Wow, that was bittersweet. This is the last time I will be saying "Hey, y'all" to ya.
For almost a whole school year, you guys have been with me! You've come alongside me and allowed me to reflect on all of the ups and downs of this year with you. And you have shared in a lot of the highlights, revelations and lessons that I've encountered throughout the school year.
I'm not gonna lie, this school year was the toughest yet. . . from feeling like I was drowning in school, commitments and projects, to getting hit by unforeseen events with friends, family and relationships... it was challenging. But I wouldn't have changed anything about it. While I was in the midst of it, it was incredible how God showed himself to be faithful and worthy of my trust, time and time again. I am so grateful God used all the trying times throughout this school year to bring me closer to him.
For every hard moment, there were a bajillion wonderful ones! Seriously. And thank you, guys, for coming alongside me during all of them!
As I head into summer, I can't help but think that these upcoming months will bring a lot of "new." New experiences. New growth. New inspiration. New energy.
I'll be interning at Voice of the Refugees, an organization in Anaheim that serves local refugee communities in Orange County. And then, it looks like I'll be in Bulgaria and Turkey for the rest of the summer. I'm super stoked about it!
I know that for a lot of you, this next season will be also filled with a lot of "new" as well. Some of you are going into college for the very first time! That's so exciting! But some of you may be really anxious, like I know I was when I was heading to college. And, I'm still right there alongside you in all the nerves. For much of this summer, I'm stepping into places and roles I've never had before. For most of you, college will come with responsibilities, freedoms, roles and places you've never stepped into either. But as we both step into new things this summer, know that it will be good! My prayer for all of you is that you will grow, learn, laugh, and create more than you ever have.
I love you all and will miss you getting to share my week with you. I'll be praying for you all as you enter into the new. I know it will be filled with incredible growth and beautiful memories, even in the difficulty, nerves, and unknown.