Christopher O'Keefe is a student in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree program.
Sometimes, a simple reminder can make all the difference. My first semester at Austin Grad was such a time.
My bachelor’s degree is in mathematics. And as you can probably imagine, a degree in mathematics is a world apart from a degree in theology. During my years studying math, I probably wrote no more than two or three small writing assignments. Writing was not a strength. In fact, writing was pretty scary at the time. When I entered the theology program at Austin Grad, I didn’t realize how writing intensive the program would be. About half-way through the semester, with mid-term exams upon me and paper deadlines getting closer, I began to feel overwhelmed. Stress, anxiety, and a fear of failure set in that crippled my productivity.
I wasn’t sure how (or if) I would survive my first semester. However, I endured. All it took was a simple reminder to relieve me of my stress.