Julia Glanz’s career goals were transformed as she pursued her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at Multnomah University. Her journey began as a psychology student in the undergraduate program at MU, but the Hebrew words written on the board during her Old Testament classes would leave her thirsting for more knowledge and understanding of the language. This class changed her view on the Bible and left her wanting to study it more in-depth.
She finished her undergraduate degree in 2016 and quickly started studying the Bible in depth through Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Glanz’s began tutoring Hebrew and found she could relate to the students’ process. Her sympathy has grown towards students who struggle with school especially when learning a new language.
“I started with the attitude that I had nothing to prove,” Glanz says. “It’s not about a game of comparison. It’s about our own journey with the text and God through what we read in Hebrew.”
Before coming to MU, she almost didn’t graduate from high school. The private schools she attended were more stringent in their teaching methods. She was diagnosed with two learning disabilities and strained to meet the standard way of learning. At MU, Glanz’s professors came alongside her to find new ways to teach her effectively.
“There’s something about teaching a language that everyone has to start from ground zero,” Glanz says. “Everybody can fake their way through sounding smart, but if you don’t even know the alphabet, we all start at the same place. So, it ends up being really emotional at the beginning.”
Her understanding of what it’s like to learn from excellent mentors and professors grew during her time at MU.
“I’ve always had a heart for leaders, so I like the idea of being able to teach in the seminary,” Glanz says. “The professors here are what made my experience.”
Thanks to the inspiration and encouragement of her professors at MU and MBS, Glanz plans to apply for Ph.D. programs once she finishes her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies degree. Her goal is to teach Bible in a college setting.