A Sense of Belonging at Carolina College of Biblical Studies (CCBS): We are Family!
Recent CCBS graduates reflected on a sense of belonging that motivated them to persist in achieving a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. Critical to every aspect of their persistence experience was a relational link. Family-like relationships endeared and bonded these graduates to the administration, faculty, and fellow students so that a drive to finish overcame the continual challenges.
Relationships Inspire a Sense of Belonging
- Daniel was grateful for that “one-on-one personal engagement [which] made a big difference during my matriculation. That personal touch making us feel like we’re part of family.”
- Zion agreed, “It’s the relationship, I mean, from top to the bottom. It’s the relationships you live for that you had in college.”
- Nathan was passionate, “The faculty were so proactively involved in relationships in a professional manner that it kept me academically sharp. The interaction I had with the professors was great, and it continued …. The relationships would drive me.”
A Sense of Belonging Overcomes Initial Apprehensions for Reentry
A sense of belonging was felt immediately with a welcoming environment. Besides that, a campus connectedness served as a protective factor against dropping out of school. Surprisingly, all the fears associated with the prospect of re-entering college were put to rest with the serendipitous experience opposite of what was expected. Again, the graduates speak for themselves:
- Zion’s initial impression drove the stakes deep: “My experience here at the college was amazing, because you enter as such a skeptic …. So, when I got here, what made this college so amazing [is] …they make you feel so welcome.”
- Isaiah was also very personal in his convictions, stating, “coming into school, after being [out of college] so many years, was so difficult. But it was a great environment.”
A Sense of Belonging Addresses Cultural Apprehensions
As graduates noted, cultural apprehensions were met with a sense of belonging through unconditional acceptance of all ethnicities. Cultural concerns were eliminated because the students witnessed a loving, caring, and welcoming spirit. Furthermore, being well received opened the door for spiritual formation resulting in a wholesome satisfaction.
Want to experience a sense of belonging and earn a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies?
Attend Preview Day to learn more. Supper is served promptly at 6 pm. Information is shared, questions are answered, and all attend the “How to Study the Bible” class. The evening’s events conclude at 8 pm.
- Thursday, January 17
- 6:00-8:00 PM
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