As a member of the world’s largest professional network and having joined a number of different groups, I get many emails when constituents post various questions & comments to new discussions. Most have to do with vocational development, tips on how to succeed, or yes, jobs I may be interested in.
Most of them I ignore as it is too much to keep up with. However, in a petroleum group that I am with apart of, the following question was recently posed:
What was the most valuable course you took in college? Why?
It’s a good question. Most people try to plow through their major and not really sit back and consider what has provided them the highest value (and not just an “easy-A” to boost the GPA and get to the next level).
Most people posted highly technical classes, such as organic chemistry or thermodynamics, with the occasional communication class sprinkled in between (mine was “Interpersonal Communication” - CMN 134 for the UCD folks).
However, one post in particular was most poignant. It was submitted by Robert Lannom, P.E., a petroleum professional from the Houston area.
The Engineering courses at Texas Tech required at least one course in a “Humanity”. I took a class called “Courtship and Marriage”, which was my best college course, as I have been happily married to the same lady for 39 years now! She was also in the class.
(I wonder if Steve Lawson knew this guy? Dr. Lawson was a student as well as quarterback at Texas Tech, however a Business Administration major).
I tried to explore his profile to see if there was any indication of religiosity. None could be found (and perhaps rightfully so - the site is intended for professional purposes).
Whether or not this gentleman is a follower of Christ, I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged. That he would not only “condescend” to take a soft science class (that most of us engineers and scientists would often scoff at - though admittedly it was arequirement) but also see this class as valuable because he met his wife there…and continues to be happily married!
Mr. Lannom definitely took the road less traveled as most lauded classes that helped them advance in their education and career. Instead of boasting in his highly evident professional credentials & successes, he has disclosed in short and simple words such tender affection for his wife as the paragon of his life’s accomplishments, the treasure of his heart, the apple of his eye.
Perhaps one day I can be like Mr. Lannom in this way.