On Thursday (4/19), I attended Search. Search is a retreat where students get to know themselves, classmates, and God better. Many people come out changed and have a better understanding of the world around them
Before going, I did not want to go at all. I thought the idea was not worth my time. After going, I am glad I went. Everyone was put into small groups who would meet up two to three times to talk about anything on our minds. That was my favorite part because I got to know the people in my group better. The people in my group opened up and were good listeners. It was a safe place where I could talk about my feelings without being judged and where people were listening to me. I got to hear my classmates’ stories and how they struggle. I saw a whole other side of them, different from what I see in the hallway. The talks we had, had a huge impact on me. There were lots of laughs, smiles, and tears.
Aside from the small groups, where we all came together was fun. The senior leaders each talked about different subjects. They too talked about struggles and how they overcame them. Hearing them talk also made me sit back and reflect on how I’m living my life. They taught me communication skills and that I am not alone in the struggles I am facing.
During the weekend, everyone had an open mind and left all judgement behind them. I grew closer with current friends and talked with a lot of new faces. I feel like I have a special bond with each person that went. It was such a great experience and I had so much fun. I’m planning on going back next year as a leader. I enjoyed it and am glad I went. If I did not go, I would not have learned important life lessons.