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For 75 years, Baylor Line Magazine has been the voice of the whole Baylor Family. Our Fall 2021 issue, titled The Adversity Advantage, showcases the bravery in doing hard things and the everlasting importance of not letting the losses along the way define us.
The Adversity Advantage
Certainly we’ve all been through a traumatic experience with Covid. We’ve all lost loved ones. All lost out on a year of life, a year of school, or a year of opportunity. There has been pain. There has been deep, deep pain. We should not gloss over that. We should not forget what we experienced, what we struggled through, or what we learned.
That’s what this issue is about. There is pain in this world. Different kinds of pain — like Laura Hilton Hallmon’s unexpected term as president, like Kaye Robinson Callaway’s fall and injury, like the harrowing story we’ve reprinted from 1960 of a mom struggling to finish her college degree, like Isaiah Odajima’s family and personal crisis. Like maybe the pain you, your friends, your family have experienced in the past year. We all must go through hard times.
We should not neglect the pain we’ve experienced in the past year-and-a-half. It is real and we are worthy of being allowed to hurt and heal from it. But we also should not let it define us. It should not limit us.
I chose this issue’s title as “The Adversity Advantage” for this reason: Adversity is something we all face. Sometimes, though, you find people who take the adversity of a moment and use it to face life from a different, better perspective.
–Jonathon Platt (’16, MA ’19)
Chief Content Officer
Baylor Line Foundation
Leading In Turbulent Times
In the final months of her two-year term as President of Baylor Line Foundation, Laura Hilton Hallmon has been thinking about her legacy as leader . . . and what’s next.
A Fall In Five Scenes
Kaye Callaway’s greatest setback was a 20-foot fall. Her greatest loss was losing her ability to speak clearly. Somehow, though, she thinks it was all worth it.
Still Standing Tall & Proud
One of the most iconic buildings on campus finally got a makeover. See inside the newly renovated Tidwell Bible Building.
From 1960: More Pluck Than Luck
Travel back in time 61 years to a phenomenal article written anonymously by a 37-year-old mother of two who was fighting against all odds to earn a degree from Baylor.
In Conversation with Isaiah Odajima
Dr. Isaiah Odajima, associate professor of ensembles and director of the Golden Wave Band, sat down for an interview about struggles, success, and how he has stuck to the things he loves.
Remembering L. Wayne Tucker, Jr.
L. Wayne Tucker, whose infectious kindness, tireless support, and servant leadership made so very much possible in the Baylor Family, will be remembered fondly. Read about his legacy and how you can help continue it.
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