Last summer, Anderson University senior Keith Sayer had the opportunity to intern at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) in Chestertown, Md.
The center's summer program enables qualified students from 2nd to 10th grade to further their love and passion for learning. When Sayer learned of this internship opportunity it resonated with him because he went to a similar program as a child.
Sayer worked as a resident assistant to fifth and sixth graders for three-week increments. One of the boys had apprehensions about CTY and was not enjoying himself in the program. “I had the opportunity to talk to him about what he was worried about, and after a couple days, I saw a complete turnaround in his attitude,” said Sayer.
[Photo: Keith Sayer poses with fellow counselors at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.]
The boy went from not wanting to be a part of anything to being the first in line. That, to Sayer, was the gratification that comes with being a teacher and mentor.
Religious studies secretary Sheila MacMurray mentored Sayer as he worked in the department office for two years. “I think by watching the people around him take advantage of opportunities, it made him more confident in taking an internship so far away,” said MacMurray. “I don’t think he came here as a freshman with a plan of everything he was going to achieve, but the support of his professors and friends gave him the confidence to say ‘I feel ready to do this.’"
Sayer came to AU in 2007. He is the vice president of the swing dance club, active in prison ministries, and is a member of the Avanti Boosters social club. On deciding on what college to attend, Sayer said, “I felt more welcomed (at AU) than the other schools I had visited.”
“In my experience, AU cares more about teaching than other schools I’m familiar with," he continued. “I have been mentored by my professors, and their Christian service has led the way for me to consider becoming a professor someday.”
— Kristyn Rhynard is a senior from Ithaca, Mich., majoring in communication arts. Rhynard is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the seventh consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.