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Molly Sue Harmon '18
Major: Religion and Philosophy - Christian Ministries

Year of Inquiry: I decided to be a part of the Year of Inquiry program because I am unsure of where I am called into ministry. I feel that God has called me into the ministry field, but my heart feels pulled in two different directions. I am exploring the possibilities of either youth ministry or working in the field of law fight religious and human rights injustices. The Year of Inquiry program has asked the tough questions as well as fostered an environment that allows me to explore my career field without the pressures of the world pushing me to make my decision right now. I am thankful for Dr. Clapp and the Lilly Center for providing this program that has helped me in more than one way.

Volunteer Catawba: Volunteer Catawba provides students with opportunities to give back to the community that we live in. I have had the opportunity to serve breakfast at Rowan Helping Ministries, attend prayer walks and go on service-centered retreats. I think that giving back to our community is an essential part of life and I am grateful that Volunteer Catawba has such a presence on campus that provides these opportunities.


Emily Hoffler '19
Major: Therapeutic Recreation

Year of Inquiry: I joined Year of Inquiry in search of a ministry calling. I knew that intentionally pursuing this question and surrounding myself with people pondering the same would help me understand what direction to go with my life.


Jacey Voris '19
Majors: Special Education and Elementary Education

Year of Inquiry: I chose to join the Year of inquiry program because I have always felt a call to be missionary in a foreign land. The more I grow in my faith I am finding that that call is much deeper than anything I’ve desired. This program has helped me understand that call more and interpret how I should approach it and I am so grateful for the help that it has offered me.


Emily Pratt '19
Major: Environment and Sustainability, Resource Management

Catawba Outdoor Adventures (COA): COA trips are the events I most look forward to when the semester gets to be busy and the workload stressful. I love taking the time to escape the classrooms and residence halls and experience the great outdoors. The adventures that COA takes inspire fellowship, and I have gotten to know many of my fellow students better as a result. With COA I can spend a day or a weekend out in God's amazing creation, surrounded by people who have been just as busy and just as stressed out as myself, as we all relax and find joy in the beauty of our natural surroundings and the peaceful escape from our hectic lives. Some of my fondest memories of the year are of the laughs we've shared on these trips and bonfires we roasted s'mores over as we all got to know each other better. There is something wonderful about escaping from the everyday and exploring the great outdoors that inspires a sense of community and closeness with each other and with God that I do not take for granted. COA trips provide an outlet to relax at the end of a busy week, meet people that you may not normally get to know, and explore the beautiful area in which we live.