April 12th, 2010 by Catie Prinzing
Yesterday it hit me that I was halfway done with my college career. The truth is: I don’t want it to be over. Living in a dorm full of girls that truly care about me, attending class and chapel where the truth is spoken in love, interacting with professors who know their stuff and want to share it with me … I couldn’t dream up a more perfect environment.
Sure it comes with its share of difficulties. Who wants a 6:30 shower slot after late nights writing term papers on books you barely skimmed? But it comes with the territory. I like to think that it’s all a part of the memorable experience, and it definitely builds character. Somehow I managed to cram a shocking amount of memories into my four semesters here. Prayer nights after curfew, intramural victories, dorm bonfires, and my share of campus socials are what make the college experience exceptional.
And I don’t want to leave!
Selfishly, I want to stay here as long as possible and just be fed the truth of God’s Word and fellowship with others who love Him. Actually starting the ministry I came to prepare for? Now that’s seems scary.
My thoughts shift back to high school. I felt almost the exact same way. I didn’t want to leave my friends and familiar surroundings, yet God provided and proved that His plan was better than mine. How many times do I hear that message, and fail to remember when life gets scary? His plan is better than mine.
I don’t know how God wants me to serve Him when I leave here, but I can be assured that wherever He puts me, it’s going to be fantastic. So, bring on those last two years of school… I can’t wait to see what I get to do next.
March 1st, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
Have you ever just needed to get away? There are times when life just seems to be overwhelming and you need to take a break, have time for yourself, and get away from all the noise and distractions. That is where I am at the moment.
I am feeling a little over my head, but I have felt this way before. And there are two things that I always do to calm myself down.
First, I take a walk to my favorite spot. It’s right off campus and it is the perfect place to have some quiet time. As you walk through the woods you will reach a small clearing. In this clearing are four or five buildings that are a little rundown. The students that know about this place call them the abandoned buildings because they never see anyone using them. I was fortunate to meet the caretaker my freshman year and find out what these buildings were used for.
I go there because it is quiet and not a lot of students know about it. I can sit on the picnic tables or the grass and just be still and hear myself think, or sometimes I go there to cry. It calms me down to hear the sounds of the woods. I live in the country and I am not used to a lot of people.
After I come back to campus, I like to put on the most comfortable clothes I have and have a cup of Chamomile tea. I get my Bible and curl up on my bed and just read. I usually read the Psalms because I find them very soothing. My favorite Psalms are 13, 18, and 23. They are a great comfort to me and when I am done reading and spending time in prayer I find that I am more focused and relaxed.
January 28th, 2010 by Jamie Knowles
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.” ~ W. H. Auden
US (English-born) critic & poet (1907 – 1973)
Dinner is one of my favorite times of the day. But I am a morning person - how can this be? It is at dinner that I get to spend time with my friends and laugh with them. It is also the time when I hear the most laughter.
Laughter is one of the most important aspects in a person’s life. I love to laugh and I love to hear my friends laugh whether it is at me or at something else. Laughter is one of my favorite parts of life.
Here at BBC I find myself surrounded by people who love to laugh and joke around. As usual there are times when things get a little out of hand. That is to be expected when you are having a good time with your friends.
Friendships are formed usually over a good laugh. And that is how many of the people here became some of my closest friends and most of those times of initial friendship was founded at the BBC cafeteria tables.
I pray that you have a lot of laughter in your life and a good number of friends to share that laughter with. I know I do.
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.