I graduate in 25 days.
So I have 25 measly days left to soak in all the collegiate I can before I (hopefully, please Jesus) get my diploma, walk across a stage, and begin paying back all my student loans.
I’m naturally a sarcastic, slightly cynical, maybe even pessimistic person, but I would like to take some time to wax poetically on my college career and then close with the greatest lesson I’ve learned in college: why Truth and Love is so gosh darn important.
I’m getting a BA in Spanish (so use the formal usted when you speak to me) and I’m minoring in Religious Studies, yes, from a public university. Because of my choice to minor in Religious Studies I’ve taken a lot of diverse classes and been involved in a lot of very interesting discussions. I’ve been “That Girl” in the class, I’ve learned how to be that girl respectfully, how to pick my battles, and learned that I need to love unceasingly because without love, truth just sounds like judgement.
Of course I’ve fallen flat on my face like a million times. My teachers have torn me apart, disregarded my comments, my classmates have been less than kind, I’ve been downgraded on essays for being less than objective, and I’ve left some classes feeling like a big fat failure. But, praise God.
I’ve gone to class with sections of the Catechism highlighted, Bible verses organized based on topic, and even some lofty quotes by Church Fathers. I’ve researched the Inquisition and the Crusades and gone to every FOCUS Conference and taken frantic notes in order to dialogue with my classmates. Truth-wise, I was prepared, and maybe some of those facts stuck to my classmates or my professors, but maybe not.
But if it’s not wrapped in the perfect Love of Christ, and your imperfect attempt at Love, then people won’t care. So, by all means, study and know your facts, but pray that Jesus will give you a heart for His people, because when someone spends 15 minutes in class tearing apart everything you love about your faith, the last thing you want to do is love them.
I recently listened to this fascinating interview on NPR (neeeerd) with comic Julia Sweeney. It’s all about her journey from Catholicism to Atheism. It’s fascinating and you should listen to it (it’s only 10 minutes long) and I think it’s a great testament to why we need Truth and Love.
So, thank you UNL for providing Religious Studies courses, for making me take challenging courses (Tibetan Buddhism, Modern day Islam, Literature of Western Civilization), for challenging my beliefs, for making me fall in love with them even more, for showing me how to evangelize, for keeping me humble, for reminding me to rely on Jesus and the Holy Spirit in times of need, for introducing me to fascinating people, for making me procrastinate on many essays which led me to write blog posts instead, and for educating me.
As much as I gripe about school and tests and assignments and frustrating courses, I know how blessed to receive a college education and act upon my freedom of speech and religion.
Thank you for reading these posts and for challenging me as well.
I realize this post has no real substance, but I’m getting nostalgic and I wanted to say “wax poetically” in a post, so thank you for humoring me.
I love you all,