As Corrie Anna completes her third and final year as a student at The Potter’s School, she knows she will always look back on her years with TPS as a time of tremendous spiritual and academic development. She is especially thankful for all her TPS teachers, who have developed and valued her intellectual curiosity equally with her spiritual and personal growth.
Although Corrie Anna has consistently found the course material in TPS classes to be challenging and rigorous, she has also learned unique lessons from each TPS course that apply to her life outside the classroom. As an especially talkative sophomore in Mr. Mailand’s history classes, Corrie Anna discovered a passion for listening to both sides of the story, inside and outside of a historical context. Both of Ms. Wood’s classes helped her develop deep empathy for people from other times, cultures, and places. (Well, except for Henchard from The Mayor of Casterbridge. I mean what kind of guy sells his wife and child at the county fair?! But such is the human condition.) Corrie Anna learned so much from Mr. Gilbert’s theology and worldview classes. Both Mrs. Crosby and Sra. Kelly helped Corrie Anna develop confidence by challenging her to grow to love topics she initially found intimidating. And finally, Corrie Anna went to chemistry office hours nearly every week, and treasured her time getting to know Mrs. Selby. She also discovered a love of chemistry that will follow her to college.
Being Senior Editor at clay was truly a highlight of Corrie Anna’s time at TPS. She has had a blast getting to know each of the amazing editors and columnists who write for clay, and it has been a huge privilege to watch so many talented writers develop and showcase their skills. (Shoutout to Jacey for being such an amazing co-Senior Editor and friend!)
Getting to know many of her fellow students has blessed Corrie Anna. Thank you all for making classes so much more interesting and fun. She hopes to stay in touch with as many of you as possible, and she knows that God has special plans for each of your lives.
If you couldn’t tell already, Corrie Anna could talk forever about how thankful she is to have been supported along the way by her teachers, her fellow students, and her parents. She really would not be who she is today if not for the grace of God in allowing her life to be touched by such supportive, God honoring people.
When she’s not doing school or taking care of her other responsibilities, you might find Corrie Anna running, enjoying music, or reading a book. She has become a bit of an avid runner over the past couple of years (though she still has plenty of room for improvement), and she has grown to appreciate the beautiful surroundings in her native Colorado. As a violinist of 14 years, she has always had a deep appreciation for music.
This fall, Corrie Anna will be attending Pepperdine University. She will be majoring in chemistry on the pre-medicine track, and she will be playing violin in the university orchestra and chamber ensembles. After that, she may pursue advanced degrees in chemistry research, law, or medicine. She is excited to see where God leads her in the future.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Our God is with us when we go through hard things. In fact, if we seek Him out especially when life is hard, we will start to see each difficult season as a chance to learn, grow, and trust Him even more. In the end, we have nothing to be afraid of, because our God is with us, He has already overcome the world, and He will help us take heart as we rely on Him to redeem our lives and circumstances.
But the list goes on forever,
of all the ways I could be better, in my mind.
As if I could earn God’s favor given time,
or at least “congratulations”…
Now, I have learned my lesson;
the price of this so-called perfection is everything.
I’ve spent my whole life searching desperately
to find out that grace requires nothing of me.— “One”, Sleeping at Last
Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
Don’t assume you can just finish all of your homework for any particular class by pulling an all nighter the night before your class. (I’m speaking from experience here.) Have a hobby or passion outside school that keeps you motivated (and gets you away from the computer now and then). Make time for family; they are so important. Finally, get involved in TPS. Reach out to your teachers and to other TPSers. Join clay, TPS Chapel, or Forums (or all three!). This may take some extra effort in an online setting, but it is absolutely worth it.