In one of my education methods classes, we are focusing on citizenship. Social studies is citizenship education, so my professor asked us today if any of us saw examples of good citizenship over spring break! To be honest, I did not think about it during spring break, but looking back on it now, I can see there were actually a lot of examples of people who demonstrated citizenship to my fellow choir members and I during tour!

1) Our bus driver dealt with 51 college students without a complaint and allowed to us watch loud movies, sing, play some pretty rowdy games, fill up the bus's bathroom a couple times (yuck,) and even drove us through snow storms, always getting us safely to our destinations, 11 days straight. I would never be able to do that, but he did it all and interacted with us, always having a basket of candy (which he refilled at least 3 times during the trip) at the front of the bus for us. What a guy. :)

 one of my tour buddy and i's wonderful host families

one of my tour buddy and i's wonderful host families

2) Our host families--they were willing to pick us up late after our concerts (many even came to our concerts!) ;), give us beds to sleep in, bathrooms to use, tons of food to eat (can you spot the lunch bag in the photo on the right?,) :) and many woke up before dawn to bring us back to our bus for the next day. They were amazing, to say the least.

3) One of our road trip lunches consisted of Panda Express. My tour buddy and I happened to be talking to the guy and his wife behind us and he offered to pay for our meals. What a treat!

 beautiful jellyfish from the aquarium

beautiful jellyfish from the aquarium

4) Our free afternoon was scheduled to be visiting Yosemite National Park, buuuut it was forecasted to be 23 degrees and snowing 8-25 inches in the park. Needless to say, when we packed for the Southwest, we didn't exactly bring our snow clothes along... :) So all week we had been trying to come up with other options. One of the people who attended a concert of ours the night before our free day heard our plight, and offered to pay for all of us to go see the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It was absolutely gorgeous and such a generous gift.

5) Once we stayed in a hotel since we did not have a concert and host families to stay with that night. We had to be loading the bus and leaving by 6:00am the next morning, but the hotel breakfast was not scheduled to be open until 6:00. Our director asked if they would be able to open it just 10-15 minutes early for us to grab something on our way out. They willingly did. In fact, one of my choir members who had been doing homework earlier that morning said the breakfast lady had opened it already at 5:20am for us! Wow, now that is being a servant. What an incredible, selfless display of citizenship.

Thinking back to these models of hospitality, selflessness, and pure goodness inspires me to want to be a better citizen, too. I'm going to work on that more intentionally the remainder this week. :)


Reflections on Choir Tour

Hey all! It's been a long time since I've posted. I'm sorry about that! Today was our first day of classes post-spring break. For 51 students, this also means it was our first day back from choir tour! I have had the incredible blessing of being part of concert choir this year and over spring break we went on our tour! We had the privilege of singing in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Califorina, and are looking forward to our homecoming concert on campus this Friday. :) As I reflect on this trip, there are a number of notions that occurred to me. I'll give you just a few.

1. Growing up in NW Iowa, in the same town I attend college in, I never understood how students from other states and countries heard of Dordt College. I mean honestly, a town with a population about 7,000, in the middle of Iowa's cornfields? How does one come to know about it? Well going on this tour opened my eyes to the incredible amount of people who knew of and even have connections to Dordt. Every single host family my tour buddy and I stayed with had some knowledge of and/or connection to Dordt College-and we stayed with nine different families in four different states! That is quite incredible. I learned this week that Dordt has 19,000 alumni! The legacy Dordt College is leaving is amazing.

2. I am so incredibly thankful to be attending a college where we can sing praises to our Savior in our choir songs. Some of my favorite pieces we sing are anthems of praise to our amazing Lord. Each school and church that hosted us welcomed us with incredible hospitality and showed us their dedication to their faith and their church body and it was so neat to have conversations about faith with them that we otherwise likely could not have had. Honestly, our favorite places to sing on tour were some of the old churches-their acoustics were beautiful! Being able to do devotions on the bus with the choir each morning, as well as before each concert every night entirely puts my mind and heart in the right space. I cannot imagine being in a choir where we would not have that freedom.

3. Guys, the people I go to school with are so cool. :) I've always felt that choir is one of the most diverse groups of people on campus, encompassing friend groups and personalities all over the spectrum. And it is so incredibly neat to spend 250+ hours with them straight because I learned so much about each individual that made me gain a deeper appreciation for who they are, as well as for the Creator for making us so unique. I'm so thankful to sing in a choir where we can celebrate our uniqueness and yet all come together to make a joyful noise (Psalm 98.)

