Concordia is a campus focused on helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world. Through an activity completed in Dr. Sara Clemm von Hohenberg’s classroom, students recount why they feel God has called them to continue their education at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

The recent self-reflection exercise completed in class was inspired by 1 Corinthians 7:17-24. In these verses, the apostle Paul reminds believers to be content with the life God has provided for them and to “remain with God” in every moment. Students were invited to think about their own lives and to reflect on why they felt called to pursue a career in education.

Each student received a paper petal and answered two questions:

“Why did God uniquely call you to Concordia?”
“What makes you uncommon?”

Taking time to reflect and revel in the goodness of God, students wrote out the answers to these two questions. One student, Jackson Selah (Special Education – Elementary), wrote that he believes he “was brought to Concordia to learn how to become a great leader” and that what he continues to learn will help him become a successful teacher. Another student, Abigail Landskroener said that she feels God has called her to CUAA to “make an impact and build relationships with kids.”

After each student finished writing, the entire class taped their petals to the windows of the classroom to form flowers that displayed God’s impact on the students’ lives in addition to the array of gifts and talents that each student has to give to their future classrooms.

Our students are uncommon in and out of the classroom, and our education students are focused even more so on the classroom experience that they will one day cultivate for themselves.

At Concordia, we are not only focused on learning subject matter, but we also care about the matters of our hearts and where God is calling us to serve. That is why students on our campus are encouraged to pursue their passions, follow their calling and grow where they are planted.

— This story is written by Allie Milot, social media manager for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 734-995-7403.

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