Becoming Family, Building Community at University of Mobile

Rachael Counselman Experience

Rachael Counselman

It takes a village.

This is often the phrase many think of when reflecting on the lives of children. However, a village is comprised of more than children.  It consists of brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers; it is a community.  It becomes a home to those who abide there permanently or those travelers passing through on a journey to the next destination.

I often think of University of Mobile as a village.  We are a community, and we have many dwellers here. Some are long-time residents, and some, of course, are merely passing through.  When making this comparison, it encourages me to take the time to see who may be walking through toward the next stop.  So many students enter our classrooms each semester.  We, as the faculty, see new and familiar faces in every class.  Many are so easy to adopt into our own families.

I think each year my own list of “children” grows longer and longer.  I want to know what they are doing, where they are going, and how is this or that problem working out for them? It is so easy to become a part of their lives, and it is so easy for them to become a part of mine. We become family.

That is what community is all about – intentionally investing in each other’s lives.  While we are learning inside of the classroom at University of Mobile, we are also learning outside of the classroom as well. We are learning about community and serving one another.  The Apostle John writes, My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (15:12).  We are to continually love and serve one another through Christ, inside and outside the classroom.

That is our mission.  That is His message.  We are a community.  We are a village.  We are University of Mobile.


About the Author
Rachael Counselman

Rachael Counselman

Rachael Counselman is an instructor in English in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Mobile. She is a 2001 graduate of UM and earned her Master of Liberal Arts and English from Spring Hill College and her Master of Education from Northcentral University. Through attending special studies in literature at University of Oxford each summer, Rachael is able to share her love of learning with her students. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Chad, and her daughter, Emily.