“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.