Worthy Questions - a program designed for students who wish to investigate their life's passions. Worthy Questions assists students in integrating personal, professional, and spiritual values by providing tools, models, and a community for reflection.
- Audience: Students typically enter the program as first-years or sophomores and have mentors, who are adult members of either the College of Wooster or Wooster city communities.
- When: Worthy Questions is a year-round program that operates on a calendar year. New student members (Questers) apply to the program in the fall semester, and those selected for the program are matched with a Mentor at the kickoff retreat in January. Throughout the year, students meet weekly for guided conversation in small groups (Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m).
- Frequency: Weekly Conversations; once a month, that Tuesday time slot is held for large group, a time that both Mentors and Questers gather for a program that highlights a speaker or activity and dialogue relevant to the semester’s theme.
- Approximate Number of Participants: Approximately 50 student participants and 50 Mentors. When graduating seniors depart in the spring, the community is reduced to between 30-40 students, plus Mentors.
- Focus of Retreat: Worthy Questions is a program designed to help students explore some of the ‘biggest’ questions they encounter during their college years. Questions like ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I most value?’ find a home within the Worthy Questions community. Each student (Quester) is paired with an adult Mentor. Within this intentional community, students begin to draw connections between questions initially viewed as unrelated, and gain confidence in understanding and integrating their personal, professional, and spiritual values.
Funding and Operations
The program does not currently receive external grant funding.
- External Support: Worthy Questions was born of an idea presented in a grant proposal for the Lilly grant program, Theological Reflection on Vocation. Though this grant was not technically used to begin the program, the grant was eventually secured and did fund the program for a time.
- Operations: Approximately $1500 per year.