Lori Rayle Valencia: Taking Two Steps Forward

Lori Rayle Valencia: Taking Two Steps Forward

Lori Rayle
Lori (Rayle) Valencia is a student in BBC's Accelerated Graduate Degree program. Having spent some time out of school, she decided to finish her bachelor's degree and gain a master's degree through the unique dual credit opportunity.

Originally from Findlay, OH, Lori attended Owens Community College. She also attended Crichton College in Memphis, TN.

Lori's area of interest is Camping Ministries. She has served in a variety of leadership roles in camps, schools, and treatment centers across the country.

Her desire to serve through discipleship displays her passion for Christ and her genuine love for His people.

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Insight Questions

What brought you to BBC?
BBC was the perfect school for me because everything fell into place so perfectly. I talked to (Professor) Dennis Wilhite a couple years ago and visited BBC as a possible school. I continued to look at other schools, but none of them worked out. Two years later, I contacted him again and found out about the Accelerated Graduate Degree program, which wasn't available when I first inquired. God really orchestrated the whole thing. On my own, I may not have pursued BBC.

What program are you in?
I am currently earning dual credit toward a Master of Arts with a focus on Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Bible with an emphasis in Camping Ministries.

How many credits will you complete here at BBC?
I came in with 80 transferable credits. This summer, I gained 18 graduate credits through a camp internship. Between this semester and next semester, I need 24 credits to graduate. My graduate credits will also count as undergraduate credits.

Did you get any credit for life experience?
I did an internship with Pilgrimage Educational Resources at Arrowhead Bible Camp in Brackne, PA this summer. The internship allowed the environment of camp to become my classroom. The majority of my summer focused on serving the developmentally disabled population. I gained hands on experience that focused on every aspect of running a camp.

Prior to this past summer, I worked at therapeutic boarding schools and treatment centers and camps in California, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania.

Why did you choose to complete your degrees this way?
I will save a lot of time and money. An accelerated degree program is perfect for me because of my age and the amount of life experience I have had. I enjoy bringing my life experience to the table of education. I am also always looking for a good challenge and because the program is accelerated, it causes me to continually be on my feet and moving. It is also nice to know that hard work pays off. If all goes as planned, I will graduate with both degrees in May 2010.

What are the challenges of being in the program?
The biggest challenge is finding a balance between my studies and life outside my course work. I am a very focused person with a driven personality and find it difficult to break away from my studies to have fun. The girls on the bottom floor of Thomson Hall see to it that I also have a social life. Another challenge for me is juggling both graduate classes and undergraduate classes and determining the amount of time I need to spend on both. I find myself spending more time on my graduate classes and less time on my undergraduate classes. The graduate courses alone keep me busy and my undergraduate classes do not fall far from it. As the days go by, this challenge seems to becoming less and less of an issue.

What do you enjoy the most about BBC?
I enjoy the sweet spirit and atmosphere of the BBC campus. There is always a smiling face to be found. I really appreciate that the professors teach and preach with passion in their words and they genuinely care about the student's hearts and lives.

What are your plans for after graduation?
I would love to run a camp and take groups out for wilderness trips, help them resolve problems through team building exercises, and stay in touch with them to help them maintain what they have gained.

I am taking one step at a time and I am trusting in God for each one. I am passionate about discipleship and have a desire to help people grow in their walk with God. I am trusting God will lead me in the right direction in His time as I listen to Him. He always does.

Learn more about the Master of Arts degree options here.

Learn more about the Camping Ministries program at BBC here.

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Posted on: 10/28/2009 2:46:42 PM

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