Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath

How to Survive Your 8 a.m. Class

As someone who is not a IMG_2602morning person, I understand your struggle. I know that you study, work, stay up late, and try to keep a social life intact. It is difficult, and yes, it is an endless cycle. Sleep inevitably, at one point or the other, falls by the wayside.

I had my first 8 a.m. class last semester. Despite having days when it was indeed a struggle, I eventually began to enjoy having a class in the morning. It gave me an early start to my day. It helped me make the most out of my time, especially when I knew I had a
busy day ahead.

Here are tips to help you adjust to an early morning schedule and make the most out of your 8 a.m. class and morning.

  1. Prepare

Preparing for your class the night before reduces the amount of time you spend hurrying out the door in the morning. Pick out your clothes, check the weather, pack your backpack, and set your alarm(s). You will feel less flustered and more confident.

  1. Get Sleep

Know yourself and how much time you need in the morning and how much time you should sleep. If you have enough sleep, you will be less tired or even well rested. You may actually feel awake in class if you slept the night before.

  1. The Essential 3: Water, Coffee, and Breakfast

I believe these three are the essentials to a quality morning. Drinking water first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism and helps you wake up. Coffee energizes you with caffeine to help you stay awake. Make sure you eat something; at least grab a snack on your way out the door. It is important that you break your nighttime fast.

  1. Arrive Early to Class

Plan how much time it takes you to get to class and add buffer time in case you are held up on your way, etc. Even if you arrive a few minutes early to class, you will feel better than if you had arrived a few minutes late.

  1. Take Notes

It will help you focus, stay awake, and engage in class. Review your notes when you are more awake to help you recall what you had learned in class.

  1. If you didn’t eat breakfast or drink coffee, make sure you do so.

You need your energy.

  1. Power Nap

If you feel too tired to function, sleep if you can. You will thank yourself later. Your mind will be clearer, and your mood will be brighter.

  1. Make the Most Out of Your Morning

Since you’re awake, use the morning to study or get something done. You will be more productive if you use your time wisely.

How to Make the Most Out of Your College Years

After a year on campus, I have learned from friends and upperclassmen what has made the greatest impact on the college experience. Here are tips that will help you make endless memories and enjoy these four years of your life.

  1. Live on Campus

When you live on campus, the proximity to campus events, other students, and local activities means you will be more likely to be involved in your school and make friends more easily. Living in the dorms will help you create community on campus with other students who are both similar to and different from you.

  1. Study Abroad or Take a GSL Trip

Within the course of my freshman year, I cannot express how many people recommended taking a GSL (Global Service Learning) Trip. It is on my list. Studying abroad allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, explore a different country, and an opportunity to bound with other students on the trip.

  1. Attend a Sports Event

Sports events are as much a school pride activity as it is a social one. Looking back on the year, I have made many memories with my friends at sports games. Even if you’re not a sports fan, come to a couple games with your friends to support your school.

  1. Take a Class Because It’s Interesting

Your college years are a time for you to indulge yourself in a diverse pool of experiences before going into the real world, including your courses. Take courses outside your major to expand your knowledge and experience. This past semester, I took the course Acting for the Musical and had the opportunity to join the school’s musical, West Side Story. It had been a great experience to learn acting and singing techniques, have a couple classes in NYC, and have the opportunity to perform the musical off-Broadway next fall.

  1. Get to Know Your Professors

Professors are experts in their fields and have a wide-range of experience. They will surprise you with their stories and what they have accomplished. Also, professors could give you career ideas and help you make connections.

  1. Make Friends with Your Complete Opposite

Going into college, I thought I would find more people who are like-minded and with similar interests than in high school. However, I soon learned that people who think differently than me, have different beliefs, and come from a different background have made a tremendous impact on me. I have learned more about myself and branched out from my comfort zone.

  1. Join an Organization

Join other people who are committed to something you love and believe in. You will make connections and friends. It will help you gain experience that will help you in your future, whether personally or professionally.

