Defending the Faith

Sierra, a recent high school graduate, was tired of being in a public school system where she didn’t feel comfortable sharing her faith. She wanted more out of her next step in her education, but she knew it might be difficult to find.
“I’ve been in public school my whole life, and it’s been really hard for me to talk about my faith in school — not because it’s something I don’t take pride in, but if you say you are a Christian to a lot of people, they want nothing to do with you. They think you will just judge them,” Sierra said. “When I was looking at colleges, I knew for a fact that I wanted a Christian community. But they were all so expensive.”
Sadie, having tried community college, found herself in a similar situation. She didn’t feel like her college was a good fit, and she started to question the path she was taking.
“It was a good school, but I wasn’t satisfied,” Sadie said. “I was wondering if I was ever going to feel satisfied, and if school was even for me.”
This past summer, the two students both found their solution with The Virtues Campus.
“When I heard about Virtues, it just brought back so much excitement,” Sadie said. “I knew that this was where God wanted me to be.”
This fall, both students dual enrolled in The Virtues Campus and its partner, Waldorf University.
About a month into their first year at The Virtues Campus, the two students are finding that their experience is surpassing their expectations.
“I wasn’t expecting it to be this in-depth with learning about faith, and that’s a good surprise,” Sadie said. “It’s something I’ve never gotten before. It can be a hard topic to be comfortable with for people coming out of high school. It’s made me a lot more confident, especially with defending my faith and standing firm in my shoes.”
Sierra agreed.
“When you hear that a community college or a four-year private college is a Christian college, you don’t expect to be fully diving into the Bible and Christian development, but at Virtues, it’s so in-depth,” she said. “It’s great for public school students just coming out of high school who don’t know how to defend their faith when questioned. That’s the biggest part of what I’ve struggled with, and I really like that we’re learning how to do that.”
The students said that they’ve also been surprised by how quickly the class has grown together.
“It’s only been four weeks, but I feel like I’ve known these people for at least a year,” Sierra said.
Added Sadie, “I like how personal Virtues is. Pastor Julie really makes an effort to know us individually and as a group. And she’s not afraid to go off-topic or into more detail if something really interests us.”
Looking ahead, they said they are excited about their upcoming projects, including service projects and job shadowing.
“Job shadowing is going to be an amazing experience,” Sierra said. “It will help us find where God wants us to be in life. I think that’s one of the biggest fears with college and figuring out your major and career. You can research an occupation as much as you want, but unless you’re actually able to see it happen in front of you and experience it yourself, you’re never going to know what’s going to be expected of you and if you’re able to cope with it.”
Job shadowing is one part of the career-readiness track at The Virtues Campus. This track begins with a career assessment and consultation to help students identify their God-given design, followed by in-depth career exploration and real world experience.
Sadie said that the career-readiness track has helped her immensely by emphasizing her strengths as opposed to her weaknesses.
“In high school, they focus on your weaknesses, and that’s what put a damper on me for going to college. I didn’t feel like I was good at anything,” she said. “Here, we’re looking at our strengths and working on those instead. God didn’t design us to be good at everything, but he designed us all to be great at something.”
For students who are looking at attending college next spring or fall, Sierra and Sadie encourage them to look into what The Virtues Campus has to offer.
“We’ve already learned so much,” Sierra said. “I can’t imagine what it will be like next year or by the time we graduate.”
Added Sadie, “Try Virtues to study who God is and who he wants you to be.” 

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