With our 2023 Ordination-Graduation ceremony approaching, we are highlighting members of the graduating class. Click here to see all of the posts in this series.
Today we’re talking with Chaplaincy Graduate Noah Pollock.
1) With the ceremony approaching, what emotions are you feeling?
The emotions I am currently feeling about this are nervous excitement, disbelief, anxiety, joy, happiness, and a whole range of other emotions.
2) What are some learnings from your Academy experience that you will take with you after graduation?
A few things I have learned from the academy are in no particular order: approach each client I see as a chaplain with an open heart and open mind, be as nonjudgmental as possible with both the clients I see as well as the people I work with, lastly I will be taking all the lessons and teachings I gained from all avenues forward into my future.
3) Is there anything you learned at AJRCA that truly surprised you?
I think the most surprising thing I learned while at the academy is that I should just keep on rocking to my own beat in my chaplaincy work and that I am my harshest critic.
4) If you could go back in time and tell your pre-AJRCA self one thing, what would that be?
Do not dilly dally on any opportunities that are presented to you and treasure the time you have here because it will be done in the blink of an eye.