Live Laugh Loma

It’s been over a week since school last ended but it feels like it’s been longer than that. I would have posted earlier but the craziness of finals week and move out day and last time dinners got to me. Overall, this was… wow!

I always knew that my first year in college would be great. But I just didn’t know how that would turn out. First semester took a ton of time of transitioning from high school to college, Illinois to California, being a kid to being a grown up (okay maybe not a grown up just yet), but it was tough at times. It wasn’t until my second semester that I learned to really love Loma. I remember flying back to Loma for second semester and being greeted by friends with warm hugs while unknowing having my stuff taken to my room. Later that night, I remember sitting on my bunk and feeling so much affirmation from God that I’m supposed to be here. That I belong here. 

This semester allowed more friendships to be built and strengthened the ones I have made from the semester before. There were difficulties when it came to friends, but I learned to keep my private life and my academics separate. In comparison to last semester, I took even more classes and more units, but still ended up with an even better semester GPA. The most encouraging thing was definitely getting my acceptance to the nursing program. (Oh and I didn’t gain the freshman 15 but lost weight- thank you P.E.) Gosh, this semester just felt so good overall!

I am so blessed and favored. I saw the ways that God has worked in my life and through the people he has placed in it. I love Loma and can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m probably the most excited person to come back. I get to live in a quad in Young, ocean view. If I wasn’t already close enough to the ocean, I’m even closer now. I have a job in the ARC waiting for me. I begin the nursing program. I can bring my baby (my car) on campus legally. Oh, the excitement!

Overall when I reconnect with high school friends, I know we’ll be sharing very different stories of how our first year went. My college lifestyle is not so typical, but so much more adventurous and fulfilling than I had originally imagined. I’ve made healthier choices and see that I’ve matured in my faith, education, and relationships. This was only done by intentionally making Christ the foundation of it all.

Advice to incoming freshmen: Have faith. Upon talking to many students, a majority of them didn’t originally favor Loma at first. For some people, it takes some getting used to. AND THAT’S OKAY. Don’t bail. Loma’s different than most schools, but in a strangely surprising way. It really is all about community. Seriously. Find community- in your hall, clubs, departments. 

See you incoming freshmen in the fall! :) (Meanwhile, I’ll be taking summer school.)

How I spent Spring Break :)

The best part about college are friends. I knew coming in from Illinois that I’d probably be bound to make some friends that live in California. Probably.

Sydney, my hallmate/fellow pre-nursing major, invited me and Shila, another hall mate, to her house two hours west for Easter weekend. I’m currently here right now. For five days, we traded the ocean for the mountains. We were welcomed by her family and, so far, did some pretty awesome things like eat lunch at a tavern style WWI restaurant, camped out in the backyard, hiked up in the Gorgonio Wilderness to a waterfall, and went extreme hammocking cliff-side. This weekend is really showing me how my home life and other people’s home lives are so different, and it’s a blessing that college allows us to get to meet such people. I grew up in the suburbs of Illinois and was familiar with the skyscrapers and hustle and bustle of downtown Chicago. Sydney grew up in the mountains of So-Cal inland and is familiar with deciduous forests and windy, dirt roads. These are two very different places, yet it’s so cool to see what happens when you overlap into each others worlds.

Anyway, this is probably one of the most adventurous and relaxing breaks I’ve had since starting college. And starting Tuesday marks the three weeks left of the school year and summer begins. I really don’t want this school year to be over and come to the fact that I’ll have to leave Point Loma. But the great thing is it’s only freshman year and there are three more years of this!

Anonymous said: Two questions: What was your average GPA/SAT/ACT score when you applied? and What impact has Point Loma had on your spiritual life?

I think the average was…

GPA: 3.7, SAT: 1160 for math and reading, ACT: 26. These are a big deal but they’re not the only factors on getting accepted. If you do have high scores, you could qualify for guaranteed scholarships.

Point Loma has had a huge impact on my spiritual life. It’s a nurturing environment where your faith is really tested and can grow. There are multiple ministries on campus where you can get involved and can meet the most encouraging people ever. If you want a place to grow in your faith, Point Loma is a good shoe in! :)

Anonymous said: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of the freshman girls dorms?

The freshman girl dorms offered to our year are Klassen, Hendricks, and Nease, New Nease. It sometimes changes year by year.

Klassen and Hendricks are basically the same lay out and are located on the south end of campus, by the track field. You have the best chance of getting an ocean view if you live here. Nease is on the north end of campus, typically closer to classes and the cafeteria, and is huge in comparison to Klassen and Hendricks. They just added the addition of New Nease, which has the most updated dorms that look like hotel rooms. 

I can only speak for Klassen since I’ve lived here for a year. I love it! There are 3 floors with 6 wings (4 girl wings and 2 guy wings). There are two lounges, a kitchen, washing machine and drier area, and a small lawn in the front- perfect for tanning. It’s close location to the water is really convenient for surfing. I feel like Klassen provides a co-ed environment since the guys floor are sandwiched between girls, which has its pros and cons. It sometimes gets loud, but I made great friends with some of the girls in my hall and some of the guys in the hall below me. If it wasn’t for living in Klassen, I don’t think we would have ever met.

Either way wherever on campus, you are going to love where you live! Res life does a great job :)

It’s already the end of March… I’m slacking on updates.

So here we go!

Upon returning from spring break, I was stoked to come back to Point Loma. Right now I’m having issues on determining where my true home is. I was technically raised in Illinois, but my parents moved to NorCal, and I go to school in San Diego… But what I’m learning is does it really matter where your home is if you’re happy with where you are?

