My experiences at Concordia have given me the ability to develop not only my vocational gifts, but also my personal gifts. As a business student, I have been able to build my communication skills through classroom instruction, activities, and group work. However, I believe that I have learned just as much, if not more, about communication through the relationships I have formed with friends. By living with roommates and friends I have learned the value and extreme importance in kind, honest, and open communication with those you live and work with. I have developed a skill for facing issues head-on and resolving them with clear communication, which I am proud of. I know that this talent will help me not only in my career, but in my personal life as well. Along with this I have developed my leadership skills.
Through the years I have learned to be a leader in the classroom, whether it is in classroom discussion or group projects. Being heavily involved and carrying responsibility is academically and personally satisfying. This past year I was also able to be involved in a leadership position outside of the classroom by being a part of a committee that formed Concordia's first business fraternity. I was recently elected to the executive board of our new colony and am able to further develop my leadership skills through this position next year. I do not believe that I would have been able to have the same leadership opportunities in a larger school. Concordia's small close-knit and personal environment has given me the opportunity to excel and lead others.
I have learned to be a leader in the classroom...I do not believe that I would have been able to have the same leadership opportunities in a larger school.
One of the greatest aspects about Concordia is that many of the skills that I have built for my future career will also help me in my personal life. The liberal arts education that I have received at Concordia has trained me for a vocation not just a job. I truly believe that because I attended Concordia I will be better prepared to not only enter the workforce when I graduate, but to enter life as a strong, Christian young-adult. This is one of the greatest benefits of receiving a faith-based, liberal arts education. I view my time at Concordia as a gift that allows me to live and study in an academically and personally supportive environment that allows me to develop my own personal gifts that I have been given.