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5 Steps to Choosing a Major You Will Love

There are only a few more days left of the semester, and perhaps you are wondering if you chose the right major. It is okay to question and wonder if you made the right choice. College is the time to learn not only the skills you need for your future, but to grow as a person and learn about and develop your passions. Choosing or changing majors can lead you to where you need to be, and the process can teach you skills for making bigger decisions in your future.

I changed my major and made my previous major my minor before the spring semester, and it was the best decision for my course of study and goals. My combination of areas of study allows me more freedom to expand my knowledge and experience. I love what I am studying, and I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained throughout college and into my future.

Changing majors can open new opportunities, a new academic path, and a new perspective for your career and future. If you are questioning if you made the right choice or curious about other options, here are five helpful tips:

  1. Ask yourself what you truly love doing.
  2. Explore different departments.

Explore various departments’ course catalogs online and note what you like or don’t like about the majors. You will then be able to sort through your options more easily.

  1. Meet the department head(s).

Pick the major or majors that most interest you and schedule an appointment with the department head(s). Ask questions about the majors. Relate the majors to yourself and what you see yourself doing. The department heads will tell you what is expected from the majors, and you will have a better understanding of the programs and their opportunities.

  1. If you are still unsure, take classes outside of your current major.

A class you take may inspire you for your future and career.

  1. Ask yourself what you enjoy studying.

This is honestly the best advice I can give you. Do not ask yourself what you are good at doing, but what you enjoy doing. Your college courses will teach you the skills, but you need to know what you enjoy or see yourself doing in your future. This is not to say that you must choose your profession in order to choose your degree. Choose your degree first.

A few last thoughts…

When deciding on a major, ask yourself what you want to be prepared for after college, the skills you want to have, and what you enjoy studying. Love your program of study and love what you are doing. When you realize this, you will know that you are on the right track.

 

Advice for Incoming Freshmen from a Current Freshman

Sarah and her friends in the Honors Program take a trip to Lincoln Center, NYC

Sarah and her friends in the Honors Program take a trip to Lincoln Center, NYC

Dear incoming freshmen,

I know how you are feeling right now because not too long ago I was in the same position. I get it — you are a mix of feelings ranging from excitement to nervousness to abhorring the bittersweet goodbyes you know you will need to make. In other words, you are a mess, but in the best way possible. You have a new future ahead.

However, I don’t know your individual situation. Here’s mine: I couldn’t wait to graduate high school. By the beginning of my junior year, I yearned for the adult life that comes with college, and frankly I was ready for a change. Yet, my senior year prepared me for college in ways I couldn’t be more thankful for. I learned how to make sacrifices for other people, but I also learned what was important in my life and what my priorities were.

My advice to you? Enjoy your last months before college and be thankful for your high school years. Spend time with your family and friends. Above all, embrace your future. College will challenge and change you, but don’t let this intimidate you because it is a good thing.

I believe that it is in God’s plan for my life to be at Nyack College. From the very beginning, I had peace and was not afraid. I hope that during your time before college, you will also have peace.

I also encourage you to have an open mind. Do not go into college with an abundance of expectations, but instead approach college with goals, like what do you want out of college? Or, what do you want to accomplish during college? Know that goals can and will change because you are growing and learning. Don’t be afraid of your dreams because dreams are intended to be big. You need to have something to reach for.  Be confident, and do not doubt yourself. Be brave.

I have heard it said that college is an in-between period of adolescence and adulthood, in which you decide what you really want for yourself and life. There may be truth in this statement, but I believe that college and life is what you make it. Don’t put yourself in the confines of a box, but instead break the box. (Keep in mind that as I am writing to you, I am also writing to myself.)

Lastly, I do not know if college will be what many people call “the best four years of your life,” but I do know that so far for me it has been one of the greatest/craziest times in my life and that is a good thing.

