This past semester has been a whirlwind of growing, new experiences, surprises, and so much joy. It has FLOWN by so fast and the reality is hitting me that I only have three semesters left. Needless to say, I am making the most of every single day that is left of college.
I am currently at home for Christmas Break trying to fill myself up with things to do and people to catch up with, so that time flies between now and being back at school in a little over a week. I MISS APU. I am so not used to sleeping in a room alone with no one to talk to at 1am when I can’t fall asleep. I am so not used to showers with pressure, full size beds, cable television, and my MOMS home cooked meals (I can’t complain about any of that though haha).
Anyways, here is my recap of what these past few weeks have looked like for me:
Alpha banquet marked the end of an experience I will never forget and I will hold so close to my heart forever. My beautiful AC leader Taylor (the one on the right) is literarily a God-send and has blessed my life in so many ways. The whole night was exceptional and such a blast seeing everyone so dressed up and getting to have our last spontaneous dance party all together. It is crazy to think of my life in July without this whole experience and all these people that have so greatly impacted my life.
The good news is though… dun dun dun… I was given the position of Alpha Coordinator for the 2011-2012 Alpha Leaders. WOAHHH. I basically have to pinch myself daily about it because I am still in shock. After lots of screams, happy tears, and freak out moments, I am blessed and blown away that I can say that my Alpha experience is surely not over with yet! And now I get to witness a bunch of incredible soon-to-be alpha leaders grow in community, relationships, and most importantly, with the Lord. HOW LUCKY AM I? I will have the honor to lead 10-12ish Alpha Leaders throughout the next year. I never thought that this whole opportunity would come up, I had other plans that I was pretty set on because I thought that the position of AC was too out of my comfort zone, and too difficult to get (a ton of really incredible people applied). However, God (in typical God fashion) gave me the thing I was the most uncomfortable with and I can truly say that I have never been more thankful that God’s plan much prevails my own. I am nervous, anxious, but so completely filled with joy and excitement about whatever God is going to do with my future.
My two wonderful roommates and Santa Clause hanging out at Christmas Chaos (the annual event thrown by RezLife before all the crazy finals begins).
What happens when its 11pm, your craving In-N-Out, and you have way too many finals to study for? You beg your roommates to go to In-N-Out with you and you bring your books, notes, and laptops. Boom. Life of a college student.
The best way to take a long (and much needed) break from finals- go to Starbucks, then go with your AC group to a street of homes decorated beautifully for Christmas, then finish the night off with Chipotle and the greatest group of people. I mean, if you are going to procrastinate, at least make it memorable :)
Last thing to do before I leave APU for Winter Vacation: go out and eat Sushi with my roommate. Check.
Last thing to stick in my car before driving home: MY PET FISH. I received him as a gift from my lovely alphie when my last fish died prematurely, I named him Al- suits him well. You can see I am enjoying not driving home alone… I just wonder if Al is.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas! I sure am excited to celebrate the best (and my most favorite) birthday of the year! God bless.
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21