Posted by Stillwater Christian School at 1/11/2017 8:00:00 AM
Today members of our senior class are scattered throughout the community, observing professionals as they work in their daily careers. Both today and one day last week, senior students were given the opportunity to learn first-hand about a field of interest, be it architecture, engineering, health science, forestry, or cosmetology, to name a few. This job shadow experience is just one piece of the winter seminar program that has long been a tradition for Stillwater Christian’s high school students.
For many years, ninth through twelfth grade students have looked forward to this special time following the Christmas break and have welcomed the variation to their regular school routines. The two-week seminar program offers an opportunity for each class to delve into an in-depth examination of an area of study. Freshmen are currently researching and learning about life during the Middle Ages, sophomores are scrutinizing and discussing the creation versus evolution debate, and juniors are preparing and delivering a mock trial. Meanwhile seniors, in their final winter seminar of their SCS tenure, are exploring the challenges and rewards of being a Christian in the workplace today.
Stillwater’s board chair, Mike Thompson, is giving his time to lead this seminar, and he's chosen Timothy Keller’s celebrated book, Every Good Endeavor, as the focus of the two-week program. It's a book rich with insight about the topic of work and how we perceive it as Christians and how, in our adult lives, it is possible to find a work-life balance that will allow us to thrive in both our personal and professional lives. Students have been reading and discussing elements of Keller’s work as they prepare to leave SCS in just a few months, growing closer to the time when they, too, will lead and serve in their communities.
The job shadowing experience is a new seminar component this year. Thompson visited students in the senior class and met with them briefly before the Christmas holiday, seeking to learn of their interests. He hoped to place students, for two days during the seminar, in corresponding settings to observe, and thankfully, for the most part, he was able to do this. In addition to students’ areas of interest, Thompson also asked select students to observe the daily routines of other roles he thought they should experience. One student, for example, spent the morning with a stay-at-home mom who is patiently parenting four young children. Asking students to go beyond simple observation and actually ask questions of the individuals during their shadow time, Thompson hoped the students would gain valuable insight into adult life and responsibility.
Several guest speakers have also taken time to share with students throughout the seminar. Dr. Jonathan Anderson, with Big Sky Family Medicine, spoke to the group on Friday last week, and both John Hudson, founder and architect of 100 Fold Studio, and Dr. David Bochman, Organization Development specialist with over 27 years of international mission work, will share about their career paths and how their faith has shaped the choices they've made.
Thompson has greatly enjoyed getting to know the members of SCS’s Class of 2017, and he hopes this two-week experience will be formative in how these young men and women view and relate to the concept of work for the rest of their lives.