Back At It

            Christmas break has passed and second semester is full swing. Crazy to think that I’m already halfway done with my freshman year of college! The first three weeks back on campus have been an awesome adventure already—I’d love to tell you about it!

            The first day back consisted of multiple bro-hugs and cheerful greetings as everyone was pumped to see each other again. It felt like a massive family reunion! As classes were in full swing, some buddies and I were tackling "Syllabus Week" one day at a time. While cranking out the semester’s first assignment, one of my mentors on campus reached out to me and asked if I wanted to go to Minnesota for a mini getaway. My response? “Heck, yeah!” So, naturally, some close friends and I packed up a backpack of clothes and headed north. The weekend consisted of hanging out in a cabin all weekend and diving into the Word together. Wow, what an awesome opportunity it was to grow with my Northwestern brothers and sisters! As the weekend came to an end, we were all pumped to be back on campus together. The following week was full of late-night talks, coffee intertwined with homework, and eating meals together—serving as a college-family away from our home-families!

            As the second weekend approached, we all wanted to do something again together. After a few minutes of brainstorming, we were reminded of the joy of just hopping into a car and traveling together, so that’s what we decided we’d do again. Some buddies and I packed up one of the guys’ maroon-colored, leather-seated van and hit the road. We decided to go north again—Minneapolis it was! On the way, we snagged some tickets online to an NBA game and set aside a few hours to hit up the Mall of America. The spontaneity of the trip made it that much greater! Just a few college dudes hanging out and exploring together. From rap battles to endless laughter, the weekend was full of genuine brotherhood and joy.

            I tell the experiences of these first couple of weeks back on campus for one reason: to share about how awesome college is! Very rarely is there a time in life where you’ll have a test at 11 a.m. on Friday and be on a road trip with friends by 3 p.m. that very day. Hardly do you ever get to just go somewhere and not think twice about it. Better yet, doing it all with some of your closest friends! This is the best part about college. Simply doing life with people and soaking up each moment is so special. Along with the lessons learned within the classroom, experiencing life with people is the most formative part of these four years.

            With all of this said, the start of my second semester of college has been a blast. Good people, much learning, and unique experiences have been at the forefront of the experience thus far. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to indulge in the joy that is college. I'm pumped to see what this second semester has in store and look forward to sharing the journey with all of you!