I was captured right away when the announcement was made that Dr. Wentzel was at one time involved at my old high school in more that one way. Connections like that, even when they are 40 some years difference, are very strong. The LCMS world gets smaller and smaller everyday.
The liberal arts mission captured my attention in light of the projects that we just completed. Self-examination and the search for truth were outlined as the main objective which fit very well with my project. One bullet point was the idea to 'free one of misconceptions'. This was the whole basis of my project. He spoke of fostering the joy in the learning process. By the project being so personal I took joy in the process of change and discovery; be that is was difficult at times.
The theme of change and direct confrontation were very apparent. I have been more challenged in my college career than I could have imagined. By that challenging of looking at other views and having to defend my own, the change is not a shift of ideas but rather a solidification thereof. I am a more confident and established person from the challenges that this year has brought and I suspect more change in the years to come.