My Education

Well it has been a year since I graduated college at Western Kentucky University.  I can hardly believe it!  In some ways it seems like yesterday and in others it seems like years ago.  I loved my time at WKU and feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity of a college education.  Not only do I feel blessed to have a college education, but any education at all.  I think about the world and how many girls and many people in general have not had the same opportunities that I have had and I thank God for what he has allowed me to have.

Although my education to this point in life ended with WKU (not counting my one semester of seminary), it did not start there and that probably won’t be the end of it.  My education started way back when I was little with my parents, but also with the myriad of schools that I attended, starting with Noah’s Ark, then on to WCES, BES, St. Gregory, FES, and then WCHS.  To think that the first 5 in that list were all by the time I was in second grade.  Even though I was only at some of them a short time, I owe a lot to the teachers and staff at each and every one of these schools for who I am today.

I have always valued my education and my dream and wish on every birthday candle for about 12 years was to be able to graduate college and a year ago I made that happen.  Such a sweet experience!  I am so grateful for the opportunity and the fulfillment of that dream.

One question I have asked myself is given the chance, what is one thing I wish I could go back and change about my education?  This is a hard one, because all in all I’ve had a great education, but I think if I was going to change something, it would be to have gone to a more challenging high school where I would have been even more challenged and also I would have applied myself more in college.  Even though those are things that I would change, I really at this moment don’t even think I would do that.  My education was great and exactly what the Lord had planned for me and changing something would be like changing His plan.

So to all the teachers, principals, librarians, cafeteria workers, aids, secretaries, superintendents, and other school employees at Noah’s Ark, Washington Co. Elementary, Bardstown Elementary, St. Gregory, Fredericktown, Washington Co. High and Western Kentucky, thank you so much for all that you do in allowing me and others to gain an education and a window to the rest of the world.

Personal Growth (in Writing)

I found this on my computer as I was cleaning it out and backing up things.

I wrote this 4 years ago when I was preparing to finish my high school portfolio.  It is about my story of growth with English and writing.  Hope you enjoy, I know it was interesting for me to read again

 

Personal Growth

Why do people always ask you about your growth over a period of time or after you complete something? It seems like such a monotonous question, but here I am again, answering the question of my growth. This time I am going to report on my growth as a writer over the years of my life. This is something I could go on and on about, because I have gone from the person who dreaded going to school because of spelling and writing, to a person who loves to write everyday. I am going to tell you how I have made the change from pure hatred to adoring love of English and all of its facets.

When I was little I struggled with English. I hated going to school, because I knew that we were going to have to work on spelling and writing. I was not good at them, so I did not want to go. The worst night of the week was Thursday night. This was the night my mom made me sit down and study for my Friday spelling test. I was not a happy camper as I was forced to sit down and practice all of the spelling words for that week. Thursday night would turn into Friday morning when I had to go to school and face the dreaded test. I remember coming home on multiple occasions crying because I had done horribly on my spelling test. This was the story of my life until about third grade.

Around third grade I started to like spelling and writing in school. I went from the student who dreaded spelling, writing, and anything to do with English to the student who loved it with a passion. It seems crazy that I made such a drastic change, but I know that it came from the support and encouragement of my parents and teachers. I also made the change because I started to realize that spelling and writing were important beyond just the Friday tests and simple sentences I started out writing. I began to see that the simple things were the basis of my first love, books.

As I started to make the connection between spelling and books, my attitude changed. English and everything that fell under it were the highlight of my days at school. I still was not a huge fan of writing, but it was growing on me each day. I had to take baby steps to get to the love of writing I posses today. I went on through middle school reading all the time. The love for reading I possessed would take me farther than anything. This love showed me the world outside. It allowed me to view the opportunities of the world around me.

I made another connection from the books I was reading, to a wonderful way of expressing myself. I started to express my thoughts and feelings through writing. This brought me to the person I am today. Now I write in my journal everyday. I spend this time writing to get out my frustrations, to remember my day, or to talk to God. It used to be hard for me to sit down and write a paper for class, but as a result of my growth, I no longer mind writing for my classes. I use the writing required in my classes as a way to tell people how I feel about the issues I am asked to write about.

Writing, it has gone from something I hated to something I make a point of doing everyday. I am so glad that I came to the realization that the facets of English are important and not horrible. I hope that you can see my growth, as a writer, has not come without a struggle. The struggles I have faced have made a wonderful impact on my life, and hopefully the lives of the people who read my writing.

