My, my, my… time flies when you’re having fun…or, in my case, are also super super busy!
Where to start?

I guess I can first start by saying that God is awesome.
So awesome, in fact, that He has helped me survive the fall semester of freshman year…so far.
8 more days left and then a final and then I’m DONE FALL SEMESTER!!!

Seriously, though?! Where did the time go?
Okay, I sound so old saying that, but seriously…where did it go? It disappeared.

This semester has taught me oh so much about myself, about the world, and about Jesus.

It taught me that I have more of a Type-A personality then I thought I did. It taught me that I can’t rest until my homework is done,
I feel completely sure about studying, and my back pack and clothes are set for the next day.
It’s taught me that most of the time, my hard work pays off. And for the times it didn’t pay off as much as I would’ve liked,
a B once in a while will not kill me (whoa…I’m converting to the dark side).
It taught me that I’m stronger than I thought I was.
It taught me that although some people will disappoint you, it doesn’t have to get to you.
It taught me the value of making good decisions.
It taught me the value of being a good friend.
It taught me the value of picking friends wisely.
It showed me that no matter how short I am, I can make a big difference, if I put my mind to it (cliche, but true).

This semester has taught me that you should never judge a book by it’s cover. People are awesome if you give them a chance to be friends, rather than just class mates. They have interesting and diverse backgrounds and some of them quickly become lifelong friends. I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve met this year and for all the things they’ve taught me about myself, just by being them. I’m thankful for all of the inside jokes (Little Lisa, winning!, the dynamic trio, really man?, literally mediocre, smh!, I’m over it, oh hey girl hey, it’s whatevs, best friends forever!, and more). My friends really are amazing and although I’ve known them for only a few months, they’ve made impacts on my life that will be forever.

This semester has also taught me a lot about Jesus. I found myself in tough situations where I wanted to break down and just cry. I admit, I did cry once or twice, but honestly, Jesus kept me going. It’s so comforting to know that you always have God on your side, even when it feels that the world is crashing around you. When you feel as though you can’t go one more step, you find yourself taking it anyways. But it isn’t without God that you can do that. It isn’t without faith and trust and hope that you can make it another inch of the way. This reality kept me going this semester. This reality is an awesome reminder every day, because each days holds new challenges and obstacles to overcome.

This semester has proved to me that I CAN write a ten page paper in 6 hours, from start to finish. I CAN speak for 10 minutes about homelessness or adoption and still have things to say. I CAN raise my hand and answer a question in front of a class of 300+ students. I CAN learn a new language and actually understand what I’m learning. I CAN get enough sleep AND have a social life at the same time. I CAN survive college (so far…). I CAN lead worship for 30 or more people. Chik Fil A nuggets WILL help me get through the next four years…that and Mango Banana Fuze (both are amazing!) I AM able to walk around with a 25 pound back pack and still have good posture. It IS possible to have adventures while being stuck on campus; for this, I am certain. It has also taught me that the freshman 15 does NOT exist (or, at least, not yet…)

To summarize: this semester has proved to me that even though I CAN do all these things, I can’t do them by myself.

This semester’s verse: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

I think back to everything that I’ve learned; everything that’s happened; everyone I’ve met and I can’t help but question…
If this is everything I learned this semester, what’s in store for me for the next seven?

I, for one, can not wait to find out.


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