Posted on February 10, 2012 at 1:41 pm
In a word, this week was electric. This is evident in the way that students have found the energy to study long and late for midterms over the last two weeks. Being enrolled in an anatomy class, I can describe a very intense study battle indeed! But my classmates and I don’t fight those battles alone. Electricity flows through connection. The students at PUC are connected and continuously growing closer. Whether working together with my lab partners in anatomy or helping my fellow theology majors to bake Communion bread in Pastoral Ministry class, I experience a connectedness with my fellow students that energizes me and makes me excited about learning.
And it is not just students who are connected. Faculty and staff are connected as well. Over the past weekend when the New York Giants took on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, Grainger Hall’s Dean Halverson hosted staff members like chaplain Laffit Cortes and campus center director Doug Wilson for a great time of fellowship. Students from all over campus had a great time too, packing into the campus center to enjoy the game and each other’s company. However, this past week I have observed students and faculty coming together not just to promote academics and fellowship for their own sake, but also to promote excellence as a community. We come together to define why we want to be academically excellent and why we continue to fellowship.
Thursday’s Colloquy was the highlight of this week in that regard. This has been campaign week for Student Association elections (among which I am a candidate for the position of Religious Vice President). It was at this week’s Colloquy that students, staff, and candidates came together to say, “Community is what we are all about.” It is true that we are all different, but one thing that I have observed over the three years that I have been at PUC and this past week especially is that we have much more that connects us than divides us. Those connections are what produces the electricity on our campus. Many of our candidates are running unopposed for their offices, but even the competitive races have been characterized by a spirit of good will and cohesiveness. I feel very strongly that this is the result of a deepening understanding of community. We value community because Christ, our Savior, is all about community.
I defined this week as electric. As such, it is truly a snapshot of the very best of PUC, where the whole community comes together—where we make connections that have the power to illuminate the world.
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