That is what I am. Here in Point Loma I am: Happy. Satisfied. Content. Ecstatic. 

March was a very emotionally draining month for me, so I am glad that I had this weekend to rest! On Friday night, I attended George Williamson’s New Live Worship Album recording and it was amazing to see that this album in the making. They needed the audience’s singing and I made sure to sing my heart out. Later that night, my friends decided to do a picnic at 1 a.m. in the morning at the Greek. There was dancing and cakes being smeared on each other’s faces involved.

On Saturday afternoon, my hall mate Holly and I went surfing. Though the waves were 1-2 feet tall, this was perfect for her first time in the water. But guise! I did it. I caught my first wave in weeks! It was so much fun! The thrill of the water always amazes me.Truth be told though we live by the beach, not a lot of students surf. There have been a couple of people asking me to go surfing with them and I always am down for it. You can’t leave Point Loma without having surfed at least once! Later that afternoon, I put up my hammock by the track field and watched the hazy sunset.

Today is Sunday and I am back in the working grind. I have a 15 page research paper to crank out in two nights. This is going to be a good time. Where’s my coffee and froyo at? 

Anonymous said: Have you ever been homesick? I'll be coming from the east coast if I go to Loma!

YES! The first semester is always the most difficult.It doesn’t matter if you’re a six-hour drive or a six-hour flight, everyone gets homesick at some point. When I left the midwest, I basically everything I knew behind. I had the best summer of my life and now I was going to leave my friends and my home church for a totally new adventure. I tried to keep myself occupied. I mean you don’t have parents telling you what to do so you get to be your own boss. You get to decide when to eat, who to hang out with, and what to do on your weekends. But then there are those nights, especially in the first couple of weeks, when you can really feel the distance. So thank God for Facebook, texting, and social networks. Honestly, the world feels so much smaller with them. 

In the first couple of weeks, I kept in contact with people at home on a regular basis and so does mostly everyone else. But as time goes by, you make awesome friendships with people in your classes, hall, and major that it makes you forget about being home. Then when you come home from winter break, you’ll get this strange feeling of dejavu, and as soon as you know it second semester rolls around and you can’t wait to get back on campus.

My three tips for homesickness:

1). Find a community to get your mind of being homesick.

2). Limit yourself from talking to people at home, or else you’re limiting your time you can use for other people on campus.

3). PRAY! Like seriously. God was the one who was there when you were at home, and he will be with you at school, and he will be with you throughout your life. Pray for strength and lay your burdens onto him (Matthew 11:28). He wants to hear everything!

It doesn’t always rain in San Diego, but when it does we play in the mud!
This weekend we had some gnarly rain. (Sorry, I’m still refuse to use that word while taking it seriously.) And by some, I mean tons! For a Chicagoan, this rain is normal. For locals, this was #rainpocalypse2014 ! Some people in my building and I did went to the softball field by Young and had a mud fight. We played soccer in the rain and tried to out-slide one another on our bellies. We went down the cliffs on natural mud slides and washed off in the ocean.
Who ever thought of playing in the mud was brilliant! 

It doesn’t always rain in San Diego, but when it does we play in the mud!

This weekend we had some gnarly rain. (Sorry, I’m still refuse to use that word while taking it seriously.) And by some, I mean tons! For a Chicagoan, this rain is normal. For locals, this was #rainpocalypse2014 ! Some people in my building and I did went to the softball field by Young and had a mud fight. We played soccer in the rain and tried to out-slide one another on our bellies. We went down the cliffs on natural mud slides and washed off in the ocean.

Who ever thought of playing in the mud was brilliant! 

Great Escapes, the fantastic PLNU outdoor program, is a great way to meet other people who enjoy the outdoors! You can either be a participant and sign up for the cool trips that go on every weekend (mud caving, mountain biking, kayaking) or join the program to become a guide. 

The other weekend I went on the Rock Guide Training to Perris Lake. This was my second time sport climbing outdoors, but even if it was your first, fifth, or fifty-third time, this training is awesome. I learned how to build an anchor (the clipping at the top of a sport climb), got to rappel myself down from 100 feet, and was exposed to trad climbing gear. It was cool to learn how the carabiner, ropes, and knots work together. You’re honestly trusting this gear to hold onto your life. I did my most difficult climb to date which is a 5.8, so I’m stoked that I have found a sport I really love.

Right now I am currently in my second semester of Anatomy and Physiology. It was cool to use muscles we rarely use day-to-day but to feel them at work during climbing. Climbing shows how intricate the human body is and how the muscles work alongside one another to make each motion happen. It reminds me that I’m physically stronger than I think I am.

Who needs a Valentine anyway?

For Valentine’s Day, I had a double dinner with the first one at the caf serving lobster and steak. The second one was out with my group of seven friends who were also single and dateless. My other friends who were in relationships either went home for the weekend or took their significant other out on a date. So what we single people did was dress up, take the shuttle, and wander around Fashion Valley Mall playing games, like Never Have I Ever and Odds Are.., to kill waiting time and better know each other. Then we ate dinner at Stacked, a fantastic burger joint, and the four guys paid for the three girls (which was absolutely sweet of them!). It makes me really appreciative that I can enjoy this hallmark holiday targeted at couples with a group of friends who are all single. I know in the following years, the group of singles will dwindle down in numbers but it was nice this first year around!