Happy New Year! Can you believe the year is 2014? I don’t know about you, but I feel really old. I remember being a little girl and thinking that by now everyone would be flying around on hovercrafts. It seemed so far into the future to me. But now that I’m a little older, I don’t really feel like much has changed. Sometimes I still feel like I’m a child. I’ve learned so much, and yet I still have so many questions about the world around me. This is a unique stage of my life because I am learning how to truly take care of myself and others.While I still may not know completely what I’m doing with my life, I can’t help but feel like I’m at the right place.
Now, as I begin the spring semester, I am realizing that I will have to adjust to a few changes. For one, I have three new residents, which is very exciting! They all seem to be very nice girls. Two of them are from Fresno and so they already are connected into the school, but one of them is an international student from France! She doesn’t speak much English, but is very sweet and polite. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in her position. I would feel very overwhelmed and lonely. She seems to be handling her move well, though. I look forward to getting to know each of them better.
Another change this semester will be having different classes. This semester I am taking Chemistry 2, Christian Leadership, Biblical Literature: Revelation, Sport First Aid and Statistics. My classes will be a lot of work, but I’m not too concerned about them. I think it’s awesome that I have two classes where I get to read the Bible. It is so helpful to have an expert to help me understand what I’m reading. For instance, I’ve always been afraid to read the book of Revelation because I’ve heard that it is extremely complicated and scary. Hopefully after taking the class I will understand it a little bit better. Sport First Aid seems like it will be fun as well because I am finally in a class with all kinesiology majors. I am looking forward to learning about injuries and becoming CPR certified.
The final major change I am facing is not being able to see my boyfriend Dominic very much. Because of finances, Dominic was unable to live on campus this semester, and so he’s commuting on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays with a group of friends. I think it will great for him to be at home more, but it also means that I will only get to see him for about an hour on the three days that he is here. I will also see him every other weekend. Compared to those who are in long-distance relationships, I know this isn’t a tragic situation. However, it will be difficult for me because I have gotten so used to having him around every day. I am trying to stay positive about the situation, though. This will allow me to cherish the times that I am with him and see how strong our relationship is.
With all of these changes in mind, I am looking to God to help me have a good semester. For I know that He is watching over me and giving me strength everyday. Through the good and the bad, I will always praise Him and I hope you will too in the upcoming year.