I have been sworn into the U.S. Army as a military intelligence linguist, so after graduation from University of Mobile I will be sent to Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. I will then attend the Defense Language Institute in California to become fluent in Pashto, one of the two official languages of Afghanistan.
I am thankful for University of Mobile for so many reasons, but I am most thankful that I found a place where I could be mentored in my faith. One of my first professors, Dr. Doug Wilson, said the most important lesson he could teach us is to spend time with Jesus by praying and spending time in the Word. Having spiritual disciplines allows my major of study to take me further than it ever could had I placed my identity in it. While I worried and questioned my future and attempted to become a missionary, an educator, then a therapist, God was orchestrating my variety of UM courses for a dream occupation that I did not yet know existed. I majored in psychology with a music minor. God knew all along that moving to University of Mobile would prepare me for adapting, that traveling with a performing ensemble would teach me to work as a team with a variety of personalities, that voice lessons would teach me to quickly learn bits of foreign languages, that music theory would prepare me for deciphering new symbols, that psychology would prepare me for processing sensitive information under pressure, and that teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and traveling abroad would teach me the depth and yet simplicity of embracing a new culture. These are only some of the many ways University of Mobile prepared me for where I am going after graduation. This is truly a special place that I am sad to leave, but the faculty here have taught me to look beyond campus and use what we have learned to follow our calling, that is, ‘to make disciples of all nations’ (Matt 28:16-20).