Last year my friend Spence Spencer shared a post about why he is thankful for Southeastern. Although he is still working to complete his PhD from Southeastern he has moved to Oklahoma to take an administrative position at OBU. He re-shared his post this morning stating that even though he is in Oklahoma he is still thankful for SEBTS. At the risk of being a copy-cat, I wanted to share the many reasons I am also thankful for Southeastern.
It is hard to believe that it has only been a little over a year since I first arrived at Southeastern Seminary. I never came for a preview day, I never went on a campus tour. I never set foot on this campus until I came to get my key for the little room I stayed in my first semester. I knew, however that this is where I was supposed to be.
It was only a little longer ago than that -- I guess sometime around the end of 2013 when I looked across the table at Hardee's one morning when I was eating breakfast with my pastor and asked him if he thought it would be crazy if I said I wanted to move to NC and attend Southeastern (he said no, it wouldn't by the way). Almost exactly one year ago I decided to put my house in SC on the market and move all of my belongings to an actual apartment here in Wake Forest. It was a little less than a year ago I left the job I'd had for the previous 8 years, as they did not have a full-time remote position for me. As a result of that, the Christmas season of last year (2014) is a blur for me -- it was a period of worry, uncertainty, doubt and a lot of prayer. The more I prayed however, the more I knew I had made the right decision. Soon I was offered a job in IT at Southeastern. That is just one of the many ways this school and the people here have blessed me.
So, here are five reasons I am thankful for Southeastern Seminary:
I am thankful for my job, and the fact that I can serve the faculty, staff and fellow students by working at Southeastern. Since starting in IT I have also been able to begin working with the communications team as the editor for the Between the Times faculty blog. I love both roles immensely. I have never worked in a better environment. As Spence wrote in his post, I have never received more "Thank You" e-mails and comments than I have while working at Southeastern. This is a workplace where people are genuinely kind.
I am thankful for all of the friends I have made here. I'm thankful for my classmates, my co-workers and I am thankful for my neighbors. Southeastern is such a fantastic community. Southeastern lives up to it's moniker "The Happy Seminary."
I am thankful for the professors here. I started to say the professors I've taken classes with, but it really goes beyond that. Southeastern's faculty is so great. I haven't just learned from professors whose classes I have taken. I have had the opportunity to interact with professors outside of the classroom as well. I try to be a sponge and take any opportunity I can to learn from everyone I can.
I am thankful that Southeastern has instilled in me an even greater love for learning, a love for research, a love for writing, and a love for taking what I learn and making it not simply an academic exercise but always emphasizing the need to turn academic study into practical application.
Although this is the season of thanksgiving, I am thankful for this place every day. I do my best to make sure not a day goes by that I do not stop and thank God for putting me here. I am blessed beyond words by being here. I love this place.