Today, I was asked twice why I am going to Hillsdale College. I don’t mention this to brag about my academic skill, my GPA, or college entrance test scores. Both that asked me were past teachers. Each teacher that asked me were also, from what I have gathered/now realize, liberal, which is absolutely fine. I felt that when they found out they were disappointed because they, along with one of my other teachers that found out that I was going to Hillsdale a few weeks ago, didn’t take me for a conservative.
To be honest, I felt like I was traped in that identity as a conservative, being judged and limited as a certain person. Regardless of what I said they both seemed a bit disconnected with me. I then proceeded to give them reasons as to why I was pursuing conservative politics as if to appease them and make them like me.
The truth is that I am going to Hillsdale College not because I identify as either conservative or liberal, but rather it is a calling, an order given to me by my Commander, my friend and lover: Jesus Christ. So, no, I’m not going because I enjoy conservaitve politics over liberal education, I’m going because of Love and the sake of righteousness. I am not defined by college, nor is my worth or value as a person defined by my college. I am Jared Eckert, responding to the calling, to the destiny, that was set before the beginning of time. I am simply responding to my Father.
“Thine be the glory forever, amen.”