With much love,

Sarah Dunlap, a Current Freshman

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Book Bucket List

bookI believe that one of the best ways to grow as a person, both in personal and spiritual maturity, is to read. If you let them, books can challenge your belief system, as well as show you parts of yourself that you’ve never known existed. Since I am almost finished with my freshman year of college, I have developed a book bucket list for the next year as I start my twenties. My goal for this next year is to become the person I want to become. I want to challenge myself, be bold and ambitious, and grow closer to God. Of course, reading books may not necessarily make me become the person I want to become, but they will inspire me to become a stronger, braver, and wiser person.

I chose the books enumerated below for my bucket list for several reasons: 1.) Many of the books deal with issues that come with adulthood and growing up. 2.) They are books that will challenge my views. 3.) I want to know some of the greatest classic and modern works in literature.  4.) Some of the books I have always wanted to read, and I figure it is the perfect time to finally read them. 5.) By reading works from successful writers, I want to learn from them and develop my writing skills.

Check out my Book Bucket List, and maybe you’ll find your next summer read.

  1. Speedboat by Renata Adler
  2. Ten Days in a Mad House by Nelly Bly
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  7. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
  11. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
  12. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  13. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  14. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald
  17. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  19. Dancing on my Grave by Gelsey Kirkland
  20. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  21. 1984 by George Orwell
  22. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  23. The Unabridged Journals by Sylvia Plath
  24. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  25. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  26. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  27. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  30. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

 

Faith on the Field Part Three

Looking back on this past year, it has been a time of changes and challenges. Nonetheless, God has given me joy and peace. While speaking with Nyack College athletes, I have learned that they have also been challenged personally. When their life and sports coincide, they have grown in their spiritual walk and learned to persevere.

Sophomore soccer player Jordan Jansen says, “It’s just been a season of discovering greater trust in my life as I have been walking through a lot of loss and a lot of pain and a lot of change this year, […] and just being in a situation when not everything is going right has caused me to trust in a lot of ways that I didn’t quite expect.”

As her team works through a sports psychologist, they learn to push beyond mental barriers and limits. It has sparked a new fire within her team.

“It’s been actually kind of life changing because it changes instead of when you reach an end point, you don’t say, ‘okay I have to stop.’ You say, ‘I’m going to give everything I have and push beyond this limit.’ I think it’s there there’s growth, and I think that’s applicable for every area of life,” says Jansen.

It is how we respond to challenges that speaks the most about our character.

Sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott believes that God provides all he needs both in his races and life. As a way to give back to God what he has given him, Trott hopes to show others his faith.

“A huge part of integrating my faith is really to be set on God and keeping Him as the focus […] and trying to use my race and my workout efforts and practices as an effort to glorify Him and show my appreciation in Him, and hopefully show the evidence of His impact on me,” says Trott.

Although playing soccer has been his life saver throughout life, sophomore Storm Glautier believes that his higher purpose is found in God. By keeping his focus on God, he finds balance in life.

“Definitely keep life consistent,” Glautier says, “Don’t let soccer rule your life; don’t let school rule your life. Make sure you have a both end mentality where everything needs to come together as one. […] Make sure that faith and family come first before everything else.”

One of the greatest freedoms God gives us is to give ourselves — all that we have been, are, and ever will be — to Him.

By dedicating her sport and life to God, junior cross country runner Trisha Frazer has found that even when situations are uncomfortable and challenging, her faith has taught her to persevere.

“When you dedicate something to God, He will blow your mind,” says Frazer.

Through their willingness to learn from their challenges and losses, the athletes grow in their faith.

No matter if it is in games or life, senior lacrosse player Emily Sigmon believes that the best opportunities to grow in character is when we don’t get what we want.

“It provides a fork in the road: to either get downhearted and give up or come together and strive to press on,” says Sigmon.

