Alumni Update: Evan King LCHS '19

Alumni Update: Evan King LCHS '19
Posted on 10/11/2019
Evan King“This above all,” advised Polonius in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet “to thine own self be true.” Ditto says LCHS alumnus Evan King after his first full month on Greeley’s University of Northern Colorado campus.

The nursing major stopped by his alma mater last week to pass along insights and initial-campus impressions. “I would encourage Liberty students to give yourself six weeks (when you get to college), watch what happens to the other students who change who they are; and, watch them slip into the crowds that start drinking, start cursing, start pursuing that sort of lifestyle because they now have the liberty to do it, and they’re told it’s fun. Watch what happens to their stress levels, and their actual lives. They plunge themselves into endless amounts of stress.”

“I really appreciate that Liberty helped me know who I was when I went to college,” the LCHS Class of 2019 grad said, “because, as all these other freshmen were coming in, they changed who they were so they could adapt to their new college environment. They showed up with good values, but within the first two weeks they were cursing, and drinking up a storm.”

King further described the impact he’s seeing an unconstrained lifestyle having in college classrooms. “We had one exam in my nutrition class. It was 25 questions. I got a 98 on it. To me, it was like a quiz at Liberty, but to all of the others in the class, it was a killer test, and about half the class didn’t show back up because they failed that first exam. They just dropped the class right there. I wondered where they’d all come from that they couldn’t pass a class like that.”

King is taking introductory courses typical for a health-sciences major including biology, and chemistry where success entails lots of memorizing. “Truthfully, looking back, Liberty prepared me so well,” King said. “All my professors think I’m wild-smart because I’ve learned how to study.”

Liberty’s study-hall strategy is paying off. “That taught me how much homework I can get done in 45 minutes,” King said. “So now I take that, and apply it to how much homework I can get done in college. I know every morning how much time to set aside for homework, and I can crank it all out. My time is managed well. Then I can go do other things I need to get done.”

Asked what academic advice he has for students struggling at Liberty right now, King said, “Push yourself in your junior, and senior year. Then, in your freshman year at college, you’ll feel like you’re having a break. It’s all of a sudden way easier. You’ll have way more control of your life. And then you can figure out your employment situation, how to manage finances, how to manage time.”
Looking back, King believes, “The best thing Liberty taught me was how to time manage.” In addition to his job as a college student, King works as a nutritional assistant at the UC Health hospital in Greeley.

Being a Liberty grad helped on the job front, too, King said. “In job interviews, I worked through the list (of Capstone Virtues). I say to interviewers, ‘I’ve shown prudence in this way; and I’ve demonstrated fortitude in that way.’ That has definitely made me looked at really highly by interviewers. It displays knowledge, and it’s what they’re looking for. That’s just how it works. That’s just life.”

King says he loves seeing fellow LCHS grads on the UNC campus, and there are a lot of them. “Everyone who ever graduated from Liberty, and who’s over at UNC feels like Liberty prepared us really well. (All agree) college is pretty easy, they feel like they’re confident at school, and well prepared for success.”

For example, “If you want to know what a real college lecture is like, Mr. Mayer’s lecture pattern is most like what you’ll see in college,” King says. “Probably Momma Karr’s lessons taught me the most because she spelled out the things I would need to know. Sometimes those things were less academic, and more practical.”

“Liberty gave me the grounds to know who I was before I entered the real world. It taught me that working hard is important, and treating people kindly is way more important. As I go through day-to-day life, any situation that’s thrown at me, I can handle it knowing these two things: I can work hard, and I can treat people kindly.”

These qualities seem to explain King’s elevated stature on campus. “I have made countless friends, and they all see me as this cool leader guy who knows what he’s doing; but in all honesty, I just stick to what I know. I love people, and I love God; and when I live those two things out, others always look up to that.”

“I’m super thankful for Liberty.” Go Bears!