| Written by Carly Robinson, Student Body President &
Senior Education Major from Clifton, Texas.
Psalm 16 has always been a source of perspective about the identity, confidence about the future, and purposefulness that come from abiding in Christ.
“You make known to me the path of your life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy…”
This scripture concluded my graduation address in high school, and its truth certainly has held true for my journey through college in more ways than I anticipated.
LeTourneau has been informative, unquestionably, but also incredibly formative. My most important experiences here have shaped not simply what I have learned, but who I have become.
Growing up in Texas had offered me a look at numerous schools, public and private, but from my first visit to campus, it was obvious that LeTourneau was different from the others.
My family and I visited campus during Fall Fest, when sidewalk chalk campaigns and funny costumes at lunch in Saga reveal the unique creativity and sense of humor of our student body. Over the years, I, too, would go around campus dressed as Mother Superior, Athena, and a mad scientist!
LeTourneau’s deep sense of community was noticeable from my first tour, as passersby smiled and genuinely greeted visitors.
English professor Dr. Annie Olson always reminded her honors cohorts that “People will not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” This principle is one of the most significant lessons I’ve learned as a future teacher. It also is one of the things I love about LeTourneau because here, that caring is lived out.
While my small-town background resonated with the size and closeness of the campus, my interest in other cultures and overseas travel were met by the diversity of our student body. These past few years, I have developed and grown relationships with Chinese, Saudi Arabians, Koreans, Indonesians, and my roommate from the ‘foreign’ land of Chicago!
Campus events like “Our World Cafe” highlighted the numerous cultures of international students and missionary kids on campus. I brought these friends home during holiday breaks and introduced them to quintessentially “Texan” activities like skeet shooting, riding in the back of a pickup, and picking wildflowers.
Each semester has been unique and not without its academic and personal challenges. Balancing extra-curricular activities, relationships, and schoolwork proved to be the most frequent challenge, yet I have come to more greatly appreciate grace, time management, and coffee.
|I have come to more greatly appreciate grace, time management, and coffee.|
Coursework in my teacher education program builds each year from theory to technique, incorporating field experiences and culminating in the final semester of student teaching. Two placements in eighth grade classrooms will serve as the capstone to my 4th-8th Language Arts and Social Studies degree. These observation times have affirmed my desire to teach. More than any final exam, the real test of what I have gained here will be how I can impact others for the glory of Christ.
Serving on mission trips to an after-school center in an Alaskan village during Spring Break and visiting a juvenile detention center with a prison ministry team have broadened my perspective on young people. Placing academics and application within a gospel-focused view of vocation has helped me to see middle school as a mission field.
Coming to LeTourneau was a part of God’s will for me. I know it because of the way He provided for the journey and blessed the experience. My decision was guided greatly by a significant scholarship from Heritage Weekend and confirmed through studying and living here.
My professors’ expertise and mentorships, my friends’ camaraderie and faith, and even Mr. R.G.’s original gumption and humility are best expressed again by Psalm 16: “The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.”
Full article appears in NOW Magazine, Fall 2013