Ian—A Year I Will Never Forget
The 2012-2013 school year of Southern Adventist University is only a few days from coming to an end. All that is left is a few more days of finals exams, and then we are all taking off in our own paths. I do not think that this school year is any different than the ones before it. Yes, I have only been here for one year, but I am sure that others have felt the way I feel as I think back over the year. The school year has been a time where people’s lives get intertwined with each other. You meet people for the first time, and then within only a few days, you have several good friends around the campus. Every day is filled with these moments where you meet someone new, and then you do not even realize that you became good friends within a short period of time. I hope you understand what I am trying to tell you, and if not, I apologize. The point I am trying to make is that personally, my life has been transformed by the people I have met over these past eight or nine months. Every single person I have met has touched me in some way all throughout the year. I have made so many great friends over the school year, and I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I hate to see them go as we all part ways. In my final post for the school year, I want to remember the friends I have made and also say thank you to them. I hope you all enjoy and if you are one of my friends reading this, do not feel bad if you are not in it or not, I still feel that you have touched me in some way.
I would like to thank my roommate Prescott for being the greatest roommate, and only real roommate I have ever had. When we first started rooming together, I did not know how this was going to work out, but eventually we got use to each other, and have become very good friends. He has always helped me out throughout the year, and being a fellow Theology major, he has helped me through the word of God. There is so much I could say about him, but this post may get way too long if I stated everything. To sum it all up, he is more like a brother to me now than anything. I cannot wait to room with him next year.
I would like to thank my best friend Mike for being a great and caring friend to me. He was not my first friend here at Southern because I consider Prescott to be that, but he is definitely my closest friend that I can relate to the most. We both have a love for videogames, although he is a computer gamer and I am a console gamer. We also have fun just acting really stupid and doing things that are crazy. He is definitely the friend I can act like myself around. If it were not for him, I would have never met so many other friends here, and I thank him so much for that.
I would like to thank my good friend Daniel for being that guy who I can talk to about stuff, but at the same time another friend I can act crazy around. He was really the one who introduced me to Mike, so I really thank him for that. He always gives me advice if I need it, and at the same time, he comes to me for advice if he is looking for some. We may not hang out as often as I hang out with other friends, but we still have fun hanging out together.
I would like to thank another good friend of mine named Tim. I met him through Mike’s room and even though our friendship did not start out that well, we have become very good friends now. He also is a computer gamer and we have playing games together as well. I really am in debt to him as he helped me with a situation over the semester I was struggling with. He has been a true friend to me and I cannot thank him enough for what he has done.
I would like to also thank my friend Joel who has been a good influence on me, even if he does not think so. He is really into music and he is always the one who is singing down the hall or whistling. I also met him through Mike’s room. The reason I appreciate as a friend is that he has a tendency not to hold back on how he feels about things. I like that because there is sometimes I need hear something, but do not want to listen to myself, so he tells me point blank. That helps me a lot and I thank him for being a caring friend to me.
I would like to thank the members of the House of Levi as well for being so supportive and having my back if I needed it. The House of Levi is what the freshman religion majors came up with so we could keep in touch and maybe hang out here and there. Out the group, I would like to thank Mindy, Evan, Andrew, John, Shelly, Silvia, Nick, Frankie, Lance, William, Prescott, Matthew, Joel, and Daniel. Every single member helped me in some way, shape, or form. No matter what, these friends will always remain with me because they have helped me so much over this year. I cannot thank them enough for their friendship.
I would like to thank the lifegoup I was in called EPIC. I may not have been close to everyone in the group, but I looked forward to it every week. Everyone was so caring and they really wanted to hear how I was doing. Most of the friends I have listed about are in that group, but I thank the ones I have not mentioned for their friendship. All of them got me through some tough times, and I thank them so much their help.
Before I start thanking every person I have met here on campus, let me just say that I would like to thank every single person I have met, and friend on this campus. There are little things that they have done that I will never forget. Even if it was a simple smile or opening the door for me, it made me feel welcomed here at Southern. So I give a shout out to all every friend and acquaintance out there, thank you!
Above all, I want to thank God for bringing me here to Southern, bringing me through the year, and giving me all the great friends I have mentioned in this post. If it was not for God, there would be no chance I would have been able to make here and through the year. When I first came here, I had no idea how I was going to pay off the bill. Within only a few weeks, though, He took care of that and I did not have to worry about it so I could focus on my studies. He provided me with great friends along the way and I could not be happier with the friends He has given me. He gave me a job as soon as I got here, and then provided me with an ever better job as the semester has come to a close. He helped me through the hard times where I did not understand what was going on in my life. He has been there for me every step of the way and there is no way I can thank Him enough for what He has done for me here. He is my best, everlasting friend, and the great thing is, He will not be going anywhere.
I would love to continue thanking people for the great year that I have had here at Southern, but it would take way too long to thank everyone. I want to leave all of you reading with this thought, though. I have this from the beginning when I first started posting: God is with you and has a plan for you. He did not put you here so you could waste money and in be in debt all of your life. He put you here for a reason and if you ask, He will help you figure out what that reason is. God is always here for us, and He has definitely showed that to me this year. For anyone who may be reading this that is planning on coming to Southern next year, all I have to say to you is this: Ask God and He will open the door for you if it is His will for you. When you get here, meet new people, get involved in ministries, and never stop forgetting that God is watching out for you every step of the way. It has been a pleasure being a student blogger this year and thanks to the people who have been following my journey over the course of this year. I pray that all of you return next year so I may have the chance to meet you. I hope the Lord has blessed you this year, and remember to thank Him for what He has done. Have a great summer everyone and may the Lord bless you in all that you do. BYE!!!