Featuring: Elizabeth Strasko ’21 (Department of Science & 健康)
Elizabeth Strasko ’21 is only in her sophomore year, 但多亏了冰球突破的动手教育项目, has already gotten real world experience in both her Biology major and Equine minor.
Strasko has taken part in ecology field trips to the University’s 340-acre farm property along the Kentucky Palisades River where students learn about the ecosystem, 鱼类和水生无脊椎动物.
“That’s a really good way to keep in your brain all the things you’ve been learning because, 很明显, 在实验室里, we’re looking at pictures or dead fish that have been preserved,”Strasko说. “So, actually getting out and seeing the live ones and where they live and what they look like is really helpful.”
The combination of academic excellence and spiritual vitality unique to an Asbury education is preparing Strasko to make an impact for Christ.
“Getting to have the Christian side of it in addition to the educational side of it and having it all combined really well is a good asset to your learning experiences and to what you bring to the world,”Strasko说. “教授们很关心你，也在你身上投资. I can stay 在实验室里 until 11 at night and have random professors that are there at like six o’clock helping me out. 他们在那里真的很不一样. It really helps you learn more when you can learn outside of the classroom as well.”
作为一个马的minor, Strasko boards her horse at the barn during the academic year and has been on the drill team. She also got hands-on experience by traveling to the Equine Fair with Asbury staff and students this past April in Ohio.
“Being out at the barn every day is super fun, riding with friends and what not,”Strasko说. “马场可能是我这一年最精彩的活动. I wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for Asbury and through Jesse Westfall, 是谁教马术课程的. He’s a really big asset to that and a really big help to the students.”
It’s this experiential learning environment that has also given Strasko the space to grow as a learner and know that she has a support system in her classes.
“If you’re struggling in a subject or just worn out, it’s okay to ask your friends or ask your professors to help you out with different subjects,”Strasko说. “我认为其他人总是愿意的, 大多数时候, to be there for you as long as you just ask someone and that’s been a real help at Asbury, 有关心你的人.”
Aside from getting amazing hands-on learning experiences, Strasko continues to build lifelong friendships through residence life on campus.
“It’s really neat to be able to hang out in the dorm until midnight studying with your friends,”Strasko说. “Being able to uplift each other when times are low and just building relationships with each other that you’re going to be able to keep forever and go out into the world and remember those times when they were there for you. You’ll be able to be there for others too and build that community wherever you go.”
Featuring: 露易丝·斯宾塞 (Asbury’s School of 研究生 and Professional Studies)
The interlude between 露易丝·斯宾塞’s calling and her entrance into ministry spans continents, 职业和年. God called Spencer into ministry at a revival in the Republic of Panama, 她曾在哪里服役. 直到五年后, 在肯塔基州一座小教堂的讲台上, that she answered her call and formally entered into a life of ministry.
Spencer has gone from a global mechanical career in the Army, to a little church in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains — a congregation she drives 90 miles (each way) to serve each week.
Asbury teaches you how to develop your life around what you believe. You need to have fundamental truths — what you believe in and what you’re going to hold on to — and those are the things in life that, 无论发生什么, 将保持不变.
Student, School of 研究生 and Professional Studies
As a Leadership and Ministry major in Asbury’s Adult Professional Studies (degree-completion) program, Spencer garnered the knowledge needed to serve parishioners on the ever-changing topography of modern ministry.
“教众受教育程度更高, so that means their leader needs to have more education,斯宾塞说. “People want to know the ‘whys,’ the ‘hows’ and the ‘whens.’ A good education allows me to answer those questions.”
Asbury’s specialized combination of spiritual formation and leadership expertise has affirmed truths Spencer has leaned on throughout her walk with Christ, but it has also added new experiences and perspectives. These are the makings of a firm foundation she will build upon for a lifetime.
“Asbury teaches you how to develop your life around what you believe,斯宾塞说. “You need to have fundamental truths — what you believe in and what you’re going to hold on to — and those are the things in life that, 无论发生什么, 将保持不变.”
随着本科学习即将结束, Spencer chose to continue her quest as she pursues a Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary. 斯宾塞说冰球突破的每个人, 从招生到教授, has had a hand in this journey from calling to career.