Class experiences Washington first-hand

Senior Liz Stephan at the Capitol.
Senior Liz Stephan at the Capitol.

WILMORE, KY—Earlier this month, students enrolled in the Washington Federal Seminar class taught by Prof. Peter Kerr and Dr. Steve Clements spent several days in the D.C. area. They attended the Christian Student Leadership Conference hosted by the National Association of Evangelicals and toured Washington’s museums and monuments.

The students spent one morning dining with Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Rev. Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate. They also met with a member of the former President Bush’s staff, Bill Wichterman, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Senior Morgan Schutters said, “He really encouraged media students (like me!) to go into the media industry and take charge. He said that this generation is some of the most media oriented generation ever and recognizing that is important in our witness.”

However, the best part of the experience for several students was meeting with D.C. alumni at an event organized by Alumni Director Carolyn Ridley. “When we spoke with them I was very encouraged as to what options are open and how God opened them. They did not have everything lined up out of college, which is where I am now,” Wanda Eberhard said. “I was challenged to continue to strive for excellence, move in the directions of my interests, and let God work!” 
 

Rachel Wellons, Wanda Eberhard, Samantha Stearns and Morgan Schutters at the WWII Memorial Monument.
Rachel Wellons, Wanda Eberhard, Samantha Stearns and Morgan Schutters at the WWII Memorial Monument.


Senior Tyler Frazier agreed, “They were all eager to converse and share their knowledge about graduate school, attaining a job after graduation, and life in D.C. As I approach graduation, it was extremely affirming to see the alumni using their Asbury College degrees, while pursuing various careers in Washington.”

 

The Washington experience left students feeling encouraged about their futures and opened up more doors of opportunity. “I learned to think about what I’ll be doing after college as the next step instead of what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life,” senior Liz Stephan said. “This trip was really helpful and encouraging for me. I’ll now consider applying for jobs in D.C. and that really wasn’t an option before.”


 

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