During the Nishaan 2015 high school conference, I had the wonderful pleasure of serving on a team of excellent facilitators as well as being a guest speaker for a career panel. As facilitators, we had the opportunity to understand the pressures most of the participants may be facing as they approach college. We also were able to guide them in taking steps to minimize the stresses they may face while going through the transition from high school to college so that they can mainly stay focused on being a good student.
I was impressed with how engaged participants were in interpreting Gurbani and being able to make the meaning of scripture as personal as they can for themselves. This helped the participants let go of the idea that the scripture can’t be ambiguous.
During the career panel, I was able to speak about my experience transitioning from the military to community college and give the participants guidance on transferring to a four-year institute. Participants had the opportunity to ask a variety of questions to the diverse group of panelists, as well.
I would describe the entire weekend as a breath of fresh air. It was amazing to see how engaged and determined some of the participants are. It was also nice to see them approach the facilitators with such eager and inquisitive attitudes.
-Navpreet Sandher is from Merced, CA, a USMC Vet, yoga/grup fitness instructor, studying kinesiology, and a Bhujangi Youth Academy volunteer.