Episode 3: talking about college

For the last couple of months, I’ve been working at the radio station at Toccoa Falls College (we record stuff in our studio but don’t broadcast live). In the past, I’ve always set aside a day (or two) for work, cramming all my classes into the other days. This semester, that didn’t work out. When you go to a small school, you take the classes on whatever days you can get them. I’m enrolled in five.

Communication Ethics – Rhetoric of Media – Communication Theory – Research Methods – Old Testament Theology.

And when I’m not in class, I’m usually down in the basement of Forrest Hall in the communication department. As the radio station manager, I co-host my own podcast show, oversee four other shows, and do some of the producing. It’s really quite fun. The wage is quite minimal, but it covers the gas it takes to get to school.


Last week on Friday, I sat down with Dr. Curt Wanner to talk about the value of education, about what college should really be about. Dr. Wanner is one of my professors, the dean of the school of arts and sciences, and pretty cool guy all around.

In this conversation, we talk about: producing (instead of finding) ourselves, learning how to think instead of what to think, and the value in setting ourselves on paths with unclear destinations.

I hope that you find this conversation interesting and helpful.


Published by javenbear

Javen Bear is 25 years old and lives with his beautiful wife Aleisha in Phoenix, Arizona. He's a graduate student in a mental health counseling program at Grand Canyon University where he also works as an admissions representative. Javen’s super-power, if he had one, would be the ability to press pause on the world and catch up on reading. He enjoys talking walks with his wife, playing guitar, and always uses Oxford commas.

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