A Refinery of Souls
I had the privilege of attending The King's College from the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2016. Having been homeschooled with a classical curriculum, my standards for where I went to college were high. My college search took me to many private and state colleges, all impressive in name and what they could offer, but none of them quite sparked my interest. It wasn't until I received a letter from Kings and my bright-eyed 17-year-old self flew to New York City alone to tour the school, that I experienced an overwhelming sense of purpose and belonging that could not be ignored. At that Inviso in November of 2011, I was the only high school student attending without my parents, which meant I had to attend both the student-geared seminars and the financial info sessions meant for the parents. Not only did Kings impress me on every front, but I felt that this was the first school that treated me like a competent soon-to-be adult who was looking to invest her time and money well. Kings ended up being the only school I applied to, and I have never and will never think twice about that.
The next four years fundamentally changed my life. Not only was I studying business in the financial capital of the world, but I was supremely blessed to study in the company of a Christian community of students, faculty, and staff who genuinely cared about each other. I have so many stories of their love and care in action, but one always comes to mind. During my junior year in Professor Fotopulous' Business Strategy class, our task for the semester was to keep a computer- simulated business alive. One unfortunate typo mid-semester put me at risk of “bankruptcy”, and Professor Fotopulos' response was to take me to dinner after her long day of work and walk me through how to rebuild and ultimately finish the class well. One thing that I can say with certainty is that my tuition money always felt so well spent because of how, if my professors saw me struggling, they would go out of their way to put their weight behind me and ensure I got the most out of every class.
I have so many more professors whose teaching and impact have changed the course of my life. Professor Kabiawu used her office hours to impart life wisdom I still remember to this day. Professor Brenberg's Business Communications class helped me ultimately conquer my fear of public speaking. Professor Reeve was always so encouraging of any creativity she detected in us nerdy business majors. Professor Tubbs could always keep track of what was going on in my and other student's personal lives and would always make a point to ask.
Because of the care of my professors and the community that Kings and its house system provided, I did, and still do feel infinitely better equipped as a Christian, a wife, and a professional to approach all that God has in store for me. Kings has made such a tremendous positive impact on so many lives and it is my most earnest prayer that it has the chance to continue doing so for many years to come.
Helen Brussee
Alumna | House of Corrie Ten Boom | Class of '16
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