Wow, what a crazy year. It has been one that I will never take for granted for the rest of my life. This semester brought so much growth spiritually and personally and even though it was cut short I learned so much about myself. To think that four years in high school went fast, now looking at how quickly college passes, I cannot believe how fast everything has gone. I am writing this over halfway through college with only three semesters left to go, WTH (what the heck). I am so blessed to have the people that I have gotten to meet and become a part of their lives this past year and semester. Spring semester is my favorite time of the year. It’s hot and beach days are endless, but that was cut short in light of everything that is going on in our world right now. I have had a really hard time with having to leave Biola so suddenly and having to finish almost half of the semester without all the fun things college brings, like community. In the past three weeks of being home I have realized that community is not the place but more so the people that make the environment so inviting. I just want anyone thinking about how they don't know if they want to go to college in light of everything happening just know that the community is not one place, it's the people. I genuinely think God goes everywhere and is in everyone and I have seen him so present in my life through this past semester and my relationship with him has grown so much since deciding to come to Biola two years ago.

Finishing this semester is going to be tough as now I do not have access to the Library or Common Grounds or even the Biola campus in general, LOL, “gotta make light of the situation”. I know that God will be right there with me through it all. I am going to share my favorite Psalm that has been my favorite for some time but now is something that gets me through each day. Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. 3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

This is a very scary and uncertain time but this passage lets me know the Lord is our fortress and we dwell within him in times of uncertainty and for anything. This has been one of the most rewarding years getting to share my Biola Journey with all of you and I cannot wait for you all to have a Biola story very soon. Biola makes it so hard to say goodbye and that's what I love! I cannot wait for one more year ahhhh that's crazy.

God bless you all,

Hunter Kennedy 

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