Cheese, Learning, and Friends

Hi, my name is Zach, and I am a senior studying counseling at Liberty University Online. I live in Christiansburg, VA, and have been a part of BCM since my freshman year. I have been a small group leader twice now.

What have you been up to this summer?

This summer I have been working at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia as a youth intern. I have taught middle school Sunday school, led small groups, planned and helped to set up for multiple events such as VBS, and had an up-close look at the behind-the-scenes of ministry.

How have you seen God work recently?

I have seen God work in a lot of small ways. It’s easy to think that He is always working in big and profound ways, which He does, but most of the time it’s the small things, the behind the scenes that no one sees. Through interning at Bonsack and my time at BCM, God has worked through close friendships that cannot be found elsewhere. My closest friends bring me joy and help me to see God in ways that I wouldn’t otherwise. By serving and loving them, I have had the opportunity to become closer to them and to God for which I am so grateful.

What is something you love about BCM?

Something I love about BCM is the community. It isn’t perfect because the people there, myself included, are all sinners. But, over the course of my college years, I have made many friends, including several of which I am very close to. God has worked in my life and through my friends at BCM to teach me more about Himself and to make me more like Jesus. BCM has been my main source of community. I have many good memories and lots of fun times have been had as well.

What are you looking forward to in the fall?

This fall I am looking forward to starting my senior year and graduating. It is exciting to see what comes next while also a little scary, but I’m confident in the calling that God has given me and that He will guide my steps. I’m also excited for everyone to return to Blacksburg and the opportunity to see those who went home over the summer again.

What advice would you like to share with incoming first-year students?

A piece of advice I would give to freshmen is to not obsess over classes and grades. Going to class, doing your best, and taking college seriously is of course important but learning is the goal, not a 4.0 GPA. It is easy to shoot for perfection just as it is easy to not care at all or very little. School-life balance is an important aspect of college that shouldn’t be overlooked. Prioritizing your faith is perhaps the most important advice I can give. When life gets busy and or stressful it is tempting to put faith in the backseat, and while college is certainly important, our faith and what results from it is of eternal value.

What are your favorite things to do in Blacksburg?

Blacksburg is a great place to live. The New River Valley has a lot of fun things to do with lots of great hiking trails nearby, the New River, and a ton of stuff to do in Blacksburg itself. Some of my favorites are going to the movies, late-night runs to Cook Out, going to Kroger to look at the cheese section (yes I have done this multiple times with BCM’ers), and the many great restaurants downtown.

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