Inspired to Serve
For Evan Cameron ’14, who first learned of Wittenberg as part of the ELCA’s National Youth Gathering, participating in a Wittenberg-sponsored service trip to the African Kingdom of Lesotho his freshman year changed him forever, just as it has hundreds of other students over the years.
“The most profound thing I took away from the trip was how although the people in Lesotho have so little material possessions, they are so much more content with life than we are,” he said. “Kids still laugh often and play endlessly outside. They appreciate the small things and have a sense of community unlike anything I've witnessed in America,” Cameron said.
His time at Wittenberg as a premed major so far has solidified his vocational selection thanks in part to the biology faculty and the opportunity to participate in the global service-learning trip.
The inclusive atmosphere reflective of Wittenberg’s Lutheran heritage also made a transformative impact on recent alumnus Tyler Hall. Looking back on his education, Hall, a communication major, notes that his faith continued to be nurtured at Wittenberg and was the “biggest inspiration and source of energy, fulfillment and guidance” while at the university.
“Every single one of my friends – whether it was living in a house, training a service dog or working in a group together – has defined my time here in a unique way,” Hall said. “The people I have been surrounded with have been an incredible blessing and a regular testimony to the love and enthusiasm that personifies this campus.”
While Luther never predicted the life-changing impact his actions would have on the world, Wittenberg students regularly take comfort in knowing that their future alma mater will continue to help shape them in ways they have yet to imagine.
As Hall says, “Preparing for the next phase of life in such an encouraging, uplifting, social and communal atmosphere excites me for engaging in whatever may be on the horizon with compassion and determination to make a difference for the better.”