Alex Staton is living His way

May 24, 2012

When sophomore Alex Staton decided to attend Florida College instead of a school in his home state of Arkansas, he was banking on at least two things: high-quality academics and the chance to be around more young Christians.

“I realized that a community college or a university would not offer me the same caliber of education.”

And when he chose Business as a major, he was banking on gaining the broad wealth of knowledge he needed to “get out there;” specifically, into his own business, where he can work independently, determine his own hours, and have more time for family.

But Alex got more than he bargained for at Florida College— especially socially, spiritually and personally.

First, there’s society sports. Alex loves athletics and loves people. What could be better?

“Society sports are my favorite,” he says. “It brings people together for fun, for competition, and for fellowship. Sometimes it’s hard to get people together, but society sports does it—everybody wants to be on a society. On a society, you’re given the chance, sometimes three or four times a week, to spend time with your friends.”

Then, there are the opportunities for spiritual growth both in and out of the classroom. Every student attends chapel and a Bible class each day. But between Monday night devotions in local Christians’ homes, co-ed Tuesday and Thursday devos in Sutton Lobby, and

late night talks in the guys’ dorm, Alex has extracurricular opportunities to learn and grow nearly every day.

“If you want to get involved, you’d have no problem,” he says. “I don’t know how to describe it. It’s been such a blessing to be surrounded by these people. A blessing—and so encouraging.”

And then, of course, there are the classes. Alex is only three courses into the Business program, but he is already seeing the bigger picture: discovering how the financial system works, the ways that people make money, and how they learn to be responsible with it.

“I’ve gotten an idea of what the program is going to be like— it’s going to be challenging. But I’ve loved it so far,” he says.

And for Alex, it hasn’t just been theory so far.

“The Personal Finance class is the most practical class I’ve ever had,” he says. “We’ve talked about everything from the stock market to taxes to the financial responsibilities of a working adult. Every student should take this class.”

So, Alex is getting everything he wanted from his education and more—and he can’t wait to use what he knows.

“It’s just one of those things that I can’t really describe. I’m excited to get started because I’m ready to get out there.”

That’s how Alex Staton is living His way.