by Djo Ntumba
As a student at Liberty University Online, you receive a plethora of communication via email. At the bottom of each of these is this tagline, “Training Champions for Christ since 1971”. What does that mean for you, the students, who make up the online portion of the student body? What does it mean to be a Champion for Christ? Some of the weightiest mantras are the most simple to scribble on a piece of paper but can often fail to take root in our hearts and minds.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary a champion is, “a warrior or fighter; one who shows marked superiority”. Such a definition can conjure images of gladiators battling one another in an arena or perhaps a knight battling to rescue some damsel in distress. The reality is that few of us battle gladiators or have damsels (or gentlemen) who need rescuing. Or do we? The unspoken assumption attached to pursuing education of any kind is the betterment of oneself, and the road to self-improvement is rarely easy.
The odds are that taking classes online is one of several endeavors that most of you are juggling as part of your daily lives. The rigors of balancing employment, family, and everything in between can and does test the limits of self-discipline, patience, and, often, sanity. When you are in the trenches of your degree it can become difficult to maintain focus on the end goal. Press on! John Wooden, one of the most accomplished and revered college basketball coaches in history, stated that, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming”. I just started my graduate degree and I am already burned out! From one beleaguered student to another, I encourage you to not give up. Maybe we can swap uplifting stories on graduation day!
How does all of this affect you? How does it affect me? I’m glad you asked! Liberty University Online is beginning an initiative to learn about and highlight its Champions for Christ. We would like to know who you are, where you are from, what you are studying and, more importantly, why you are studying it! I believe that anyone who is willing to invest significant capital to achieve an undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral level degree is worthy of mention. To that end, we will be sending out emails with a short questionnaire in order to highlight our student body via the Liberty University Online weblog. From the single mother to the soldier to the aspiring overseas missionary, we would like to hear from you, our Champions for Christ!