Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Rest

Hey everyone! My name is Abbie Welton, and I’m a rising fourth year in Architecture. I’m also one of the BCM connection leaders and I’m so excited for this upcoming year!

What have you been up to this summer?

I’ve spent this summer with my brother, Jack, and my grandparents in Fredericksburg. For the first few weeks, I kept busy cleaning and organizing around the house, taking walks with my grandpa, and continuing old studio projects. This past month, I’ve been interning at a small Architecture firm where I am creating renderings of additions to historic houses downtown.   

How have you seen God work recently?

This summer has been a great learning experience for me. I spent most of this past semester preparing my portfolio and stressing about internships, but by May I didn’t have an internship or job. As a person who doesn’t do well without some sort of project,  I was quick to fill my days with random activities (hence all the organizing and studio work). But, I knew all this productivity was my way of escaping the fact that I hadn’t gotten an internship. I began waking up early to do a study before walking with Papa. Our walks gave me time to reflect on what I’d just read, which helped me listen to God more throughout the day. Taking time to rest in general, let alone with God in mind, is not something I’m very good at, but practicing it this summer has granted me the obedience I need for what I’m about to explain. 

Where I’ve seen God working the most this summer has been through my brother. Jack’s had a long few years and really needs help to develop a relationship with God. I’ve felt God calling me for a while now to spend this summer going through the book of John with Jack. He didn’t like this idea at first, so it took a lot of patience, but now he gets excited to summarize passages and answer questions. I can only hope that I’ve been a successful vessel for God’s pursuit of Jack, but I have noticed changes in him. This summer, he’s been happier, increasingly compassionate towards our grandparents, and more open about his struggles. It’s been amazing seeing how even just reading the gospel can change someone’s life so much. 

What is something you love about BCM?

BCM is a great community where there are always people wanting to bolster you in Christ. Meanwhile, God is affording you the same opportunity within the community and on campus. Personally, the ladies in my Bible studies have helped me grow from painful experiences and see them as tools to evangelize. Suffice to say, BCM is a great place to find Christ-centered friends who make the college experience 100% better.

What are you looking forward to in the fall?

Study and studio: First off, I can’t wait to get back into a small, in-depth Bible study. It’s such a blessing to have a tight-knit group of believers. Plus, I’m really excited for newcomers! Secondly, I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m a little stir crazy without a project, so I’m really looking forward to returning to studio. 

What advice would you like to share with incoming freshmen?

College is such a huge shift in your life, so one of the best things you can do is take time to reflect. Think about your thoughts and actions and who you’re surrounding yourself with. Most importantly, think about the intentions behind these things and how it relates to God. Everyone says it and I know it’s really cheesy, but it’s true that college is (typically) your first taste of freedom. So, really there’s nothing more important than to align yourself with God throughout this experience. 

What are your favorite things to do in Blacksburg?

I’m gonna cheat and tell you my favorite places on campus because we have too beautiful of a campus not too. 1) The cascading stairs outside Cowgill hall are a great place to watch those classic Blacksburg sunsets. On late nights in studio, I like to eat dinner out there and sketch the Perry Street construction. (Keep reading if noisy construction isn’t a plus for you.) 2) The tree-covered pathway between Pamplin and Williams hall is also a great place for study breaks because there’s nice shade and only a few tables so it’s pretty quiet during classes. 3) Finally, the patio outside Squires is good for people watching. Sounds a little creepy, I know, but it’s always interesting to see people crossing the threshold onto campus. Whether that’s students, visiting families, Blacksburg residents, etc. it’s amusing to see how those different groups interact.

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