We’ve finished our first week back at college and are quickly onto the next. I admit that I was having some doubts about going back to college. Was this really the right decision? But as soon as I arrived I felt much better. There were a number of things that affirmed this for me during the week.
New things to study
I’m really looking forward to some of the things that we’re going to study this year. We get to go into a lot more depth in doctrine and Old Testament this year. I’m looking forward to studying John in New Testament (because he’s just so confusing sometimes!), and we start philosophy this year as well. We also look in detail at the Reformation and I’m really looking forward to learning about what happened then and the detail in the differences between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism.
A focus on prayer
This year in women’s chapel we’re having a focus on prayer. I’m not really sure what that looks like in practice, but I’m excited to be doing this. I’ve been wanting for a few years now to look at prayer more closely and to improve my prayer habits. I hope that this focus will help me to do that.
The need for musicians
Due to some shuffling of people, Wednesday’s women’s chapel has been left with fewer musicians than normal so I volunteered to not only song lead (which I did last year) but also play the piano in chapel (as long as they’re happy for me to just play chords!).
Filling out my committee
At college everyone is involved in a committee, be it prayer, tutoring, orientation, library. My committee leader was pleased when he found out that I was continuing at college because it meant we had exactly enough (the minimum number of) people on the committee. I loved helping out with my committee last year, I’ll write more about it soon.
Keeping up in class
We heard last year that second year is a bit of a step up from first year in terms of workload and expectations. I’ve been please that I’ve been able to mentally keep up in class (at least for now!), particularly in Greek, which is much more complicated and fast-paced than last year. Additionally, though I wouldn’t be surprised if I drop behind in the set readings (as almost everyone inevitably does), it feels good to have started reading for a number of subjects.
I’m excited to see what God will be teaching me this year and I hope you enjoy reading about it.