Monday, March 12, 2007

Monday Memory - My Alma Mater

When I saw today's "Monday Memory" topic, I just had to participate! Times spent at LeTourneau University are among my most cherished memories. I had friends in high school and certainly did well academically, but can't say I particularly enjoyed that time in my life. College, though, was where I definitely blossomed. I chose LU because I wanted a Christian college that offered an accredited engineering program. I had attended public schools K-12, but I really wanted a Christian institution for this next step. I loved math and science, so thought engineering was a good career choice (of course, I realized that wasn't the case after my first semester!). The fact that it was approximately 1,500 miles away from home didn't bother me in the least: I was ready to spread my wings. So in August, 1992, I set foot onto the campus for the first time ever (I couldn't afford to do a preview weekend). Met a whole slew of new people, spent a whole lot of money on heavy books, kissed my parents good-bye, and jumped on in.

I formed some lifelong friendships (hi, roomie!), learned a lot about my Savior, came to grips with some things about myself, and even managed to find time to study and earn a degree. I also learned that you can't judge someone on first impressions; I met my hubby there, and initially wrote him off as just plain wacko. College is such a unique time in life: generally speaking, you're no longer under your parent's roof, so are learning to establish some of your own boundaries - but don't yet have the heavy load of responsibilities that come with a full time job, family, etc. I can recall so many evenings watching movies, studying, or just chatting with friends. We ate, prayed, snoozed, learned, pranked, laughed and cried together. I don't think I'll ever have the opportunity to share times like that (no, we have no plans to move to a commune). Our dorms were run down (they now have wonderful new ones), the food was lousy, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. Even when I quickly learned that engineering was NOT for me (that C in Introduction to CAD still stands out on my transcript), I couldn't imagine going elsewhere. I graduated in 1996 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies, but that simple piece of parchment symbolizes so much more.

2 comments:

In Pursuit of His Call said...

Thanks for sharing your Monday Memory. I just learned so much about you, like you entered LeTourneau to be an engineering major...I never knew that...You have such a free-spirited personality that I can see why engineering just didn't suit you because you're definitely smarter than me, which means you definitely have the abilities to have been an engineer!!! My DearHubby had a laugh when you commented about you thinking your hubby was a wacko. Again, thanks for sharing...It was fun reminiscing about them college days, huh?

Jenn said...

ahh...such fond memories. I wrote my husband off as wacko too, but you dated him!!! Saga food, psych ward dorms with a seven minute burn time, "sledding" down the burm, "do you know what a beam is?", the ice storms, sunburns!!! You know sometimes I wish we could go back to simpler times. I often think of visiting campus again, but I think I like remembering how it was. The class that got me out of Engineering was Intro to Engineering where we made corrugated cardboard boats and had to float them on the goose potty, I mean pond. I knew then i was done! One of these days we need to have a good ol'fashion Diet coke and cheetos session!