Bethany Horton: Branching Out at BBC

Bethany Horton: Branching Out at BBC

Bethany Horton has a heart for pre-school children and for music. Now in her second year at BBC and is earning an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education, she hopes to use her education and love for music to make in impact in young lives.

Originally from Lowell, MI, where she grew up in the middle of five children, Bethany was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade along with her two brothers and two sisters.

Bethany HortonA resident of Vibbard Hall, Bethany works as a telecounselor in the BBC Admissions Office where she takes the opportunity to pass her love for the school on prospective students.

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Insight Questions

What was it like being homeschooled?
I liked it a lot. I was able to set my own schedule. We had to be started by 9 o'clock in the morning and, depending on how much work we had to do, I could either be done by noon or I could go until 5 in the evening. It depended on how much I would apply myself and how much was expected each day. I liked that because it allowed me to work at my own pace. I was also able to be involved in homeschool groups and organizations. I was able to participate in an orchestra as well as a musical my senior year.

Was it difficult going from being homeschooled to campus life?
Not really. I am an outgoing person, so I was able to make friends quickly. But it was hard being away from my family. I was used to being at home all day every day with my family, so leaving home and going 10-12 hours away to school was a little hard.

Coming to campus has really allowed me to branch out more. Being away from home has helped my parents more easily allow me to make my own decisions. I can call them and talk about anything when I need to, but they let me make my own choices.

Where did your interest in early childhood education come from?
I started babysitting when I was 13. I love kids and love interacting with them. I can come along and be someone who can show they really care.

What led you to BBC?
I had lots of interaction with people who had been here. And I came here for Teen Leadership Conference with my youth group for three years. I loved the people I was meeting here. At TLC, some of the people from the worship team would lead chapel. I loved that because worship for me is really important. It is where I learn and realize a lot of different things. I was able to talk to people and I could tell they really loved it here. Some financial aid that was available at BBC also helped.

What do you appreciate the most about your BBC education?
That it is a biblical education and that professors are all willing to take time with me. I have been able to ask questions. I know they care and am getting a good education. They want us to do our best and they want us to learn.

I learn so much in the classes. I love the fellowship with people here. I think the best thing is that because of being here, I have been able to grow through the classes and through what God is teaching me in all areas of my life.

What other ministries have you been involved in?
I teach two and three year olds every Sunday at Heritage Baptist Church across from campus. It is challenging. I also work off campus. I feel my work off campus is ministry.

Why did you become a telecounselor?
It was a chance to work here for the summer. I love BBC, and I love talking to people about it and how it might be the right place for them to go to school.

What would you tell a homeschooled student interested in BBC?
BBC is a place that is going to develop you to serve the Lord better as well as help you branch out of your comfort zone and do things that you did not expect to be able to do.

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Posted on: 7/1/2010 10:50:02 AM

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