Published: Nov. 24, 2015

Hi all! I hope school hasn’t been too rough. I realized something pretty crazy the other day. OCF
We are almost finished with the first semester. Doesn’t it feel like August was yesterday? I definitely am having mixed feeling about the semester. On one hand, I like most of my classes—on the other though, this fall has been absolutely crazy. I am taking 18 credits, trying to fit in a part-time job, and trying to balance my extra-curricular activities. Honestly though, despite the craziness, I wouldn’t change a thing. Call me crazy, but I think I am more productive when I have a routine and lots of things to do. If I didn’t have any work then I probably would just spend my time watching Netflix (though, despite all my activities, I always seem to have time for anyway).

One activity that has been taking up a pretty large portion of my time is a group called Orthodox Christian Fellowship (or, OCF for short). As the name may suggest, the group is for Orthodox Christian college students. I am the president of the Boulder division for this group, and have been for the last two years. What exactly is Orthodox Christianity? Good question. I’ll spare you a history lesson but if you think back years and years ago, Christianity split into two divisions: Catholicism (which later broke off into Protestantism, and so on) and Orthodoxy (which has generally stayed the same). I personally am Greek Orthodox, but there are a variety of other grouping as well. Our OCF group is part of the CU-Boulder campus ministries program. If you have your own religious group that you are associated with I highly recommend visiting the ministry’s site at colorado.edu/studentgroups/rco/people. There are tons of organizations and if you don’t see anything that fits with your life or beliefs then you can even start your own. It’s pretty crazy how many groups there are and also pretty awesome that CU-Boulder is so accepting and welcoming of people from different backgrounds.

Personally, I love OCF because it is a way for me to continue traditions that have been passed on throughout my family. What does one do at OCF? Another good question.  Generally, the main point of the group is to be able to connect and meet other Orthodox people that are at CU. Most of the good friends that I’ve met while at CU have actually been through the OCF program. In addition though, we also take part in various volunteering programs and do fun activities. For example, every year I help to organize a state-wide OCF winter retreat in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Funny side story—I learned to ski at one our previous OCF retreats (I know, I’m a terrible Colorado native for just learning recently). I ended up breaking my ski pole in half. How, I have no idea. I guess me and winter sports are just never meant to mix.

It was an amazing experience though, and I love OCF because it allows me to take part in numerous adventure and experiences. 

 

Lia
Lia Peulen
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