Perhaps freshman track runner Benjamin Tse says it best:  “Until you believe you can accomplish something, you aren’t going to accomplish it,” and “If you are willing to push far, you will achieve far.”

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Faith on the Field Part Two

Photo credit: Thomas Trott

At Nyack College, athletes form friendships that go beyond the game. They come alongside their teammates as encouragers on and off the field, strengthening one another in their lives and faith.  I believe that community is integral to not only sports teams, but in the Christian’s walk. As Christian athletes, students at Nyack College desire a team that emphasizes a community built on faith and that models the character of Christ.

Senior lacrosse player Emily Sigmon believes that the atmosphere of being on a team with other Christians has given her not only freedom in her sport, but in life.

Sigmon says, “[It] has really helped me realize that my identity is not in how well I can play lacrosse, but found first and foremost in who I am in Christ.”

As a team, being centered on a common purpose or goal generates genuine unity.

By talking about faith with other athletes, sophomore track and cross country runner Stefani Ritter has found that it allows her, as well as her team, to grow their bond and faith with one another. Their purpose as teammates becomes greater, as they build each other in their faith.

“I think being on a team with other athletes who are also Christian creates a completely different environment than being on a team where you don’t talk about faith,” says Ritter.

Attending a Christian college, as well as being on a sports team at a Christian college, opens opportunities to ask questions about faith with other students who are also developmentally and spiritually growing.

Sophomore soccer player Storm Glautier says that the moment in the past season that his faith grew most was when his friend and he lead a teammate to Christ.

Glautier explains, “[He] was like, ‘Look, you guys […] are Christians and you follow faith, and I’ve been watching you guys, and I see that you guys have fun and are happy without doing worldly things, and I want to be just like you guys, and I want to follow Jesus.’ […] We were like, ‘Dude, we are proud of you. That is amazing.’”

Many of the athletes believe that their conduct as Christians sets them a part from other athletes.

“I know that I am representing my Christian school too, so I want to show that I’m different, you know I’m just not a typical athlete,” says freshman track runner Benjamin Tse.

Through his sportsmanship and personal character, sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott desires to show God in his life.

“I want to represent a member of what I hope to be — a good, loving, God-faithful community,” says Trott.

The athletes recognize that their attitude and character extends beyond their teammates.

On the soccer field, sophomore Jordan Jansen explains that she expresses her faith by showing love to her opponents: “[…] learning to love in competition, so that I can look at the other player on the other team and not have a hatred but rather see them as a child of God or as someone that God loves rather than a rival.”

By representing Christ in their character, the athletes’  love speaks louder than their words.

2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith on the Field Part One

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After meeting several of the Nyack College athletes, they each have personally inspired me in their reliance on God to push through the challenges they face in both their sport and life. They have shown me what it means to stay dedicated, persevere, and to glorify God in life and sports.

Junior cross country runner Trisha Frazer believes that running is only made possible through God.  “It is physically I need God to run and give me the energy to do so,” says Frazer. She continues, “If you are running for yourself, you are going to get burned out.  If you are running for others, the expectations will weigh too much upon you. If you run for God, you will have the strength.”

Frazer’s reliance on God, I believe, is an example of living by faith. Just as strength and energy is needed to complete a race, so it is in life through every high and low.

As junior basketball player Naanma Yamsat says, “Something either defines you or brings you down.” Yamsat believes that no matter how the season goes, “the one thing that stays constant is God always.”

It is through challenges and opposition that some of the greatest lessons in life are learned.

“Even if you don’t get the victory that day, He has a bigger plan in motion,” says sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott.

Both Trott and Yamsat’s focus on God to see the greater good in their sport is a mindset that extends beyond the game. It is a worldview built on having a greater hope.

For freshman track runner Benjamin Tse, running is more than a sport but a way to connect with God. “Running for God’s glory to me means to have my motives for God every time… It’s not all about track but about your growth in God,” says Tse.

