All Things Involve Poetry and Plumbing by Sam Pearson

Originally, I decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English at Millersville University. However, God was tugging on my heart strings to return to Lancaster Bible College, where I took classes through the JumpStart program in high school. I was seeking community, and, more importantly, I was longing for my classes to equip me not just as a new employee in whatever career I chose but as a Christian serving God in the workplace.

Lancaster Bible College offers classes that teach about your major from a Biblical worldview and prepare you to face the ethical challenges that could arise in a secular environment. They also offer a double major in Biblical Studies, so you can learn about God’s Word alongside your other major and grow spiritually. I chose to major in Communication because it is such a broad and rapidly expanding industry, and I have always had a deep passion for reading and writing. Much to my delight, I have recently added a minor in Literature and get to take several literature classes next semester. I love learning about different authors, their lives, their ideas, and the impact their books have made on culture.

So many of the authors I learn about dive into themes and break new grounds in storytelling; any way that I can be involved in furthering these books into readers’ hands is something I want to be a part of. One of the requirements for the Communication major is to complete an internship, and I am so excited to be learning from Tracey Jones at her publishing company, Tremendous Leadership. From the moment I stepped through the door, I felt welcomed and right at home among the stacks of books. I can’t wait to learn all about the publishing industry, from the glamour side that Tracey calls “poetry” to the behind-the-scenes work she dubs “plumbing.”

I’m ready to dive in and explore all the ways I can be involved in this industry as I finish out my classes at Lancaster Bible College. On the side, I am working on writing a series of fantasy novels. Creative writing is my passion; the opportunity to create other worlds and characters and stories in my head and transfer that to someone else’s through words is one of the most exciting things I can imagine. I grew up with my nose in a book 24/7, so I know how much of an impact books can make, and my hope is that I can be the whisper in the pages that carries the characters to new adventures and connects the readers’ hearts.

Thanks for reading!

Tremendously, Sam Pearson

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jeremy mutzabaugh

jeremy mutzabaugh

God luck with your college training, and Tremendous Leadership will give you great experience.

Ed Moe

Ed Moe

Sam, what a beautiful intro about yourself and your passions. Tracey has encouraged so many of us to love books and to love learning. They go hand in hand! I collect antique Christian books and my two favorites were written in first person. In one book the Bible is doing all the talking and in the other book an offering plate is doing the talking. Both were written in the late 1800s and are so novel in their approach. Remember that God made us to communicate with words but to think in pictures. Our minds are picture galleries. Use your words to create mental pictures for your readers and you will keep your readers for life! You are on a tremendous journey! I wish you every success!

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