A semester studying social justice in India helped Anastasia Young ’14 understand how her passions for nursing and religion could become a vocation.
“India is a place where religion and spirituality are part of everything,” says Young of Butte, Mont. “I started to see how I could bring my interests together.”
Young came to Concordia to play hockey and study nursing. But her interests changed as she became involved with campus ministry and ministry outreach teams. By the end of her junior year she was coordinating Bible studies and getting involved with interfaith work on campus. Last year she presented a paper on interfaith and higher education at a national conference for undergraduate researchers.
“I’ve been able to do everything I’ve wanted to do at Concordia,” she says. “I’ve gotten to explore so many things."
After she graduates, she hopes to bring holistic medicine to marginalized populations.
“I keep asking myself how I can serve them and better their lives,” she says.
This summer Young attended the Peace Scholars program in Norway, which deepens students’ understanding of conflict, war and peace.
There she combined her passions once again by exploring how interfaith dialogue and healing can move people in conflict towards peace.