Tse’s desire to grow in God through running exemplifies that one of the greatest ways God reveals himself is through our passions and talents.

Sophomore soccer player Storm Glautier’s love for God is evident in both how he plays his sport and how he chooses to live. “Now, I know that I’m playing for an audience of one. It’s never about me,” and “it’s all for Him,” says Glautier.

Soccer gives Glautier the opportunity to not only serve God with the ability God has given him, but as a way to worship God. “I’m just free… and I don’t need to think about anything else. It’s like a private getaway in my own world, while I’m doing what I love and worshipping God while I do,” says Glautier.

It is through our faith and how we live that God can be revealed in us. These athletes desire to grow not only in their sport as team members, but they also desire to grow in Christ.

1 John 2:5-6, 8 (NIV)

5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

 

What I Learned From a Spring Trip to Baltimore

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The Honors Program spring trip to Baltimore was the perfect weekend getaway from the confines of the dormitory, but more importantly it was life transforming.

It was an unseasonably warm February weekend – the snow was nearly melted, and you could feel the sun on your neck during the day and a chill at night.  We stayed by the Harbor, a hub livened with people and music with a beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay. However, it wasn’t the atmosphere that left the greatest impression, it was the people and the history. While Baltimore’s greatest mark of history may have been written in its streets during the Civil War, history continues to take shape day to day with the people who call Baltimore their home.

A group of friends and I chanced taking a trip to Fort McHenry before the national park closed for the day. We ran into a man who fought in the navy in Iraq.
Although the conversation began with questions about the Civil War, it ended with my worldview challenged. Recounting his stories from the war, he explained that once you have seen war and traveled, your beliefs are either changed or strengthened. He then questioned our beliefs about immigration, religion, and politics. Even though his positions on the issues were radically different from mine, my perception of the world was sharpened. The importance of history is to know not only where you come from, but to learn about the world around you and where it is headed.

Riding the bus back to the hotel, I thought about the career I am preparing for. I will be challenged day to day in the field of journalism from the ethical standards in media writing to my personal beliefs. Nonetheless, my passion for journalism intensified, as well as my desire to travel. There are places and people to see, and stories must be uncovered and written. Our experiences may shape our beliefs, but we are the ones holding the pen that writes our history. It is what we choose to do with our lives and our words that have the greatest impact.

By the end of our conversation at Fort McHenry, the park closed, and we barely caught a glimpse of the fort. We didn’t have to talk to the man from the navy, and he didn’t have to talk to us about his beliefs, but we chose to. Out of everything that happened on the trip, that one moment was the one I am thankful for the most.

5 Steps to Succeed in an Online Course

In the digital and technologically driven age we live in, more information is becoming readily available online. Online courses in college are becoming more common or even required. Last semester, I took my first online course, and it helped me become a better student. Although I came into the
course hesitant, I was able to acquire valuable skills that will help me in my college years and future.

If you want to begin your online course on the right foot, here are steps that will put you on the path towards success.

 

  1. Use a Planner

Write down all your due dates for the course, including discussion deadlines, quizzes, assignments, etc. It will help you keep tabs on what you need to accomplish and when.

  1. Print the Syllabus

When I was in an online course, it helped me to double check due dates and assigned readings easily from a printed syllabus. I would check both the due dates online and on the syllabus to make sure the dates matched. If you have any confusion about the course, immediately refer to the syllabus. 

  1. Do the Reading and Assignments

Do the work! Remember, this is not an in-person class, so there is no reinforcement from the professor. It is crucial to read the textbook and any other resources, as well as complete the assignments and study to do well in the course. The questions on your tests should reflect the assigned readings.

  1. Schedule Your Course

Staying on schedule for an online course can be challenging because it is in a different format that an in class course. Don’t let that intimidate you. Pick a day or two in which you focus on your online course, as if it were in a classroom. This way, you get into a routine. You don’t want to wait until the due date to get your work done. It will only give you stress.

