The House of Corrie Ten Boom
Q&A with President Christina Morgan
Houses at The King’s College are student-led, mission-driven communities. They serve as social, academic, and spiritual support for students at King’s. Each House is led by four elected students and guided by faculty and staff advisors. In recent years, Houses have become even more critical to student life as the size of the student body has grown rapidly.
The House of Corrie ten Boom is one of ten houses at The King’s College. Members of the House of Corrie Ten Boom “are sisters sharing in adventure, pursuing truth, and thriving together.”
The mission is inspired by the life of Corrie Ten Boom, who along with her family helped many Jews escape the Nazis during World War II. She was sent to a Nazi concentration camp with her sister Betsie, who died in the camp. Ten Boom survived, became a prolific author, and aided Holocaust survivors in the Netherlands.
Below is a Q&A with Christina Morgan, the 2012-2013 president of the House of Corrie Ten Boom.
Q. How would you describe the basic character of the House of Ten Boom (its members, traditions, etc.)?
A. Because the House of Corrie ten Boom is a relatively new House, we aren’t defined by long-standing traditions or precisely detailed stereotypes. I think that is great! Each year we strive to remain true to our mission by sharing in adventure, pursuing truth, and thriving together. Although each year we seek the truth of God’s Word, the adventures we share and the way we thrive together will look different.
Q. What brought you into house leadership?
A. I can only attribute my involvement in House leadership to God. As a transfer student, I expected getting involved in school to be as easy as giving a cat a bath. However, after just a semester at King’s I was asked to step into the role of Chamberlain after our Chamberlain. When it came time for elections in the spring, I was nominated and eventually elected as President. I never thought I would be President my second and final year at King’s. I am beyond honored and humbled to be serving such a magnificent group of girls.
Q. What do you hope that your house, and the house system in general, accomplishes for students during their time at King's?
A. Above all, the House system provides a sense of community and belonging in an overwhelming city and challenging school. The House system is a place for students to be accepted, known, appreciated and challenged. That is what the House was for me—I want to pass on that sense of belonging to future members.
Q. What will your focus on this year at King's as house president?
A. My team and I would love to see more upperclassman involvement. Upperclassman involvement has been limited in the past simply because we are a new House—fortunately, all of our upperclassman seem genuinely excited about staying involved! Also, I think it is important for everyone in the House to have some sense of ownership. We are looking to create roles like “House photographer” and “Birthday celebrator” that allow girls to have a position that is specifically their own. This will enable them to feel important, appreciated and, ultimately, get the most they can out of the House. The past Presidents have done an incredible job of building the House to be one where the more you invest, the more you get back.
Q. Is there any kind of city engagement project, or service focus this year for your house?
A. This past year the House took an active role with City Engagement by frequently participating in Operation Exodus, a Saturday-morning mentoring program for children in Washington Heights. This upcoming year we will remain involved in City Engagement but are looking forward to serving in other capacities outside of Operation Exodus.
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