News Release: First-years are invited to explore their one wild and precious life in January

What will you do with your one wild and precious life? All first-year students are encouraged to explore and answer that question at a retreat in January.

PLU’s department of Student Involvement and Leadership will be hosting the 10th annual first-year student retreat Explore Jan. 3 and 4, 2014.

Anyone who is part of the scholar series is required to go. This includes students with the President, Harstad, and Regent’s scholarship. All first-year students are encouraged to sign up. Students can register at Web registration will close on Dec. 20 but students can register until Explore starts.

SIL is hoping to see increased participation this year and plans to form 11 discussion groups with one faculty member, staff person, and student facilitator per group. This year there will be an addition of two first-year inquiry 190 groups for a total of 13 groups.

Explore is designed to be a reflection and review of the first semester. It is a safe place for students to discuss their goals and concerns. “I hope that we can confirm people who think they are headed in the right direction and help those who aren’t sure,” said Rachel Diebel, Explore Student Coordinator.

Explore is all about vocation: Not just choosing a career, but also figuring out life goals. Even if students know exactly what they want to do with their life, it is helpful to come. Explore can help students make connections with their peers and those leading the events. Diebel says, “I would encourage students to be open-minded and ready to share their experience.”

This year the final video and slideshow has been replaced with a social networking tag board where students can share their Explore experience through posts on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #pluExplore.

The retreat will begin Friday evening on PLU’s campus. Saturday’s events will be held at Charles Wright Academy in University Place. Students will return to campus by five p.m. on Saturday. Food will be provided.

For more information about the first-year Explore retreat contact Student Coordinator Rachel Diebel at or Associate Director of Student Involvement and Leadership Amber Baillon at

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