Two years ago, Cameron Chang was in his first year at another university, majoring in French. His original plan was to complete his undergraduate studies and then, perhaps, attend seminary school afterward. But then he began to experience God’s call.
“It was a specific thought: ‘You should go and study theology’ that kept interrupting my prayer time,” says Cameron. “I hesitated quite a bit, but it became more apparent that it was what God wanted me to do.
“Instead of asking God if He was sure, I decided to step out in faith and do it.”
His first year studying Biblical Studies and Theology at Tyndale University was unexpected, given the COVID-19 pandemic and all of his classes being entirely online. “It was still really good, and I enjoyed being able to learn in a Christian environment, something I’ve never had the opportunity to do before,” says Cameron. “I also enjoyed chapel and being able to take a bit of a break during the week to spend time with God.”
Virtual learning made it challenging to get to know his classmates, but many professors provided time before, during, or after class to socialize through breakout rooms.
“I had an hour-long commute at the previous university and would always have to leave right after class,” he explains. “So it’s been nice to have more of a chance to talk to people.”
Cameron also appreciates being in a smaller class environment. “It makes it easier to ask questions,” he says. “The professors are more approachable and easier to talk to.”
During his first year at Tyndale, Cameron took courses in philosophy, Old Testament Scripture, musicianship, and literature, to name a few. “It’s been nice learning these things from a Christian worldview and seeing academics and my faith come together in a different way.
“One thing I learned about myself this past year is that I have a lot to learn about theology and Christian issues. I always grew up being taught the same things without much thought to the context or the background of the teachings. Going to Tyndale has shown me that I want to be a Christian who can account strongly for what I believe.”
Like most students, Cameron is most looking forward to meeting many of his classmates and professors face to face this year. In his personal life, he works part time as a lifeguard and enjoys playing video games, such as Minecraft. He is currently trying to build “a 1:1 recreation of the Juno Beach landing zones from D-Day.”
“It’s not as boring as it sounds, actually, because I have a strong interest in history,” he laughs. Cameron serves in various ministries at his church and has helped run a Christian Bible study ministry on a Minecraft server for the past two years.
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