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