Purposeful Lives

Charlie N., sophomore, English
Charlie N.
Freshman year I came to Schreiner University to play basketball.  I may have said it was for the small class sizes or the student-to-teacher ratio or any of the other selling points Schreiner takes pride in, but my main reason was the opportunity to play at the next level.  When it came to classes, I wasn’t worried about the classes or the material, I am a hard worker and I knew I needed to pass in order to be eligible to play.  As for other extra-curricular activities, I wasn’t interested.  My plan for the next four years was to focus on basketball and nothing else.  
In Freshman Studies, a course every freshman is required to take, my instructor was Dean of Students, Peg Layton.  I showed up to every class and did all the assigned work, I participated in discussions when I had to but mostly tried to stay quiet.  As the semester progressed I enjoyed the class more and more, and my relationship with Dean Layton had grown because of the student-teacher interaction that Schreiner has to offer.  Dean Layton then asked me to be a part of Impact Leadership group and changed my college career completely.  I wasn’t sure why she asked me or what she saw in me and I wasn’t interested at all. Like I said, my plan was just to focus on basketball, but I wasn’t going to say “no” to the dean so, of course, I accepted the opportunity.  Impact leadership opened my eyes to so many possibilities and doors that can be opened.  I met many interesting students and enjoyed the many hours of community service.  It was a great feeling to give back the community and make a difference.  Impact leadership then opened a door for me into Student Senate. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but I received an email from Dean Layton that motivated me to run for a position.  I was elected into Senate at the end of my freshman year and currently still hold my position. I am also a student Ambassador, was a member of the tobacco free committee, recently inducted into The Ancient and Honorable Order of Campus, and hope to become a member of the judicial board in the near future—if I can find the time.  
I am still a member of the men’s basketball team but that isn’t what defines me. The organizations I have been lucky enough to be a part of have helped me better myself as a student, a son, and a leader.  I have been able to apply the skills I have learned on the court, in the classroom, and in everyday life.  I honestly could not imagine a better college career for myself.  Without a Schreiner mentor pushing me to get involved I would have never had this amazing college experience.  I really feel it opened a door for me that set me on the right path.