It’s funny how you sit down on a bench in front of Weaver Hall one day and think about your time at University of Mobile and how it has changed you. I can see my graduation ceremony and my potential as a University of Mobile graduate coming faster than a freight train on a railroad track. It’s crazy that my four years are up, and now it is time for me to move on into the real world.
Being not only a student, but an athlete as well, has made me grow as a person in a lot of ways. My spiritual faith and character have grown in ways that I couldn’t imagine. Being able to experience the great events at University of Mobile like chapel, crawfish boils, mission trips, athletic events and more allows me and other students to have the opportunity to to come out of our shells and explore what this university has to offer as we grow.
Coming to University of Mobile, I wasn’t where I needed to be at with my faith in the Lord. I didn’t know a lot about the Bible. Being knee-deep in playing sports while growing and traveling every weekend really took my attention away from the Word of God. I wasn’t proud to admit that, but it was okay here to admit that. Throughout my time here, I got to place myself in a community where my professors, my classmates, and even my teammates helped me understand more and more about the Bible and what God has to offer us each and every day.
People wonder what their character is going to be like throughout their times in college and often ask themselves, “Did I change for better or for worse?” University of Mobile changed my outlook on my character throughout my four years here. Surrounding yourself with people who constantly push you daily is something any college student wants to have. My professors, my teammates and my coaches all encouraged me to always strive for the best and to push past all limits that I held myself to. Being strong-willed, showing leadership skills, developing mental toughness, being a team player, and even being a good listener are all qualities that I am taking with me after my time at UM.
UM is all about building character and helping us grow in the faith with God. As I am here looking out on the Lackey Great Commission Lawn where I will be graduating in a few short days, I see the growth in my character and in my faith from these last fours years, and I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to attend University of Mobile.