[quote="NguyenKimPhat, post:1, topic:180888"]
I am filling out an application for a major scholarship that will give me a full ride throughout undergraduate university. I really need this scholarship, and I was wondering if any one of you guys would please help me answer a question. The question asks me discuss my short and long term goals and if the goals are related. Well my short term goal is to finish my degree in my major in college which is biology. However, my long term goal is to enter the priesthood. But I can't relate the two together. Can anyone please help me by giving me some ideas?
"Although majoring in biology at first glance seems unrelated to a field the priesthood . . . " um.... how can i finish this sentence?
just wanted to say that I'm in a similar boat to you. I'm studying Theoretical Physics in college while discerning my vocation aswell. I applied for a scholarship in first year (I'm in second year now) that lasted two years, and I got it thank God. Now I'm studying for exams that will give me five years of free education including postgrad/masters, free accommodation etc if I get a first in them. I don't know if I would use all the privileges of this scholarship if I am successful, but I am going to give it a shot anyway, and let the Lord decide.
Don't approach this saying 'but there are many other people who really would use this scholarship more than I would' - go for it yourself, and if it's the will of God, you will succeed, otherwise he'll decide who to give it to. That would be my take on it anyway:)
As for studying biology while knowing you may have a vocation to the priesthood - I'm still figuring that one out. I think it's good for a witness for the Lord to have a solid background in some field outside religion - especially the natural sciences, because here is an area that poses many obstacles for the faith. If you can hold both your faith and the concept of evolution etc in balance, it can be a strong witness to the compatibility of faith and reason. That's what I hope to be able to do with my Physics - for example to believe in both the Creation account of Scripture and the Big Bang Theory and be able to show how they do not contradict each other. Also I think modern science needs a constant reminder of Christian ethics, and I feel that this would be stronger coming from one inside the scientific community itself.
Perhaps this is a bit wishful or naive, I don't know. Just trust everything to the Lord and he will show you the way.
God bless you on your journey:)