I usually say this multiple times a day to myself: I love this place!
I first set foot on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on August 8, 2014. It was the day before new student orientation for my semester began. I had never even visited the campus before, but I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. I still can't explain it. When God called me to seminary, he didn't just call me to any seminary, he called me to Southeastern.
I love this place! I got choked up the first time I saw the steeple at Binkley chapel. I still get excited as I cross the crosswalk on South Avenue every day as I arrive at campus. I love this place.
I'm a higher education re-tread. I had (foolishly) dropped out of college in 2001, and went on into the workforce. I was 34 years old when I attended my first class at the College at Southeastern. The past few days I've been planning my next two semesters out. They'll be my last two semesters as a "College Student" as I will graduate with my B.A. in May of 2017. Two more semesters. Wow. It feels like I just got here. Thankfully, I have plenty more to learn from the faculty here, as I definitely plan to get my Master's of Divinity and hopefully do Doctoral work here as well.
There is so much to learn, and I love every minute of it. Oh, and I get to work here too. Isn't it amazing what God can do? It's March right now. It would have been March in 2014 when I would have been spending my lunch-break at work at my old job back in South Carolina taking long walks and praying...talking to God, asking for some way for me to be able to come here. There were times when I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it. I was in my mid-30's. Mid career at a good job in the IT industry working for a good company. Some people thought I was crazy for wanting to do this, but mostly everyone I know has been supportive, and I know I have lots of folks from my church back home, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Florence, SC praying for me.
I take school seriously. I work hard, and yet it doesn't feel like work. I love every minute of it.
I love this place!
I thank God every day that I get to be here...that I get to learn here, from this faculty. I love this place!