The Arches

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Mississippi College's campus is full of odes to Greek and Roman architecture. (Don't stop reading because I said that. I promise this is an interesting blog!) Our campus was completed in the Neoclassical style, and several Neoclassical architects believed that architecture could actually make you better. Now, while I'm not so sure about that philosophy, there is one spot on campus that gives us incredible insight into the purpose of our education: the Arches. 

                                                           The Arches, Courtesy of Mississippi College

                                                           The Arches, Courtesy of Mississippi College

Enter here...

As you walk under the arches to campus, read these words. 

Enter here to increase in stature, knowledge, and wisdom

We are here not only to learn, but to learn how to learn. We are here to become wise and to increase in our standing in a chosen field or profession.

Knowledge: The sum of what is known : the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
— Merriam Webster

Too often, I view my time at Mississippi College as a stepping stone to a graduate program or to a career. However, this is valuable time where we are being poured into. Professors want us to learn, to grow, to succeed. This is the time to explore, experiment, and evaluate what we know and how we know it. This is the time to create a strong community of people who will support and challenge you. 

                          A picture from my photoshoot at the Arches, Courtesy of Mississippi College

                          A picture from my photoshoot at the Arches, Courtesy of Mississippi College

Unfortunately, not all great times can last, and we must move on from Mississippi College. 

Depart...

At the end of four years, we will (hopefully) be graduating from Mississippi College, and the arches give us our direction for what comes next. 

Depart to share your culture with mankind.

Culture:
The act of developing the intellectual and moral faculties, especially by education
The beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time
— Merriam Webster

Our departure doesn't have to just be when we graduate, but each time we leave campus. Every moment spent under the tutelage of our esteemed faculty is valuable and can be used to spark interesting discussions with others off (and on) campus. As Christians, we are called to share our faith, our "culture," with mankind. Let us be marked by compassion, logic, knowledge, wisdom, and unwavering faith as we go into the world. Mississippi College has prepared me well thus far. 

Whether you're already here, coming in the Fall, or leaving in May, take the words of the Arches to heart. Use Mississippi College to increase your knowledge; leave to make a difference in the world. 

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