I have read many letters over the past few days
regarding love for The King’s College and the strengthening of faith and fellowship King’s provided. For my letter, I would like to submit thoughts on the King’s approach to education and the careful shaping of the full person.
I currently work in the field of education at a school that I deeply love and that also coincidentally employs many
other alumni from The King’s College (we certainly have a way of finding each other). I feel lucky to say that
since I graduated in 2019, I am still surrounded by some of the very best people that I met at King’s, and I also
carry with me the spectrum of knowledge that I gained during my time there.
Before King’s, I was never exposed to a liberal arts education, so when I first visited King’s for an Inviso weekend,
I was in awe of the place that I had stepped into. The magic was in the spirit of King’s – students engaged in
meaningful conversations with one another, everyone dressed like they were ready for an impromptu job
interview, and people who were genuinely excited to tell me a thousand reasons why “this is the place.” The
student guides who gave me and my parents a tour of the school that day lit up when they spoke about their
professors and their personal relationships with them. All of the students were dressed in a way that showed
what they were aspiring to and who they wanted to be. I sat in classes where professors engaged the hearts and
minds of the students. I was sold from that day on.
My time at King’s taught me that there is an art to learning, a way to absorb and process information, and a way
to discourse and dialogue with grace, wisdom, and humility. I currently teach Junior Kindergarten at a classical
Christian school on the Upper West Side and I ended up here due to an informational interview with a fellow
King’s alumna. Every day at work I am reminded of the knowledge I gained at King’s, and that knowledge
informs how I serve others and teach the youth of our time to be passionate about the things that are good, true,
and beautiful – just as King’s taught me. I was recently standing in front of my classroom teaching eighteen
young students about Caspar David Friedrich’s painting, Wanderer Above the Sea Fog, and while I was teaching
it sent me right back to sitting in Dr. Bleattler’s Arts and Ideas classes as an eighteen-year-old falling in love with
art and its influence on history, religion, and culture. Now it is my job. And I am prepared for this job because of
When people ask me what I studied during my time at King’s, the short answer is MCA, but the long winded
response is usually something like this: “well, I majored in Media, Culture, and the Arts with a concentration in
Media & Film studies and a minor in Business Management, but I also had a core curriculum of Politics,
Philosophy, and Economics and foundational courses in Theology to ground my knowledge in a Biblical
worldview.” Basically, I dabbled in just about everything when I was in college without ever changing my major.
My classes ranged from The Art of Watercolor, to Principles of Management and Organization, to Walt Disney Animation, to Historical Theology, to French New Wave Cinema, to Microeconomics, to Scientific Reasoning,
to Business Communications, to The Postmodern World, to Financial Accounting. If you can name a subject...
I probably took a class on it. This list of classes may seem disjointed and chaotic to some outside of the King’s
bubble (and there was a point in my time in college when I thought so as well), but now I could not be more
grateful for that prism of knowledge and understanding. Every class I took interacted with something else that I
was learning in a different class. And because the lives of the student body always overlapped, I often found
myself talking to my friends and peers about how what they were learning related to what I was learning – it
made our conversations more rich, diverse, and full.
I am so glad I did not go to college just to study and perfect one skill or subject area to merely gain the
knowledge I wanted, walk away with a degree, and never look back. On the contrary, I am proud that I
graduated from King’s with the desire to constantly learn and reach for new insights and information. To ask
why. To integrate subject matters. To learn in community. To learn through loss and victory. To learn to excel in
the little things. To learn inside a small institution. To learn my place in a very big city. To learn with my whole
soul and my whole mind. To be formed by historic texts and human relationships. To know what it means to
create a foundation of knowledge around the God who laid the foundations of the universe, and understand
that everything else interacts with that truth.
To the very best alma mater.
Alexandria Fletcher, nee Burch
Former House Helmsman | House of Corrie Ten Boom | Class of '19
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