Vocation Voices

Diane Scholl

Diane G. Scholl

Once I jumped the curb, confusing the brake
and accelerator; or maybe my parallel parking
approached a calamitous sideswipe. Picture this:
Dad and I sit sunk in our quarrel, losing steam,
as gardens around us undulate shade and light.

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Marty Steele

Marty Steele

In what now seems like another life in another universe, my college-aged self believed passionately that I could identify a clear career path, follow it without deviation and with near perfect predictability, and end up living happily ever after.

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Richard Torgerson

Richard L. Torgerson

Higher education has scripted my life. Does this mean it was my call? For me it has never been clear how my calling would unfold. Discovering vocation, or as Frederick Buechner observes, the place where one’s deep gladness meets the world’s deep need, is rarely linear or straightforward. It takes patience, discernment, and wisdom.

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Pam Torresdal

Pam Torresdal

My primary vocation is as a counselor. I have had other professional roles as well, but my heart is most in my work as a counselor, and this is where my greatest strengths lie. This is a vocation about which I knew absolutely nothing when I was growing up in a blue-collar family in a small farming community on the western Minnesota prairie. I value those roots, and they remain a strong part of who I am. Still, I was drawn to a larger life and I always wanted to go on to college.

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Gloria Wiest

Gloria Wiest

When I came to the United States (from Veracruz, Mexico) I came with a student visa. I went to San Jose, Calif.; then transferred to Houston, Texas, a couple of years later. In Houston I met my husband, Gary. We dated a couple years, then got married. Our son Gary was born in Houston. When our son was born, I wanted to be a mom. My goal was to stay at home and raise our son exclusively. We could not do it, except with two incomes. One income was needed for day care. The other income was for living expenses.

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