Basically, this week was awesome. :) Minus a little snow trouble one day, everything went so well, and I had an incredible time. If you're interested in hearing us, I strongly encourage you to join us this Friday night, March 23, and 7:30pm in the BJH! If that's not possible, but you would like to hear just bits and pieces of our concert, I have included a link from one of our tour stops this past week-Ripon, CA. I hope you enjoy. :)

If you're curious about the facial expression and such going on in some of the photos I chose, I'll just say we have some very fun warm-ups. :) Thanks to Mary VW for the photos!


More Than Just Pepperoni Pizza

On Thursday night I walked down the stairs of the Campus Center to be greeted by the sound of chatter, music, and the smell of pizza. My friends and I made the spontaneous trip to find ourselves some hot food and a place to chat about our days. It's a trek that we make at least once or twice every week. Our destination? The Grille.

The Grille is a-buzz with activity and deliciousness, making it one of my favorite places on campus. When my friends and I do have the time to sit down at the Grille, the food is always worth it. Pizza, onion rings, fried cheese curds—they're all absolutely delicious, especially late at night when you're writing long papers. But, if you ask me, the best food at the Grille is their pepperoni pizza. Plus, if you happen to go the Grille between 1:30-3:30 p.m. or 8-10 p.m., you can get it on meal exchange, which means you get a side and a drink, or, if you're like me, forgo a side and get two slices. 

However, the Grille's pepperoni pizza is more than just a spicy, cheesy slice of goodness.  Pepperoni pizza means community, between myself and my friends and our group and the other groups who meet in the Grille. It means laughter between bites and trading stories from our classes. It means the kind of comfort and satisfaction that you can only get from a good slice of pizza.

-- Erika

Thrown Back into the Action

The first week of classes is over.  The Spring 2018 semester has commenced with little fanfare.  Yet somehow, everything feels different.

Getting back into school after any break can be difficult.  Just going to classes on Monday after the weekend feels like it takes extra effort.  After a month of naps, gifts, and no homework, going back to classes every day feels like a daunting task.  Yet, the stress I often felt during first semester is gone.  I see familiar faces in classes and on sidewalks.  I find time to socialize, sleep, eat, and do homework.  My 17-credit schedule doesn't seem nearly as challenging as I thought it would.

It's different than my first semester of college.  At times, freshman orientation was draining for me.  Meeting new people sometimes got exhausting, trying to find friends wasn’t always easy, and getting the hang of homework loads and professorial expectations was often a nightmare.  But, I learned a lot and made it through.

So, I was a little surprised when the start of this second semester of my freshman year seemed similarly draining as my first one.

On Monday, I moved in.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, I already had lists of homework to accomplish.  Apparently, "syllabus day" was more like a "syllabus glance-over plus actual class day."  It was a shock.  What happened to the leisurely academic start I had experienced first semester?  How could I have four different reading assignments plus a one-page paper and an analysis to write already?  It felt overwhelming.  Instead of getting to dip my toes in first, it was like I had been tossed headlong into the water. 

Even though I found the first week of classes to be draining, I know that, this time, things will be easier.

I know now how quickly time passes in college, and I know how to manage that time.  It helps that I enjoy the massive amounts of reading and writing that my English major demands from me.  I have more confidence in myself now because the first semester taught me that I can handle just about any chaos that gets thrown at me.  As the stress of the first week fades away, I am already excited about what I can learn from my professors.

The first week of classes is over, but the fun has just begun.


AMOR in Cambodia

One of the best learning and growing opportunities Dordt students have over Christmas break is to go on AMOR (A Mission OutReach). Aaron Baart, Dordt's dean of chapel, likes to call them "vision trips": we get a chance to spend 1-2 weeks in another country seeing what God is already doing there through organizations like One Body One Hope, World Renew, and Sarah's Covenant Homes

This year, my team went to Cambodia. We learned so much on our trip. We spent a few days with local families and experienced what daily life is like in rural Cambodia. We learned how World Renew partners with local NGOs to improve health, education, governance, and food safety. We struggled with the horrors of the Pol Pot Regime and Khmer Rouge during the 1970s. We saw so many Buddhist monks and learned about spirit houses. The two weeks we spent in Cambodia really pushed us outside of our comfort zones and helped us to grow in so many ways.

