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Out with the old, in with the new

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Issue: "AIDS: Africa's affliction," Sept. 9, 2000

Jeremy Sewell, schooled at home in Falls Church, Va., scored 1,480 on his SAT and had a handful of colleges to choose from. The choice came down to Virginia's oldest institution, The College of William and Mary (established in 1693 and alma mater of four presidents) and Virginia's newest, Patrick Henry College. To Jeremy, the new college sounded "neat," but this spring he was still waffling between music and law, and expected to attend a secular institution. "I had this idea that I would turn a school upside down," he said, laughing at a mental image of himself standing up to testify about Jesus in a biology class. Jeremy and his mother visited state colleges in Virginia and North Carolina, but he found them too big. In February he visited Arkansas' Lyon College, a liberal-arts school whose Scottish roots attracted the bagpipe-playing Jeremy. "They put me in a room with the student-body president," he recalled. "I did not enjoy it. I got the picture of secular college life and it turned me off." Some family members thought Patrick Henry risky; it is brand new, politically focused, and not yet accredited. "They were afraid my education would be biased," Jeremy said. But he finally decided to take a chance on Patrick Henry, which had "given me that motivation for changing the government for God's glory."

-by Dinah Austin, WORLD Journalism Institute student

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