Wednesday, July 25, 2012

And This is What I Decided About Grad School...

If you've been reading (or know me personally), you know I've been faced with a very hard decision to make this month.  And I guess I kinda brought it on myself haha.

See, I decided at some point that maybe I'd try to go to graduate school.  I don't remember when, because it was never something I was really interested in, but all of a sudden I was signing up to take the GRE and looking at graduate programs on the Appalachian State website.

See, I have always had my heart kinda set on Appalachian, but at the same time, High Point University was just irresistible (and rightfully so).  So I decided that I'd finish undergrad at HPU and then go to App.

[I should add here that my mother told me I had to go to graduate school, so I didn't really have much of a choice haha. Besides, I wasn't ready to be done with school when the time came to graduate :) ]

Anyway, I decided sometime this past year that I wasn't ready to graduate from HPU, and got the idea to apply to grad school there so that I could continue to go there and not have to miss it.

But then there was still Appalachian.

So I applied to both places, knowing that I would be putting myself in a very tough situation if I happened to get into both places. (I won't get into how much of a fiasco it was for me trying to decide where to attend for undergrad)

[[I almost applied to UNC-Wilmington, because I love the beach, and Alpha Chi Omega is colonizing there, and I wanted to be part of that, but I didn't wanna make the decision even harder, and I was honestly too lazy to complete three applications. And okay, give me a break, I was REALLY busy this past semester!!]]

Of course, the decision was just as hard as I expected it to be. 

What could I do? High Point University is HOME!!!! It's magical, it's happy, it's purple, and it's like Disney World a little bit. 

But I kept thinking, "If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat. You have to get out of your comfort zone. A new place and experience will be good!"

I've had the best people in the world praying for me, and I finally decided last Friday to go to Appalachian for graduate school.  It literally broke my heart to pieces to turn HPU down. It was so hard. Many, many tears were shed.  I love that school with all of my heart. I didn't always love it, I'll admit.  But the past 4.5 years there have been a HUGE growing and learning experience, and I am SO SO SO glad I went there and had that experience.  I tear up when I think about it. 

But this is the thing: HPU will always be my home.  I will be on campus there as much as I possibly can this year.  I will still enjoy the school, and all of my wonderful friends and sisters, but I am taking on a new adventure at the same time.

I was so proud to graduate on May 5 from the same college that Daddy graduated from, and carry on the High Point tradition in our family.

In a couple years, I will be proud to graduate from the college that Mama graduated from, and keep Appalachian in the family.



"On this journey that you're making, there'll be answers that you seek. And it's you who'll climb the mountain; it's you who'll reach the peak."





eBa

Thursday, July 19, 2012

ALSO, WHAT IS TODAY?!?!?!?!

Zachary's BIRTHDAY!!!




YAY!!!!!!!!!!!

What Have I Been Up To?

Lately I've been very busy, considering it's SUMMER and I thought I'd be relaxing.  But that's okay - I've been having TONS of fun! I thoroughly enjoyed the 4th of July with my friends and family, Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball game with friends, had a blast doggie-sitting for one of the cutest puppies ever, I've had sleepovers, cooled off in the pool, worked, crafted, saw the X-Factor (twice!!!), watched TV for hours with Granny while she's recovering from surgery, played at the lake, spent quality sister time with Ashley, and spent quality time with great friends. 

And during all of this, I've been confused and thinking hard about where I want to go to graduate school - Appalachian or High Point.

But here are my last few weeks in pictures!!

 Grasshoppers Game!!!

 TOBY!

 4th of July

 canvas I made

 Seeing the X-Factor is one of the coolest experiences I've had!






more canvases!







Hope everyone else is having a fabulous July as well!!!!






eBa

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Little Help, Please!

So my BFF Chanelle Tyson is a wonderful writer, and a while back she wrote an awesome script. She is now living out the dream of a lifetime in Los Angeles by turning this script into a MOVIE! It's a film called Virgins for Life and it is about high school students who are dedicated to keeping their purity until marriage.  This film is really important to me because I am a firm believer in the fact that true love waits.  Chanelle and I and some of our other friends have had many conversations on this topic throughout the years, and Chanelle wanted to make a movie to share our beliefs with the world. 

[[If you want to know more about the film, here is the website:
virginsforlife.com]]


And here are the links to the two trailers:
http://youtu.be/1ZhA4neHcO4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McadSF181-E&feature=youtu.be


The movie is going to be so funny - full of jokes and wisecracks.  I LOVE comedies.  But it has also has a deeper meaning and lesson. And the cast looks INCREDIBLE. I personally know one of the lead actresses, Nina Concepcion, and she is awesome. So funny. I absolutely cannot wait to see this movie, and hope to be in Los Angeles for part of the filming.

Speaking of filming, the filming can only continue if Chanelle and her crew get more donations! It does take lots of money to make a movie, unfortunately. So if you want to donate some money to a good cause, even if it's a dollar, please visit this website. It would mean so much to all of us!!!

gofundme.com/virginsforlife

There really aren't enough Christian films out there that are mainstreamed and shown alongside secular films. Christian films do not get the attention or respect that they deserve, and that is an issue that we would like to work on. Please help us to reach our goals!


Thank you so much!



Nina Concepcion and Robert Watkins, two of the lead actors








eBa

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Vacation Bible School

Every year I help out with Vacation Bible School at church.  With the exception of maybe three years, I've been involved in VBS every year since I was 3.  It's something I love to be a part of because I believe it is such a precious and memorable time for the children.  I know it is for me, even now.  I can't help but get a little teary-eyed every year for some reason as I watch the kids sing and dance and learn about the Lord. 

This year, I helped in a third grade classroom and it was SO much fun! It was Ashley's first year as a non-student, since she's in middle school now, so she helped with the four year olds, and Zach helped the boys build rockets during craft time.  It was such a special week for all of us, and I hope the kids enjoyed it just as much as I did!

On Tuesday night, we had SIX children from our class decide that they wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior.  It was one of the most precious things I've ever witnessed.  I led them in prayer as they asked Jesus into their hearts, and that is something I will never forget.  VBS is SO important in the lives of children.


Here are some pictures that I took on the last night :)















eBa