Ask anyone on campus and most of them will tell you that this semester has been extraordinarily difficult. There have been frustrating professors, busy schedules, difficult classes, family, friends, and all-encompassing freak outs about the future. In short, life happened. And it was hard.
But we’ve all made it through and managed to accomplish some incredible things along the way. Some of us studied abroad, some of us conquered difficult classes; some of us moved away from home and completed our first semester of college; some of us asked questions and some of us found answers; some of us started a journey and some of us got lost; some of us became inspired; and some of us found a place to belong.
This time of the year lends itself to thoughtful reflection on the year coming to a close and the year ahead. It’s been an interesting year for me, and this semester has been unexpectedly challenging and difficult for me. I love school and I look to my classes and professors for inspiration and challenges, but that wasn’t there for me this semester, and the longer the semester dragged on, the more discouraged I became. Yet, throughout it all, my Lighthouse family, whether or not they were always aware of it, encouraged me every week. They put up with my craziness and my stress, and offered their shoulders to cry on. Their love and commitment to each other and to this community is a beautiful thing and I am so grateful for everyone who is a part of it.
I know many of us are tired, exhausted, and unmotivated. This semester is so close to its end, and yet, we still have so much standing between us and that beacon of hope, winter break. But I hope all of you take a moment to reflect on all that you have accomplished and I want you all to know how grateful I am for all of you and all that you do.