GPS: Navigating Student Life at Boston College

Goals. Purpose. Success.

Graduate school can be a rewarding experience, but also a very challenging one. Transitioning to a new campus and academic environment, building new relationships with peers and professors, and figuring out what you will do after graduation are among some of the issues many graduate students may struggle with.

GPS is an overnight retreat experience for first-year graduate students designed to provide a much-needed space for engagement in self-reflection and meaningful conversation about the realities of graduate school at Boston College. GPS also aims to integrate the process of vocational discernment into graduate student's lives as they prepare for their chosen career path.

GPS Fall 2020 will be held November 6-7.

Interested in being a GPS facilitator? Applications open March 23 and close April 21 at 5pm.

Learning Outcomes

Students who attend GPS will be able to:

List the "Three Be's" of Jesuit Education:
1. Be attentive.
2. Be reflective.
3. Be loving.

List the Three Key Questions of Michael Himes' approach to discernment.
1. What brings me joy?
2. What am I good at?
3. Who does the world need me to be?


Please contact the Office of Graduate Student Life at for more information about GPS.