As I said in earlier blogs, I come from an itty-bitty Christian high school back home, where the motto was always, “University Ready. Life Ready.”
The teachers and staff pressed this on us every day and with good reason. Their hopes for us were that we would both be prepared for university success and then for adult life that followed.
Now living at California Baptist University, it’s the university’s job to continue on with the “Life Ready” half of the motto. As a graphic design major, this preparation is especially important, because our career path is changing every day as new technology presents itself!
In class this week, one of my professors took a good chunk of the time to have a discussion on a pertinent design issue that he felt we, as younger people, might be better aware of. He wanted to understand the issue himself so that he could better train us to tackle it after graduation. This discussion eventually involved altering his lesson plan quite a bit, and developing a unique assignment that would begin to equip us. As a professor with a pre-determined plan for the semester, making sudden changes like this can’t be the easiest thing in the world!
As a student with only two or possibly three semesters left following this one, I am learning to appreciate these discussions more and more. When CBU says they provide professors fresh out of the field, they mean it. These men and women are interested in so much more than just relaying textbook information; they truly care about their students leaving this place as life ready as they can possibly be, and understand the “real life” struggles of their disciplines better than anyone else!