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We know, we know...The Beanie Blog is a strange name!  Did you know new JBU students wore beanies upon arrival way back in the 60's?  We enjoy that it is a part of our history and that it can remain just that...HISTORY!!  Here is some blurry proof!!

This blog was created in 2016 to provide a helpful resource for our current first-year students, parents of those students, and prospective students.  The first year is full of transitions as students adapt to a new place, new people, and have new experiences.  There are often very high highs and low lows that characterize the year as students get used to life at JBU.  This blog will hopefully help those reading it better understand what first-year students at JBU are experiencing at various points of the year and from various perspectives as contributors share their thoughts and reflections.  We hope this allows you to share in their experiences, ask great questions, and support them well as they trek through the year!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Let me introduce myself: I’m Samuel Deck. Psych Major. Sophomore, and...transfer student (which is why a sophomore is talking about orientation and such).  I was a freshman at Wichita State University in always flat Kansas. I transferred because I wanted more of a Christian background in Psychology rather than, well, the education I was receiving at the “secular” WSU (I was also homeschooled my whole life).  Coming to JBU was a vastly stranger experience than going to WSU was. The fact that I would be living away from home and at school terrified homeschool-me. A roommate who wasn’t my little brother? Home wasn’t just a short drive away?  All of these thoughts were very frightening to me.

I hate change and coming to JBU was no exception. However, whenever a new semester would roll around back at WSU, eventually the new classes and teachers would feel… normal. I could trust God in the fact that even if the first week was hard, or the second, or even the third, eventually everything would feel normal. Being in a new place, especially a new college is always hard. Strange bed. Strange room. Different classes. Harder homework.  However, here I met people. I made and have been making some really great friends. Classes have begun to feel normal. My room has felt like a safe haven after a long day of classes and work. Every now and then, if out and about in Siloam, I would catch myself saying whenever I wanted to get back to my dorm, “Let’s head back home.”

It’s barely been a month but JBU is my home. I love my family a lot, but when I drove back home for Labor Day, I even felt a little sad I was leaving JBU, even for just three days. It felt like I was leaving camp after an eventful summer.  So what’s the point of me saying all this?

I’m a transfer student. I know what a secular college is like. I’m not saying, however, that WSU was filled with the worst college students from around the country, but JBU is so much different.

People here are friendly.  It’s not just the friendly exchanges on my way to class, or people popping into my dorm to hang out, but it is the professors that make JBU different.  Getting invited over to my professor’s house for tea and dessert? Running into my teacher and he or she saying hello and remembering my name? That never happened at WSU.  The change has been great, but I am thankful for this change and the place JBU is.

Blog HomePosted By: Samuel Deck - 1/31/18 3:00 PM