Vocational Reflection

 What do I want to be known for? Who am I? What are my passions, gifts, and my purpose?

For many decades, the sound learning of our liberal arts education has challenged our men to reflect upon fundamental questions such as the ones above, as well as "What does it mean for me to be a good man?", and "What should my life as a good citizen look like?". At the core of the vocational reflection process, we have established a set of key questions that we want our young men to reflect on and then act upon during their years at Hampden-Sydney.

Hampden-Sydney College's mission "to form Good Men and Good Citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning" is our guiding light that helps navigate our young men as they wrestle with their vocation. Traditionally, from the Latin vocare (to call), vocation has meant calling. Either a calling by God, or, more generally, a sense that a person should be doing something. Vocation often includes a professional career, but is broader and can refer to any number of ways a person is "called" into a particular kind of life.


Our young men have the opportunity to address these questions in a number of settings and environments. A brief list includes places such as our academic advising program, career counseling, freshmen seminars, Army ROTC, Living and Learning Communities, mentoring programs, Good Men Good Citizens, athletic team service projects, Society of '91, Residence Life service projects, C Day, Sophomore Dinners, and various academic classes.

Who do we work with?

The Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office has the mission to synchronize our Vocational Reflection efforts across the College. Our collaborative effort includes the following offices: Academic Success, Substance Education, Counseling Services, Civic Engagement, Chaplain, First and Second Year Programs, Athletics, and a number of Academic Departments.


Through Vocational Reflection, we want to get our young men thinking and reflecting about their lives and futures at an early stage in their time at Hampden-Sydney. We want them to identify their passions, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and calling. By doing this, we hope they become more engaged in their education, and in determining their own paths to fulfilling lives and careers as good men and good citizens.