I apologize for not getting on here recently… I noticed that since I last updated, 13 of you at minimum have had the same exact thing to see. That’s wrong, and I’m here to change it. A couple boring things to start off:
1. My Birthday – I turned 22 last Thursday. Which isn’t exciting, actually :). Once you get past 21, this whole birthday thing is just getting older. And I’m young, and that’s great, but it’s just not all that exciting. As far as the world’s concerned, I have nothing else to do – drink, smoke, buy porn, vote… all done. But thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. I guess another reason why it isn’t a big deal is because each one of you make me feel special and imporant beyond my birthday.
2. Grades – Pending on my Courtship and Marriage midterm, I have 2 As, a C+, and a C-. Which isn’t all that bad for midterms – I know I’ve done well in some places and have other places to improve. I feel like I could have gotten an A on my C&M test, and so that’d be a solid way to go into fall break.
3. Fall Break – I’m hoping that 4 things will happen: A) Spend quality time with my mom and dad… B) Work at my grandparent’s house to make a little cash and get them ready for winter… C) Get homework done, namely C&M and Modern Civ… D) See Valerie sometime if she’s free. I think I should be able to accomplish all of the above if I stick with each of them.
4. CCO – I need to finish my application to them before November. That way I can have the process done by Thanksgiving and be contracted by the next staff seminar. All the people I talked to think it’s a good idea to pursue, and we’ll see where God directs me here.
And now for something a little longer…
My housing group (in my mind, sort of like a fraternity here on campus. In fact, short of all the minuta that frats deal with, we’re the same), is Delta Rho Sigma, or the Buffaloes. If there’s one thing on this campus I pledge more allegiance to and strive harder to help, it’s this. I’m blessed this year to have 3 hats – Chaplain, RA, and the personally made up role of Special Projects Coordinator (which thus far has entailed Alumni Relations, interior design executive, and date auction volunteer), and it’s been amazing to see where God is leading this group. My roommate Adam is the president, and even before we assumed these positions, we worked hard to try to think of direction and vision of the Buffaloes. If we had it our way, we thought, what would we do? And the main thing we ended up developing amongst the two of us was creating a greater presence on campus. And so far we’ve done that. With the advent of our date auction (which, by the way, was a huge success. We raised $250.00 for Make-A-Wish, and I personally went for $15.00), we allowed people to see who we were. Many people would walk by our table and say “oh, I didn’t know he was a Buffalo”, which was fantastic. Moreover, this didn’t just become Adam and my vision. A sophomore took it upon himself to head up this date auction, and he just started as a Buffalo in August. These were guys I tried to court to join the Buffaloes, and I’m so pleased God brought them here. They’re eneregetic, full of life, and ready to take what has been started and build.
Secondly, I’m beginning to see (and maybe it’s because I’m biased towards it), that God is working in the minds and hearts of these guys. Community and growth were the two big things I had on my docket as RA/Chaplain. I wanted to see these guys form tighter bonds, and grow to be encouragers, and not just guys who live together. The single thing that seperates a good housing group/frat from and great HG/Frat is unity. And what’s great to see is a diversity of personality but a unity of group. People aren’t the same in this group. In the Buffaloes right now, you have 2 res life staff, 1 all-star soccer player, 2 volleyball players, 2 swimmers, 1 football player, 3 people involved with drama at least once, and guys recieving presidential scholarships everywhere. We’ve won college sing, and we’ve gone to the playoffs/championship quite a few times in multiple sports. I’d hasten to say our GPA right now is a bit above a 3.0, and it’s no surpise to me. These are quality guys based on their dedication to what they do. And this group is no different. Guys genuinely like each other, and set themselves up to love and be loved. We’re not perfect by a long shot, but when I see the direction they’re heading, it makes me excited to be a memeber of Delta Rho Sigma. We’re running the race to win.
Anyway, showertime soon, meeting at one, some fall break tie-ups, C&M, a little bit ‘o work, and then bed. Tomorrow is the dedication of the J. Howard Pew statue, and I think I may go to that, and then it’s shortly off to Greenford and home. pnl, and enjoy your breaks! 😀