Oh, hey, remember me, the one who tried to blog while finishing her last semester of college, working as an RA, planning a wedding, finding a place to live, and hunting for a job? Hello. It’s me.
I’m back. How do I have time to blog today? Well, I’ve got a job and we signed a lease, so that gives me a little more time…
OH ALSO BY 2:15 THIS AFTERNOON I WILL HAVE EARNED A COLLEGE DEGREE.
All I have to do is attend a class today, and then I’m done. While it feels like there should be fireworks and other such celebrations the moment I walk out of my Abnormal Psychology class with Dr. Milco, I know it won’t feel like that. I might cry, as I have a couple times this week during things that were surprisingly sentimental, like ending my last chapel with “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
On Tuesday, I went to my last PCM (Practical Christian Ministry), the field study of my biblical education, after doing some type of ministry every single week for four years. My two friends and I said goodbye to the older women we have spend our Tuesday afternoons with this whole year. They have blessed us, and we have come to really love each other’s company.
Tuesday night, we had our last RA small group, where I have spent my Tuesday nights every week for two years. The significance of that probably needs its own post to explain. On Wednesday, I gave my last group presentation, and watched next year’s RAs find out their new bro-sis pairs.
Yesterday, I finished my last paper, and I was reminded of a senior on my floor freshman year who ran up and down the halls rejoicing when she had written her last paper. I have been waiting for that moment ever since. It’s not that I hate writing, obviously… it’s just how it was a clear mark of hundreds of pages of papers written, and a lot of hard work. Later that afternoon, I finished my last reading assignment, closed the book, and that was it. And now, by the time class gets out today, I will have earned my degree.
Last night, I led my last floor meeting, giving information about the dorms closing and preparing everyone for that process. We had a sweet time of encouragement, honoring what this year has been as we have lived each day together. Then we celebrated summer birthdays with gnome hats (party hats) on our heads, one of the last ways we are participating in this year’s floor theme, “Celebrate.”
Graduation isn’t until the 14th, but today feels significant too. I’ve spent four years as a Moody student, 7 semesters on campus and 1 in Greece. Moody is a part of me, and I will forever be grateful for the Lord’s clear direction in bringing me here. I don’t doubt his perfect plan as I reflect on all I have learned, both academically and about everything else. There are people here who have changed me for the better. I have had some of the most amazing opportunities and experiences. I have grown closer to God.
This verse feels extra true to me today, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-12).
There is much more to say, as I continue to have closure and to process all that has happened in the last four years. Here’s to the week of lasts. Peace out, homework.