"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."
“Whenever I returned as a student leader, I made that a priority for my campers, to see me be vulnerable so that they might in return think it’s okay to share themselves with a group of people, because yes, it’s really scary, but it’s also a really big growing experience. So, by admitting my struggles, I met people going through the same thing. You don’t meet those people unless you talk about it. Vulnerability has kind of been the keyword of my college experience.”
“Being here (at Baylor and in Waco) has brought to light a lot of things I’d never thought of before, especially the homeless population. ... Two of my best friends -- one of them, she’s the community health chair with MAPS, then the other one is the vice president of AMWA. We joined all of our groups and then put together the drive. We ended up with 191 blankets and 48 jackets.”
"I met my best friend, Sarah Webber, in the first week of college. ... She brought me to Christ. ... She loved me so well. I didn’t realize that was her investing in me, but she loved me so, so well, and eventually she brought me to Christ. She was the first real friend I’d ever had, and after that I joined the Chinese church community and people there, and instantly found a home away from home."
"A lot of Ph.D. programs think of you as a brain on a stick. ... But it was clear that that wasn’t the case at #Baylor. As I talked to faculty, as I was getting to know the program, they wanted to know about my family, about my job, about my whole self, not just my academic self."
"Baylor kind of opened the door for me to say, 'No, I can do both.' I can be proud of who I am and bring in other people to celebrate that while enjoying other cultures around me. At Baylor, I feel like I can be myself."
"Baylor wasn’t my initial choice; I wanted to get out and explore the world. But Baylor felt like home in a way that I wasn’t expecting. The first time I stepped on campus, I encountered so many kind people, it was different than any environment I had seen before on a college campus. "
"My organization's advisor, Lizzy Davis, is such a light in my life, and I love her so much. ... She’s been my friend, my mentor, my counselor, my sponsor, everything you can imagine. She’s the reason I’m here today and my mental sanity is what it is, because I honestly don’t know where I’d be without her. For sure, she is a light in my life, an amazing individual."
Brooke Blevins wants students to know they don't have to wait until they're adults to get engaged in making a difference in their community. This summer she'll work with 100 sixth- through ninth-graders during an intensive week-long camp focused on civics.
Putting a price on what someone is willing to pay to protect or improve the environment is a focus for Dr. Tisha Emerson, the Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics. She is also known for integrating research in the classroom as a way to help her students learn.
Sha Towers serves Baylor as the director of central libraries, the director of research & engagement, the librarian for theatre and visual arts, and the curator of the Baylor Book Arts Collection (BBAC).
Dr. Monique Marsh-Bell serves as the assistant athletic director for mental health services. The best part of her job? Helping students learn about mental illness and how to be proactive in their mental health.
As director of the Baylor Center for Developmental Disabilities, Kristen Padilla-Mainor seeks to shine her light by preparing students to serve children with developmental disabilities and sharing her expertise with educators.
"People aren’t kidding when they say Baylor is one big family; that’s truly what it feels like. And considering the fact that I’ll be hours away from mine for the next four years, I’m blessed to be surrounded by like-minded individuals committed to community and Christ."