Halfway There: Students Kick Off 2nd Semester, Reflect on 1st Term

Helping Children in Need

With one semester complete, The Virtues Campus kicked off the second half of the school year with a project to help kids in need.

For one of their service projects, students joined The Virtues Campus staff for a Feed My Starving Children packing event at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, MN on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian nonprofit that works to feed starving children around the world. Volunteers hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and the organization ships the meals to distribution partners around the globe.

During the two-hour session, The Virtues Campus joined a few other groups to pack thousands of meals and fill more than 60 boxes — enough food to feed about three dozen children for an entire year.

For more information, visit FMSC.org.

Students Share Thoughts on First Semester

What was your favorite class that you took the first semester?

Sierra: Understanding the Faith. Instead of just learning what’s in the Bible, it dove into the defense of the Bible and Christian faith.
Sadie: Understanding the Faith. We get really in-depth information. You get a portion about what the world is saying about something, and then you learn what the Bible says about it.
Ryan: Understanding the Faith. It’s helped me learn why I believe what I believe.

What did you think about the career assessment and career courses?

Sadie: It showed me what my strengths are and helped me discover what I'm good at — instead of just looking at a list of jobs that I could do, like some assessments do.
Sierra: It’s almost scary how well it can assess you. It knows things about me that I didn’t know about me. There’s also so much information it goes through, and the courses help you apply it.

Do you feel like Virtues has been of value?

Sierra: Definitely. Virtues is the exact thing I was looking for. I expected to go to a community college, but I wanted a Christian environment. With Virtues and Waldorf costing the same and offering a Christian environment, it was done right there.
Sadie: Absolutely. I’ve learned more in the past year than any other time in my life. I feel like I’ve actually accomplished something in my education, and that’s huge for me.
Ryan: Yes. It’s an awesome way to learn more about religion, more about God and about yourself. And you get to do it while you're taking classes for a degree.

What do you like most about Virtues?

Sierra: What I really like is how we can go beyond the curriculum. We’re still able to get our stuff done, but we’re also able to explore past it.
Sadie: You get both the Christian aspect of it and you get to figure out what to do with your life. I love how you can do both at the same time. I always thought I had to do one then the other.

What are your impressions of Waldorf University (Virtues’ partner for accredited classes)?

Sierra: I think it’s amazing. The resources and people you can get in contact with are very understanding and very nice.
Sadie: I love Waldorf. Even though it’s online, school officials are great at contacting you and seeing how you’re doing. And they’re good at accommodating your needs.

Would you recommend Virtues to other students?

Sadie: Yes. I hope people don’t ignore Virtues because it’s new and small. It can be great to be a part of something new.
Ryan: I think it would be good for a lot of people. It helps you learn more about what you want to do, learn more about religion, and work on your degree. Plus there are classes on finances and other practical things. This is something unique that anyone could benefit from.

Virtues Student Joins Super Bowl Halftime Show

While The Virtues Campus recently completed the first half of its school year, one of our students also helped celebrate halftime of another local event — the Super Bowl.
“Being part of the Super Bowl was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Sadie, who was one of the dancers who performed alongside Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.  “And I think everyone did a great job of representing Minnesota.”

Sadie’s alma mater, Rockford High School, was one of the schools whose dance team was chosen to participate in the halftime show. As an alum, Sadie was invited to join her former team for the performance.
“I thought when I graduated that dance was over for me, and it was time to move on,” she said. “But it just shows that God has more opportunities for you and can make it happen.”