My Experience at ACU has been different from the other learning institutions I have been to. This is because of the foundation on which ACU’s approach to education is built and the learning environment I was exposed to while there.
From the very beginning it was quite obvious that ACU’s foundation is God’s word. Teaching is done from a biblical perspective. I experienced this on the first day of school when the Dean of Students was addressing the importance of personal hygiene. Just when I thought he was going to explain it ‘normally’, he opened his Bible and explained it from Exodus chapter 19 (the passage where God commands Moses to tell the Israelites to consecrate themselves and wash their garments before approaching Him). To me this was a completely foreign way of learning things.
At first I didn’t know what to think or how to react to this way of learning, but over time I understood and agreed with ACU’s approach. If the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, then I should do everything the way God intended it to be done: with the intention to glorify Him. This simple lesson completely changed my way of thinking. Now, it is no longer a matter of studying to get a job and money while trying my best to avoid living a wicked life. Rather it is to study diligently and prepare for whatever role God wants me to fill in the future so that He is glorified him through my work.
The learning environment at ACU is the best I have been in. This is because it emphasised the growth of my knowledge in the subjects I was taking as well as of myself. This would not just happen at Chapel but also in class. I would learn mathematics from a biblical perspective with a lecturer who, at the same time was my mentor, through his life and that of other ACU members of staff, exemplified the Christian life. I also grew through taking part in the Student Labour Program. It taught me how to work diligently and also what my purpose for work should be: the glorification of God and not the praise of man.
Having passed through ACU, my perspective on how I view learning, work and even some aspects of life have changed for the better.