Learning is never a one-way street.
I’ve always told people that what I love the most about teaching at King’s is the very special kind of students that choose to come here. It takes a certain kind of young adult to decide to move to New York City, one of the biggest, most intimidating cities in the world, to start their journey into adulthood. I don’t think I would have had the courage to do that at their age. (And I had already lived in cities that were just as large.) There is a spirit of adventure in the students that come to King’s. A spirit of ambition, by which I mean wanting to be part of seeing God do really great and amazing things. And once they’ve lived in the city for any amound of time, there’s also a spirit of humility in understanding how much they really don’t know about the world and about the vastly diverse experiences of humanity. These three things are ripe soil for a budding writer, especially a writer of faith. And so I’ve had the privilege of seeing these things work in them, and grow them into truly inspiring people.
I’ve also learned a lot from my colleagues. One of the special things about King’s is that, because the faculty is so small, we interact with faculty from every other discipline, not just faculty that are on paths similar to our own. I’ve learned about the Bible. I’ve learned about economics. I’ve learned about the unique and important insights of the Black Church. I’ve learned that math can be creative and spreadsheets can be powerful.I’ve learned about the life of journalists and Modern Art and the History of American Music. All of these things have enriched my work as a creative writer and my life as a Christian.
For all these things I will be forever grateful.
Chris Cragin-Day
Associate Professor of Theater and English | The King's College | Serving Since 2013
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