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.
Dr. Anna Moreland
Anna Bonta Moreland is the Anne Quinn Welsh Endowed Director of the Honors Program at Villanova University. She received her B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Boston College. Anna Bonta Moreland’s areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She has written Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010), and edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012), and has recently completed Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy (University of Notre Dame, 2020). She is currently co-authoring A College Guide to Adulting: How to Major in Life with her colleague Dr. Thomas Smith, and working toward a book length study of methods in comparative theology.
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Tikvah aims to make all of our courses available to as many qualified students as possible. In the event that Tikvah needs to add additional sections, this course may be taught by a different faculty member with a similarly high level of expertise.