First Semester Wrap Up

A little over a week ago, I successfully completed my first semester of college at the University of Charleston.  I carried 19 hours this semester and am currently scheduled for 21 hours in the spring.  Transitioning from high school to college has been relatively easy for me, as I was most certainly ready for a change, and I am also still at home.  I have loved pretty much every minute of it so far and I pray that I continue to love it this much throughout my entire journey at this university.

I am personally very happy with my choice of school and couldn’t see myself anywhere else.  I am an integrated communications major and have enjoyed classes on things such as human communication and public relations.  I was even able to take an American government class because this was something I came to enjoy in high school, and I was able to learn a lot in there as well.  I love what I have chosen to get my degree in and have gained so much knowledge that I don’t plan to let slip away.  I have developed a new love for learning and truly enjoyed going to my classes.

I’ve gotten to meet a lot of super nice people from all over the world through my various courses, which has been very new and exciting for me.  I have also met new people through being a student ambassador at the school. As a student ambassador, we give tours to prospective students, work in the admissions office a couple of times a week, and work at events like scholarship competitions and open houses.  Not only have I made other student ambassador friends that I am grateful for, but I’ve also been able to meet some people that may be my classmates in the future!

I’m excited to see what my next semester of classes brings as well as the semesters following that.  I intend on keeping everyone updated on my studies and life as a college student throughout the next few years, as well as having these posts as memories to look back on myself.  I intend to keep up my hard work, push myself as much as possible, and continue learning as much as I can.  I am so incredibly blessed to be able to further my education and I am so thankful for a family who has gotten me this far!

Young Life… It’s For Everyone.

The guy you always see at a party on Saturday nights?  Young Life is for him.  The girl who has dated nearly every guy in the school?  Young Life is for her.  The kids that would never miss a Sunday at church?  You guessed it… Young Life is for them too.  It has come to my attention lately, especially through Twitter, that some people believe those who “visibly” sin should not be going to Young Life, or they believe that Young Life is only full of kids that go out and party.  Guess what?  Neither of those things are true, and Young Life is for everyone.

Sure, people go to Young Life because it’s fun, and maybe that is the only reason why they go.  However, there are also kids there for the fun AND to hear God’s word.  They deserve to get to hear that.  This is supposed to be a place where there is no judgement and where you can really be yourself.  If that’s the case, why are so many people judging others for being there?

Where would we be if God didn’t forgive?  If you were unaware, we all sin.  No one is perfect, and everyone makes mistakes.  There are people trying to find themselves, and maybe it’s not in a way that we deem appropriate, but should we love them any less?  Would I want anyone to love me any less for my mistakes?  Would God love us any less?  The answer is most certainly no.  Kids come to Young Life and are loved so greatly by their leaders, and they also get the chance to learn about a God that loves them endlessly.  They gain a whole new support system and a group of people who love them no matter what.  Maybe that’s what they need.  What would we be if we tried to stop them from that because we don’t think they are who they should be?

Sure, Young Life is for those who live their life for the Lord already, but it’s also for those who have never known of Him before.  Every single person deserves a chance to find Him and form a relationship with Him if that’s what they want to do.  Don’t knock Young Life before you’ve tried it, and don’t call someone out for going when you personally think they shouldn’t be.  No matter what you’ve heard, no matter what you believe, Young Life is still for everyone.

An Open Letter to My Boyfriend’s Mother

First of all, as I am writing this on December 4th, I’d love to wish you a happy birthday!  However, I wish more than anything that I didn’t have to wish you a happy birthday in Heaven.  I wish I had gotten to know you as more than someone I saw at church when I was younger, because I know you were an amazing person.  I would give anything for Aric to have you here.

Besides all of that, I want to publicly thank you.  Thank you for raising the most amazing person I’ve ever met.  Thank you for being a great mom to not only Aric, but his sisters as well.  Thank you for teaching him how to treat a woman, how to be so kind and loving, and how to always be willing to help out when it is needed.  Even though he did not have you here long enough, he became such an amazing person in that time, and a lot of that is because of you.  Thank you for raising such a great guy.  I will always appreciate that.

Although we will never get to have the relationship that some girls get with their boyfriend’s mom, I will still cherish the ways you let us know that you are there, and I’ll always be there to love your son.  Thank you for all that you were, and all that you will continue to be through your children.  I am so thankful for your family and being able to get to know them these last few years.  I’m also very thankful for you.  I don’t think I will ever be able to say it enough, but thank you again… for all of this.

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