Alumna Andie Daniell (Class of 2015) graduated from the University of Alabama in 2019 summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Education (exercise science pre-Pt with concentration in nutrition), and currently playing professional tennis.
When asked about receiving a Christian education, she said, “I’m so thankful for the Christ-centered education I received at JFCA. Not only did this school help prepare me for the education I would receive in college, but it also helped me be prepared spiritually. My relationship with the Lord grew a lot in college, but if I didn’t have a relationship with him before…I honestly do not think I would of handled the trials I faced in college very well and would not have had the wisdom, faith, or perseverance to do the things I ended up doing. Being at JFCA before college helped me develop these characteristics and learn that pursuing Christ and having him at the center of my life is far more awesome then having a perfect sports career, job title, internship etc.”
In addition, she says, “I’ve usually focused on God’s truth, but neglected his grace. I’m starting to realize that God is 100% truth and 100% grace and to know God better you have to understand both. I’m also learning to have faith in God’s timing and provision right now since professional tennis is a very unstable environment. He’s teaching me literally to live by his provision everyday and not be so caught up in the future.”
One thing Andie would like students and parents to know is that: “Your freshman year of college is going to be a huge adjustment. It’s an adjustment weather you are a student athlete or Albert Einstein. I cannot stress how important it is to keep your eyes on Christ and find a body of believers to encourage and sharpen you. Your freshman year might be tough, but fun, or it might be very very challenging…but if you keep your eyes on Christ and listen to him, you never know what impact you will have down the road and it’s worth it in the end. Just remember that glorifying Christ and growing in your love for him daily is your goal…and you’ll be fine!”
Her final encouragement to students is, “Work hard! Have fun! Don’t be afraid of failure! And always keep Christ in the center…he’s the only one who knows exactly how your feeling and exactly what you need! Y’all are going to kill it!”