Is it odd to think of spirituality as important to the academic life? Most people don’t associate classrooms, homework, test taking, and paper writing with the spiritual life. At Baylor however, we think our faith can speak to our education, and that healthy spirituality and learning are deeply connected. The essays we’re asking you to read explore some of those connections as we consider spiritual values, practices, and dispositions that can have a positive impact on an academic journey. Our hope is that early on in your time at Baylor you will begin to awaken to these significant connections.
Emily Dickenson wrote, “I dwell in possibility.” We all do. It’s always true but perhaps never more so than during the college years. You are setting foot into possibility… right into the thick of it… it’s your new address. You’ll be dwelling there, in possibility. Look around! All that possibility is what our new student courses are designed to help you see, embrace, and explore.
Having a mission changes everything because to have a mission means that you will come to care and care in certain ways for certain things. To have some sense of who you are and what you’re about creates a particular passion in your life, a desire for this particular thing and not that thing, which… is a very freeing thing. To know who you are and what you’re about changes things.
Dr. Davis has reminded us that Baylor has a mission. We care about some things and some things in particular, namely impacting the world and the Church. She went on to describe the impact Baylor’s mission had on her own life and the way her mission seemed to… find her, which seems to be the way it most always happens. Something “calls” to us. There is a distinct grace that is yours and it will emerge in your story and provide you with a unique way of serving the world.
Remember Dr. Davis’s challenge, “[K]eep in mind that you are called to live out a life that glorifies God.” Keep this “in mind.” Keep this IN YOUR MIND. You must remain mindful of this and it seems so easy now in these first days. But staying focused on this mission will be challenging through your college years. There are lesser aims out there. But you have a mission. You are made for something larger. You really are. Keep this in mind.