Allison Lee  |  March 04, 2020

This Q&A is part of a series of interviews featuring RUF Alumni. 

Let's start off with who are you and what do you do?

I’m Allison (Henley) Lee and I’m a wife to Jacob and mother to 2 kids, Hewitt (2yrs) and Annie Drew (4 months). I teach PE at an elementary charter school in St. Louis. 

What college did you graduate from?

I graduated from Furman University in 2012. Go ‘dins!

Who was your campus minister when you attended RUF?

Tim Udouj was my campus minister. The Lord used Tim’s preaching to remind me of the gospel weekly and help me to grow in the knowledge and reality of God’s boundless grace. 

What is your favorite memory from RUF?

Hmm... Definitely sand volleyball at summer conference.

How has RUF impacted how you approach your career? 

Through RUF I was taught so many things, one being that we were built for relationship.. relationship with God, made possible through the work of Jesus, and relationship with each other.

Although my job involves teaching kids through physical education, it more importantly involves loving children, getting to know them and meeting them where they are. This has helped me desire to get to know my students personally, their struggles and their strong points, and not to view my job as solely making and executing lesson plans.  This also plays into my relationships with my co-workers. Knowing that God is at work everywhere, in all aspects of life, helps me to value relationships at my workplace. 

What would you say to an incoming freshman?

I would tell an incoming freshman to take a risk and be vulnerable with friends. Vulnerability is scary but rewarding! Since our identity is secure in Jesus, we are free to let others see our true colors. Letting friends in on your struggles and imperfections will do wonders in deepening friendships. Revealing that you aren’t as put together as you seem or hope will allow others to trust you with their own failures and insecurities. Having friendships with depth will help you learn to love and be loved amidst brokenness.