My name is Greta Dorsey and I am the Student Coordinator for the Lives of Purpose (LoP) program here on campus – a partnership between the Colby Volunteer Center and the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life.
When coming to Colby, I was interested in developing and sustaining a meaningful life. I was interested in living a balanced life. My vision of this included being a good student, volunteering, developing my beliefs, and thinking critically about current social topics.
A few weeks into my first semester at Colby I found myself wanting more, and I was glad to connect with LoP. Being apart of lives of purpose during my first year at Colby was something that defined and grounded me. It allowed me to meet new people, make meaningful relationships with faculty members, think about important issues, and volunteer at the Mid Maine Homeless shelter.
The transition to Colby is a big one. LoP offers a chance, from day one, to get involved in the community, meet great people, and have important conversations. It’s open to incoming students of any or no tradition, those experienced in volunteering and those new. All we ask is an interest in local service and a desire to build community around big questions. If you want this to be part of your Colby experience, I encourage you to apply.
You will be faced with a lot of challenges and opportunities in the coming year; as someone who just finished their first year, I suggest you say yes, try new things, and keep your heart and mind open to the unknown.
Have a great summer and see you soon!
Greta Dorsey ‘18
Lives of Purpose Student Coordinator