If you get a chance to go on AMOR when you come to Dordt, you should take it; you won't regret it.




Hello all :) Hope you are enjoying your Christmas break and had wonderful parties and all that jazz! Today I am going to write about a project that some Dordt students are involved in this month! Maybe you've heard of it, maybe you haven't, but it's December, and that means for these students, it's Dressember.

Since I chose not to participate in Dressember this year, two Dordt freshmen girls, Brianna and Katie, graciously answered a few questions for me about the project so I can relay it to you, for those who don't know! :) I have included the questions and answers below. :)

What is Dressember?

-Dressember is an international movement that basically tries to raise awareness and funds for victims of sex trafficking, which is actually a super big issue world wide.  In having people wear dresses, which honestly feels pretty simple, the organization creates an awesome community of people who want to see change.

-Dressember is an organization which raises awareness for human trafficking and human rights around the world. Women globally commit to wearing dresses everyday of December as both a conversation starter and a fundraiser for the cause.

 this is the beautiful Brianna and Madi Shae, on the first day of Dressember :)

this is the beautiful Brianna and Madi Shae, on the first day of Dressember :)

Why did you decide to participate in Dressember? Anything specifically inspire you?

-I looked into it then and realized what a great movement it is, and knew I wanted to do it in the future.  Madi Shae asked me this year if I'd be interested, and we started a little Dordt team!  It's a really cool way to be a part of this bigger movement. Also, everyday when I put on a dress and wear it walking to class and whatever else, it constantly reminds me there's so many people hurting out there, and as cheesy as it sounds I think it makes live with a little more awareness that people around me are struggling with things too (probably not human trafficking, but it's kind of a cool unintentional way dressember can make a difference). 

-I first heard about Dressember when I visited Dordt on a campus tour my senior year of High School. I thought it was such an amazing opportunity because it was something small that I could do, but it had the potential to make such a large impact. It is worth waking up in the morning and putting on a dress instead of sweatpants because I know that women around the world are going through so much worse. 

How many years have you took part in Dressember?

-This is my first year, but I have loved doing it so far, and would be down to be a part of it again!

-This is my first year! 😊

Are you starting your own "team" to raise money for Dressember? Or encouraging others to donate to the page itself? Or just raising awareness? (Any of these are awesome😃)

-We do have a Dordt dressember page for our team where we've been raising money so far this month!  Currently we've raised just over $850 of our $1000 goal (our page is here: (: ) So hopefully we'll be able to get there by the end of the month, it's awesome how many people either support or are directly involved in this from so many different places.

-I am a part of the Dordt team, so I am directing people to the Dordt Dressember page.

Anything else you'd like to share about Dressember?

-There's a lot of sadness and brokenness in the world, and it's just awesome to see how we, a few girls in Northwest Iowa, can do something so simple and make a tangible difference in someone's life who really needs it this year.  The website is an awesome place to learn a little bit about the cause and how it started, which is an awesome story, so if you're at all curious, check out the campaign!

-It is absolutely incredible to be able to help people around the world from a small town in Iowa. I am so grateful to everyone who is spreading awareness!

Basically, what Brianna and Katie are doing, along with some of their friends, is taking part in an international fight to raise awareness and money to combat the evils of human trafficking. What started with one lady in 2013, has now grown to thousands of women participating and in 2016, raising just shy of $1,500,000. The organization's goal for this year is $2,000,000. To date, they have raised $1,355,008.70. The Dordt girls' team has raised $1,036.05 of their $1,000 goal!! (Whoop whoop!!)

Seriously people, Dressember is so cool. Such a small commitment can make such a huge difference.



What Dance Has Taught Me

I realize I just posted an Instagram picture about dance, but I am also going to write a blog about it. It's been awhile since I have written one on it, and since we are just home from competition, it's the first thing on my mind. :)

 our lyrical routine from isdta

our lyrical routine from isdta

Being in dance, as any sport, teaches one so many things. Obviously we learn concepts of the sport itself, which for dance would include technique, French terminology, how to be expressive, performance value, etc. But there is so much more to a sport than just what meets the eye. Over my past year and a half of dancing at Dordt, and the 13 years of studio dance plus high school dance team before that, I have gleaned so much. Here's just five of the things dance has taught me:

1. Dance is a means of glorifying God. It is a gift. In my first studio, there is a wall decal that reads Psalm 149:3. "Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre." We use the beauty of dance to bring glory to God.

 our hip hop routine from isdta

our hip hop routine from isdta

2. Dance is a way to express oneself through physical movement which is unique to its nature. Beauty, anger, grace, power, sadness, joy, and so much can be portrayed through a dance. It is also an outlet from the stress of daily life. When we walk through the door to the studio or currently to the areobics room to practice, we leave our homework, jobs, and other co-curriculars there and our minds can just focus on dance.

