Thoughts about Finishing my Second Year of University

I’m finally finished with my second year of university. After many hours writing papers on my computer and having Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN on repeat, I’m halfway through with finishing my bachelor’s degree. My sophomore year at Point Loma Nazarene University has been crazy. From studying abroad in London in the fall of 2016 to leading volunteers for homeless ministries in San Diego and even travelling to New York City by myself. I’m pretty thankful for the experiences I’ve had within the last 8 months of school. I’ve become much more comfortable being outside my comfort zone. I’ve come to the point where I’ve become less dependent on others and dependent on God on what I want to do with my life. I’m really excited for my junior year of university because I’ll be living off-campus in a house. I personally felt tired of living on campus and being trapped within the “Loma Bubble.” I like to describe the Loma Bubble as the view that everything has to be perfect in order to please others. Stereotypically, students would make sure to look good and trendy on their social media accounts, almost as if their life is perfect. I find it ironic when I’m scrolling down my Facebook feed and I see people who “appear” awesome because they’re laughing, smiling, and having fun in their pictures yet when I meet them in person they come off as completely different. I’m not saying that they’re personalities are a complete 180 of their perceived personas, but that their personalities don’t match the way the portray themselves on social media. Another reason about why I’m excited to live off-campus is because I’ll finally own a car and I’ll be able to drive on my own. I felt trapped at Point Loma and now I feel that I can finally explore the rest of San Diego. I also didn’t give surfing too much of a chance while I was in San Diego, but now that I have a car, one of my goals is to pick it up along with hiking. There are some awesome hiking trails and deserts I want to explore. Those of which include Joshua Tree and hopefully the Grand Canyon. I’ve never hiked until I went to Point Loma where some of my upperclassmen friends invited me to some hikes. I think this is one of the few things I appreciate about the culture at Point Loma, where it sparks a sense of adventure. I think the culture at Point Loma is similar to other colleges where if you want to be considered a “Point Loman,” it (an admissions brochure had it) gives you a bunch of requirements/standards on what it means to be Loman. Such requirements/standards include: owning a Hydroflask bottle, wearing Patagonia brand clothing, being a surfer. One of my professors noted how ironic it was that this college tells you how to be Loman, yet wants to promote diversity among its students. I don’t fit much into the standards, so would I be considered as someone who is a “Point Loman?” What I do appreciate about it is the sense of fostering growth, adventure, and openness with someone who is used to being in his or her comfort zone. Despite these complaints, I’m grateful for all the relationships I’ve built there and all the experiences that developed my character at Point Loma Nazarene University.

 

 

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30 (40) Hour Famine

On April 7th and 8th, I’ll be fasting for 40 hours to fundraise money and raise awareness about world hunger. My home church annually attends this event during this date, but because I’m far away in university, I’ll be doing it by myself. It’s normally 30 hours, but because I’ve done it already for two years, I feel that I can push myself for 40 for this year. Personally, It will be challenging when I’m faced with the temptation of food, but fasting will help me control my desires. If you would like to donate toward my cause, it will be in the link down below:

https://youth.worldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=31338

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A Reminder to Look Past Failure

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

I found this quote from Edison to be inspiring. It’s a positive outlook of failure. I appreciate this quote even more because it comes from the man of many inventions. One of the many reasons that I want to study computer science is because of people like Edison and Elon Musk. They are people willing to take risks and fail 10,000 times in order to innovate technology and make the future worth living. As for me right now, I am struggling to find out which classes I am going to take for my next semester. I shouldn’t be worrying because I know that God has a plan for me after my four years of university. I desire to change the world with technology and I know I will eventually end up working in the technological sector. Hope this quote motivates you to look past your failures as it did to me.