More Than Some Classes
Today is a monumental Friday in history: I don’t want it to be the weekend. That’s right, you have officially heard (or rather, read) a current college student proclaim that she enjoys her classes so much that she wishes she had classes tomorrow. Yeah, I’m cool like that.
I was sitting last night in my new favorite place to write papers (on my bed with hot cocoa) working on a reflection for my World Literature class over several chapters of the Odyssey. My professor is fantastic about getting us really involved in the reading and engages us in really stimulating discussion questions. So I was typing up my paper while in the back of my mind I thought about the next homework assignment I had for my Evangelism and Discipleship class, which was to practice solitude. It was here that I realized that I love my classes. No, I mean it. I like, love my classes. I hear people complaining all the time about how their classes don’t really relate to anything they’re going to do for the rest of their lives and I can’t help but laugh and say, “Are you serious!?”
So I came up with the top three reasons why I love my Bethel classes so much. Maybe you can relate to my reasons for admiration!
1. They relate to life. I’ll admit, this one is sometimes hard to remember. Especially when I, a future English teacher, was sitting in my Basics of Probability and Statistics class during freshman year. Bethel is a liberal arts school meaning we get a very rounded education. We learn a little about math, science, philosophy, religion, psychology, and music regardless of your major. I cannot even begin to describe how surprised I was the day that I had to figure out the reliability of a statistical study for an education class. Mind blown. So a huge thing I’ve learned this year is that, regardless of whether or not I think I can use my class content in real life, it can all be related to my life and makes me a more well-rounded individual.
2. Bethel professors honestly care. In my Evangelism and Discipleship class our professor is transparent. During the class that we discussed discernment he shared with a us a story about a specific instance in his life that he used God-given discernment. My education professor last semester worked with me to get into a new classroom when my school observations fell through. One professor told me that if I ever needed a reference, he’d be a willing soul. When you connect with your professors like this, you want to go to class! You have stories to share and want to hear the stories and material that they’ll share!
3. You go to class with your friends. One of the best things about going to class is that I go to class with all my friends. I think my dork is showing, but I love the first day of classes because I get to see who are in my classes and, thus, who will make good study partners. It adds a really cool dynamic to the relationships you have, too. You’re not just growing friends, but you have an opportunity to grow academically, which is really neat.
I guess I’m just overwhelmed with gratefulness that I have the opportunity to come to Bethel and learn with and as a part of a community of believers. It’s a unique experience that only lasts for 4 years so I’m trying to enjoy every moment!