If you really know me, you know that I hate change. For the most part, I like things in my life to be consistent. I am afraid of situations that are out of my comfort zone. I have a fear of the unknown. These are just a few of the reasons why I became a little bit nervous about college as move-in day quickly approached.
This year was definitely a year of change for me. I went from living at home, to living 800 miles away. I went from having my own room, to sharing a room. I went from knowing a lot of people in my hometown, to knowing nobody in Nashville. But despite my uneasiness about all of these changes in my life, I quickly realized that change is what paves the way for growth. I came to luv living in a different state, so much so, that I am almost certain I will never reside in Texas again (unless the Lord says otherwise lol). I came to miss my roommate every time I was at home, because it was no where near as exciting as to come home to my own empty room, as it was to come home to Kara and dance around our room at midnight. I came to know so many new people who were genuine and intentional, and who weren’t necessarily exactly like me, but who exposed me to many new and different perspectives on life.
When people ask me what the best thing about my freshman year was, I without hesitation say all of the people that crossed my path this year – some that quickly moved on, but many that tagged along for the long haul. I can honestly say that each and every person I met throughout my first year at Belmont made an impact on my life in some way, shape, or form. I have loved getting to explore new places with sweet company. I have loved having the opportunity to deepen friendships that I never saw coming. I have loved getting to face challenges and experience change, all while staying true to myself.
This video contains just a few of the sweet faces that walked alongside me in my journey this year – some old, some new. It has only been a few weeks since I said “see ya later” to my Belmont family, but I already miss being able to hug them everyday – the Lord sure was sweet to place all of these life-long friends in my path this year. Some say that they see the Lord’s light shine through nature or music, but I definitely see His light shine through each and every one of these friends of mine. I can only hope that next year is as great as this one was!
Also, FULL credit to Mumford & Sons for the amazing song, “There Will Be Time” – it was definitely my jam this past semester 🙂