AYTI Ambassador Ian Heseltine interviewed Marty Wyatt, AYTI Program Assistant, to learn more about the impact of Marty’s participation in Augsburg’s Youth Theology Institute. In 2007, Marty was a youth participant, and he was a mentor in 2008 and 2009. In addition to his role at Augsburg, Marty is pursuing a masters of divinity at Luther Seminary.
Here is Marty’s response:
Honestly, the week [of Youth Theology Institute] made me want to come to Augsburg for my undergrad. Looking back this is the biggest impact because of how going to Augsburg impacted my life. I would have never met the people I did or experienced the city if I didn’t go to Augsburg, and that started with the Theology Institute. The Institute introduced me to Augsburg’s campus, professors, students, and staff. They seemed to genuinely care about people and the community. It made me want to get to know them better and be a part of this community that cared so deeply for each other.
I think during the week my faith was renewed. High school can be a hard and isolating time for some and the Institute reignited my faith in a powerful way. I learned (or re-learned?) to look for God in everything, from the mundane to the exceptional. The Institute opened a way of thinking about faith differently than I had before. I began to think critically about what I believe and why, which over time led to a deepening of my faith that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t critically examine it first. Continue reading “Interview with AYTI Program Assistant Marty Wyatt, former participant and mentor”→
Hello, my name is Lizzy. I am a first year at Augsburg University. I am majoring in Communication Studies and maybe double majoring in Business Management. To me, theology is incredibly fun because there is a theoretical aspect which enables the participant to ask difficult questions through a different lens. AYTI is incredibly important because being a young adult intrigued by faith and theology can be isolating, and AYTI has given me a community of peers who are equally curious about faith. I am thrilled to be an ambassador for AYTI this year; I have only been here a little while but love the campus and love this program. I cannot wait to guide others into this community I love so much.
Hi everybody, My name is Fidelina Xinico, and I’m from Guatemala. I am a senior double majoring in international business and economics with a minor in management information system. I have been involved in AYTI by being a mentor for the summers of 2017 and 2018, and as one of the AYTI Ambassadors for the academic year since 2017. Something that I like about AYTI is that you always keep learning and working with people for the common good by educating yourself, spreading information, and by doing hands-on jobs. I am excited to be one of the Ambassadors again this year!
Hi! My name is Grace Porter, and I am a first year here at Augsburg University. I am majoring in Theology and Public Leadership with a concentration in Youth Studies and a minor in music. I attended AYTI a few years ago, and it was one of the best weeks of my life! I grew so much in faith and friendships and had so many wonderful experiences that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Attending the camp is also one of the big reasons I chose to attend Augsburg, and I love it here just as much as I thought I would!
Hello! My name is Ian Heseltine. I’m a second year at Augsburg University and I am majoring in Music, Media & Management with a minor in Religion. I’m so excited to be returning this school year to serve as an AYTI Ambassador. This summer I was also an AYTI mentor which was such an incredible and indescribable week that I believe all youth should experience! I can’t wait to have all of our 2019 AYTI students here at Augsburg to learn more about God, reflect on God, and serve their communities through God.
The Till & Keep journal was published by Exploring Our Gifts at Augsburg University, a program for the theological exploration of vocation that operated from 2002-2010 and was funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The journal was created by and for members of Augsburg and the greater academic community to encourage reflection and dialogue about vocation and the interplay between faith and learning.
Hi! My name is Alexa, and I will be going into my third yearof college. Iammajoring in Biology and minoring inboth Spanish and Studio Art. Myfavorite thing about Augsburg is that I have met so manyincredible people andprofessors that continue to helpand supportme inany way they can.I am soexcited to be a mentor this yearonceagainbecause of the amazing experienceI had last year during theAYTIweek. I can’t waitto getto know moreawesome young adults and help themhave an awesome experience throughout the AYTI week!
Hi! I’m Mitchell, and I’m from Saint Paul MN. I’m a Senior Theology and Public Leadership major. My favorite thing about Augsburg has been the people I’ve met and gotten to study alongside. As well as studying Theology with Mary Lowe–as hard as it might be. A future goal I have is to go to seminary within the next few years. Last year I had such a inspiring time being a mentor for AYTI, and I can’t wait to come back this year.
Greetings! My name is O’Quba Duressa, and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I just finished my first year at Augsburg University, studying International Business with a minor in International Relations.
Personally, my favorite thing about Augsburg is the community and engagement it has. A few of my future career goals include running a small business of my own or perhaps working with youth from different backgrounds. As a mentor at the Augsburg Youth Theology Institute I am excited to see the oneness and fellowship we will be having!
Hello! My name is Ian Heseltine. I’m a first year at Augsburg University and am majoring in Music Business with a minor in Religion. I’m from Alexandria, Minnesota which is two hours west of Minneapolis. My favorite thing about Augsburg is our incredible Religion Department and our amazing Campus Ministry Staff. They are so welcoming and have helped me dive further into my faith this year. When I graduate, I would like to get a job working as an agent/manager for Popular Music Artists. I know one side of the AYTI story but I haven’t actually experienced it, so I’m super excited to go along this incredible journey with our students this summer!