Learning to be a good steward
Chandelle Ulmer, a sophomore exercise science major from Locust Grove, believes
passionately in sustainability.
“In the Bible, we’re told to be good stewards of everything, because everything
is a gift from God, a blessing,” she says.
For Chandelle, that touches every part of her life. She and two roommates live
in the college’s Sustainability Theme House and work to promote the concept both
on and off campus.
“Obviously, this world isn’t going to be here forever,” she says. “We need to
be good stewards of what we’re given or it’s not going to be here. It’s important
for our generation to realize that. We’re about to go into the workforce, and we
must know that we can make a difference in the world.”
Chandelle says living in the Sustainability House is exciting.
“We have a garden and are growing carrots, turnip greens and mustard,” she says.
“We get eggs from our two chickens. Whatever we have left over that we can’t eat
we donate to the soup kitchen that is run by (LaGrange College) students. And we
are attempting to partner with our neighbors.”
Even her choice of career reflects her interest in stewardship – taking care of
the older generation.
“I’ve always wanted to work in physical therapy, specifically in an assisted living
or nursing home,” she says. “I want to help those who are older because we want
to keep them here as long as possible. Once they pass on, their wisdom goes with
them and is lost forever. We should treasure and care for these people.”
Physical therapy appeals to Chandelle’s nurturing nature.
“I want (my patients) to feel like they are cared for and that I honestly want
to help them,” she says. “They have lived their whole lives, and now it’s time
for them to just settle down and be taken care of. It’s much more than a job to
Chandelle serves as the director of service and sustainability for the Student
Government Association and on the leadership team of Baptist Student Ministries. She
also is part of Girls Only Bible Study.
But she will tell you that just before she started classes on the Hill, she was
a bit apprehensive.
“I’m a very shy and quiet person,” she says. “I didn’t know if I was going to
make friends or if I’d fit in. But during First Week’s Big Unorganized Ridiculous
Party, I met my best friend. I just had to get over my fears and realize that this
was going to be an awesome place – if I let it be.”