Hello friends! I hope you are all doing well! This semester is going by so quickly, but I am trying to soak it all up while I can. I am not ready for this school year to end yet! Many of you are probably enjoying your spring break and vacation. But for students here at Biola, we are going through housing selection season! The cool thing about your second year in Biola housing is that you have priority to choose what room you would like for the upcoming year. Since I will be the RA (resident advisor) on my floor next year, I have a specific room that is reserved. So, I get to sit back and watch all my friends negotiate and plan out neighbors for the fall.

A couple days ago, my friend, Jess, told me that she would be living in my current room next semester. When she told me this, it was surreal. The space that I have called home for the past eight months will be someone else’s in a few more months. By the semester of Fall 2018, our current community will grow and morph drastically. Everything will be different. As college students, we live with this reality. For four years, give or take, our lives are in flux. We move yearly, our classes change every semester, and sometimes our churches change every weekend. The difficult part is that there is nothing innately wrong with this lifestyle. It comes with the college territory.

BUT I would like to challenge you to learn how to live with a permanent mindset in temporary circumstances. This means learning how to set spiritual and relational roots in places where you may not be for an extended amount of time. While I was in community college, I refused to seek out friendships because I saw that place as insignificant. Biola was my end goal, so I chose to wait to develop relationally. In having that mentality, I missed out on so many great opportunities. Since so many physical things in this season are short term, it can be easy to allow our spirituality and relationships to also reflect that.

I encourage you to pray and ask God where He wants you to start investing. For me, I want to start memorizing scripture instead of forgetting them after being quizzed. Maybe there is an acquaintance you need to reach out to. Whatever it is, start building long lasting foundations now.

As alway, feel free to message me with any questions you may have about Biola! I’d love to chat.

-Chantel