Charity Smith: Learning to Teach Others

Charity Smith: Learning to Teach Others

A senior Elementary Education major from Lake Ariel, PA, Charity Smith became interested in BBC through its connections with the Word of Life Bible Institute.

Charity SmithAfter attending Word of Life in New York, she decided pursuing a bachelor's degree at BBC would be the best path. With commencement now on the horizon, Charity looks back at her time at BBC and Word of Life with gratitude and thankfulness.

The relationships, experiences, and knowledge she has gained will go with her throughout her life.

As a student, Charity has been able to get involved in a variety of areas that include playing soccer, leading others as a Resident Assistant, working for the BBC Admissions Department, and serving as a counselor for Teen Leadership Conference.

In December before my first year of college I was talking to one of my youth leaders who worked at Word of Life Island for a summer and whose siblings attended Word of Life Bible Institute. He suggested I check it out. I didn't know much about it but decided to apply. I stepped on campus in September 2008 for the first time and God took care of the rest.

At Word of Life I was surrounded by students who were taking the same classes, in the same kind of work environment, and ministering together for the sole purpose of glorifying God every day. I got attached to the girls in my dorm very quickly because we could relate to each other so well. We all cared about each other because that was why we were there, to grow closer to God and minster to others.

BBC impressed me in part because of connections with Word of Life. From the annual spring college fair at Word of Life that BBC attends, to President Jim Jeffery's visit to teach an entire week of class, I was intrigued.

I had the opportunity to hear about BBC from current students and share a meal with the President. I had a deep conversation with my dad about pursuing a degree. Then I made a visit to BBC on my way back up to Word of Life. God used Dr. Ritch Kelley (Dean of the School of Education) and Sean MacPherson (Director of Enrollment) to seal the deal. My vision was to continue my education at BBC. By June, I was accepted, enrolled, and ready to go.

The support of friends in the dorm, my dorm mom, and the soccer team made my transition easy. God has shown me that life is a journey and I am not going to figure everything out right away. I have learned that I am never going to "arrive." God is all I need and the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Him.

During my time at BBC, I have loved getting to know my peers, investing in the lives of others, being mentored, and learning through everyday life, classes, chapel, and personal conversations.

Word of Life and BBC are both ministry-focused. Each holds a high standard of service. At Word of Life there were work assignments and small groups set up that made it natural for me to do these things at BBC. Word of Life taught me hard work, integrity, and discipline that I was given the chance to carry out at BBC.

The professors and staff who have invested hours of prayer into me and the lifelong friendships I have formed have changed me forever. I would never trade the relationships I have at BBC for anything. I have been surrounded by mentors whose office doors are always open for me. I can barge in and share my struggles and frustrations and they are willing to encourage me and follow up on the decisions I made.

I love working with kids and want continue to impact others. Anyone who has seen me teach tells me I am good at it. I can't imagine my life without kids. Education is the next step that will give me the experience I needed to impact others.

Student teaching taught me some things about myself. I learned there is a lot to learn. I have a natural gift to connect with students and have enjoyed teaching. I really love working with kids. They change my heart and teach me so many lessons that are applicable to life.

I hope to continue working in Admissions. I would love to see more and more students come to BBC to receive the same life change experiences that I received here.

Contact Information

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through
on campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students learn to serve
as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

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Posted on: 2/12/2013 12:51:31 PM

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