We're Baaaaack

Somehow we are five weeks into the semester already. (What??) The thing about college is, it goes so fast. My roommate, Mariah, and I were discussing that Thursday night. Every single week we make that comment and its probably gets old, but it never ceases to amaze us. Looking at our planners on Sunday's and seeing all the activities, assignments, and assessments that we will endure that week, it always almost seems like we won't be able to accomplish it all. Yet, every single week, somehow we do!

Being a sophomore this year, the transition back into college was much easier than the first time around, naturally. I would love to share with you some of the best parts about returning to Dordt this semester, this time as a sophomore. :)

 In case you weren't already aware, I adore my roomies. Hehe :)

In case you weren't already aware, I adore my roomies. Hehe :)

1. OH MY WORD IT WAS SO FUN TO SEE PEOPLE AGAIN. So many "hi's" and hugs and "how's your summer been's?," and just so much love. :) I honestly did not even realize how many people I had built relationships with that I missed over the summer. Ahh, it was so fun to be back with all these amazing people again. If you had seen any of my blogs over the summer that included the surveys of my classmates, I mentioned how amazing my classmates are, and I want to reiterate that again. They are truly amazing people. Amazing.

2. I LOVE MY CLASSES. I honestly almost kind of maybe definitely did miss being in school. Not necessarily the homework part, but the schooling part. This semester, I am in one middle school education course, one math course for my math emphasis, one English course for my English emphasis, one science course for my coaching endorsement, a geography course for my major, and choir. Seriously, could it get any better?! At this point, I do not see how it could. Twenty credits is a lot, but when it is all major-specific courses or activities I love to be involved in, my classes are so enjoyable and no matter the time commitment, the homework is beneficial.

3. P&W ROCKS. I missed praise and worship so much, like hokey petes. If you have not been to Monday or Thursday night worship yet this year, 11/10 would recommend going as soon as possible. I'll leave it at that. :)

4. COMMUNITY, WHAT'S GOOD. Hey guess what, guys? We were just ranked #1 in the nation by the Wall Street Journal for school engagement for the second year a row. That's so awesome, but it is not too difficult to understand because students to professors to all the faculty and staff on campus are deeply invested in the education as well as interests of us as students. They desire for us to experience the most development in college and preparation for our future vocations and they put so much into what they do to give us the best they can and I have already been experiencing that in this first month. From the responses our teaches want after tests to the times they encourage us to come in and meet with them if we have questions, it is evident that they were so ready to be back with us and pushing us each day to become better equipped to find our calling in God's kingdom.

All in all, it is good to be back. Do I miss my summer job and different schedule? Yes. Do I wish I was getting more sleep? Absolutely. But nothing compares to being back here. I cannot wait to see what this year brings. I am going to do my best not to blink and miss it all!

-Hayley