Post-Reading-Week time is an interesting point in the semester. Theoretically, everyone should be all caught up with reading, assignments, and life in general. We have had a full week of no additional assignments or class time. We had a break. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that this is a world which rarely exists in seminary. Here’s why: life happens.
It’s always a strange experience breaking out of my school life for an extended period of time. Even in college I can remember my first time back home. I went to Southpark Mall where I was amazed at all of the people’s clothing styles, language, and general interests. I remember thinking, “Are people really like this?” Readjusting to life outside of school for a week is a bit more challenging for me, as I am suddenly thrust into a world of reality which usually does not cater to the world of theory in which many institutions live.
In light of this reflection, I am really grateful that LSTC gets us, the students, out there from time to time. I do not stay in Hyde Park every Sunday or Wednesday. I remember going on several field trips as a part of my ethics curriculum. I remember going to an immersion experience during orientation week to really make the statement, “This is where we are. This is real.”
To be sure, I still put myself in a familiar scholastic bubble which gets jostled at every break. Life is a bit different, but I will get better at breaking my bubbles as I learn more, and do more, ministry.