Here at George Fox we live by the motto, “Be Known.” It isn’t just something that we say to lure students into our school, it is something that is lived out every single day by our staff and students. I have never been a part of a community that is so driven to get to know who I am, not only as a student, but also as a person.
I have many Be Known stories from my short time here at Fox, but the one that stands out to me the most came from the first semester of my sophomore year. I walked into my Christian Foundations class and was greeted by Dr. Anderson Campbell. He told us to fill out an index card with our name and a prayer request; he said that this was the way that he was going to be taking attendance for the rest of the year. At first I didn’t think anything of it – I thought it was just a clever way to take attendance without having to take time out of class.
“I have never been a part of a community that is so driven to get to know who I am, not only as a student, but also as a person.”
Last February, I had to get surgery on my shoulder. I tore a muscle during volleyball season, which meant that I couldn’t play at all during my sophomore season. I was going through a rough patch in my recovery while I was in Dr. Campbell’s class, so I decided to write out my thoughts on the index card. At the next volleyball game, I was sitting on the bench during warm-ups and someone called my name and I turned to see Dr. Campbell and his family. We sat and talked for a little while, he asked me how my shoulder was and how I was feeling about the semester so far.
As he walked away, I sat and realized how blessed I am to be involved with some of the most caring professors. Dr. Campbell took personal time to bring his entire family to watch the volleyball game and to ask how I was doing, and that has had more of an impact on me than I think he knows. This is a story that I tell to anyone that asks about our Be Known promise, because I believe that Dr. Campbell truly proved that he wanted to get to know me more than just a face in his class.