3. Dance instills confidence in each individual. From being on stage and performing to a teacher and coach's positive encouragement in studio class or a practice to seeing improvement in the mirrors, one's confidence is built.

 our pom routine from isdta

our pom routine from isdta

4. Dance teaches hard work. As with any sport, progress doesn't just happen over night. Team turns, high leaps, and getting the precision of the movements all together takes time and has work. This instilled work ethic carries over into our school work, relationships, jobs, and more. Whether or not we come home with trophies from competitions, we can see confidence being gained and progress being made.

5. Dance friends are the best friends. We have used this statement for years, but honestly it's not wrong. From studio memories to carpooling to high school morning practices together to spending 10-15 hours a week practicing together in college, friendships are built. And they last. And it's beautiful.

These are just a few of the things I have learned from dance. No matter how long I will be involved in dance in college or beyond, I will never lose the lessons I have been taught from it and will treasure the memories and relationships forever.



During my freshman year, going home for the first time was the most bizarre experience. I was so excited to spend Thanksgiving break all cozy and surrounded by my family and pets. On the ride home, I could feel the school break start to set in. I was so ready for a relaxing week at home.

Only, when I got home, it somehow didn’t feel like home. Don’t get me wrong, I was overjoyed to see my parents and sister and fluffy cats, but there was something very strange about this home, now. I felt out of place. So many things had happened within those three months that I’d been away, and I was almost overwhelmed by the amount of things that I needed to catch up on in order to feel at home. Home seemed to be in two places now; it had been snipped in half and dispersed in equal parts in Ames and Sioux Center. I had never felt this dislocated before. I was scared -- would I feel like this for all four years of college? I had never been one for homesickness, so what was this sensation?

It wasn’t that I felt I didn’t have a home, but rather that my home was scattered. When I was at Dordt, I missed Ames, and when I was in Ames, I missed Dordt. It was an impossible riddle to solve. The only way to fix this feeling would be to be in two places at once, and modern science has yet to allow me to accomplish that.

It would be a simpler fix if I had a preference for one place over the other. If I loved Ames more than Dordt, I would relish school breaks. But, it’s just not that simple.

I’ve spoken with a few other students about this experience, and it seems that this is a surprisingly common feeling. It is especially prevalent for students’ first time home since coming to college.

The first time home was the hardest for me, and (thank goodness) it has gotten much easier to transition between Ames life and Dordt life (ba-dum-tss) as I’ve progressed throughout college. For example, here I am, sitting in my favorite hometown coffee shop (Cafe Diem, if you’re wondering; get a peppermint mocha if you’re ever here), writing a blog post. This Thanksgiving break has been such a complete turnaround from last year’s. Of course, there was a bit of a metamorphosis that had to take place the first night back in Ames, but it was nothing so strenuous as my first return.

I think this ability to transition between places quickly, and learn how to switch off school mode and switch on relax mode with ease, is an incredibly valuable skill to learn. Adapting between different environments effortlessly is something that will come in handy along the way in whatever career you have. This is one of those unexpected ways that college will prepare you for your future.

Also, this disorientation reminds me that my real home -- our true home, where we will feel complete comfort and belonging -- is not on this earth. Home in this life is malleable. It can contort, move, spread out. It is not in one place or another, because it’s shifty. Sure, you can find home in one physical place or another, or in certain people, but ultimately our sense of home is connected to our heavenly Father. I think God gave me this sense of displacement as a reminder that nowhere in this life will be my real home. My comfort is in Him, and sometimes it takes earthly discomfort for me to really realize that.

This sense of home in two separate places, equally planted but strangely different, had never crossed my mind before. So, I hope that reading this will serve as a bit of a heads’ up for soon-to-be college students, or maybe a bit of relatability for current college students experiencing the same home-identity crisis.

With that being said, I hope your Thanksgiving break has been a time of peace, family fun, and lots of good food.

