Interdisciplinary Studies Major, Cordova, Tenn.
Adjusting to college as a freshman proved to be challenging for Union junior Krista Robertson, but seeing how her resident advisor, professors and friends encouraged her in this transition motivated her to uplift others in this same way. From their influence, she now understands the true value of cultivating community for other students.
“If they had not been so invested in my life and showed me how much they cared, I probably would not have felt as supported and active as I did on campus,” Robertson said. “Because of them, I have chosen to continue to share my life and to walk alongside others, too.”
Robertson is now beginning her second year as a resident adviser, where she continues to lead students in the same grace and compassion she experienced her first semester at Union. She believes residence life is truly the embodiment of Christian ministry — loving, encouraging and speaking words of truth to others, despite the hardships and challenges.
“This experience has grown me in both my relationship with Christ and with others because —yes, it’s a really hard job, but the Lord continues to give us the grace and strength to love others well,” Robertson said.
Desiring to be an elementary teacher, Robertson knows she will take the growth and spiritual formation she has experienced at Union to her future classroom. As a summer intern, Robertson has taught in local school districts around Memphis, Tenn. While she is not certain where she would like to teach once she graduates, she says the Lord has been opening her eyes to the mission of education equality and opportunity for all.
Finding a university that could grow and challenge her as a future teacher was important to Robertson when searching for colleges, so when she saw that Union was ranked in the top five for best education programs in Tennessee, she knew she had to visit. The moment she stepped foot on campus, she instantly fell in love with this Christ-centered community.
“What makes Union unique is the fact that people are so supportive, and they're supportive on purpose,” Robertson said. “They really, really care, and it's not out of a bad motive; it's truly out of their love for Christ and their love for other people.”
By Suzanne Rhodes