Portrait of an Alum: Lexi Kozlowski

Portrait of an Alum: Lexi Kozlowski

“Keeping the end in mind” is a high value at Veritas.  More than the principle guiding the way we shepherd the hearts of our students in a particularly challenging moment or directing the curriculum chosen for a specific course, we are considering what kind of human being can most fully live into their purpose as image bearers of God.  And not just when they are 18 years old, but rather, asking the question “what must be cultivated in these formative years to produce men and women who will value learning throughout their lifetime, communicate effectively, reason well, and most importantly, love Christ and serve others for His glory?”

Over the next few months, we will bring you stories from our graduates.  While most are still in college, we are excited about the trajectory of these alumni. Equipped to learn, and to value the experiences and opportunities opening before them, these stories will encourage – and remind us again of God’s faithfulness to His people.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil 1:6

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By Lexi Kozlowski, Class of 2014

Interning at Youth Life was incredible. I taught three precious rising 3rd girls reading and then two awesome rising 4th graders math. I was not the only one doing the teaching though, these kids in return taught me so much….

…. Taught me to enjoy the little things in life. Taught me what it is like to go against the social norm. Taught me to love unconditionally because that’s what were called to do.

While Monday through Wednesdays were filled with instruction and education, Thursdays we took field trips around Richmond. “Fun Thursdays” were exhausting – and filled with so much joy and laughter.

I realize to them, I was just another summer intern. Yet the impact they have left on me will last a lifetime. I miss them so much already. They became like a mini little family to me. I have shared in so many their tantrums, tears, laughs, brainstorms, and joyous moments.

God really used this experience to teach me about what loving others really means. It requires patience, kindness, forgiveness, humility, faith, truth and endurance. Loving is sometimes easy and sometime tough, but in the end it is far better to have loved others than to have missed the opportunity.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Lexi volunteered for seven weeks this summer with the Youth Life Foundation, a ministry serving children and families in Richmond’s Northside neighborhoods.  She now attends James Madison University.  We were delighted to see Lexi’s Senior Thesis “The Paradox of Progress: Jackson Ward and the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike” published by local historian Michael Rogers (http://highwaysandhallowedhalls.com/highways-in-richmond/research/).