Saturday, October 16, 2010

College! College! College!

Is God sovereign? The answer to that could come in the form another question, is the sky blue on a sunny day? I've had a lot of people in authority from recruiters in the military to instructors in college tell me that I couldn't do this or that I couldn't do that. But like Caleb when he assessed the land of Canaan, I choose to look at life as something to be conquered knowing that God has already given me a great future. Those of you who don't have access to my private blog probably haven't heard much about my college visit in Chicago.

Finding Shimer College in Chicago was nothing short of a Godsend. This school is exactly what I was looking for in a college. I found this college at a time when I was giving up on myself and crying out to God for help because I was on my last nerve. I literally thought I was going to lose it if I didn't have some divine intervention. The thing about God is He never does things on my timing, but according to His glorious purposes and plans for my life. So I thought that I was up a creek without a paddle, S.O.L., but in reality God was waiting until I would stop relying on my own power so that He could make His own perfect in my weakness. As soon as I started looking into Shimer things have suddenly fallen into place as if I suddenly realized what the picture was going to be from the puzzle pieces.

This really a great opportunity for me and I'm really excited about it. I wouldn't be honest if I said that I'm not afraid, but I know that God does not give us more than we can handle. And yeah, there are some things I have concerns about, but the Bible says that with temptation God makes a way out so that we can withstand it. This school and possibility of getting my degree is a huge blessing since I didn't really have much motivation to go back the community college I had been attending. I was pretty much convinced that I had wasted my money going to that community college when the most intellectual conversations were with smokers on outside. The fact of the matter was though, even those conversations were very one-sided, seeing as how they talked about being open-minded... What they really meant was accepting of their ideas and rejecting the Orthodox. Shimer College is one of very rare breed of schools that encourage students to think for themselves, form their own opinions, and then hash out the details in the classroom where each individual can discuss their perspective and interpretation of the text.

Hoc est verum,
De Facto

4 comments:

  1. Much wishes of good luck for your studies. What are you looking to major in?

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  2. How old are you? What were your high school experiences and GPA like, that your choice is between Shimer and community college?

    I'm asking because I'm really curious, I'm well acquainted with the place.

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  3. Romano, I'm looking to become either a high school teacher or college professor in the subject of either literature or ancient history.

    Dan, I'm not inclined to simply divulge information at the whims of someone I don't know. However, I'll tell you that I'm 20 years old, switched schools twice from a charter classical education prep school to a an alt school and then finally to a mainstream public school. I think, for the most, that high school was a waste of my time and effort. My GPA is more like a GPF, but honestly, if I didn't want to go to Shimer I wouldn't. If I didn't want to go Shimer and I decided that community college wasn't for me then I wouldn't go to either. I'd find something else to do.

    You've compartmentalized my two stated options as if they were my last-ditch efforts, when in fact I am not without a resourceful mind.

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  4. As a Shimer alum, I congratulate you on your excellent taste in colleges. It's a great foundation for an educational career (a niche Shimer has filled, in fact, through all of its numerous phoenix-like transformations since 1853). From a look around your blog, I venture that your opinions on most subjects would differ vastly from mine, but the diversity of people it attracts is part of what keeps the Shimer conversation so interesting. Good luck, and hope to see you at an Assembly some day.

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