Thursday, August 25, 2011

The teacher becomes the student.

Today, I won't just be going to work. I'll also be going to my first day of class. See, every new employee at Covenant is required to take the Christian Doctrine course. You're given the option to audit the class or take it for credit, and being the overachiever that I am, I opted to take it for credit.

Oh, who am I kidding? I'm not an overachiever. I just know that I'm so dang lazy, that if I didn't take it for credit, I wouldn't get near as much out of it as I could or want to. So, for credit it is.

I don't think it's a coincidence that I got this job at this place and am having to take this course. In the last year or so I've realized that, spiritually, I've been wanting and needing more concrete information. I've been craving facts and absolute truth and not just my feelings. Because feelings? Oh, I've got lots of those. Just ask Jason. But I could use some fact, some doctrine, some statements of reason to go along with those feelings.

So. Here I am. Going back to college (kind of), eleven years after the fact. To tell the truth, I also decided to take the course for credit because I'm kind of curious as to how I'll "do college" now, as an adult. And if the fact that I took four pages of notes on the fifteen pages of reading I had to do for todays class is any indication, this will be a very different experience.

Still, I'm a little nervous. This is a topic that is familiar and completely unfamiliar all at the same time. I'll be the oldest student in the class. And I'm feeling a little bit like this...

Except I don't have kids.

And I already have a degree.

And I'm not married to Huey Lewis.

And I have a Mac, not a typewriter.

Ok, so I'm being a little dramatic. Does that really surprise y'all?

Don't answer that.


  1. How cool! The complete dork in me thinks that looks like so much fun. And I'm with you on taking it for credit. I took a missions course and just audited it. Waste. of. money. Bonne chance! (Hey--look out for John's beautiful and equally sweet cousin Ginny Somerville.)

  2. I've been telling everyone how much I want to go back to college...just for a class here or there. oh, the fun of learning when we don't "have to learn."

  3. Leslie, what IS your job at Covenant??? So cool! I was thinking you were an elementary school teacher...??

  4. I think it is awesome that you are going to take this class for credit. Sometimes I think I would really like to go back to school but most of the time I just feel too old. Can't wait to hear how class goes for you!

  5. Love this song and so glad to see you back in the educational environment.. where you thrive!

    I signed up for 2 classes this week! Okay, so they're not for credit, but they take place in a classroom on a college campus and I had to register. Does that count? I confess, I was a little giddy after all these years :-)

    xo, Marmee

  6. Sooooo, now I'm kinda feeling dumb for the "doctrine" comments I made over coffee. eeek.

    I'm excited you're getting to take this class and I hope that I didn't totally step in it the other day.

    Doctrine is important, doctrine is important, and did I mention that I think doctrine is important?

  7. I'm playing catch-up on reading your blog, and I could no longer contain my thoughts when I came upon this post...

    Just seeing your handwriting throws me back like an N*sync song. Today after church I had lunch with a fellow die-hard Tar Heel, who was forced to listen to me wax poetic about my tweeny-bopper crushes on the likes of Eric Montross and Michael Brooker. I can only imagine how much worse you had it listening to me talk about such things. :)


    And your outfits.

    And the very fact that you love your job.

    And just loving you in general.


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