Find meaning in all you do.
College is a place where students learn and grow in relationships and experiences
with God, themselves, the world and others. It's a lot like climbing a mountain
where there are common experiences at different altitudes, no matter how far we
are on the journey. If you're an alpine hiker, you know there are different band
of vegetation from the base to the summit of the mountain. Topsoil gives way to
rock. The air gets noticeably fresher by stages as you ascend. At some point you
enter the clouds and start walking in mist. And ultimately, you have to pay more
attention to your breathing.
As students begin their time at LaGrange, they will have to pay attention to their
breathing as they hike the steep climb up the mountain from who they once were
towards who they will become. Students, quickly discover this truth about LaGrange,
both metaphorically and literally, since the main campus where the majority of
classes are held resides on the tallest peek in the city and is affectionately
known as the "hill." Whether it's trying to figure out whether or not to take courses
in Organic Chemistry or Moral Traditions and Contemporary Social Problems or trying
to scale the steep incline from Hawkins Hall to Manget for class, students tire
easily and become exhausted when surrounded with a multitude of paths and possibilities.
Sorting out these paths can cause students to wrestle with new ideas about themselves,
the world and God. And while many students may choose many separate ways of finding
God in their lives, it is important to remember the common journey of the "mountain
climb" that we are all taking towards the sacred to make life more meaningful.
Growing out of its history of service and its affiliation with The United Methodist
Church, LaGrange is committed to helping students to "catch their breath" by creating
a caring and ethical community that challenges students' minds and inspires their
souls along their mountain trek. The College offers a number of opportunities for
students, faculty and staff members to celebrate life and explore God's intention
for human living, especially as it relates to living and working on a college campus.
Included in these opportunities are occasions for making sense of life, God, self and others through worship, prayer, fellowship, service, advocacy, Bible study, and faith development.