Athens, OH 27 October 2019 –
Outside of class, I am involved in a Christian organization on campus called Cru. Every year, Cru holds Fall Retreat at Scioto Hills. The whole weekend is packed full of fun (ultimate pumpkin tournament, ziplining, etc.), and a chance for students to deepen their relationships with God and each other.
This was my fourth Fall Retreat, and I look forward to it every year—it’s such a fun and refreshing way to spend time away from school! Since I’m a senior and this was my last Fall Retreat, it was especially meaningful to me, but there were three things that really stuck out:
- I spent lot of time with my roommates (below), who I met through Cru as a freshman and who have been some of my closest friends throughout college. We’re all in different majors and are really busy during the week, so it was great to catch up with them!
- One of my favorite activities at Scioto Hills is the Goliath Swing (below). I hate heights, and I always freak out as I get strapped into a harness, pulled up way too high, and have to yank the release cord that sends me swinging out over a pond. It’s terrifying, but it’s also SO much fun!!!
- Normally outside speakers are brought in, but this year many of us already knew the speakers since they had worked for Cru at OU in the past. It was great to see them again, and a lot of what they spoke about was really powerful. Their talks provoked a lot of good discussion throughout the weekend, and I felt continually challenged to grow in my faith.
Overall, it was a great weekend. Cru has provided me with some of the most fun and meaningful times I have had in college, and I’m glad that my last Fall Retreat was one to remember.