Dear reader,
I can confidently say that I am not the same person I was three years ago: It was all for the better. I owe a large part of that growth to the community of The King's College.
I vividly remember my junior year of high school reading a pamphlet about King's while at a college fair. I thought, "wow, a strong Christian school in the heart of New York city, that's different." Not only has King's given me many internship opportunities that will help my future career, but it has also shaped my spiritual walk. While in class, I've had to wrestle with theological misconceptions I was raised believing.
At King's the classroom is a space to grow and learn, but also a place for civil discourse. Like many of my peers, we may not know exactly what our lives will look like after college, but we are confident in facing any challenge that comes our way.
King's is not a four-year institution you come into and leave. It is an institution whose valves and teachings will stay with you for a lifetime. Growing up in a small town in California, one can only dream of visiting a big city like New York, let alone the privilege of living in it. Many will walk through Times Square or ride the Staten Island ferry recognizing famous movie scenes or be mesmerized by the big city lights and historic landmarks. But I see those places through a different lens. I see my friends and I freshman year holding up speakers while swing dancing on the ferry as the sun slowly set behind Lady Liberty. I see my class going to Times Square at 8am for a scavenger hunt.
This New York lifestyle I have come to love is deeply rooted in the fact that my college experience is wildly unique and special. There is no better way to learn about culture than to live and directly engage with it. King's has given me that VIP access and I will forever be grateful for that. I hope other students will also have that access and experience those same memories.
Esther Wickham
King's Council Director of Communications | House of Margaret Thatcher | Class of '23
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