Melissa Cowley is learning His way

April 1, 2013

IMG_3249.cowley.melissaDuring the summer before her junior year, Melissa Cowley seemed well on her way to becoming a third-generation Falcon. A seven-year camper at Florida College Colorado Camp, the Aurora native always envisioned someday setting foot on the flatter, warmer campus of the College itself.

But as she entered her junior year, Melissa’s exceptional talent as a runner complicated her college decision. Various college recruiters took notice of her sterling varsity career in which she set school records for the 5K, one-mile, two-mile and 4×800 relay.

“As I continued to get college letters, I began to picture myself competing at higher levels at bigger schools,” she recalled. “But I knew there was no other school that could provide the overall experience of Florida College.”

Part of that overall experience happened to be a continuation of her athletic ability, where she broke the previous women’s cross-country 5K record.

Melissa shows interest in honing her athletic talents professionally and is considering pursuing a career in physical therapy, athletic training or coaching.

“I want to help people learn new things or recover from injuries,” she said. “I would also like to teach kids. I just want to make some kind of an impact on others’ lives in the same way the people here did for me.”

Melissa has noticed the benefits of living on a campus filled with Christian students, who, though they have different backgrounds and perspectives, maintain a common faith.

“That is something that has opened my eyes,” she said. “Whether in chapel or classes, from professors or students, I’ve learned a lot from the examples from them all.”

“I was excited to come to Florida College,” she added. “But when that excitement turned into a reality, I was a little scared. Now, with my first year almost finished, I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. I’m a bit closer to understanding that life really is a vapor.”

That’s how Melissa is learning His way.