[pullquote]Having the time that I did to invest in my spiritual growth enabled me to stand firm in my faith when it was being challenged and, more importantly, I learned to trust the wisdom I had gained from asking tough questions about Christianity.[/pullquote]I would never have guessed that the woman sitting across the table from me scored only 4% on one of her first tests as a Columbia student. In fact, it would be hard to believe this now accomplished professional ever struggled on a test at all, but her recollection of this introductory assessment of biblical knowledge revealed what was an eye opening experience. “This test actually made me more determined to discover what it is I actually believed.” Stephanie Collins, a Columbia graduate, is currently working in the CFL as Marketing Manager for the Calgary Stampeders. During a June coffee meeting, her passion for her work and faith came across in spades.
Stephanie, now 13 years separated from her Columbia experience, still sees immense relevance to the her timely education and her future success. “Having the time that I did to invest in my spiritual growth enabled me to stand firm in my faith when it was being challenged and, more importantly, I learned to trust the wisdom I had gained from asking tough questions about Christianity.” Stephanie, while scoring low on her first test, went on to use her year at Columbia to fill in those biblical gaps, to ask hard questions, and to discover who she was in Christ. Ultimately, that year became a part of her preparation for entering the rest of her post-secondary education and established a foundation from which her career path could solidly unfold.
For more on Stephanie and her journey don’t miss out on this fall’s Columbia Contact. (Read the last issue)