Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholar Testimonials
“Being a part of the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars program has provided me a number of interesting and unique opportunities. I have been a part of amazing discussions not only with my fellow students, but also with a number of professors across various areas of study outside of my own. As a graduate student within the program, it was interesting to be surrounded by people of all ages taking part in engaging and respectful debate and seeing the discussion be led by both students and professors alike. It was not a 'typical classroom' atmosphere where a 'teacher' had the floor; everyone had an equal say and everyone's thougts and opinions were given space to be heard. Many deep, fun, and, at times, difficult topics were discussed, but there was never a time where I felt that I had not been heard or my opinion not respected. It was an insightful experience.”
- Completed Master's in Counseling Psychology, December 2020
- Now in 2nd semester of PsyD Program
“A great realization from the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars Program that still drives me as a lifelong learner, and an ever-developing person, is that we shouldn't be afraid to be wrong. Voice your opinions and ideas, let them be heard! If we are so scared to be wrong, we are missing out on the opportunity to grow, and better not only ourselves but for others. Expressing our opinions sparks fascinating conversations and often necessary ones. Although, if you're afraid to be wrong you may be sitting silently holding your tongue, or only asserting what you think others want to hear; and, if that's the case this program is not for you. I've realized from our discussions that to improve ourselves we cannot be unwilling to be wrong. Life loves diversity, so never hold back your opinions due to fear of embarrassment, disappointment, or judgment. You'll be missing out on the better person you can become.”
- Junior, Nursing Major
- Employed part-time at a daycare facility, caring for age groups ranging from 1-12 years old.
- Whatever free time he has is spent with loved ones at work, school, or home relaxing or enjoying leisure activities together.
- "Family" is everything to Jose in every dimension.
Brittany M. Thompson
“An evening encapsulated by the backdrop of a banquet and an atmosphere buzzing with the fruitful exchange of dialog between faculty and students is the image most easily recalled upon when reminiscing about the Faithful Listening Faithful Learning Scholars Program (FLFLSP). This program offers a unique experience that transcends traditional roles and offers students the opportunity to converse with their professors outside of the classroom. Appealing to curiosities, encouraging critical thinking, and employing various points of view, the discussions are on topics that implore a deepening awareness of self and others. The element of diversity amidst fields of study, interests, and professions also highlights the familiarity of qualities shared and valued across all of us on campus.
In recollection, the dialog dinners that I have attended focused upon various questions surrounding the word ‘vocation.’ The delightful measure intermingled within these meetings is that one thought or question opens an entirely new dialog. An added spark of interest is in finding the differences in opinion that each other has, and discovering why someone else may think that way – and, it is fascinating! Laterally, there is also the invaluable opportunity of having a faculty mentor (mine being Dr. Patrick McElwaine). One is paired with someone they may not have otherwise ever had the chance to meet – across a major other than their own."
Brittany M. Thompson
- Sophomore, Nursing Major
- Member of: Honors Program, Honors Program Student Council, Student Nurses Association of Holy Family, Social Behavioral Sciences Club, Love Your Melon, Folio, Pi-gers, Believe. Lead. Achieve, and Vice President of Albertans