Janneth Saavedra: Embracing the Challenge, Loving the Journey
Janneth Saavedra (pictured left of her sister) is one of our Master of Divinity students from Mexico. I asked Janneth to share her experiences in the M.Div. program and how her courses are impacting her life. I think that her words will resonate with many who, like her, have the desire to pursue further educational opportunities centered on God’s word.
“Shiloh University has changed my life completely. I always wanted to learn more about God, His Word, and the traditions within the Church. I used to pick up books from the shelf here and there trying to learn everything I could. However, not all the information I found was trustworthy. There are a lot of books and things to read on the Internet, but without good guidance you can get lost. This University was the answer to my prayers. I have met the best teachers in the world—teachers who really get involved and encourage me to have a meeting with God in each class.
First, I took a course as personal enrichment and when I was almost done with the course I thought, “I can’t stop these classes. They are fantastic!” And I continued to take some other classes also as personal enrichment. Then my advisor suggested that I go for a master’s degree. So, at that moment, I decided to pursue my Master of Divinity.
This journey has not been easy. As a native Spanish speaker, I had to work hard to improve my English writing and comprehension skills. But in all this process, my teachers and fellow students have been a great support. Shiloh University has also been my first online learning experience and I have been pleasantly surprised! I always thought that online learning would be a lonely way to learn with just me and the books. However, I was totally mistaken, because I have “shared” the classroom with people from around the world. The intercultural experience is such an integral part of my education here.
I am eternally grateful to God for providing Shiloh University. I could not find this level of education in the area of theology in my country. I always get excited when I am taking a new course and I always share the things I learn with my family, my friends, my church. I have grown and matured in my relationship with God, and my eyes and understanding have been opened in a new way. I love being a student here at Shiloh University and I enjoy every class as much as I can.”