This week (Jan. 26—Feb. 1) marks National Lutheran Schools Week in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, providing the network of over 2,000 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools.

Lutheran schools are incubators for faithful witness of God’s love through Christ by teachers and students alike. Here at CUAA, we’re grateful for the Kingdom work of our Lutheran elementary and high schools and all of the amazing students they nurture before their arrival on our campus.

This year, for National Lutheran Schools Week, Concordia is taking a moment to highlight just a few of our current CUAA students who are alumni of Midwest Lutheran high schools in order to show some of the proud products of our feeder schools.

Here are just a few reasons Abby Haggard (’22) loves Concordia and why she encourages her Lutheran High School West classmates to consider CUAA for their college education.

Meet Abby Haggard.

Lutheran High School West, Cleveland, Ohio (’18)

CUAA Major: Secondary English Education, Lutheran Teacher Diploma (’22)

What is your favorite thing about attending Concordia?

This is a really tough question because there are so many things. However, I’d have to say my favorite thing about attending Concordia is the loving Christian community I’m constantly surrounded by. Everywhere I turn I’m encouraged in both my daily and spiritual life. My relationship with the Lord has gotten so much stronger because of the constant love exemplified by everyone. For that, I’m forever grateful to be so blessed!

What is the best event you have attended on campus?

The best events I’ve attended at Concordia are the worship opportunities like Chapel and Tuesday Night Worship. Another great one is Grocery Bingo!

What is the most underrated element of Concordia?

Even though we’re a small campus in a big college town, the tight knit community is something so uncommon about Concordia that makes it a wonderful place to grow. Professors know you by name and want to get to know you.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the at the cross down by the river. It’s such a peaceful and beautiful spot to pray and be still before God.

— Esther Schulze is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Art. She will graduate in 2020.

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