Student Jobs

by saramartin on October 20, 2014

As a student at Fresno Pacific University, I keep busy. I am taking 21 units this semester, working two part time jobs, housesitting and petsitting, all while in a relationship. Needlesss to say I am constantly moving. Constantly moving from class to class to work to homework to texting the boyfriend and other friends to doing more work for my other job. It seems like it is a never-ending cycle sometimes. However, I love it. I would not trade my busy life for anything! Having what seems like every hour of my life scheduled is definitely teaching me time management, and as a result, I really appreciate the time that I do have to myself to watch an episode of 24 or go to Saturday morning soccer games.

People ask me why I am working so much when I am still in school. They ask if it’s for the money, and my response is no. I could get by with only one of the jobs, but I do them all because I love it. I love working in the Communications office at Fresno Pacific. The people I work with are incredible and they encourage me each day to be the best I can be. I learn so much in the office that will be helpful later in my life. I love working at Lord of Life as the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries. I definitely don’t do that for the money. I do it because I learn so much from the students I work with. Each day I walk away from the church, I am in awe of what God is doing in their lives, and how God is using them to minister to their family, friends, and me! I housesit because it’s fun. It doesn’t happen as often anymore because I have found people usually go on vacation during the summer or around Christmas time. Not so much in September, October, or November. I do have to say that it is nice to occasionally have more than seven channels to watch television, just in the off chance that I am ahead on homework or have a little time to kill. It also gives me an idea of where in the city I want to live when I’m older. I’ve decided that I don’t want to live in the middle of the city because it’s way too busy and falling asleep is hard at night. Babysitting is one of the other things I get to do on occasion. It’s a glance into motherhood, which has affirmed the fact that will be a journey I will be on at least six or more years from now.

I love it all. I won’t quit something to make time for another job or a different activity. I will figure out a way to make it all work. I’ll figure out a way to go from watching Saturday morning soccer games to babysitting that night to working at church the next morning, to housesitting and working at the school the next day. It’s the life of a student, a student-worker, a girlfriend, a daughter, a sister, and so much more. It’s my life.

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Things I Love-Part 2

by saramartin on October 13, 2014

Veveričky (pronounced vev-er-ich-key in Slovak) or squirrels. Whenever I walk around the campus, it’s fun to see them scurry by away from the students walking around. Occasionally you can sneak up on them, and get pictures, but because I was not able to capture a good picture fast enough, you’ll get to look at one of the squirrels I found online.

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I think the fact that the squirrels are so scared of people is a good reminder in life. Like the squirrels, we never know who to trust. When we do trust someone, sometimes we are hurt, frustrated, or learn from the experience, just like the squirrels. Right now, with everything going on, I am trying my best to not scurry from what is inconvenient, uncomfortable, or upsetting in my life. It’s too easy to scurry to my house or the church where I can just be left alone to do my own thing. I’m trying to trust people and experiences that it will be the best learning experiences for me. It’s not always the easiest, but God has called me to be right here right now, and if I scurry, I am ignoring God’s call on my life. So, join me in being present and not scurrying from all that you want to avoid right now.

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A Week Has Flown By

October 7, 2014

Well, this week has flown by, and it is too hard to capture in words. So, below are a few snapshots from my week: Ask questions, and I’d be more than happy to explain more about my week!

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The Triangle of College

September 30, 2014

As I write this blog post, one diagram comes to mind. I’m looking back on this last week and realize that this is most definitely the case in my life right now, except throw a couple part-time jobs in the mix. But, this is the life of a college student. The life of someone who wants […]

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No Motivation

September 22, 2014

Motivation. It is currently something I don’t have enough of right now. Already a quarter of the semester is over, which means I should be into the swing of things with class, work and my social life, but somehow that’s not the case. I don’t have any motivation to do anything. No motivation to do […]

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Perks of Working on Campus

September 15, 2014

I’d just like to start off by saying I love my job at Fresno Pacific University, and I’m not being paid extra to say that.  Especially since working on campus has its perks. Not only do you get the opportunity to work with some incredible people, and the environment is so positive and encouraging, but […]

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Things I Love-Part 1

September 8, 2014

One thing I love about the Fresno Pacific University campus is the atmosphere. Every time I walk out of a classroom, there’s usually someone outside the door that I know who I can talk to on my way to class or to work or wherever it is I am going. Another thing I really enjoy […]

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The Year is Clearly Only Beginning

September 1, 2014

A few weeks ago, when I did the countdown post, I was really excited about the numbers that I saw. Now that those numbers aren’t so small, it’s a little overwhelming. However, I know that it will be a great semester and that I will make some awesome memories! Completed (Yay!): 0 meals in the […]

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The Next Year

August 25, 2014

It’s the first day of school. With that comes nerves, excitement, and a willingness to try new things. I am so excited about my classes and today only confirms that. Although I’ve only had oneclass, I can’t wait to get to the rest of them! God’s got big plans for me this semester and I […]

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Let It All Begin!

August 18, 2014

120 days until we know our final grades. 115 days until finals are done. 109 days until regular classes are done. 59 days until midterm break. 14 days until our first day off. 7 days until classes start. 5 days until move-in. 0 boxes/bags packed.   It’s not like I’m keeping track or anything. But, […]

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