Monday, December 14, 2009

Bach, Earl Grey and Dr. Wilson

Elizabeth Fisher is a senior at Gordon College. Her academic focus is on biblical studies, Jewish studies and biblical languages. For three terms she’s served as the teaching assistant (T.A.) for Dr. Marv Wilson—author, editor, and professor to many. She shares her experience below.

“For the past year and a half Frost Hall has become my home away from home, and Dr. Wilson’s office has become my sanctuary. Whether I’m grading exams or studying, you’ll often find me there—listening to Bach, enjoying a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea with a stack of exams in front of me and a red pen in hand.

“He once said my willingness to help was an answered prayer. What I’ve come to understand since I started this assignment is that the answer to prayer extended both ways: God provided a T.A. for Dr. Wilson and an invaluable experience for me—an experience that has served to shape my thinking about His plans for my future.
“This semester I’ve attended Dr. Wilson’s Old Testament class, led weekly review sessions for his students and assisted with grading. Although Dr. Wilson always reads and grades his students’ essays, the experience of being a T.A. is both challenging and immensely rewarding since Dr. Wilson’s classes are packed with rich biblical knowledge.”

After graduation Elizabeth plans to enroll in graduate school. Her hope and goal, as she wraps up her senior year here at Gordon, is to obtain her Ph.D. in biblical studies and teach at the professor level . . . just like her mentor, Dr. Marvin Wilson.

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