Planes and Community

What have you been up to this summer?

This summer I’ve been in Reno, Nevada for my first internship. I worked for a company called Tactical Air Support, learned a lot about mechanical drafting, and got plenty of hands-on experience with F-5s (which is an older fighter jet for those non-aviation folk). My brother’s wedding was also this summer! I got to go down with him and my family to San Diego for a week to celebrate and partake in the various wedding festivities, and then I was able to tag along with my cousins for a few days at Disney, which was awesome. Other than that, the only notable things I did were see a lot of new birds and attend a few baseball games.

How have you seen God work recently?

Being in Reno this summer has allowed me to visit a lot of beautiful places; the arboretum here and Lake Tahoe immediately come to mind. Those places served as great reminders of God’s beauty and peace and helped ease my mind when I was stressed and feeling isolated. Isolation was a major theme this summer, but it was through this isolation that I saw God work the most. God has shown me how valuable community and family are in my life. Being apart from everyone has led me to be more intentional with my time and how I want to spend it. I’ve found myself living in the moment more and being more appreciative of the time I get to be with others. I’ve started to learn that worshiping God isn’t just done through music (which I struggle to do anyway), but also through giving thanks to him for the people he’s placed in my life. I’ve been able to connect with God a lot more when I simply enjoy all he’s blessed me with and give thanks for the places I get to see and the people I get to be with.

What are you looking forward to in the fall?

That’s why I’m most excited for the fall to see everyone again and to get to enjoy more Blacksburg scenery. One of my favorite things to do in Blacksburg is go on walks. I try to go on a walk at least once a day to help me destress and soak in the scenery. We live in a gorgeous area, so I try to take advantage of that as much as I can. Also, going on walks allows me to observe birds, which always helps brighten my day. Before you ask, yes I am sixty. I hope this fall is filled with not just fun events and activities but quality time spent with others. Something I love about BCM is the constant community there. It’s not just 6:33 on Tuesdays and bible study on Wednesdays or Thursdays. It’s getting lunch at Owens together, going on hikes, hosting movie nights, playing volleyball, attending sporting events, or “studying” in the downstairs classroom. Instead of being a place where I just come in and check the “I spent time doing Christian things today” box, it’s where community is always available and welcoming; a characteristic I hope we continue to strive for.

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

For those first-year students coming in, I would advise getting involved somewhere as soon as you can, but also remember to step back and take it all in every once in a while; it goes by a lot quicker than you think. Cliche? Yes, but still true. Get out of your comfort zone a bit and make some new friends, and remember to give thanks to the people God has blessed you with.

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