12.07.2009

Freshman year is almost half over already?

Wow.. that flew by.
I have this week and finals left. Then I'm headed home for Christmas break!

I tried to find a picture that I've taken to sum up this semester. There are so many to choose from (because I just finished my 365 project like 2 days ago), but I finally decided on one...for several reasons. You'll find it at the bottom with a few mementos along the way.

It has definitely been an adventure so far. Thinking back to that first day... wow. That was the day our "group" came together. It was so much fun. Picture perfect.


And it was so weird how we all came together too. Our group doesn't function like a single entity. The only reason we can even categorize ourselves as a group is because we know each other a little more than anyone else knows us. But each person associates with several different "groups". We're all like intersect points.



There have been great events, like Worship on a Canvas, and 3 different Hunger and Thirst Chapels I attended. Not to mention Fire Fall, the Christmas Concert, the String Orchestra, the International Ice Cream Social, Fusion, Ignited, Humbug, and a dance performance along the way.

But I chose this last one to represent this semester.



This semester has been about three main things:
Friendship, Learning, and Growing.
Really, they all coincided. This semester has been beautiful. I have met some amazing people, had the best roommates ever, experienced some amazing things, and have learned so much.

One of the main things I've learned?
I have so far to go.

And another?
Not only is God with me every step of the way, but I've got great friends to back me up.

Oh, and I love my parents. :)

It's really very hard to sum up in a sentence or two just what has happened over this semester and how I've grown. Maybe this is just to be continued...

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Pretty Lady said...

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excel958 said...

(Sorry for those random deletions. The internet went REALLY wacky)


Cherish those who are close to you and with you. Pour into their lives as they pour into yours, for you never know who will still be sticking around.

It's painful and difficult, but there are times which those closest to us move on in separate paths in life. And of course, judging by the closeness you may have with them, it can be just a little difficult or very difficult, with a wide spectrum in between.

There are quite a number of friends I spent and invested my time with who I no longer see very often, some I never see. Whether it be them transferring to another institute, or them simply becoming incredibly busy, or moving off campus. As this semester is coming to a close, I'm coming to the realization that more people will be gone. Every semester... someone goes. Disappears. Off to the continuation of that little thing we all know called life. Even those that were intertwined with my very heart eventually drifted in a direction which I could not go with.

But the good news is that there are more people to seek. More people to find and more people to grow and know and love. More people to teach as well as learn from. More people to share happy and sad memories with. When one goes, another steps in.

But until then, cherish what you have right now. Cherish those you love in your life as they love you back. Embrace life to the fullest. Carpe Diem.

This quote is a partial to me, and may as well put everything in a nutshell:

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
-C.S. Lewis

And as for this next one, someone posted it on my FB. I think it fits pretty well:

"I've been sitting here thinking to myself: that if I didn't believe in life, if I lost faith in the woman I love, lost faith in the order of things, were convinced, in fact, that everything is a disorderly, damnable, and perhaps devil-riden chaos, if I were struck by every horror of man's disillusionment - still I should want to live and, having once tasted of the cup, I would not turn away from it till I had drained it!"
-Ivan Karamazov (From The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Let God be your directional compass, but take hold and don't lose sight of every opportunity. ^_^

-Ryan

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