Depth of Love, Diversity of People: Simeon Tomaszewski’s Story

Homeschoolers U

Simeon Tomaszewski is in the Patrick Henry College Class of 2015.

No human institution is perfect; I can attest that Patrick Henry College is no exception to that rule. That said, coming from the conservative, homeschooled, Christian background that I did, the depth of love and diversity of people that I discovered at Patrick Henry College surprised me. My first reaction to some people very different from me was sometimes, “The Admissions let [person X] into the college?!?” But over time, I grew to appreciate them.

Some students, not just on campus as a whole, but in my wing and close circle of friends, listen to classical music, others to rap. Some students spend the bulk of their free time video gaming, others biking, some socializing. And as often as I have tried to shove people into boxes, they manage to surprise me. The guy who spends hours playing video games is a deep philosophical thinker. The girl who seems to have no end of time to spend encouraging others actually does very well academically, too. The jock is studying Music and learning to conduct an orchestra. College faculty and staff are the same way.

I have been very blessed by my time at PHC and grown in many ways. Not least among these is a broadening of the mind, a newfound hesitance to dismiss out of hand ideas with which I disagree or even people who don’t “fit” in my social sphere.

I cannot speak for other students, but my PHC experience has been nearly unqualifiedly a good one.

3 comments

  • Headless Unicorn Guy

    Considering the Male Supremacist attitude that seems to have infected a lot of American Fundagelicalism, is there any linkage between said PHC student/alumnus being male or female and their testimony/remembrance of their time at PHC being good or bad?

    • (PHC female here.)

      No.

      I like PHC too. I’m a bit more feminist than some other students, but I don’t feel oppressed there because I am female. I’ve been given leadership roles just as often as male students, for example.

      While I’m commenting, let it also be known that Simeon is a rather fantastic individual.

    • @Headless Unicorn Guy, author here.

      Frankly, I don’t know how my sex has affected my interactions at PHC. The purpose of this series was to tell individuals’ stories.

      Just be careful not to make that very fallacy of which you’re (rightly) wary. Try to look past a person’s sex/orientation/race and examine what he or she has to say on its own merits.

      Thanks, @Adriel; I’ve been very blessed by my interactions with the ladies of PHC!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s