My first interaction with NEBC began last fall when I participated in their Early Scholars Program. This opportunity allowed me and many other students to take dual credit college courses while in high school. Through this program I was able to enroll in six different courses, including English courses, Biblical studies, and Business Management courses. I enjoyed being a part of small classes where I could get to know each student under the teaching of personable and effective professors that make a connection with each student.
However, these classes did not just further my education, they also affected my spiritual growth. This past spring I took Dr. Wright’s Personal Evangelism class, and it has literally changed my life! Every day he challenged us students to step out of our comfort zones and spread the good news of Christ to anyone and everyone we met. Dr. Wright prepared us to effectively share the gospel message to people with different backgrounds and personal views about God. Because of this course and Dr. Wright’s wisdom, I began to share with others about Christ with a boldness that I never had before.
Emily with her parents at her High school graduation.
During this time at NEBC, I felt at home. The professors genuinely cared about my personal goals and worked hard to teach and equip me with the knowledge I needed to pursue what God called me to do. I have heard many students describe NEBC as one big family, and it really is!
Since 9th grade I have been looking and praying for God to show me which college to attend. I wanted to be a part of a college that was Christ-centered and allowed me to stay in the area to remain involved in my church where I lead worship. God answered my prayers by showing me that NEBC was the college for me. Not only does NEBC offer the opportunity for an exceptional education, but its low cost tuition and ministry opportunities also aligned with my personal goals.
My mother, Beth Jones, has been working at the college since the beginning, and through her I have been able to see how God’s hand directed each step NEBC took as it began and grew. I have personally been able to see and experience the strong need for God in the Bennington community and Vermont. However, I have also seen the incredible impact NEBC has already made in the short time it has existed. I want to be a part of what God is doing at NEBC!
Emily in class as an Early Scholar at NEBC.
Spending my entire education as a student of Grace Christian School, located on the first and second floor of NEBC’s building, has given me the unique experience of watching the college grow. As the time grew closer to my high school graduation, it became apparent that God was calling me to this college. I am excited to join the NEBC family and continue my education and spiritual journey here!
I have decided to pursue both my passion for music and my interest in business during my time at NEBC. I will be majoring in Business Administration along with classes in Music Ministry. As my first days of college grow closer, I am reminded of Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” God has shown me that His plan for me is to attend NEBC and to grow closer to Him through the new experiences I will have here!