March 26th, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
Projects, projects, and more projects.
It’s spring, the weather is getting warmer, and projects are coming fast. Within the next four weeks, I have three big projects due one right after the other, four papers, and a bunch of tests. However, the summer is coming and so is the end of my junior year.
For some this year will be the end of the beginning – a time when seniors will leave the halls of BBC and join the work force. That is what scares me the most.
What am I going to do? Next year I will be leaving BBC to use what I have learned during my time here to hopefully better the community where I live, but the question is how?
I have one more year left, but today I feel as though tomorrow I will be gone and I will be wading my way through life looking for a way to be of help in society.
I wonder if this is how the seniors feel. I wonder if they feel like me wondering what the future holds or if they know exactly what they will be dong for the next year or two. I know I wish I knew.
Kudos to all seniors out there – go out and make a difference.
March 4th, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
Spring break is nearly here and light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. It’s very faint, but it is getting brighter every day.
I am taking an online class that I love, but it is a lot of work. My Creative Writing class is a three credit class with homework every night, but after this Friday I will be done with the class and I will only have to worry about 13 credits. I have two major projects after this week and two small papers to write. I’m so excited, but I feel like this week could kill me.
I am sure that you have dealt with this feeling before. Knowing there is light ahead, but not quite sure you’re going to make it. Let me give you 4 tips on what I have been doing to keep my cool for this week.
- Prayer- I pray when I get up in the morning, before each class, and before I go to bed. I thank God for who he is and that he has gotten me through this far. Then I pray for strength, guidance, and patience for the day ahead.
- Reading the Bible- I am reading through the Psalms. You will see that David goes from sadness to thanksgiving at the end of each Psalm. I recommend Psalms 13,18, and 136
- Relaxing- I love to do things with my hands so I’ve been making cards for people and doing some drawing. Find something that you love to do as a form of relaxing. I make sure that I spend 5 to 10 minutes between each hour of work to let my mind slow down.
- Sleep- I am trying to get 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep is very important. It gives my body and mind a rest from the stress and it gives me strength to face the next day.
I hope you find these tips helpful during your times of stress. God Bless.
February 23rd, 2010 by Dan Nichols
According to dictionary.com, obsessive-compulsive disorder is “a psychoneurotic disorder in which the patient is beset with obsessions or compulsions…” I’ve never been clinically diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but I know I have it.
I discovered this in the dorm.
At Baptist Bible College, we have the daily routine of “room-checks.” One of the resident assistants (RAs) of each section of dorm rooms will check every room for certain levels of order and cleanliness. Guys’ dorms are less strict about this daily routine than girls’ dorms (go-figure), but the daily room checks still take place.
If you fail to meet the specific criteria for cleanliness, you receive a “check” for that category – the most minute form of discipline imaginable. Eventually you can wind up getting a “point,” and then you can wind up getting a financial fine for multiple “points.” Without describing the more intricate details of the disciplinary system here at BBC, let’s just say there are multiple levels for room checks – the pinnacle of which is a financial fine, then moving down to multiple points, then moving down to a point, then moving down to multiple checks in one week’s time, then moving down to one check – the smallest thing you could imagine.
In three and a half years in the dorm, I only received 2 checks.
This is basically unheard of and should merit some kind of financial reward (which I’m still waiting for). And – keep in mind – I did this with roommates too. (We won’t mention that my one roommate for 3 semesters was OCD just like I am). Regardless, I discovered my OCD problem in the dorm. My books always had to be stacked in order from shortest to tallest. Everything on my desk had to be arranged perfectly. On top of all this, I also discovered how incredibly minimalistic I am (but that is for another blog).
So, when you get to college, do you think you’ll be OCD? It’s something to think about…
January 18th, 2010 by Dan Nichols
Naps are always needed, but usually dorm life keeps you up. Play some beach volleyball. Stay up till 6:00 AM working. Go to class from 6:30 AM till 9:00 AM. Sleep till 2:45ish. Go to meetings, meetings, and more meetings. Pick on the freshmen as much as possible.
Learn some Greek – talk some end times. Learn some evangelism – talk some church education. Hangout at your friend’s house – watch a movie. Watch your school’s baseball team play at the nearby stadium. Lead worship after curfew. Go work in the office for a little bit. Spend time in prayer.
Miss out on the cafeteria food you already paid for and eat Chinese buffet food that costs a lot JUST because you want to.
A date here, a date there. Homework everywhere.
Agendas, meetings, good conversations, dumb conversations, social overload… accomplishments, failures, lessons learned, friendships made, money lost, life goes on and life is good.
This is college.