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10 random thoughts about school

26 Jan

1. I’m really enjoying this semester so far.
2. I think it will be much better than last semester.
3. I don’t really like my two biology classes though (evolutionary biology and environmental studies), which is ironic, considering that’s what I’m majoring in.  I enjoy studying genetics and cellular/molecular biology much more.
4. But I do love both of my education classes.
5. I’ve discovered that I’m going to be at App for three years instead of two and a half because of student teaching, and because of two senior bio classes I have to take that have a billion prerequisites.
6. But I’m okay with that.  My last semester before student teaching I’ll only have to go part-time.
7. I’m really looking forward to being a teacher.
8. I find it kind of weird that the majority of people in my classes will be graduating in May.  I’m so young.
9.  I really wish I would have tried harder last semester.
10. Oh, and not so much school related, but I love RUF, my small group, and my church.  They’re amazing.

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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.

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.

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

College… and Life… and Stuff

29 Jan

Back in September I was debating on what colleges I should apply to for this Fall.  I finally decided to apply to three – Appalachian State, UNC-Greensboro, and Western Carolina.  Basically, the reason I applied to these particular three was because I at least somewhat liked them all, and all of them are less than three hours from home.  I considered applying to some private Christian colleges as well, but ultimately decided against it.

UNCG was really my “first choice,” then App, then Western.  Well, I received my acceptance letter to UNCG first, in October.  In November I received my acceptance letter from Western, and three days ago got my letter from App.  So, I got accepted to all of them, which is cool I guess, but I still don’t know where I want to go in August.  There are a lot of things I like about UNCG, and a lot of things I like about App as well.  As for Western… not so much.  But, I do believe I will get a lot more scholarship money from WCU than from the other two.  

Also, for about two years now I have planned on majoring in biology and going straight to grad school after I graduate, since I could get my master’s in four years (isn’t that crazy… having a master’s degree when you are 22 years old?!)  But, I don’t know if I want to go straight to grad school now or not.  The bad thing about that is, pretty much the only job you can get with a BS in biology is teaching… I know, my high school biology teacher was 23 years old and had just gotten his BS in biology, and was only teaching because it was the only job he could find anywhere until he got into med school.

Who knows, maybe I will teach high school biology for a while after I get out of school.  Ultimately I think I would like to get my master’s and be an instructor at a community college or something.  I guess we will see…

So, I’m looking forward to the rest of this year (for the most part), and the next couple of years, in particular.  Not only because of moving away to college and stuff, but I think it will be a great time for me to continue growing in my knowledge and love for Christ.

The Heart of Man Plans His Way…

23 Nov

I have been thinking a lot lately about… well… what I’m going to do with my life (and yes, I do realize how cliché that sounds.) For the past three years or so, I have thought I would go to college and get a bachelor’s degree in biology, and then on to get a master’s and perhaps even a doctorate, and have some great job in the science or medical field. And until a few months ago, that was still the plan.

For over a year now, I have also thought that I was definitely going to transfer to UNC-Greensboro this coming May when I graduate. However, as of late, I haven’t been so sure about that either.

So pretty much, everything that I had kind of “planned,” or that I thought I would do in the next few years, I’m seriously doubting. I’m beginning to wonder how this “plan,” if you can call it that, that I had for myself for the next few years is going to mesh with where God wants me to be and what He wants me to be doing… And while I don’t know what all His plan may involve, I think I’ve got an idea about parts of it… 😉

I will say that after putting much thought into it, I am pretty sure that I will still go to UNCG next year and major in biology. After I graduate two years later, though… I have no clue what I’m going do to. I may still go straight to grad school like I had thought, or I may not. Who knows? I definitely don’t. Luckily, I have at least two and a half years to figure it out 😉

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.”
– Proverbs 16:9

College, Casting Crowns, Donald Miller, and God’s Love

26 Oct

About a month ago I got my acceptance letter for UNC-Greensboro. This past Saturday I went to visit UNCG for the second time. I am about 90% sure that’s where I’m going to transfer to next Fall. The other 10% is split between Appalachian and Western. I have not gotten an acceptance letter from App yet, but I did get one from Western about a week ago. So I’m kind of excited about next year. Not sure where I’ll end up yet, but we’ll see.

Umm, other than that, not much going on. I did go to see Casting Crowns on the 16th, though. Pretty awesome concert. One of the few bands I had wanted to see for a long time but had never gotten to. Also, last Monday I went to see Donald Miller on his A Million Miles in a Thousand Years book tour in Mills River. It was pretty good too. I’m a huge fan of his book Blue Like Jazz, but I haven’t read A Million Miles yet.

School is going pretty well this semester. I only go three days a week, so I’m still lovin’ that. My classes are a little harder though since I am take two biologies, a chem and a sociology. I am making decent in all of them though, so it’s all good.

To end this post, I just want to say that God is good. Circumstances in life may not always be good, but God is still good nonetheless.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
– Psalm 136:1
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