Following a recent grad: Samuel Vanderplas
A Geneva education prepares students for the future, but it doesn’t guarantee that the road ahead will be clear and easy to follow. An honors student and member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society, Biblical Languages major Sam Vanderplas graduated summa cum laude in the spring of 2007. As he left Geneva, he didn’t know what God had in store for him but was determined to follow faithfully wherever He led.
Sam’s path led him first to South Korea where he taught English as a second language in the small town of Eumseong-gun. During the six months he spent in the Chungcheongbuk province, Sam instructed over one thousand students in grades three through nine. Since almost no one around him spoke English, he had to learn Korean as quickly as possible in order to communicate.
After returning from South Korea, Sam became a fellow at the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law in Colorado Springs. Chartered in 2005, John Jay is dedicated to raising wise and honorable leaders for a world that sorely needs them. The institute’s interdisciplinary curriculum includes studies in philosophy, theology, ethics, politics, jurisprudence, history, art and architecture, and it uses field studies and practicum to integrate theoretical studies into practical law.
“I can’t say enough to recommend the program,” Sam said. “It’s also made me appreciate the way Geneva prepared me. I was a little hesitant at first, not knowing how I would measure up to students from other schools, but I’m realizing more and more how blessed I am to have studied at Geneva.”
Sam recently applied for a summer internship at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Holding to the belief that marriage and the family are the “foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society,” the council works to create public policy that protects human life and the family.
Starting in June, Sam will be working under Dr. Patrick Fagan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center of Marriage and Religion. “We're planning on writing two papers,” Sam said. “One will explore the consequences of divorce on children, and the other will investigate the effects of the separation on adults.”
After he completes his internship, Sam plans to do one of two things. He might work with Wycliffe Bible Translators abroad as a language surveyor with the hope of eventually going on to become a translator. He is also considering the possibility of remaining in the states to enroll in a classics graduate program and later become involved with a Christian classical academy.
Are you a recent grad? Where has God led you since you left Geneva? Send your stories, photos and experiences to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- by Bonnie Smith, Senior, Beaver County Christian School