by Jacob Clore–
As the end of the academic year approaches, many graduating seniors look forward to finding a job or continuing their education in graduate school. However, some students find other unique opportunities that will provide them with worthwhile experience and skills that might even help them find a job later in life.
Virginia Tech senior and public relations major Krista Back will work as a Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) missionary for two years after graduation. In July, FOCUS will place Back at a college somewhere in the United States to serve the Catholic campus ministry there.
“I will be on a team with other missionaries,” Back said. “We will be working with the campus ministry in order to lead others in Bible studies as well as discipleship and then other events on campus.”
FOCUS came to Virginia Tech’s Catholic Campus Ministry in the summer of 2015. Back met many of their missionaries at the start of the year and liked what they did. However, she had a difficult time deciding whether she wanted to apply to work with FOCUS.
“I’ve always been all over the place, thinking about life after college and what exactly I wanted to do,” Back said. “But then, a lot of people encouraged me to think about FOCUS and then I realized that that was what I was being called to. It was also a hard decision based on everyone around me interviewing for jobs and other similar things.”
Back’s decision to work as a missionary may even make it easier for her to find a job after her time with FOCUS. USA Today reported that social networking site LinkedIn added a volunteer section to their website in 2011 because employers valued volunteer experience. Back hopes to benefit professionally and personally through her work with FOCUS.
“I know talking to people who have done this before that you grow personally a lot as well as helping other people grow,” Back said. “I really would just hope that I can reach as many people as possible in the way that people have reached me.”