Hi all!

Wow. It seems like the weeks are just running together now! This week was pretty crazy with finals, but now they are over and I am headed home in a week (and from there, SOUTH AFRICA!) I can’t believe that I’ve finished junior year already. In honor of this, here are my five favorite moments from Belmont Part 3!!!

1. Being Madame P. I just finished up my year as President of Belmont’s Student Government Association and I can honestly say that it was one of the most life changing experiences. It taught me so much about what real leadership is and the relationships that I have formed over the past year are so dear to me. I’m officially retired as of Wednesday and am so excited for the new leadership to do big things!

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2. Interning at the Dream Center. I also just finished up my spring internship at Cross Point’s Dream Center. This was my first REAL internship, and I could not have picked a better place to learn about community development. The Dream Center is such a special place and I am so blessed to have been a part of its growth. God is doing great things in that place. Go sign up to run in their first ever 5K on May 16th!!

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3. Adventuring. This year I got a chance to go to some wonderful places, including Trinidad and New York! Sharing these experiences with people I love was amazing, and I really enjoyed the feeling of being small in a new place. Which brings me to my next moment…

4. Being selected as a Lumos Scholar. I decided to apply to the Lumos Program with no expectation of actually getting it. It’s a highly selective program through Belmont that enables students to design their own project in another country and have an opportunity to have a learning experience that is literally out of the box. In just three weeks I will be embarking on a trip to South Africa for two and a half months, and even typing it those words don’t seem real. Stay tuned for some updates to my blog and more details about this amazing summer adventure!

5. Living in grace. Of course, most of those highlights were to be expected. I have had an incredibly blessed year. But it hasn’t been without its struggles. It gets hard to talk about hard things (especially on a blog called the Blessed Life), but I am thankful for being here today despite some pretty difficult storms to weather, both against me and within me. Very thankful for the friends who have been by my side through it all and for a God who gives grace even when it seems like it’s barely there.

It’s been a good year, and the best is yet to come.

xoxo,

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