I have been asked numerous times, if there was one piece of advice I could give to my high school self, what would it be? That’s hard. How do I sum up all that I have learned over the past three years of my life (and not just any three years, but three years in college) into one collective, “this is what it’s all about” statement? That feels impossible. There is so much that I have learned, so many ways that I have changed and grown, that summarizing it, and condensing it down into one collective takeaway feels almost like I am doing this whole experience a disservice.

But maybe that’s just it.

I often look back at 17-year-old Macie, and realize how different she is from the person I am today. She knew absolutely nothing of what she was getting herself into, and just how much these next few years at Biola would impact her. She was excited for the future, but had no idea how much the next few years would have a formative, lasting impact on who she would become as a woman, student, and a Christ-follower.

Change is inevitable, which can be terrifying, but so exciting. The amount of change and growth that I have experienced during my time at Biola has helped me to better understand who I am, and how I relate to the world around me. I have learned so much more about who I am. I have changed my major and career path a solid three times. And most importantly, I have learned so much about my own identity in Christ, and what it looks like to live completely in the freedom that we receive in him.

Now, when I say I have grown so much over the past few years, I don’t mean to say that who I was is any less of a person than who I now am. I am still the same person at my core that I always have been. I’d say I am now just better at defining that. I know how to speak to my strengths, my weaknesses, my passions, and feelings. I can put words to topics and ideas that I would shy away from in the past.

I’m still growing. I can confidently look to the past, see where I was, and be proud of how far I’ve come. But I know I have so far to go, and I could not be more excited. I still have a full year left in college, and I know it’s probably going to be the toughest one yet (which is slightly daunting, but oh so enticing). I don’t think I have ever been more ready to see the ways in which God is going to radically shake my life over the next two semesters.

If I could summarize my entire college experience thus far, and give one piece of advice to my high school self, it’s this: be so open to growth, to change, to new ideas and perspectives. Be ready to have your world rocked in ways that you never would have expected, because God works in the craziest ways, and he made you a wonderfully unique individual who has so far only scratched the surface of your potential.

Until next time,