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I Need Motivation

3 Nov

So I’ve been in college and living in Boone for almost 11 weeks now.  Naturally, every time I talk to someone from home their first question is, “How is school going??”  Well, here’s my honest answer: School isn’t going very well.

Here’s the thing: I love living in Boone (so far).  I love Appalachian.  But I don’t love my classes.  And it’s weird, because all of the classes I’m taking are my major classes (since I’m finished with everything else), so you’d think I’d enjoy them more, right?  That’s what I thought – but I’m discovering that’s not really the case.

I actually do enjoy the subjects of biology, chemistry and geology.  I’m just not enjoying these classes because I’m not doing too well in them (I think I have a ‘C’ in all three classes).  It’s just that my biology professor is extremely boring and doesn’t teach very well, my chem professor is extremely hard, and my geology professor gives crazy hard exams.  And I’m sure I could come up with more reasons why I don’t like the classes and why I’m not doing so well in them, but the truth is, of course, a lot of it is my fault.  There’s no doubt that I haven’t studied for my classes like I should have.  I’m really lacking motivation this semester.  And it sucks.  I’m just ready for this semester to be over with.

I really hope I get some motivation before next semester though, because if I don’t it’s going to kick my ass.  I’m well aware that taking two education classes, a psych, two bio (one’s senior level), and chem is not going to be easy.  I don’t expect it to be easy.  I know that college is not easy, so I’m not sure why I keep acting like this semester should be.  Granted, I do take into consideration the fact that any professor will tell you that bio is one of the hardest majors there is, and that taking three science classes (with labs) in one semester is difficult for anyone.  But still, that shouldn’t be an excuse for me to just try to get by with a ‘C’.

Soooo, pray for me.

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Thriving at College

21 Oct

I read an awesome article today titled Thriving at College by Dr. Alex Chediak, an associate professor at California Baptist University.  Here are some parts that I feel are worth highlighting.

How can a Christian thrive at college instead of flirting with sin or rejecting his faith?  First, by not negotiating Christian morality (Eph. 5:3-11).  Befriending non-Christian or marginally Christian students need not include practicing activities that clearly displease God or defile your conscience.  Second, by loving God with your mind – seeking to be the best student you can possibly be, given the measure of gifting with which you’ve been entrusted, fruitfully cultivating your God-given talents into skills that prepare you for the vocation with which you will serve the Lord after graduating.  In the meantime, being a student is a vocation, and the work of a student is intrinsically good and a gift from God.  Apply yourself in this season of preparation.  Third, by seeking to grow in godliness within a community that provokes you to vigorously kill sin (Rom. 6:12-14; Heb. 12:1-2), to put away childishness, and to “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God” (William Carey).  In short, college should be a launching pad into all that accompanies responsible Christian adulthood.

Because God’s common grace is distributed to all, non-Christian professors have a wealth of expertise in their respective disciplines.  Pay attention to their lectures and assiduously complete their assignments.  Learn from them even while you scrutinize their philosophical underpinnings.

Joe gets A’s in calculus and physics with little effort, while Jason works his heart out to get B’s.  Unfair?  No, since nobody has anything that they have not received (1 Cor. 4:7), and every talent we receive is to be fruitfully cultivated for the service of God and neighbor.  Furthermore, our divergent levels of gifting help us discern our calling.  Failing in engineering may be God’s means to lead you into a fruitful career in accounting and business.  We work coram Deo, not unto man (Col. 3:23; 1 Cor. 10:31).

First Week at App

27 Aug

So today makes a week that I’ve been in Boone and at ASU.  Just thought I’d give a brief overview of my first week here.

Overall, it’s been a pretty good week.  I tend to adjust to new places well, which thankfully has been the case this week.  I think I pretty much know where everything is on campus now and where just about everything is in Boone.  That’s probably mostly due to the fact that the first four days here we had leaders that helped us get acquainted with the campus.  Also the first four days there were activities planned for us every day, like movies, a midnight pancake breakfast, and carnival night, which kept us busy most of the time.

Classes started on Tuesday.  Since then I have actually been less busy than I was the previous days.  I’ve only had one or two classes every day.  Next week will be different though because the labs for my three classes will start, so I’ll have three classes most days.  This semester I’m taking biology, geology, and chemistry.  So far I’m really liking the first two… not so sure about the latter.  My chem prof is pretty harsh (and that’s definitely putting it in the nicest terms possible).  I think I’ll probably have to work much harder in the class for a good grade than in the others, but I’m not too worried about it.  Luckily I’ve taken a college level chem class before, so I feel like I’m pretty well prepared for the class.

Wednesday night I went to the first RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) meeting of the year.  I really enjoyed it, as I was expecting.  Tomorrow night my roommate and I are going to “One Night of Worship” at one of the local churches, sponsored by three campus ministries.  Sunday I will be going to church somewhere, although I’m not sure where yet.

Although I’ve had a good time this week, yesterday I really started missing some people.  Luckily I will be home around this time next week though, which means I will get to see all of the people I’ve been missing!  Yay for a 3 1/2 day weekend!

