Reflection on College Conference East 2015 - By Stephen Sudik

This was my first year attending OCF’s College Conference. I really didn’t know what to expect. I had heard many great things from my friends about how much fun it was to attend, as well as seeing things through social media and other outlets. When I arrived at The Antiochian Village I was a little overwhelmed because of the new environment. But then a calm fell over me after seeing how friendly and inviting everyone was. No one was afraid to say “hello” to you and have friendly conversation. After that I felt very comfortable and was very excited to meet new people.

The program that was laid out was very enjoyable. There were four workshops that we could attend that all centered around the theme of martyrs, what it means to be one, and how we can live our lives as “modern day martyrs.” We also got to celebrate a special Divine Liturgy in which his Grace Bishop Gregory took time out of the important points of the liturgy to explain what was happening in the Liturgy and why it was important.

There were numerous things that were incredible about College Conference East, but the one thing that amazed me the most was the nights in the Chapel after Compline. After the service was over, everyone would stay and sing. The singing was beautiful and it would last late into the night, as late as 3 or 4 in the morning. Hours upon hours of singing the hymns and Christmas carols, to the point where your voice was completely gone, but yet so many of us stayed. It was truly beautiful, and I was truly blessed to be a part of it.