My struggle with the Christian College experience

At the Christian College I go to, we are very much about expressing faith in one’s own way, inclusion, and discussion. We like to discuss a lot, and faith is regularly talked about in academics. While this is good and helpful, sometimes it can be too easy to use “Christian-ese” and forget what we are…

What not to do: Short-term Service

It’s such a hard struggle balancing between focusing inward, the development of the volunteers, and then also focusing outward, reaching out to those in the neighborhood and all around the world to serve others. Reading this is the first step towards the direction of developing this side of outreach within your organization. I do have…

Lost

Do you remember that moment when you first got your driver’s license? I definitely do. It was an exciting time, yet also nerve-wracking. I gained so much freedom and so much responsibility. The first time I went to an appointment by myself, though, was even more scary. I was #adulting at 17 years old and…

Just Enough

I’m writing at a coffee shop. The clicking of the laptop, the quiet chatter, and the serenity of this place is relaxing. It is just what I need at this moment. I went on a walk with a friend recently. We talked about life, and during our conversation, we stopped at a river to just…

The Beauty of Instability

Nervousness rises. Everything has changed now. The safety that was once there is gone. The world doesn’t make sense to me anymore. I wake up in the morning, and I don’t know who to turn to. Who to tell my crazy thoughts. Who to sit with at lunch. Who do I spend time with? How…

I’m tired of being told to think about myself

Yep, you read me right. I am really tired of being told that I should always keep myself and my needs in mind when I make a decision. I’m tired of asking for godly advice, but rather getting advice that has “Christian-ese” language on top of a cultural, non-biblical concept. Naturally, we are all selfish…

Anxiety

When I was in elementary school, I was consumed by anxiety. I refused to talk to strangers, and I did not do anything that got myself outside of my comfort zone. Gym class games brought me anxiety. Speaking up in class brought me anxiety. Talking to people brought me anxiety. This made me seem like…

Life is NOT a List

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE lists. If you ask me what to do about a situation, I’ll most likely tell you to write a list out of what you’re thinking about, and work on the top three things that are most important to you. If you tell me that you’re stressed out…

The Beauty of Saying Goodbye

I got to witness one of the most beautiful things this week. I was working at the Welcome Center of my college when a group of twenty students were getting ready to leave for three months. They are all studying together in Tanzania. Friends, family members, and loved ones came together to say goodbye. I…

Our Problem with Listening

We work really hard to do when God only needs us to listen. This year I made a goal of having God become my best friend, in the sense that I would talk and listen to Him as if He were the first person I would share things with, and the first person I would want to hear…