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Work, Leisure, and Purpose in a Purposeless World

Students spend so much of high school preparing to attend their dream college, yet they don’t spend enough time thinking about what they actually want to do when they get there. They pack their calendars with schoolwork, sports, and activities that will prove their worth to college admissions committees. When they take time off, they often feel guilty about it. The race that is high school leaves little time for learning to become intentional about life’s choices. This course will help students consider the meaning of work and the value of leisure to navigate high school successfully. We will draw from the insights of novelists, psychologists, and religious thinkers in order to think more deeply and broadly about one’s aims, purposes, and aspirations.