I am now a K-State graduate. Hooray! Actually, it's kind of bizarre. I had no idea that so much could happen in 4 years or that it could go so quickly. College has been awesome. I had some of the highest and lowest points of my life so far but have learned so much and hopefully grown. Now I'm feeling kind of sentimental so I'mgoing to do a little college collage.
Rooming with the lovely Anna Corey was wonderful and we had SO many great nights full of laughter, way too much junk food, and minimal studying. Freshman year was also when I met Diana and the three of us hung out ALL the time. Here is just one example.
I think it was around this time that some girl knocked on our door and told us to shut up.
Anyway, we had a blast. And I definitely learned so much about friendship and loving people well. These two definitely had the most impact on my life that year.
Sophomore year I became an RA at West Hall which was wonderful. I had an incredible floor and made some close bonds with the rest of the staff. This year was also really hard for me. I struggled with depression more than I ever have and was at one of my lowest points. Thankfully, I serve a God who does not abandon and He used people in my life to get me through and teach me more about depending on Him. Diana played a huge role in that, as did my dear friend Meg who I became closeto this year. I also started going to Ichthus sophomore year which had a huge effect on my Junior and Senior years.
A little taste of Sophomore year:
One of the many walks we took on the Konza.
Junior year started out with me as the RA in the basement of Smurthwaite for overflow students. I had been praying all summer that Jesus would really use me in my RA job, and boy did he. The issues and challenges that my residents were facing was overwhelming to say the least. That basement was one of the most spiritually oppressed places I have ever been in. But I think that Jesus did use me as a light and I was able to help the girls. Second semester I went back to West and that was wonderful. That semester I really got close to a lot of the staff, especially my good friend Joel. We had some really great conversations about life and everything that goes with it during the course of that semester. But truly the whole staff was incredible and I loved each of them so much.
Hanging on the Bluestem patio.
This year I moved out of the Residence Halls and got a house with 6 of the most incredible gals ever. I also led an Ichthus Lifegroup that's missional focus was Ogden, where I also did my Family Studies internship. I feel like I'm still processing this year so I won't say too much about it. What I will say is that I don't think God has ever put more wonderful, encouraging, genuine people in my life all at the same time.
The ballin' ladies of 1511worth. Best.Lifegroup.Ever. Before the Ichthus Banquet.
So that is 4 years in a very small nutshell without any previous thought to what I would include. I'm really excited for the future and for my new job, which I will *try* to remember to blog about in the near future.