  1. Email or Talk to Your Professor

No matter what course, online or in person, don’t be afraid to ask if you have questions about the course or assignments. Professors put their office hours on the syllabus for a reason. Set up a meeting to discuss any questions you have. Just because it’s an online course doesn’t mean you can’t have personal communication.

5 Easy Ways to Have Time for Yourself in College

If you are like me, someone who enjoys an active lifestyle, you know that you also need time to unwind. Between class, work, and friends, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. In order to care for myself, I do a few things to keep me balanced.

  1. Make Mornings Yours

I am not a morning person, but I have two 8:00 am classes every week. The day before class, I try to go to bed earlier so that I can wake up early enough for breakfast. I have learned that it helps me not only get something in my stomach, but have time for myself before my day begins and fully wake up. It is my coffee and meditation time. I hope to make it a habit, not only on the days I have early classes, but every day to carve out time in the morning for myself.

  1. Take a Weekend Off

Don’t worry, if you prioritize and get work done during the week, you can afford to take a weekend off here and there. I like to at least take a Saturday or Sunday off once in a while (or even the entire weekenIMG_9631d) to not do any work and have time for myself and hang out with friends. It helps me relax and refocus for the upcoming week.

  1. Take a Walk

Take a walk around campus, into town, or by the river. Wander and explore. If you don’t want to be outdoors, go to a coffee shop or the local library. Sometimes I enjoy taking a walk to clear my head, think, and have time to myself. The other night, I took my time walking back to the dorm from the library. I quieted myself and took in how beautiful the night was.

  1. Nap

Honestly, sometimes a nap is the greatest gift you can give yourself when you have a gap in your schedule (even if it is for fifteen minutes). Allow yourself to unplug and relax. You will thank yourself.

  1. Carve Out Time to Do Something You Love

Dedicate time to your interests. If you love to read or write, keep a book or notebook in your backpack for gaps in your schedule. It is important to focus on what makes you happy. I am a classically trained ballerina, so the best way for me to clear my head is to dance. Dancing allows me to recharge and channel my energy into the rhythm of the music. Whatever you love or enjoy doing, pursue it. It will make a difference in your day.

A Response to Adulthood

It is simple. Life is overwhelming. As a college student, day to day, I constantly think about my courses, studying, and my future. Being an adult comes with challenges and decisions, and none are easy, especially for the quintessential college student. It is just part of life.

IMG_1112Before college, I thought I had the perfect plan. From an early age, I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wanted to be a writer since I was eight, but once I entered college, life got complicated. My career goals are taking shape of more than one dimension, and I am preparing for a future that I am still trying to understand. I know that I am not alone.

There is a passage in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, in which Esther imagines her life as a green fig tree that has a different future on every branch. Plath writes, “I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.”  Like Esther, I do not want to be limited. I have been critically considering my other passions and how to weave them into my life during and after college. I wish I could be everyone I want to be and pursue all the desires of my heart. I hope that my path will diverge, and open opportunities and various futures. While I have been in college, I am noticing that my goals are changing and evolving. By the end of my first semester, I changed my major from Communications to English with a minor in Communications, which has prompted new possibilities and decisions for pursuing a writing career. I have been looking for internships, which is overwhelming in and of itself. Through these changes, I am gaining a deeper perspective and a widened mindset that goes beyond college and my career.

My greatest hope is that the future I imagine for myself fails by comparison to God’s will for my life. I want to seek His direction instead of my own. It is counterintuitive to human nature, but even so, life is not always logical. There is the paradox. Although the transition into adulthood during college is considered a part of life, an undeniable fact, there is nothing simple about it. In short, society presumes that adulthood happens when one has bigger decisions and responsibilities. As a society, we accept that it is a rite of passage. However, there are far more complicated problems that occur than choosing what school to attend, what major to declare, or applying to internships. Only by growing up, can we truly understand the magnitude of importance decisions have on our lives.

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