being together in a huge room just proved how important the role of community plays especially in faith.
This experience was not one of one sole purpose, but of personal growth and strength. There were 18 people from PC who attended the conference, meaning that there were 18 different lessons learned, lives impacted, and blessings given by God. It was not a week of “How to Be the Perfect Catholic,” but a week of accepting the love that God has for each and every one of His creations. Sure, we learned how to navigate through the obstacles society places on college kids who chose to practice their faith, but more importantly we learned that we are called to love unconditionally as God loves us. SEEK empowered me in ways that have truly impacted my life and have strengthened and solidified my faith as my foundation. Now I will always answer “yes” when asked to “come and see..”
Guest Blogger: Nicole Rossi The website states that, “SEEK is a gathering of college students on a journey. It’s a... MORE