Student and Alumni Spotlights for the English Program

Ethan, English Major

Name: Ethan Samsel
Major: English
Hometown: Clinton, MS
Fact: The reading of tomes, contrary to popular opinion, is not "nerdy." I prefer "intellectual."

I chose to come to Belhaven University because... Belhaven offered me an intense learning program taught from a Christian perspective. Belhaven is amazing because of its solid commitment to not only Christian teaching in the classroom but to promoting a distinctly Christian atmosphere. This does not mean that every student attending Belhaven is a Christian or that every student has committed to a Christian lifestyle. It does mean, however, that the faculty and staff are decidedly Christian and make sure that the campus' atmosphere is one of Christian community that stresses acceptance, commitment, and excellence.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven University... my relationship to my fellow students in residence life. One of the most exciting aspects of any student's future opportunities at college is the amount of freedom that is granted to college students. "Finally-freedom" is often the thought that crosses the typical college freshman's mind. Freedom is wonderful, but it must be tempered. Dorm life at Belhaven has helped me to adjust to this new found freedom. In the short amount of time that I have had at Belhaven, I have developed some of the closest friends I have ever had in my life. It is a great encouragement to have friends that are willing to support me during my college experience. My Resident Assistant Jonathan Kalehoff has been an enormous influence in my life, demonstrating what it means to be a strong Christian leader-allowing the inevitable craziness of dorm life to happen but knowing when to intervene to make sure that it does not get out of hand.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I feel prepared to enter the world of commerce and business and make an impact for my savior Jesus Christ. Belhaven has been an important step for me. It has not merely taught me the facts concerning a specific issue but has trained me to operate from a Christian perspective. The importance of this fact cannot be overestimated. In our world of moral decay and intellectual apathy, it is imperative for Christians to not only know the facts but know how to apply them from a Christian outlook.

One Word to describe my experience at Belhaven: Maturing