Well, I’ve been here for a month. I’ve learned a lot so far, but not so much academically. Yes, I’m sharpening my math skills and learning the difference between selective reception and selective interpretation, but really what I’m discovering here is how people function. Of course, being homeschooled, I’m discovering a lot about people and the world. I’m learning how true of a statement “it’s all about who you know” really is.
I’m building friendships and learning to love college life, but whenever I think about what I truly want to do, my mind and heart go back to Japan. I want to just jump straight back into the mission field. Honestly, If you handed me a one-way plane ticket to Japan leaving tomorrow, I would have absolutely no problem dropping out of school and packing my bags. But I can’t do that, and chances are nobody’s going to hand me a one-way ticket to Japan.
I’m starting to understand what I like doing, what I don’t like doing, what I like in people, and what I don’t. I’m learning about career paths I didn’t think were possible for me or that even existed. I’m learning how to better manage my time with the help of encouraging professors and my wonderful mom. I’m learning that money doesn’t last that long and that jobs are a wonderful, beautiful, amazing thing (as are parents).
I’m learning how to be patient with professors and classmates that I just don’t agree with, but I’m also seeing how important it is to be firm in your beliefs. There’s no point in trying to persuade someone that you’re right if you aren’t 100% sure of that yourself.
I’m also realizing how thankful I am that I was homeschooled. I’m so happy that I had to teach myself how to learn on my own and be independent. Those skills don’t just apply to academics, they can apply to anything.
I’m also super grateful for community college and it’s lack of unnecessary expenses, even though I know I’m destined to be an Oklahoma State Cowgirl.
I’m thankful for the Biblical community I have back home, and the one that I’m starting to build here.
I’m learning how important it is to Live Different… People notice you, I promise.
If you’ve made it this far you’re a trooper. Thanks for reading 🙂