- Emi

Feeling Imbalanced

There are ideas that I strive for, but don't always achieve.

One of them is getting up early in the morning. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Often it depends on when I went to be the night prior. I love the idea of taking my time in the morning, to prepare for the day. In some of my other posts, I talk about the pleasure of drinking coffee. I enjoy drinking coffee, but even more, I love the process of making coffee. The whole morning is a process that I enjoy. During one of these mornings, I spent some time thinking. One thought kept coming back to me was the idea of imbalance. So I want to share with you my thoughts. 

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, by definition, imbalance means a "lack of balance, the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion." Our lives can so easily feel in a state of imbalance. At the beginning of the school year, things are good, in a state of balance: not a lot of homework, settling into the dorms, shifting into college life and reuniting with friends after a few months. However, as the months pass by, academics soon become overwhelming, sometimes up to the point where you feel like you're drowning in homework. Life seems to hang in the balance between control, and chaos. This imbalance can continue for weeks and life feels rough. I want to give you some encouragement.

Lean on Him

Spend time with him. Talk with him. Share with him your burdens, your worries, the things that stress you out. Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Take his yoke upon you, learn from him, and lean on him, for we are restless until we find rest in Him.

Even though Jesus can't do our homework for us, what he can do is give us peace, joy, strength, and perseverance to live our lives more fully.

Peace fam, until next time,

- Ian Smit

Hey Defender Nation...Go Defender Nation...Atta Way

 coach penner addressing his team

coach penner addressing his team

Saturday was Dordt's last football game of the season. (They won, whoop whoop!) I'm just going to share a few words on how awesome the football program is from what I have seen of it on the sidelines.

 the "atta ways"

the "atta ways"

At the end of every game the team circles up and Coach Penner leads them in some closing remarks about the game (or in yesterday's case, about the season and specifically the seniors.) Following that, he encourages his players to start their "atta ways." What occurs then is one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and each week, I swear it only gets cooler. Players take turns raising their hands and Coach Penners calls on them. They stand, call out a specific teammate, group of guys, coach, etc. and accredit them with some positive comment about that specific game or week of practice (or in yesterday's case again, the season.) It concludes with either their name on the count of three, or the team doing a call-and-reponse "Hey ___, go ____, atta way" ending with two claps. These "atta ways" go on for quite some time before coach tells the team that it is their final one. Honestly though, how cool is that?! Coach Penner also takes the time to realize the support system of Dordt Football by continually thanking them each week and giving "Defender Nation" an "atta way." Yesterday ended with the coaches, spouses, and children receiving an "atta way" for their support and dedication to the football program because man oh man, it's a great one. After the "atta ways," everyone (players, coaches, and Defender Nation fans gathered on the field) gathers in to a tight huddle and places hands on one another while Coach Penner offers up a prayer of thanksgiving. What a way to witness!!

 defender nation prayer

defender nation prayer

If Dordt football is not a program entirely dedicated to the work of the college-"equipping students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life" then I don't know what is. Encouragement, passion, and hard work all done with the glory given back to God. Soli deo gloria. :)

HUGE thank you to Adri Van Groningen for the awesome images.


Mind Your Busyness

Busy, busy, busy. Every year, I seem to commit to more and more things, and I never seem to learn. This isn’t just a me thing, either. When I ask friends how they’re doing, 50% of the time their response is “busy.”


“How are you?”

“I’m busy.”

What does that mean, exactly? Good? Bad? In between? Are you so occupied with events and meetings, work and school, clubs and rehearsals, that you don’t even know how you’re doing? You don’t even have the chance to step back and ruminate for half a second?

Don’t get me wrong – commitments are great. Extracurricular activities are some of the best ways to get involved on a college campus. Rigorous schedules can help you on the path to heightened responsibility. Also, there are those times in life (especially college life) when you just gotta bite the proverbial bullet and get through a difficult, crazily-scheduled week or two. It happens. That kind of frenzied rush of things all happening at once. Midterms, big papers, fun friend outing, topped off with 5 hours of shut eye if you're lucky.

This schedule from Hell pops up in everybody's life at least once every few months, but in college it seems so much more prevalent.

I asked a few of my friends what their take was on the busyness of your average college student.

"Mainly, I don't want to miss out on stuff."

"Over-committing was a huge problem my freshman year, it kept me distracted so I wouldn't feel homesick."

