Have you ever put cookie dough in ice cream? If you haven’t I highly suggest it. I promise you won’t regret the decision. That was my Saturday night this past weekend. My roommate Mary and I had ice cream and cookie dough and watched The Fault in Our Stars. Talk about the epitome of a girl’s night.
My four years of college have been filled with a lot of moments. I think sometimes I only emphasize the bigger moments like choosing to go to Austria, intenting to household or choosing to do different ministries. Those are all great things that have impacted me, but in reality it is the collection of little moments that have shaped me into the person I am today.
The things I have loved most about college have been the movie nights watching chick flicks, crazy games of Catch Phrase or spur of the moment life talks. College is about more than an academic education; it’s about an education in being human. To me, your tuition covers the first kind of education, but you can never put a price tag on the second kind.
If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you haven’t stepped foot into the world of college yet. I’m also going to assume that you’re getting a plethora of advice about what to do in college or opinions on what it will be like. College is different for everyone, so you can take my following attempt at imparting wisdom with a grain of salt.
I hope and pray that no matter what you’re doing with your college career, whenever it begins, that you soak in every single moment. I hope that you learn what it means to be human and more specifically you learn to be the person you are meant to be. I hope you meet people that will push you to be better and who will love you authentically and deeply. I hope that you make time to stop doing homework to have a life talk with a friend until 1 a.m. instead, that you forget about the calories and splurge on Taco Bell and Dairy Queen sometimes and that you walk through campus by yourself and marvel at what the Lord has done in your life to bring you right here to this very moment.
Buckle up, because four years is about to feel like four seconds.
It is such a huge blessing to attend Franciscan University where the study abroad program has become commonplace among the student body. I would say roughly 85% of the people I know have gone to or are planning to go to Austria. Sometimes I forget how awesome and rare of an opportunity that is. Most other schools do not have a program like ours.