Simple Joy Saturday #11

Simple Joy Saturday #11

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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November 11-17

1.  I am registered for grad school! 

Which, if I am being honest, gives me both joy and fear.  But if all goes as planned, I will complete the coursework by the end of 2019.

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Go Sabercats??

2. De-cluttering

Current mood:

3. A phone conversation with a sweet college friend.

Other than some quick texts, we hadn’t talked since August. This conversation was needed and encouraging.

What are your simple joys this week?

How to Find Balance in College

How to Find Balance in College

Perhaps you have seen the charts that look like this:

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When I visited a college for the first time in November of 2012, one of my dorm hosts showed me this chart.  Five years later, I can attest that it is accurate.

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End-Caps

End-Caps

When I was just a little freshman, my first PIU Friday-night activity looked something like this:

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Tonight was my last Friday night as a PIU student; next Friday I become an alumnus.  Here is a glimpse at my final “Friday Night Frenzy.”

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I guess that inflatable bungee races are the end-caps to my college career.

Retrospect

Retrospect

I am 10 days away from graduation, and I have spent the entire day doing three things:

  • Packing my dorm room
  • Completing numerous “exit interviews”
  • Playing Scrabble

Currently, boxes and bags are strewn around me, one of the exit surveys is open in another tab on my computer, and I am trying to make a word out of LESONRV.

I have mastered multitasking.  But I can’t finish the exit survey.  I am stuck at the question that says:

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If you could begin college again, would you choose to attend PIU?

I wish that “I don’t know” was an option.  On one hand, I have loved my time here.  I have made great friends, learned how to be a teacher, and grown closer to my Savior.  I don’t regret choosing PIU.

On the other hand, my interests have changed.  If I could start over, I would major in graphic design or photojournalism or video production.  As a result, I wouldn’t attend PIU.

I am weighing my answer because the survey assures me that all of my responses are “valuable input.”  I think about all of the memories that I would have missed if I hadn’t attended PIU–dreaming aloud with my roommate late at night, walking downtown to get smoothies, slowly tubing on the New River, bravely fighting cockroaches with my cousin, sledding the hill at Sparks Field, playing kickball in the pouring rain, throwing spaghetti noodles on the green, teaching 30 fifth-graders for 16 weeks.  These were the best of times, and I would have missed all of it if I had attended a different college.

So I think my answer is “yes.”  Yes, if I could begin college again, I would attend PIU.

Oh…and I just made the word ROSE for 29 points.

Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Freshman Me

Top Ten Tuesday: Dear Freshman Me


Today at 9:30 am, I will attend my last class at the undergraduate level.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I will take final exams, and next semester I will be a student teacher in a fifth grade class.  Lord willing, I will graduate in less than five months.

Looking back, I realize that some of the emotionally challenging days of college could have been avoided.

10 things I wish I could tell my freshman self

  1. God is God. You are not.  Trust His plan, and don’t try to fix it.
  2. Be humble. Be a servant.  Be like Christ.
  3. Treat your body like God’s temple. Worship in it, but don’t worship it.
  4. The accolades really don’t matter, so don’t get too engrossed in the competition. Enjoy the challenge for how it is building you individually.
  5. To have friends, you must show yourself friendly.
  6. Enjoy the moment because it is all you have.
  7. Quit worrying about money. God will supply your needs.
  8. Wear your polka-dot rain boots. Wear your green shorts.  Wear your flowy skirts.  Don’t be embarrassed by your quirky style.  When you finally get brave enough to wear those clothes in your junior year, you will get a ton of compliments.
  9. Get involved in school events and at church. You want people to know who you are.
  10. Perfection is unattainable. Quit trying so hard.

I would never claim that college is easy, but the past 3.5 years have been some of the most rewarding years of my life.  As I learned the ten truths that I listed above, I have grown emotionally, spiritually, and relationally.  I have seen God’s provision to pay for college and missions trips.  I have seen God’s sovereignty to orchestrate convenient class schedules and amazing summer jobs.  God showed His grace by sustaining me through difficult classes and long nights.

Truthfully, student teaching terrifies me, but I must “walk the walk,” not just “talk the talk.”

  • God will continue to provide for me.
  • God will continue to orchestrate His plan.
  • God will continue to graciously sustain me.

Meanwhile, I will believe the ten statements that I want to tell my freshman self.

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

30 Before 30: Messy Twister

When the deans asked for suggestions for the semester’s first Friday Night Frenzy, I had an immediate answer: messy Twister.

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I like it when people agree with me! 🙂

Senior Year Dorm Room Tour

Senior Year Dorm Room Tour

I finally finished cleaning, rearranging, and decorating my dorm room just in time for residential students to move in later today.

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I thought I would give y’all a quick tour of my abode for the next nine months…my last nine months of undergrad!

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Every room is furnished to house two students.  Even though I am in a single-occupancy room, I have two dressers, two closets, two desks, and two beds (and therefore, twice the space to hide all of my junk).

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As expected, I have a lot of pictures hanging in my room.  Anyone want to guess how many?

It’s only appropriate that the library was trying to discard this Chris Rice CD.  I have used YouTube (because I am old school) to listen to various songs from it on repeat for the last three years of college.  Now I can quit typing song names in the YouTube search box.

I spent a long time decorating my door, and I am so proud of it!  I would much rather stare at my door than get started on the school work that my syllabi say I have to do, but if I want to graduate in May, I better wrap up this post and get to work!