That’s it. It’s done! Within the blink of an eye I’ve finished up the fall semester of my junior year, and I can hardly believe it. September was fun and exciting, and it reminded me why I love Loma. October was a whirlwind- from my favorite baseball team getting into and winning the World Series[…]Read More
Frozen totally understands the struggle of nursing school. 1. When you wake up for a 7:30 a.m. Adult Theory class… 2. It’s exam day and everyone around you seems relaxed 3. But deep down inside, you’re freaking out about this exam 4. Afterwards you shake it off and get back on the bus to go back to[…]Read More
In my recent travels, I went on a weekend get-away to Salzburg, Austria. This is the home of The Sound of Music, a fortress, excellent food, and beautiful scenery. Nestled between two hills and divided by a river, the touristy part of the city is tucked away from the rest of the world. For two[…]Read More
I had a well-spent fall break with Great Escapes to Colorado River as a participant. Basically, leading up to this day I was having second thoughts on going. I have so much homework to catch up on and I could have really used those 3-days to just do that… but I’m sure glad I didn’t listen to myself! THIS TRIP WAS A BLAST, right from we left campus on Friday morning and the time we got back on Sunday night. I knew that we were driving a long ways to get to the river, but that was basically it. The best part of this trip for me personally is that I didn’t know the itinerary. I just felt like I hopped in a van with 31 of my good friends (some of whom I knew prior to this trip but most I didn’t) and saw the road unravel before me. I also really loved getting to know so many people who I wouldn’t have met otherwise if I didn’t go on this trip. This is community building at its finest. Out in nature without cellphones and 32 people sharing life stories, singing worship, TSwift, and country songs, while diving in the cold water.
I was surprised when we drove 6 hours to the California/Nevada/Arizona border. On the first day, we got to catch the sunset at the Hoover Damn. The next morning, we canoed 8 miles to our campsite. Along the way, we had snacks on the Arizona side and ate lunch and cliff jumped on the Nevada side. (This was my first time cliff jumping ever and it was one of the most terrifying/exhilarating moments I’ve ever experienced.) Since we were canoeing against the current, but along the wind, three of the other ODL guides and I made a “catamaran” and got to sail along the emerald green waters almost as clear as glass. At our campsite were natural hot springs with brain eating amoebas… At night, we slept along the river bed and you could hear the ebbing water of the river current lull you to sleep. Or maybe not… We stayed up pretty late, piled on top of one another, and had great conversation! The next day we canoed back to our vans and made our voyage back to campus. Overall, it was a total of 16 miles canoeing (20 if you’re like my partner and I who zig zagged a great length of this river). I ate well, slept more in the past two days than I did the whole week, and just had a great time. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND GOING ON THIS TRIP. You’ll have such a great adventure!
I know many times it’s been said that your roommate will either be your worst enemy or your best friend and I am so grateful to God that He has given me a friend. I get to share my little home with Paige, who is super sweet, brilliant, beautiful, and fun. I have enjoyed our times together staying up late, talking about our classes, and crying together over Phantom of the Opera. My great experiences in college up to this point are largely in part due to my wonderful roommate. We just had the opportunity to go back to my hometown, Palm Springs, this past weekend not to necessarily visit my family, but to participate in a church retreat. The worship, fellowship, and lessons helped Paige and I to draw closer to one another, as we drew closer to God. I know we will only continue to build more amazing memories together while we have each other as roommates.
Arriving at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome on Friday, I moved as quickly as my fast walk could take me to the train station – our designated meeting place. Our planes were arriving so late in the evening that there were only two trains left for the night that could take us toward our hostel. I waited impatiently, slightly pacing around the small terminal. I would peak around the corner to see who was coming and check the “arrivals” board constantly.
There’s a point in studying abroad where you begin to miss your home country. Everything exciting and new seems to pale in comparison to the familiarity of family and friends. It’s part of culture shock and comes in different forms to all students who study abroad. My way of dealing with it involves meeting up with a friend from back home.
Suddenly, I heard, “Olivia!” Turning around I saw one of my best friends in her trademark purple jacket and little, red roller suitcase. Savannah and I ran to embrace each other from across the station.
This year I got the chance to meet up with the ever wonderful and amazing Savannah. A Communications Major at PLNU, she is studying in Brussels, Belgium. We decided to meet up for a weekend in Italy by starting in Rome and heading up to Florence. For the rest of the trip, we caught up on everything – our travels, our experiences, along with our families and friends back in America. It was the perfect cure for the culture shock flu.
There’s something about being with a friend who know’s you and can share in the adventure of studying abroad. It allows for an even deeper understanding of your own adventures and finding common experiences. And the weekend also allowed for us to make new memories together filled with pizza, pasta, gelato, and beautiful sunsets.
Even flying 5000 miles away to the other side of the world, I just needed a bit of Loma in my life to get me back on track to enjoying the rest of my semester. I have less than two months left, and I intend to make the most of it.
If you should be interested in Savannah’s adventures in Brussels, follow her blog here: http://willtravelforwaffles.wordpress.com
In the words of Pastor Celestin, it was a long and wonderful day. Today was filled with sadness and excitement, pride and longing, but most of all the bittersweet feeling of not being able to be in two places at once. And it was all because of International Ministries Chapel.
Point Loma not only offers amazing opportunities to serve locally within our San Diego community, but there are also incredible opportunities to serve all over the world. LoveWorks is PLNU’s short-term missions trip where students can sign up and spend a few weeks of their summer serving abroad. Just last summer I had the wonderful opportunity of being part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s LoveWorks team. While there I witnessed genuine love and wealth in happiness not riches. I left a little piece of my heart in the DRC amongst the city, the schools we built, the children we played with, the pastors we met, and the new family we formed.
So today when James Bishop led worship and started with an African song I didn’t know, I thought to myself “This is neat, but I wish they could sing Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe” and what happened next put me through a roller coaster of emotions… Before I knew it he started singing the words “Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe” and I leapt for pure joy. Then I looked over to my friend and sadly cried. Finally we locked arms and sang with as much love our hearts could offer. I wanted to be back in the Congo, but at the same time I was so excited to have a piece of the Congo in Point Loma. All day I’ve reminisced on the sweet memories I’ve had from the Congo, and if there’s one thing I can say with full confidence it is that LoveWorks has changed me.