For Michael Watson, the reason for returning to college was simple. “I want to finish my degree before I’m 30,” he says. But once he began his classes, the biblical studies major realized he was going to learn more than he ever imagined.
“The Degree Completion Program has been above and beyond what I expected,” he says. “Everything I’m learning plays directly into my life and music and ministry. I’m learning things that I didn’t even know I needed to learn about being a better worship leader and a better songwriter. It’s incredible how relevant everything is.”
His professors are only enhancing the experience. “I love that we get to know the professors and their lives and every little thing about them,” he says. “Then that class and that relationship take on a whole different meaning. That’s something I love about the program — having that close interaction with them.”
Watson also values the program’s structure. “It’s really cool to be with this cohort,” he says. “I appreciate all the different personalities and the age diversity.”
His education is pushing Watson into a maturing process that he’s truly thankful for. “It’s making me examine theology, relationships, the church and ministry,” he says. “All of this is life-changing. But more than that — it’s allowing me to understand the fullness of life as God meant it to be.”
Note: The biblical studies degree was formerly known as biblical foundations. The name was changed January 2016, but the program is the same.