Why It Works – Faculty

A student walks into the classroom after working all day, comes straight to class where she will be for the next four hours before getting home around 11:00, if she’s lucky.  Hopefully her children have had a smooth evening and are asleep, otherwise it will be a really late night.  Then back up to get everyone off to school and head back to work.  Week after week, month after month, usually for two, three or four straight years.  Why, because this her route to a better life for her and her family.  She doesn’t just want the degree, she needs the options it will bring for herself and her children.

Belhaven University provides the opportunity, the path toward that better life.  The focus on a Christian Worldview which permeates the curriculum gives her more than she bargained for and its value will multiply back to her over the years.

BU and the focus on a Christian Worldview will leave a mark, but it is the Faculty who make it work.  It is the Faculty who bring themselves to the intersection of these students striving to better themselves and the course content.  It is the Faculty whose passion, faith, compassion, and knowledge make it possible for the student to be willing to persevere.  It is the Faculty who perceive their role as mentors and guides whose comments and personal discussions inspire and encourage.  It is the Faculty who see more than a paycheck; who see mission and purpose in changing lives as a calling that pass along more than the curriculum contains.

You are why it works.  Thank you.

 

4 comments

  1. Marsha Hudson

    I agree. The teacher sets the atmosphere for the classroom. The faculty member can help make this rigorous schedule that most students face on a daily basis bareable for the student. The faculty member can be instrumental in helping a student move forward instead of giving up. With the right mindset, the faculty member can encourage and motivate the student to success. Being an instructor at BU is not just a job; it is a ministry.
    Great blog.
    Marsha Hudson

  2. Jason S. Smith

    THANK YOU for the encouragement! I am grateful to God for this sacred calling and opportunity to serve our students!

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