“It sounds kind of cliché, but worry less about school and make memories,” said Evan Kunz, senior Christian studies major.
“Don’t get stressed out about it, you’re going to graduate and you’re going to be fine.”
This simple piece of advice is what Kunz wishes he could tell himself as a freshman. Kunz is scheduled to graduate from Union University this May.
The Nolensville, Tennessee native plans to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall, with the intention of working toward a career at a church, particularly children’s ministry.
Kunz heard about Union through a hometown friend that “would not stop talking about it,” he said. For the past four years Kunz has left his footprint at Union University by being involved in multiple organizations including Awakening, a student led worship group, and also working at West Jackson Baptist Church with the children’s ministry program.
The professors at Union are what Kunz describes as his favorite thing about the university. “In theology and missions we have really personable professors that take the time to get to know you, and even invite you to their house,” he said.
When asked what he will miss most about Union, Kunz simply replied, “the people”. He said that everything he is leaving behind after graduation has been on his mind lately.
“I don’t know who I will see after graduation,” Kunz said. He has hopes of being able to stay in the Nashville area but also maintains an outlook of change. “Wherever I find a job and wherever God takes me is where I will go.”
Kunz hopes that years from now he will be done with seminary, working at a church in children’s ministry but most importantly he hopes that he is just as passionate about it as he is now.
The advice that Kunz would give to incoming freshman is to “get plugged into the community as fast as you can, not just your school. Get involved in a church and meet people and adults that are willing to take you into their home.”