My SLU Experience
This summer, I had the privilege of continuing my SLU journey and wow, did I learn a lot! SLU has taught me and many others vital leadership information that we will not forget anytime soon. I remember all the way back to 101 when SLU captivated my heart and mind; from the very beginning I was itching to learn more about how I could have a leadership role in bringing God’s Kingdom to earth. What I love most about SLU is how they consistently leave the responsibility to the students to take what we learn, claim ownership of our faith and be all that we are called to be for the Lord. SLU says they encourage, equip and challenge students to discover their own roles as leaders in society’s future, but they go above and beyond that.
At SLU 201, we were visited by many government leaders who so willingly took time out of their day to speak to us and answer our questions about leadership at a national level. My favorite speaker was undoubtedly Dr. Bernice King. Not only was it fascinating to be listening to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter and hear her reminisce about her relationship with him, but more than that, Dr. Bernice King’s words were empowering and challenging. As I am writing this post, I am looking back over my notes from her message and finding it difficult to refrain from writing down quote after quote that impacted my life. Almost everything she said was relevant to my life, and the life of other teens growing up in this generation. But one thing she said that stands out from the rest is this: “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won- you earn it and win it in every generation.” When Dr. King said this, everything SLU had taught me to this point seemed to click. In every generation, people are made for something great. It may not be easy, and it may seem farfetched to the small minded, but our God is bigger than society’s norms and larger than any great mind could every comprehend. If anyone lived out this statement, it would be her father. Dr. King rose above the common social patterns and stood up for what he believed in, using scripture and the character of God to bring about an eternal change in the way individuals view people who are different from them.
My favorite memorial that we visited was Arlington Cemetery.
I have visited Arlington before, but never experienced it with the intentional mindset of finding leadership lessons to learn from the men and women who are buried there. The atmosphere is something that I will never forget: somberness, dignity, respect, grief. What a powerful yet obvious way to experience leadership at a national level.
Written by SLU Alum, Abby Shepherd.
Check out her blog here.
Part 2 will be posted next Tuesday, October 23rd! Stay tuned to hear more about SLU 301!