 

It is crazy to me to see how much my love for writing has grown even since I wrote this piece.  As I went through college, I would choose writing papers over anything else.  Now I love to write and don’t even have to have a reason to pick up a pen and paper or my computer and start writing.  Crazy because I really was the kid who dreaded english and spelling tests in elementary school because I was horrible at spelling.  I am just glad that I have learned to enjoy writing.

Life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be

So this has been the week for me to see that life isn’t always what it is cracked up to be.  I have been bogged down with school, my job, and life in general.  I don’t even feel that busy, but I feel overwhelmed!

School to me seems manageable and I am working on and learning prioritizing my life.  I am taking Greek, which is a lot of work, memorization, and time! That alone has been a stressor.  Not to mention I have to read, a lot!  I love to read, but sometimes I want to read things that have nothing to do with something I am going to be tested over or have to write a paper over.  However, being in seminary is completely different than college.  I am learning things that I can apply to life, which makes it easier and I am really having to learn to not think about seminary just as school, but as a tool for ministry.

My job. Well, I love the kiddos, but I am learning that I do way more work than I am credited for or paid for.  Part of me is saying, “just be a servant and keep helping them out, credit isn’t important.”  The other part of me is saying “you aren’t going to be able to save money, pay of debt, or travel if you don’t make more money for the amount of time and effort you are putting in.”  Again, I love the kids, but this is the hardest job I have ever had.  I am not sure what to do.  I would love to look for a job that is going to pay more, but I don’t know if that is what I am supposed to do.

Life – my life has been in upheaval since moving.  I haven’t had a church home, a circle of friends to hang out with or encourage me, or challenge me, and I haven’t felt like I am making a difference.  I know part of my problem is that I have been lacking in my daily quiet time and I am working on getting that back on track.  I am starting a new bible study tonight!  I am also starting to get involved at a church and I love it!  Tomorrow I am going to the Wednesday night prayer service.   I am hoping that I can find a small group to get involved in, because I really miss having the accountability, challenges, and encouragement.

Another huge thing in my life is that I am praying about going overseas for 11 months later this year and next.  I would love the opportunity and think that this is where the Lord is leading me, but the thought is also overwhelming knowing I have a car loan, school loans, and the general cost of the trip and all.  I know that if it is in His plan that everything will work out.  I guess we will see what happens.  I would appreciate your prayers in this area for sure!

Firsts

So today is a day of Firsts for me: First day of February, First day of Seminary classes, First Seminary book finished, First day of Greek, First day of being a full time student and a full time employee. Sounds like a great day doesn’t it!

 

I am suer excited about school starting today, I am also very nervous. I know that God has me here for a reason, but figuring out the balance of everything is going to be interesting. I have so much to do already. Let the non-stop reading begin.

where I am headed

So I thought that I had everything figured out.  I thought that I would be graduating in December, moving to East Asia for 6-12 months, and then coming back and starting grad school and going wherever else God had for me next.  The East Asia thing was a huge deal and I really thought that God was calling me to be there for at least 6 months after I graduated.

As I spent the summer learning and serving and traveling I kept being more reassured about the fact that I was supposed to go.  Towards the end of the summer I started to question if God was calling me to go to to Asia or not.  By the end of my trip and after spending a couple weeks at home, I was shown that God really did want me to be willing to do whatever he called me to do.  It didn’t matter if that was going to East Asia, staying in BG, or moving to Lville or wherever.  So I started to listen to what might be the path God had for me for the upcoming year.  After praying about things I could see that going to Asia is not where I am supposed to be for next semester.

So now I am in the process of applying for grad school at Southern Seminary and am trying to decide if I am going to move to Louisville or if I am going to go to stay in BG and commute/try to take online classes.  So now it is just trying to get things ready for what will happen after December.  I am throwing around options of places to live, possible internships/jobs, and what I will for sure get my Masters in.  Right now my plan is Biblical Counseling, so I am trying to see if that is what God’s plan is.

I am headed in some awesome directions and can’t wait for what the Lord has in store for me.

moving

So this past week I moved into the BCM apartment.  This is my last apartment of college.  It is so weird to be in my last undergrad apartment.  It is even weirder that I moved into the apartment that my good friends lived in before and that now they live in Honduras.  It is exciting that I have three new roommates and they are super fun!  It is going to be an awesome semester living with them and at the BCM apartment.

Pictures are to come from the apartment soon.