I'm sending an application to St. Herman's Orthodox Seminary on Kodiak Island in Alaska. I suppose the only way to make it happen is to do something about it. I'll need transcripts from NTCC and the Art Institute, a copy of my baptismal certificate (I never got one though), and I'll have to write an essay describing why I want to attend. I will need a letter of recommendation from Fr. Justin.
I won't be going to become a priest... it's the St. Dimitrie Addictions Program that interests me. I want to be an addiction counselor. I feel like that's what I'm supposed to be doing with my life; helping people who suffer with addiction, something I have a lot of personal experience with. It's the most awful thing to have ever happened to me, and if it's within my power to help someone else who's suffered as I have, then I want to do what I can. I also feel like God has tasked me with this, to people who suffer from addiction.
I must admit that my reasons aren't completely selfless. I also hope to combat my own addiction issues and learn how to deal with them more effectively by attending St. Herman's. I also would like to be back in Alaska. I spent the summers of 2007 and 2010 in Ketchikan working as a salesman for Dicker & Dicker, a company that manufactures and sells fur coats, and I feel a connection with the place. I feel as if I need to go back, and I think going to St. Herman's might be the reason. Who knows, though... but there's only one way to find out.
Maybe I'll get there and decide that I should become a priest. That scares the daylights out of me... I can't imagine myself in such a position of responsibility and importance, and actually pulling it off without royally screwing it up. We'll see.