He was nearing completion of his high school years and we began visiting colleges in the field he felt God was leading him to. One of the colleges we visited was Liberty University. Liberty University had been very much a part of my life during my teen years as my sister attended here in the late 1970’s, so I was naturally excited about returning.
Our visit to Liberty University was exciting. Everyone was so helpful and it was good to see some old friends. My son fell in love with Liberty University very quickly and it became very apparent to him and to me that God was leading him here. Following the process of applying and subsequently being accepted at Liberty University, he was well on his way. During this process, I also applied to attend Liberty and was accepted. I also applied for a position within Liberty University in the Office of Military Affairs and was subsequently hired.
When we relocated to Liberty University, I immediately started working on the completion of my Bachelor’s degree. I enjoyed interacting with the “younger” students. They called me “mom” and I loved it! I have also had the opportunity to share about my military career. Many of my fellow classmates were eager to hear my “sea stories”. During the time of interaction with my classmates, I learned many of them were also military. Some were active duty, in the reserves, retired (like me), or discharged. Together, we encouraged one another to remain strong through the process of completing our degrees.
At the beginning of this semester, Liberty University opened the Veterans Center in the Montview Student Union, a place where military students can get together, study, relax, and just be an encouragement to each other.
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It’s been amazing to watch Liberty’s military community grow and military students continue to support one another over the years. I never would have dreamed that now, at 50 years old, I would have not only completed my Bachelor’s degree, but be continuing my studies with the Liberty School of Law and working on my J.M. in American Legal Studies. I have grown in my faith as I am surrounded by professors who are really interested in me as a person and pray with me and for me. One verse that I have on my desk is from Psalms 143:10 says: “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”
Little did I know what God had in store for my son and me when He led us to Liberty University. He allowed me to meet my husband here three years ago, an older student himself who graduated from the Liberty School of Law at 44 years old. My word of encouragement to you is to NEVER give up. Seek God’s will for your life and then follow His direction in your life. We are NEVER too old to go back to college and achieve great things for the Lord. Think you are too old to go back to college? Be reminded that nothing is impossible with God!
Kathi Kuenzi is a retired veteran of the United States Navy and the Military Outreach Coordinator in Liberty University's Office of Military Affairs. She enjoys her job serving service members and veterans and planning military appreciation events on campus throughout the year. She is currently working on her J.M. in American Legal Studies with the Liberty University School of Law.