Monday, August 27, 2012

And the Education Begins...

Today was my first day of college classes and I'm happy to report that I'm still very glad that I chose Crown. :) I absolutely loved all of my professors and am excited to challenge myself in these classrooms. There will be a lot of work that needs to be put into everyday but I know that I won't regret hardwork when I succeed!

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I have World Civilization to 1500, Old Testament History, and Foundations of Discipline Making. So today I got introduced to what to expect this semester from those classes...WOW. It's going to be a good year. I will definitely be challenged and have to buckle down and study hard but I'm so excited for all that I'm going to learn and for bettering myself into a great student.

I love getting done with classes at 1pm, it feels amazing to not have to waste time sitting in a classroom when you are not learning anything. That is one huge thing about high school that I couldn't handle! It's so nice to finally feel like I'm using my time for a purpose each and every class time. :)

I'm not a big fan of history so having two history classes this semester is going to be...interesting. If I didn't already feel that my profs are seriously and honestly here to help me through, I would be a little more concerned. But Crown's staff are all so willing to work with you and answer questions and just be here for you. I love them already! :)

My Foundations of Discipleship class is my clear favorite, probably because it's a ministry class and that's my area of choice. It is going to be so awesome! We got our first assignment today and guess what it was!!!!! It's called the Disciple Triad. Basically, ourselves and a partner in the class, have to find one other person at Crown and have a bible study together focused on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and learn the basics of being a christian. CAN YOU SAY AWESOME!?!?!?!?!

I'm so excited to grow close to my fellow students and grow as a person. It is my prayer that I wouldn't get so focused on the difficulties of college that I forget all the things to be thankul for as well. The first day was a success, lets see what is to come! :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

First day at college

The big first day is over! I can't even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to crawling into my new bed and falling fast asleep but I thought I would let you all know how it went. You better feel special! :)

The day started at 5:30am, when my Aunt Darla and her huge gentle giant of a dog Zion (a great dane) woke me up so we could pack the truck and make the two and a half hour drive to St Bonifacius. It was a nice drive filled with laughter, Panera bagels, and a very fun navigation guide...if only she had a brittish accent. :P As we drove I could barely contain my excitement to finally move in to my dorm and start the college life! And as we got closer, I expected the nerves to hit and the doubts to come but I was pleasantly surprised that I was still just as enthusiatic as the moment I decided on Crown.

We arrrived. I was in awe of the beautiful rolling hills, cute little pond, and the AMAZING trees! You would think that growing up in bemidji I would get used to the trees and lakes but each day I think I grow fonder of God's creation all around me.

 Anywho :) Back to college. After checking my room for damaging, bonding with my roommates while sweating and shoving furniture around our room so it was actually livable, and then registering into the dorms, I finally got my key! I quickly unloaded the truck but then hit quite the roadblock...Where was I going to put all this?!?!?!?! I was overwhelmed by all the stuff and didn't know where to begin with organizing and unpacking it all. But with the help of my Aunt Darla, I eventually got it all situated. Then came lunch with one of my roommates Chloe and her dad which was a fun time sharing our first meal together.

Just when I thought I could relax, I looked at the schedule for the day and realized, "Nope! It's gonna be a long day! A good day, but definitely a long one!" A welcome address was held in the chapel for all of us freshmen, then an academic orientation, and then we had transition talks which were meant to help us deal with the huge change of COLLEGE.

Since neither of my parents were able to make it to move me in I got a chance to call them and tell them that everything was fine and I was moved in and loving everything about it!

 Then I met up with some guy friends I had met here at Crown on an earlier visit, which was SO FUN! We went to the awesome loft in the coffee shop to catch up and enjoy each others company. They introduced me to their friend Paul who..turns out...has the same major as me!!!! Youth/Social Ministry! We talked about so much and clicked instantly. I hope to encourage him and be a good friend because he is quiet lonely being so far away from home. Where is he from you may ask? Indonsia! :) Didn't see that one coming, did ya? I didn't either with a name like Paul. tehe. But he has a great story and I'm so excited to grow spiritually along side him.

Lets see...then we had supper and a little bit of free time. Oh and then we had worship! Which was so powerful. I'm so glad that I choose Crown. After that we had a very interesting skit....It was called THE EXTRAVAGANZA. Basically it was a bunch of older classmen doing funny skits to tell us the rules and the myths of college life and Crown specifically. But I didn't really get the jokes. I'm not really aware of the newest pop culture or viral video fads so I just laughed and pretended to get it. :D

And to wrap up the night, we had a floor meeting which was rudely interuppted by our brother floor (LOTS OF MEN.) barging into it and starting a pillow fight. What the heck? Lol. But seriously, I am exhausted and need sleep because tomorrow is another packed day of socializing. Keep praying for me. please :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

I wave goodbye

Today I said goodbye to Bemidji, MN and traveled to Brainerd for a visit with my wonderful Aunt Darla and Uncle Curt. The only difference this time is that I will not be going back to my hometown after this visit but rather I will be jumping into the next phase, also known as, college.

I'm looking forward to this exciting time but as I drove here today, I can truly say that I realized what I am leaving behind. As the sun was shining down on me and the bright blue sky was surrounding me, I was reminded of just how lucky I am. To grow up in a place where the lakes, rivers, trees, and green grass, were there to show me the beauty that life can bring each of us, if we are simply willing to open our eyes and hearts to what's around us, was breathtaking.I couldn't imagine better scenery as I began my journey south.  

The drive gave me plenty of time to reflect on the beauiful memories made and even the hard times that have made me the woman I am today. It was such an amazing time for me to praise God for what he has done in my life so far and to thank him for what he's about to do. All of the stress, and planning, and preparing for my last day in Bemidji disappeared as I just sat in awe of how God's hand had been working in my life.

So as I enjoy a quiet house, (well until my crazy awesome Aunt gets home!) I continue to be thankful for the opportunity I have had to be loved and to love others. I look forward to telling you all about my first days in the dorms, how classes go, and of course all my ups and downs of the college life. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Things are coming together! :D

As I sit here in my favorite coffee shop in little old Bemidji, I am thrilled to tell you all that I am one step closer to being ready for college. I have just finished ordering and paying for all my textbooks for the first semester!!!! This is such a HUGE weight off of my shoulders and now my only hope is that they arrive before I need to leave. :)

I am beginning to realise just how close I am to everything changing and I can humbly say that I'm scared for this next step. There is definitely something intimidating about growing up and leaving your home to go to an unknown place filled with responsiblities you aren't quite sure if you are ready for or not. :S But I am encouraged by the fact that I am not the only one in this position and that all the thoughts and emotions running through me are a "normal" reaction to a change of this size.

There is still plenty to do but I am excited to be able to say that there are a lot of things completed that I no longer need to worry about. A big thing I praise God for today, is that all the loan stuff has been figured out. I have enough for first semester and need to trust that He will help me figure out the little bit that isn't covered for next semester. :)

So as the stress comes, I am constantly trying to remind myself that I have a God who provides and my worrying does no good. How thankful I am to not be doing this alone! Taking each day as it comes, has never been my strong suit but that's what I'm going to try to do over these next two weeks in order to remain sane. :P

"Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." -Matthew 6:34