"We're just juicing our youth."

From this conversation with my pals, it seemed to me that the temptation of overcommitting is rooted in some bigger fears.

FOMO ("Fear Of Missing Out") is frequently joked about, but as the immediacy of social media progresses, I'm beginning to see that this is a real fear for young folks. Lately, just being alone and at peace is not fun enough. If you see an exciting event on a friend's SnapChat story, you'll probably feel left out. You feel like you're missing something, like you're not being what a college student should be -- engaged, constantly at 100% energy level, and always surrounded by friends.

Then, there's the fear of thinking. Often for me, being still and quiet is relaxing, refreshing, and helps me recharge my energy for human interaction. But sometimes, it has the exact opposite effect. When my friend mentioned over-committing as a distraction tactic, it felt like I'd gotten punched in the gut. She was so right. When you have so many activities to participate in, you are less likely to have enough time to really pay attention to how you're feeling. You can't settle down and journal for twenty minutes when you have class, then work, then a meeting, then a group project, writing session, class, rehearsal, coffee date, class, audition, football game, choir, band practice, dinner, homework, sleep. For some, busyness is a coping mechanism. Because, why think when you can go, go, go?

This last one made me laugh. "Juicing our youth." It has a whole lot of truth to it. We youngsters want to live vividly, take every opportunity there is to develop as people, and stuff our lives full of interesting things to do. We want to jump into adventures and experience hanging by a thread, because we know that, one day, the unique ability to just drop everything and go for it will be stunted. The clock is ticking, and as college students we are acutely aware of just how much time we have left to write for the school newspaper, star in a school play, or volunteer at a local charity event.

Okay, so these things individually are not bad, but you already know that. This blog post isn't meant to discourage joining groups -- far from it, actually. As a matter of fact, when you're picky about what activities you choose to participate in, there's a greater chance you actually care about that activity, and you can dedicate more of your time to it when you're not also involved in 20+ other commitments.

Aaaaaand, again, I am the poster child for over-commitment -- so I get it. I understand that it's hard enough to say no to something you don't particularly care about, much less to something you care deeply about. But, please, for your own sanity and well-being, take your time seriously. Value it. Try not to commit to things just because you'll be missing out if you don't, or you'll have to actually sit and think about how you're feeling if you're not busy, or because you're afraid that you're running out of unique opportunities.

Hope you have an awesome day, and that you take some time to relax in the near future :)

- Emi



One Word Makes a Difference

Dordt is a unique campus. Anyone who goes here would tell you that.  This past spring break I went with a worship team and an admissions counselor from Dordt to Chicago area and western Michigan. Leading worship for the high school chapels was great, but the time after worship was even better. After chapel, the admissions counselor, the worship team, and I got to spend time with students who had come to the Dordt College information session. One of the things that our admissions counselor boasts of is the fact that it takes about five minutes to walk from one end of the campus to the other, but in reality, it takes about twice as long because you end up stopping to see people you know and seeing how they’re doing. There’s something in the atmosphere on Dordt’s campus that I haven’t found anywhere else, and yet it can be created by using only one word. Here are a few examples. 

Just say: Hey

Just saying this one word can brighten someone's day or spark a conversation. Saying hello (often followed by "How are you?" ) to someone is a way of letting the other know that you care about their wellbeing. Greeting someone is a way of acknowledging them and who they are as a person.  

Just say: Yes

This is a great word. 'Yes' can open up doors of opportunities, whether that be saying yes to studying abroad, saying yes to a friend in the library offering you their leftovers from the Grille, saying yes to agreeing to go on a date with that guy/girl who's had you on their mind recently, saying yes to a colleague's request for help on homework, or saying yes to participating in your local church's ministry! If you have an opportunity, don't be afraid to say yes!

Just say: Thank-you

This word can technically be two words and is often spelled as two words, but it can also be written as a single word to (hehe). Saying thank-you shows whoever you are thanking that you appreciate them as a person. Say thank-you to the one who holds the door open for you, to the one who lends you clothes, to the people who cook for you, to the people who teach you, to the people who lead you and mentor you. Give thanks to everyone (and to God) in all circumstances. 

So don't be afraid to say hello as you pass by others on the way to/from class. Don't be afraid to say yes to that adventure or challenging task that seems to be shrouded in uncertainty. Don't be afraid to say thank-you when someone helps you out. Only one word makes a difference.

Until next time,