I have had the privilege of teaching Accounting at the University of Mobile for the past 17 years. I graduated with an accounting degree from UM and then spent a few years in the corporate accounting world before returning to UM to teach. I always knew this was a place that I would love to return to one day because of its mission and family atmosphere. That’s why there are many reasons that I am thankful for UM. Here are just a few.
First, I am thankful for the mission of UM; one that bases all it does in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love coming to work every day at a place that not only places a high emphasis on academics and preparing students for their chosen careers, but one that does so with Christ being exalted and at the center of it all.
I am thankful for the time I spend with students each day. There’s nothing better than watching students learn and begin to love what they learn. I’m grateful that I get to spend so much time with them from freshman year through senior year as they prepare to go practice accounting.
In turn, I love receiving those emails and phone calls of excitement telling me that they have landed a job or been promoted in their job. Seeing them succeed makes me love what I get to do every day even more!
Outside of academics, I am thankful that UM allows me to foster close relationships with students. Over the past 17 years, I have backpacked Europe and traveled the U.S. on university missions with students, discipled students, and have even served as either a groomsman or officiant in a handful of students’ weddings. These are the moments I will treasure for a lifetime.
Thank you, UM, for creating home – a home for faculty to come to every day, a home for students to live, a place where you may come a stranger, but leave a friend. A true home away from home.