Sam Mader: Student Blogger

Sam Mader: Student Blogger

Sam Mader Through her writing on the BBC student blog, Sam Mader is sharing her college life experiences with others.
Sam is a sophomore from Buffalo, NY. She is studying youth ministry and music in the Specialized Ministries program at BBC.

Before coming to BBC, Sam was home-schooled in elementary school and junior high. She then attended Central Baptist Christian School in Yorkshire, NY. One trip to Teen Leadership Conference was all it took for Sam to know that this was the place for her.

On the blog, three BBC students are writing about daily life on campus and their views on everything from classes to community. The format gives current students, parents, future students, and others a deeper look into college life at BBC through a fresh set of eyes.

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Insight Questions

What led you to BBC?
My youth pastor and his wife took us to TLC, the summer before my senior year. It was there that the Lord worked in my heart and I applied before leaving the conference.

What program are you in?
It's called Specialized Ministries.

Why did you choose it?
I chose it because I wanted to study youth ministry and music, and that was the best way I could do both.

What are you involved in at BBC?
I work as a telecounselor for the Admissions Department, I am on the 2012 Class Officer Team, I help lead worship for class chapel, and other things.

What kinds of ministries are you involved with?
I am a member at Windsor Bible Baptist Church, which is a church just outside Binghamton, NY. I serve as a Youth Leader there, I am also on the Worship Team, and do my best to serve in whatever ways I can. God has blessed me incredibly by allowing me to be a part of that church. The relationships I have built and the lessons I have learned (most of them the hard way) have been extremely valuable.

What are your hobbies and interests outside college?
Well, youth ministry is a huge part of who I am. Coupled with that is definitely a love for music. I have played guitar since eighth grade, I also play bass, am learning to play electric guitar, and I am taking piano lessons right now (partially so I can learn to read music). I play keyboard a bit, and I plan to learn mandolin and violin eventually as well. However, my biggest musical challenge is to learn to play the drums and I intend to do that someday.

What do you appreciate most about the education you are getting at BBC?
The emphasis on God. It sounds cheesy, I know. But really. I finally see that God is so much bigger than I have made Him to be. The truths of His Word and the prevalence of the Gospel have exploded in my mind while being here.

What do you enjoy most about BBC life?
It is so hard to pick just one thing. I would say that I love what I am learning. I love the friendships and dorm relationships, but more importantly the umbrella over all these things is just the reality of who God is. Never in my life have I been in a place where God has been so big. I love it!

How did you become a student blogger?
Well, one day someone walked up to me and said: "Would you be willing to blog about your experiences on campus?" I replied sure.

What is your favorite part about being a student blogger?
I would say I am still learning, and I guess that is my favorite part. I am learning yet another way to communicate what God is doing in my life. I look at student blogging as yet another opportunity to influence people for the cause of Christ.

What are your plans for the future?
To be quite honest, I don't have plans for the future. Sure, I have hopes and dreams like anyone else, and I think those hopes and dreams are part of who God has made me to be. But I intend to live one day at a time, moment by moment, in obedience to my Father. He's got the plans for my future, I just need to pursue Him.

Contact information

Learn more about the Specialized Ministries Program here.

Posted on: 2/5/2010 2:58:47 PM

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