I hope you all have had the most amazing week! Today, I want to share with you about one of my favorite things in life… SPORTS! Alright, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I do love watching and playing sports. In particular, I want to talk about intramurals for all my people out there that are not athletic enough to play sports at the collegiate level (I envy the real athletes reading this). For those of you who do not know, intramural sports are an opportunity to stay in shape and have fun playing sports in college. They are separate from Biola’s official teams, so they are not a huge time commitment.I loved playing sports in high school. I played football, basketball, and track until I stopped playing them all, so I could try new things, like theatre. Although I did not play sports my junior and senior year, I still was very active by playing pick-up basketball and football whenever I could! I was excited for Biola intramurals, so I could unleash my competitive spirit once again.

Here at Biola, we have a lot of options for intramurals. In the fall semester, you can play flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, and/or ultimate frisbee. Other than flag football, all of the sports are coed, which is super fun! In the fall, volleyball is the most popular intramural. In the spring, you can play basketball, beach volleyball, softball, and/or soccer. For most of these intramural sports, there are different leagues. “A” league is for the best of the best and the most competitive. There are some pretty good athletes in “A” league, and the games definitely get competitive. “B” league is still competitive, but it isn’t nearly as intense. “C” league is even less serious and really is just for fun if you want to try something new. A few weeks into your first year at Biola you will get a chance to form teams for intramurals, and shortly after that you will begin playing games!

This fall, the only intramural I joined was flag football. We play our games Thursday or Friday nights on the soccer field. My team is pretty much all freshmen, and we went into it extremely overconfident. We thought we were going to take “A” league by storm and march to the championship. Oh, how we were wrong… so wrong. We haven’t won a single game, and some of the games have been embarrassing losses. With that being said, it’s still been an absolute blast, and my teammates are some of my best friends. We are going to do it again next year, so if you’re playing intramural football as a Biola student next year, watch out for my winless team, “Chill Vibes.” Next semester, I’m hoping to do “B” league beach volleyball, and then “A” or “B” league basketball. We are talking about doing a Becoming Biola bloggers team for beach volleyball, so that would be an absolute blast. I plan to do basketball with either some friends or with my floor, which will be super fun!

So why did I tell you about all of this? For one, I want to you all to see that there is a wide variety of ways to get involved and have fun here on campus. I also wanted to encourage you all to seek community when you get here! Whether it’s starting a team with your SOS (Student Orientation Services) group or with your floor or joining a random team, it’s a great way to meet people and build amazing friendships!

Weekly Update

Per usual, I want to update you on my life this past week or so. I do this for a few reasons. One, I want you guys to know a little bit about me, so you can know where I’m coming from. Also, I want you all to know me, so you can feel more comfortable to ask me a question about Biola or to come talk to me if you see around campus when you visit. Lastly, I want to give you even deeper insight into how my time at Biola is going at Biola. So here we go!
Honestly, this last week was tougher than usual. The main reasons for that was I just had a lot of academic work. I had several papers due throughout the week, random busy work, and then a greek midterm, which required a lot of studying. On top of working as a student ambassador and working on missions conference staff, it was a busy week. I tend to respond to busyness in one of two ways: 1) I’m superman, and I work my butt off until it’s all done, or 2) I’m lazy, procrastinate, and complain. I found myself doing the latter this past week. I was lazy in school because I was overwhelmed by the amount of work I had to do, so I found myself neglecting my friendships and overall health. That laziness even trickled into my spiritual life. I ended the week feeling very drained physically, mentally, and spiritually. This weekend was a great reset to prepare and push through until Thanksgiving. College is so great, but it’s also so exhausting. Even this week, I was bragging to my friends about how I’m not busy at all academically, and then ten things randomly came up to make me busy again. It’s a grind, but I’m trying to see God’s goodness through all the work and long hours.

Praying for all of you as you start to hear back from schools and have to start making college decisions the next few months!