1. What did you expect to learn through the program and how, if at all, did that differ from what you actually learned?
I think I was nervous about host families and didn't know what to expect there, but that was a really cool part of the experience. I was definitely uncomfortable with the idea coming in, but the family I stayed with had their son at home and it was neat bonding with him. I'm still friends with my host family and we have dinner occasionally. It turned out to be a really good experience.
2. Most rewarding part of being a Briarwood Fellow?
I think the most rewarding part was two-fold. 1. I really enjoyed tutoring and forming good relationships through that ministry. Being able to love kids that looked and acted differently than how I was raised has led to some heart change in my life and still plays a part in my family's life now. 2. The second part would be community. It further proved how important community is in the local church setting. It's amazing to see how the more and more real I am with people, the more and more people come to me.
3. What was the most embarrassing moment for you?
I think our performance in the ultimate frisbee tournament during the Regional Fellows Conference was it. Literally not one of us had any frisbee experience, so we got destroyed.
4. How would you summarize your Fellows experience in one sentence?
Fellows was an awesome, 9-month program in which I learned a ton about myself, living in community and honestly, just being real with those around me.
5. What is one word you would use to describe the program?
6. How did God change your outlook on faith, family, community or work?
Work was probably the biggest change. When people talk about work, it is typically with a negative connotation. The Lord, through Seth, transformed my work. I really saw the transition of finding joy in what I was doing through my internship.
7. Favorite weekly activity?
Tuesday nights at oundtable were my favorite. I enjoyed that time. It was fun to come from work and be with everybody - Fellows and the Richardsons.
8. What advice would you give to prospective students interested in applying?
I would highly recommend Fellows. I think it's a great transition period between college to entering the workplace as a believer. It involves so much. We can't ever learn enough as far as what the transition looks like and understanding God as the same God He's always been. But my position in this world looks different now. It was very helpful.
9. In retrospect, what are you most thankful for from your time as a Fellow?
I am most thankful for my view of community. We see in Genesis that this life is made for community and every aspect of Fellows is done in community - work, tutoring, seminary, church, etc. I know what it's like to be isolated in the world. I'm thankful for the view of community Seth and Stacy modeled for us and the community we found in Fellows.
10. If you could go back, would you do it again?
I would for sure!