Musician and Writer
"The first time I learned about the ASPIRE program was three years ago when Simpson faculty member Dr. Cynthia Strong spoke at a women's church event. Afterward, I had the opportunity to speak with her, and she shared about Simpson University and the Adult Studies program. During our conversation I felt the first fluttering of possibilities with continuing my education.
As an older adult learner, I had many questions. I decided, with the support of family and friends, to follow through and complete long-standing educational goals. I was looking for a university that provided its students with a God-centered educational experience and where I could learn what 'loving God with your mind' truly means. I found that at Simpson University.
"I was looking for a university that provided its students with a God-centered educational experience and where I could learn what 'loving God with your mind' truly means. I found that at Simpson University."
I left my position in Medford, Ore., to follow an academic path. Relocating to Redding was a faith move.
Though my original plan was to enroll in the liberal studies program, the organizational leadership program was a better fit. I believe that God chose this path for me. It has changed my life in a multitude of ways, instilling a new confidence that I have utilized in a variety of life arenas.
As a musician and writer, I was afforded a new vantage in personal work and ministry. Learning valuable communication techniques has given me the opportunity to communicate with and view others through a broader lens.
My educational experience at Simpson will have lifelong benefits. There have been difficult times, but that is how one learns to persevere in faith. I am looking forward to continuing this academic journey and seeing where God chooses to lead me through it."
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