“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”   (Ecclesiastes 9:17, NRSV)

When I first met B. J. Seymour,  I saw a petite, soft-spoken older woman.  I was a young 20 something attending orientation at Randolph-Macon College and B.J. was to be my adviser.  I had bad experiences in the past with advisers.  So, I didn’t have very high hopes.  In short, based on my first impressions of B. J. I passed a judgment about her. How could she possibly help me?  What was I going to learn from her?

But, I would soon be proven wrong.  B. J.’s classes were some of my toughest classes at Randolph-Macon.  She knew my ability and held me to it.  She pushed just enough so that I would not only be challenged but so I would work harder.  B.J. would become a trusted adviser guiding me through my academic career, providing opportunities for me to serve and grow, and all in a quiet, but a wise voice.

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