We hope you are enjoying a break from a difficult academic year and finding ways to feed your soul. As you may have guessed from a couple of my recent blog posts
, I am spending part of my summer coding interviews from students at my institution. Although I have found issues for concern, I also find it invigorating. I want to relay just one sample story a student about the author of our recent post “Advice to Christian Professors of Literature
.” I hope the story feeds your soul in the same way that David Lyle Jeffrey encouraged this student: “I was just really overwhelmed when I went to his office…. And then at some point, he asked me some questions. And I just like, got really overwhelmed. And I started, like, probably oversharing. And it was all about how much pressure I was putting on myself and how I just I wasn’t the person I wanted to be. And I felt like I was failing spiritually. And I was failing academically, and I was failing socially. And I think, at the time, I was really behind on a particular paper, maybe it was for his class. Maybe that’s why I was there, and he just looked at me and he says, ‘You know what, forget about the paper. You’re friends with this one, this one kid, right?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ And he’s like, ‘I respect that kid a lot. Go, go get dinner with him.’ And that was, that was the only advice that he gave me. I was literally crying in his office. That was the only advice that he gave me. But it was something that I don’t know why exactly. It was so impactful. That’s just exactly what I needed to hear. It was like, this is someone in your life, who is trustworthy and just go have a meal with him. And that will, that will help. And it did, and there’s something very simple and very profound about that.”
After a year filled with tension, challenge, and uncertainty, I hope you find time to connect with friends and revive your soul this summer.