"Choosing your priorities"
I was inspired my first year teaching in the graduate program when a student celebrated a milestone she reached as she finished her last class in my course.
She came in that evening, all smiles, and told the class she reached her dream: she bought and slept the prior night on her very first bed. It was a Queen Size bed with a plush pillow top. She had finally paid her tuition in full and did not have any more textbooks to buy, so her gift was a bed.
She was 28 years old - one of nine children - and her bed throughout her life was a blanket on the floor in the corner of the living room. She never told anyone at CLU (all 7 years of undergrad and grad school) she was determined to be the 1st generation grad in her family. She needed books, not a bed to get her through. When the class reacted with astonishment she said:
"It's all a matter of choosing your priorities."
We have shared so much laughter, joy, and teamwork relating with one another and common triumphs and struggles.
She ended up being one of my best student workers and would tell all students who got homesick of her adventure here.
Just as I imagined, great people, wonderful atmosphere, love the kids and I drive into the parking lot and feel I’ve driven home.
My arrival here was meant to be and God's way of lifting me from a not so great place I was in.
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