IN A WORLD WHERE:
. . . Childhood dreams don’t always come true
. . . You need to be equipped to compete
I wanted to be an attorney for a long time, but I knew I needed to be prepared for that next step in life. I remember in the fifth grade, my dad had jury duty and I went with him to see what it was like. For a long time the process was fascinating for me. It seemed interesting, and a way you can make an impact on your community.
. . . To be challenged academically
. . . To be taught by highly skilled professors
. . . The opportunity to get out of my comfort zone
. . . To think through some of the hard questions of life
The world isn’t always straightforward, and the “right answer” isn’t always straightforward. What is justice? Doing the “right thing” is complicated. I needed to be surrounded by people who had thought through, or were thinking through, these things. I think that college is a formative time in one’s life and more specifically in shaping one’s worldview. I needed a college environment that worked to intentionally shape the worldview of its students in a thoughtful Anabaptist and Christian way. And also I needed to hear from classmates who had diverse backgrounds and experiences.
It was important to me to have faculty who took a personal and active interest in their students. While many faculty did that for me, Dr. Richard Kyle is one professor who stands out. He was someone who had high standards in his classroom, and expected a lot out of his students. That challenged me academically. Since I’ve left Tabor, Dr. Kyle has often inquired about my law school experience.
. . . Professors and classmates who gave me the freedom to ask the hard questions
. . . Instructors who helped me hone my practical skills, such as reading thoroughly and writing clearly
. . . Support from alumni who have shared the Tabor experience
These were important skills for law school, and now as a practicing attorney. Tabor helped me have high expectations for how students should work. Beyond the classroom, Tabor provide me the opportunity to continue playing tennis. That was important to me. I had teammates from around the world and across the country and some of them are still among my closest friends.
While at Tabor I spent a semester studying and interning in Washington, DC through the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. The months I spent exploring the city, learning from National leaders, and studying with students from other Christian colleges produced wonderful memories.
Going into law school your first year, classmates talk about how well they were prepared for school — if they were able to handle the work, or if it was a big adjustment. I had friends and classmates who felt like the transition was a big change from what they had been expected to do in college. It wasn’t so much for me. That speaks highly of Tabor and how they prepare students. Even now, alums of Tabor have been helpful in my career by offering their advice or assistance when I need it.