"I looked up top pre-med schools in Texas, and Baylor was there. I was like, ‘Hey, let's go tour it.’ I came here and it was amazing. This campus is beautiful. Being from small-town Missouri, I had never seen anything like this, nothing this wonderful. So I came, and I'm like, ‘Okay. This is where I want to be, this is where I need to be.’ I love it. I love it."
"For football and engineering or just academics in general, you get out what you put in, right? So athletically, however hard you work, obviously that shows up in how you play or how much you lift during workouts. And then academically, that shows up in your grades. So definitely I would say give 100% in everything that you do, whether that's academics or athletics. Because you think, 'College, obviously it's the best four years of life.' But it's really dependent on what you put into college is how much you get back."
"One of the things that really called my attention to Truett, was I thought to myself, if these are the kind of ministers that are coming out of this seminary -- these ministers that I look up to and I want to be like one day -- then this must be a really good place."
"I originally came to Baylor strictly for baseball ... but Baylor has definitely been way better than I could have drawn up. I thought I was coming here just for baseball, but I actually ended up getting baptized this past fall, and I've made lifelong friends in the baseball team, and outside the baseball team, and I have an awesome community group now that pushes me closer to the Lord. Classes have been great, professors have been great. I've seen professors at church or at the baseball field; they're not strangers."
"When you put yourself out there, reach out and try to really find and plug in, that's when you grow the most and change the most, find your best friends. ... If you put positive energy into something and you go wholeheartedly with it and you're all for it, people will notice that and notice how genuine you are and you can really just get the most out of it, if you make the most of it."
"Chamber really prides itself on hard work, humility and unity, and I think that Wesley was the perfect embodiment of those three traits. He really emphasized humble service and really taught me what that looks like on a day-to-day basis, and when it comes to events, what it means to do the dirty work that other people don't necessarily enjoy doing, but needs to get done at the end of the day."
“I'm a part of First in Line, which is first-generation college students. I actually became a mentor after that because I just really love the program so much, and I met some good friends from that program."
"I like to say Baylor is the place where I fell in love with Jesus. I always knew who Jesus was, but it was the individuals and the people who intentionally invested into my life that really showed me who the person of the Lord was. And I just fell in love."
“Baylor is an incredibly wonderful place. I honestly never thought that I'd want to go here, but now, it's honestly one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I'm absolutely enjoying every day of it.”
"I think I went from being the person needing that community to the person helping cultivate that community. I do think that that is an atmosphere Baylor has tried to cultivate... It's neat to see each new generation that comes to Baylor has the opportunity to kind of make it what they want to be."
“Coach Drew is a character! He's not your prototypical coach. ... Even if we're losing, whatever, he's acting the same way. I admire his faith and how strong it is and how much he brings out what he thinks about in his faith and helps us think about it at home, too.”
"When I went to visit another college, when I was touring, it was like, 'I'm not sure if I'm really wanted here.' It's just like, I didn't feel like I was at home. So then coming to Line Camp and having someone be like, 'No, we want you here. You're here for a reason. We love you.' That was so incredible."
"The moment that I met Greg, I knew. It was an instant connection of just brotherhood and bonding. We have very similar backgrounds, but are still definitely very different. He's from Waco. I'm from a big city, I'm from Dallas. He's more conservative. I'm more liberal. Honestly, on paper, everything that he likes and everything that I like, we're not supposed to be friends. But I guess the one thing that united us is our love for Christ..."
"So coming here to Baylor, I was so shocked to see how it really was a big family, this community, and that people knew everyone. For the most part, I know almost everyone who's African American that goes to Baylor, and that's because we have all these events that help us come together. I feel like it's an important thing to have."
“I took [Dr. Eric Holleyman’s] Intro to Ministry class my junior year; he took time individually to mentor each student through their call to ministry. ... The second I knocked on his door and asked if we could talk, he immediately stopped what he was doing and gave me his full attention for the next hour and a half. I ended up in tears, holding a thousand tissues, soaking up his leadership and wisdom. He would do this for anyone."
"Having professors like [Professor] Darden and Dr. Brad Owens, and seeing how they were so passionate about journalism and the truth in that ... I just saw how important and how powerful writing and visual communications can be. I think, also, just in my personal walk with God, I saw how important God was. And so the idea of being able to combine those two is really exciting to me."
"I have a professor that I had last year, Dr. Richard Jordan for political science. Probably one of the smartest men I've ever met in my whole entire life. Amazing man and also a strong Christian man. He was there for me when I was struggling with my faith. He taught me how I should depend on the Lord whenever I needed to. He’s been my mentor."
"It's so important to know that someone who looks like you can do it too. ... Matriculating through Baylor is hard enough, regardless of your major, regardless of how prepared you felt coming in. College is tough. It's a difficult four years, and seeing someone who physically looks like you, who you know has gone through what you've gone through, is that great extra nudge of motivation."
"I really enjoy meeting other families that have kids with SMA, especially younger kids, because it teaches them that they can go do what they want to do and go to college by themselves and it's not the end of the world."
"I'm part of a group called the Bernard Ramm Scholars Program It's a group of graduate students -- some MDiv students from Truett, and then some science students in various STEM fields. It's meant to just facilitate conversation about the interaction between faith and science, and the challenges that we can face with that in each of our separate fields."
"I've genuinely had some of the best advice given to me from people who've been in AMSA... I'd be like, ‘How do I study for my MCAT? What do you recommend?’ When I was a chair I was like, ‘What did you do for this? What do you recommend?’ She was always really relatable and it was really, really nice.”
"I think some of the things I've benefited from going back to school and going to Baylor is confidence in who I am. I have no problem telling anyone who I am. I've learned that ... there's a reason you go through things. It could be just for you to grow, or it could be for you to be an example to other people. I think it's both. I grew through everything I've gone through, but if I don't share how I've grown then how is anyone else gonna grow?"
"It feels good that there are people here who care enough to tell me that maybe I'm doing something wrong, or maybe I'm on the right track, or just giving me the guidance that I didn't necessarily have."
"You know when someone cares about you, and cares about you more than being an athlete, but as a person, too. The coaches just are always there for us, as an athlete but also as a person. I picked the right school, because there’s nothing like this place."