Hello friends! I hope that you are all doing well. This is such a hectic time in the semester, but I have been enjoying every moment of it. In our meeting this week my coworker, Blake, shared with our staff about how he is learning to change his attitude about life’s circumstances. It was something I needed to hear, especially at this point in the semester. Sometimes when it feels like the world is going 100 miles per hour, it's necessary to stop and smell the roses.

Last weekend the department of Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (aka SEID) hosted the most adorable event EVER. You may remember that I wrote about Biola’s Affinity Groups in a previous blog post called Chocolate Chats. These groups are designed to gather men and women from similar cultural and ethnic backgrounds to cultivate community here on campus. They are perfect for those who want to learn more about how their culture enrich the Kingdom of God. Each of the groups have their own meeting days and times, but the interns over each one wanted to provide a space for the members to connect with each other! So, the women from Chocolate Chats, Bellas, Taro Talks, Fusion, and the White Identity Formation group came together and had the most aesthetic picnic.

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We had homemade smoothie bowls with fresh fruit. Cards with words of affirmation for each of the women were written out. There was a table of flowers fresh from LA’s Flower District for us to create bouquets and flower crowns with. The event produced a fair amount of photos that I would love to share with you.

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(My friend, Leslie)

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(Kylea & I pretending to be models)

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It was a day for the books.

I also want to say that it's been such a privilege to write for Becoming Biola. Honestly, it is a dream come true. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for journeying with me this year. And if you are coming to Biola in the fall, I would love to connect with you! So, feel free to click that red “Ask me a question” button at the bottom of the page.

-Chantel xx