Why Regent University?

Regent University offered a unique perspective in undergraduate studies. Christ-centered leadership and biblically centered classes develop students professionally and personally. The campus is beautiful, and I soon found that my professors and my fellow students exuded enthusiasm and dedication to the Lord and their educational pursuits. Classmates prayed with me and for me; studying became a group effort towards excellence and not just another homework assignment.

Why Online Learning?

I was 21 when I started the online learning program at Regent University. I had the opportunity to dual-enroll in a local college while in high school, so my associates degree was partially complete when I graduated in 2002. I hit the ground running by working full time after graduating from high school, attending night classes to finish my associates degree. I guess I got used to the schedule, and when it came time to find a university to transfer to, I knew I'd want a flexible format that would allow me to continue in my professional endeavors.

Why A Business Degree?

My degree is in Organizational Leadership and Management. I chose this concentration because of the unique mix of business strategy and leadership development. In choosing a degree program I wanted one that would emphasize the "people" part of organizations and their strategic development. Some degree programs focus primarily on the financial and strategic side of business development, but Regent stressed the importance of the organization's people and the effectiveness of biblical leadership.

Business Degree


I browsed around Borders tonight, trying to find something I never did find. Nevertheless, I did find a shortened version of the novel ShopGirl by Steve Martin. (Yes, that Steve Martin). I've had few movies take my breath away; this is one of them. I knew I had to have the book. Sadly, all Borders had was the "novella," a shortened version. This will not do. In the meantime, I found one of the quotes from the movie.

Ray and Mirabelle run into each other at an art gallery; Mirabelle is a featured up-and-coming artist in this particular art gallery. Each is on the arm of a new love. Ray and Mirabelle catch a moment alone, and exchange pleasantries. Ray apologizes for the way he treated Mirabelle, and she acknowledges his apology. They wish each other the best, and Mirabelle walks towards the waiting arms of her boyfriend, Jeremy. And Ray watches them. And the viewer sees this flicker come across his face as he gazes at Mirabelle...

As Ray Porter watches his Mirabelle walk away he feels a loss. How is it possible, he thinks, to miss a woman whom he kept at a distance so that when she was gone he would not miss her. Only then does he realize that wanting part of her and not all of her had hurt them both and how he cannot justify his actions except that... well... it was life....

This scene is potentially heartbreaking, and, I am afraid, the great, deep, gaping caveat; we cannot truly love in pieces. We cannot (or should not, rather) only take that which satisfies us, and leave the rest out there wandering around, and then wonder boldly why our decision hurt so badly. Because, you see, weaknesses and vulnerability long for love, too. It is so, so very easy to take in our minds that which we desire to see, and so very tempting to give up on the rest... isn't it?