Welcome, Readers, to my little corner of the Internet in which I get to tell you about my life as a student at California Baptist University! I hope that in sharing my thoughts and experiences, I will be able to give you an accurate picture of what life is like at CBU. I can assure you that there will be countless high points, several random excursions, and undoubtedly, an innumerable amount of lessons to be learned. So buckle up, grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated drink and let’s get started!

For those of you whom I have not had the opportunity to meet, I naturally have to begin with an introduction. I am now a junior at CBU (how’d I get so old?) and am studying English and Film. My homework mainly consists of reading books and watching movies, and then writing about why I love them and how this applies to my life, faith, and future. My area of study truly brings me an inexpressible amount of joy; I get to learn about the things that I love! In addition to studying books and movies, I also adore coffee, cats, British television, indie folk music, and long conversations with lovely people. That, friends, is me in a nutshell!

I consider myself to be a passionate student seeking to honor the God I serve in my studies and future plans. One of the reasons I originally chose to attend CBU, and what makes it a joy to return, is that the community offered here is honestly one in a million. The start of each new semester reminds me of just how fortunate we are to be on a campus that empowers us to pursue faith, engage culture, and simply “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24 ESV). The minute I set foot on campus, I feel welcomed and at ease. After four months away, I cherished my return and am reminded of the countless things to be thankful for.

While the end of summertime brings with it homework, busy schedules, and limited television time (unless you happen to be a film major), it also brings an entirely new set of adventures to embark on. Returning to college after a long summer away is a sort of homecoming, as we are all reunited with our friends and professors and get the opportunity to catch up with each other. We also get to see new faces and facilities, and these provide the promise of countless new memories to be made. Life at this marvelous university enables me to enjoy all of the above and consistently reminds me of the goodness of our Creator in his faithfulness and persistent love for us. In a reunion with roommates and classmates, He has showed me love abundantly and reminded me that life is an adventure to be had in community with others. Each new passage of life never fails to remind me of the blessings I have received in my life, and I pray that this year brings growth both academically and spiritually for all of us.

As we begin our new year at school, let’s try our best to keep in mind the privilege it is to study here with our friends and strive to learn all that we can from each other. Be sure to enjoy the late night roommate sing offs, the Fro Yo breaks, and, of course, the unplanned deep discussions over tea.  I never cease to be amazed at my own journey through life at CBU, and I am excited to share with you all and give you a glimpse of the excitement and beauty of collegiate adventures. Enjoy the return to school and soak in as much as you possibly can. Until next week, Readers, here’s to the return of naps, last minute trips to In n Out, coffee after five o clock, and so much more to be learned!