Lastly, I just want to ask you all to pray for me – namely, for my studies and for me spiritually, that I would believe the Gospel every day, and that I would be a good lover of Jesus and of people.  For at least the next two years of my life God has called me to be a college student, so I want to be the best student that I can be.  Also, I think of the missionary Jim Elliot who said, “Wherever you are, be all there.”  That’s how I feel about my time in Boone and at App – I want to be “all here.”  I want to genuinely love Boone and ASU – the place God has called me to – and all of the students here.  I do believe that we are all called to be missionaries, especially in the areas in which we live.

What’s on my mind.

6 Jul

Here is what is currently on my mind:

  • The fact that I only have 2 ½ weeks left in my summer statistics class.  While that makes me incredibly happy, it also kinda sucks because that means I don’t have long to pull my grade up.  I will never take a summer class again in my life.  Especially not one where you have to do almost everything online.
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  • I leave for my NYC mission trip in 18 days!  I’m extremely excited.  Really looking forward to working with these kids and all the other people on the team.

 

  • And lastly… I move to App in 45 days!  I’m so ready to move… although not necessarily ready to start classes.  Thank God I will have like a three or four week break between my summer class and fall classes!

Busy, Busy

25 May

The past month has been incredibly busy for me.  It seems like with preparing for college finals and then for two graduations, I have had very little time for anything else.  I graduated high school on the 13th and from ICC on the 17th.  Then two days later I started my summer Statistics class at ICC, and now am getting ready for my orientation at Appalachian Thursday and Friday.  So, I’ve just been really busy.  It’s been a good month though.  I’ve enjoyed it.  🙂    

Giving opening thoughts at my high school graduation.

21 Days and Counting

22 Apr

Wow.  So the past couple of weeks have been kind of stressful.  Okay, maybe a little more than “kind of.” 

I’ve had so much school work to do, it’s been crazy.  Just some of the major things I’ve been having to do are: writing a critical paper on the novel Ethan Frome for my American Literature II class, taking a calculus test on the hardest chapter we’ve covered in the whole course, and doing a project for calculus.  I’ve also had to put together my ICC Graduate Portfolio, which took a lot of time.  To graduate from Isothermal, every student has to put together a portfolio of work they’ve completed in their time there and show that they have mastered seven (I think) competencies.  So I have had to gather work from the past four years and write a ton of reflections on how I have grown in each area.  It’s been really cool getting to look back at college papers I wrote in 2006 (when I was 14 years old), and just looking through old notebooks and stuff.  It really is amazing how much I have learned in the past four years, even in subjects that most people don’t even get to study until they’re in their late teens/early twenties.

But, I’ve got all of that work aside now.  However, it was really stressful finding out yesterday that I made a 41 on my last calculus test and that my instructor wanted to have a conference with anyone who made below a 70.  I was really dreading this “conference” – not because I don’t like my instructor or I thought he was going to be really harsh with me or anything, but because I have never had to meet with a teacher for making a bad grade before (despite the fact that I have actually made worse than that before in previous college math classes).  But, I met with my instructor today, and all was well.  Didn’t get a long lecture or anything, just simply that I would easily pull off a ‘C’ in the class and that he wasn’t worried about me.  (Just for the record, in anything besides a math class, I would not settle for a ‘C’ just to pass.)

Anyways, I got my graduation invitations last week and my cap and gown a couple of days ago.  It was pretty cool trying on my cap and gown and stuff, and I’m going to start filling out the invitations and mailing them out soon, since graduation is three weeks from today.  Also, it’s been interesting the past couple of days seeing Facebook statuses of my classmates saying things like, “I’ve worked my a** off for 13 years for this one day, and now it is quickly approaching,” and things like that.  And it’s true, ya know?  And people who go to my school (myself included), have worked their asses off at least five times as hard as most high school students have to, to complete a two-year degree by the time they graduate high school.  But we all know it was worth it.  And most of us have loved it, and thrived in a college environment.  Two days ago my principal asked me to give a speech at our graduation, but for some reason she didn’t think I would want to.  I told her I would, and I am actually honored to do so.  I’m so proud of the students at Rutherford Early College High School and all that they have accomplished.

So now, I only have 10 school days left.  10 days.  Wow.  It’s kind of hard to believe.  But I guess for me what’s really hard to believe is that in more two years I will be graduating again.  But even though there’s only 10 school days left before I graduate, I will start a summer class on May 19th.  And then like two or three weeks after that class is over, I will be moving to Boone.  Things are happening pretty fast, man.  And I am cool with that.

I guess my comfort in all of this is knowing that God holds my future in His hands, as cliché as that sounds.  I really look forward to the Fall, and to the next couple of years.  I hope it will be a time of growth for me, not just intellectually, but more importantly to me, spiritually.  It’s pretty amazing thinking about all of the things God has done in my heart and in my life over the past four years (particularly the past year and a half), and I look forward to seeing what He will continue to do.  And for anyone reading this, I just ask that you pray for me, mainly for wisdom as I prepare to graduate and move in a few months.

Much love ❤

Excited

8 Apr

So, I’ve been really excited today. Here are some of the things I’m excited about: 

 

  • graduating in 5 weeks
  • moving to Boone and going to App in 19 weeks (which in some ways I am sad about too)
  • the mission trip to NYC I’m going on this summer
  • seeing my classmates decide what they’re doing in the Fall and how excited they are

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