One of my favorite parts about being at CBU is being able to live on campus. I have lived both on and off campus, and–while I didn’t hate living off campus–it’s just such a different experience living on campus. It allows you to be a part of a special community, a community that I love being part of. Plus when you live on campus, you get to have awesome roommates.
In fact, my favorite part of living on campus is having roommates. It is such a blessing being able to live with girls who constantly encourage me and push me to further my relationship with God. That was one of the things I missed when I lived at home. Sure, I had my family as my roommates but there is something awesome about being able to live with people other than your family. It grows you in ways that you could have never imagined. It changes your perspective and allows you to see the world a little differently. It gives you an inside view of how other people operate in their day-to-day lives.
This year I was blessed with three amazing roommates. When school got out in May, Lauren was my only remaining roommate, and we had no idea who would join us in the fall. Being left with that thought at the end of the year was a little scary. It was going to be our senior year, and we didn’t want to have some crazy roommate experience. Therefore, Lauren and I began to pray. We knew that if we prayed for our future roommates and trusted in Him, everything would fall into place. Over the summer, everything started slowly falling into place.
As it turns out, one of my closest friends, Carley, was left in a room by herself, also waiting for roommates. Once I learned she was on her own, I told her we had an extra space and if she wanted it, it was hers. Of course she didn’t want to take it right away but told me she would think about it and let me know. Later in the summer, during one of our Skype visits, I told her I still had a spot available and asked if she wanted it. She said, “Yes!” From that point on we were both so excited to be roommates and live out our senior year together.
With Carley now in our apartment, Lauren and I knew that we still had room left for one more person. At this point, we knew that someone was going to be randomly placed into our room, so we all began to pray again. We finally learned the name of our final roommate, Ashley, a few weeks before school started. Like anyone would do, I searched for her on Facebook. However, she was nowhere to be found on any social media. That scared me a little bit, but I knew I just had to have faith that God had placed the right person into our apartment.
God perfectly orchestrated the placement of roommates. Ashley is one of the sweetest girls I have ever met, and she just happened to choose roommates last year that didn’t come back to CBU or decided to commute instead of living on campus. Let me tell you, it was their loss. I have loved getting to know her and grow with her as a roommate.
It is so amazing to see firsthand how faithful God is to answer our prayers. I met Lauren our freshman year, because we lived on the same hall. I met Carley our sophomore year, because we were in the same choir. I met Ashley because she was randomly placed into our apartment this year. I don’t think I could have come up with a better room arrangement if I had done it all myself. God had a plan for this year, and it is already turning out to be better than I ever imagined. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store!