Multnomah University just couldn't be what it is without its students. This post is part of a new series written by students, about students. Our hope is that prospective students can get a feel for what the student body is like and alumni can get to know who it is that they support.
Ryan Tallmon, is MU's third featured student. A junior from Clatskanie, Ryan has a heart for reading, writing, and prayer.
Hometown: Clatskanie, OR
What are some of your hobbies?
Reading novels, short stories, poetry, or books on Christian living; creative writing; listening to good music; jamming on guitar or piano; hiking; jogging; playing basketball; meeting new people; and talking with friends.
What is your favorite class?
This is not easy to answer, but if I had to pin it down to one, I'd say American Literature with Dr. Schaak. The texts that we read and the discussions in class that we shared in light of them were enlightening, challenging, and life-changing.
Do you have a favorite chapel in recent memory?
Several come to mind, but I'd like to note C.J. Coffee's message "Go to the Red" on reaching people in the 10/40 Window for Christ. He stirred my heart to to take on a global perspective and to be much more passionate about seeing people come to know Christ.
Any words of wisdom to incoming freshmen?
A couple things - First, take time to seek the Lord individually. Don't think that any amount of spiritual activities can replace the spiritual growth you will experience in private prayer and meditation on God's Word.
Second, spend time with older people in the faith. There are many older students here who can offer you a lot of wisdom. Also, take advantage of the fact that professors are willing to meet with you, pray with you, and give you guidance, both spiritually and practically.
Meet more students
See the rest of the series.