Why I Give: Renewing Appreciation through Regular Giving
David Bates (C’07) relies on the concepts and skills he learned as a mass communication major at Principia College. In fact, he puts them into practice on a daily basis as manager of internal communications at the Motel 6 company headquarters in Carrollton, Texas.
But he relies even more on the other ways he grew while at Principia—in character, in “making Christian Science more practical,” and in developing a love of learning.
Those are the main reasons David has been giving to Principia’s Annual Fund every year since he graduated. “I feel like I need to give back, because Principia gave me so much,” he says.
When he arrived on campus as a freshman, David wasn’t entirely convinced about the need to attend church regularly or that Christian Science was really applicable to daily life. But “I was on the varsity tennis team,” he explains, “and my coach really showed me how Christian Science fits in with athletics and training. I saw the connection and started to rely more on Christian Science in academics and in difficult situations.”
During his four years at the College, David went on two abroads—to Japan and Peru. His on-campus study was wide ranging, too. Describing his mass communication major, he says, “I got to do a little bit of everything—PR, feature writing, other writing. And I’m using each of those skills in my work now, because they need somebody who can write creatively, think about a campaign, and also use video or graphics.”
For David, giving to Principia isn’t about the amount so much as the meaning. “If you feel you had a really positive experience even at one point during your Principia College education,” David says, “giving just a little bit each year renews your commitment and appreciation for Principia.”