Years to Come
During Freshman Convocation, former UJ President, Dr. Badal, told us that we will often hear to cherish our college years, because they are meant to be our best years—but that we should look forward to the future because our best years will often come later in life. While I hope to have many amazing years to come, I can say without a doubt that my years at the University of Jamestown have been the best so far.
I chose UJ for many reasons, one of them being the fact that UJ let me explore all of the things I was interested in. In many larger schools, I would be forced to choose between academics, theater, volunteering, and campus ministry, but UJ gave me the opportunity to participate in all of the things I am passionate about and find an inner peace as all of my passions came together. This peace allowed me to not only learn more about myself, but accept God’s call into pastoral ministry.
Finding my place
Like most freshmen, I started university with no idea where I was meant to be heading, but during my freshman year, I was able to find clarity and find a group of people who would support and encourage me in my ministry. I also made some amazing friends who have helped me grow and laugh and love every moment. Theater especially has given me the chance to grow and come out of my shell to be a more confident and open person.
This isn’t to say things were never difficult; finding who you are is often a difficult thing. During those times, though, I was able to turn to my mentors, friends, and God for guidance. What I can say with confidence now is that I am a Child of God and I am a UJ Jimmie.
Always have hope
I’d like to leave you with my favorite piece of scripture—a verse that continually inspires me—Psalm 71:14, “As for me, I will always have hope. And I will praise the Lord more and more”. As for me, I have hope in tomorrow. I have hope that there are many more amazing years to come and that we can overcome anything as a community.