Why does Judson mean so much to me? Why am I fighting so hard to save Mother Judson?
Well let me explain…
My senior year of high school, I was in search of my home for the next 4 years. I’ll admit, Judson was not my first pick. I toured other schools, got accepted to several colleges, even interviewed for scholarships at other schools. When I was looking into these colleges, I never connected to them or truly felt at home. My friend and now Judson sister, Elaina Johnson, asked me to come visit Judson just to see if I would like it. The minute I stepped on campus, I fell in love. I felt welcomed. I felt loved. I felt at home. I was greeted by the President, Dr. Tew, within seconds of being on campus. During my visit, I met several staff members and professors. Most of these people approached me first, already knew my name and major, and were interested in my goals and how they could help me achieve them. I didn’t feel that amount of hospitality or love at any other school. A few weeks later, I confirmed Judson as my home for the next 4 years.
I have only been at Judson for one semester. Even in the short time I have been there, I have made a special connection with Judson College. I met some of my best friends who I know will stick with me for a long time. I got to know my professors who inspire me, a future educator, to be the absolute best I can be. I participated in several traditions at Judson that simply made me fall in love with the college all over again. I found my big sister, Kathryn Moore, who will lead me through these traditions and act as a role model for me. I learned so much about myself, and found strength in myself that I never knew I had.
This college is family. I mean that in every sense of the word. The Judson sisterhood is one of the strongest bonds I’ve ever seen and had the honor to be a part of. At Judson, no student is made to feel lesser than another. Every student is valued, known BY NAME, and given a purpose. Every student is loved and appreciated.
If this college is closed, every Judson woman will be losing a huge part of herself. We will be losing our family. We will be losing our home. We will lose the Judson traditions (Rose Sunday, Pageant, Hockey Day, serenades, etc.) that we hold so dear to our hearts. We would lose everything that makes Judson so special, including our Judson sisters. We would lose 182 years of history, tradition, and sisterhood.
Mother Judson has offered me so much, educationally and personally. In one semester, Judson College has impacted me on a level I could never comprehend. It has opened my eyes for me to see my role in this world, and how I can change the world with a little bit of courage and God by my side. One semester has already begun shaping me into the woman I want to become and the woman I am proud to be. Judson College gave me friendship, opportunities, faith, strength, hope, courage, and most of all, love.
These things are why I’m fighting to rescue Judson College…because Judson College rescued me first.
If you took the time to read my story, thank you. I hope it shows you the beauty I see in this college. Please consider donating to save Mother Judson.❤️
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