Hello Friends! My name is Kierstan Hall, I’m from the capital city of Sacramento, CA. Here’s a fun fact for you- Sacramento is nicknamed the city of trees, because it has such a beautiful tree canopy. I am a recent APU graduate with my B.A. in Philosophy. I’m so blessed to be able to share my APU experience with you this summer! So, hang on to your seats it is going to be a fun ride.
My story starts Spring of 2011 when I transferred to APU from a large state school up north. My previous college was great, and I loved it, but I found that I was losing myself there. I felt that my identity was being shaped by all the wrong things and that I was living my life for myself, not really considering God’s plan for my life.
I knew I wanted to find another school, but I had no idea what I was looking for, until I came to APU. I was on a college tour with my younger sister, who heard about APU through friends back home. As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew it was the place for me. After I applied, I prayed “God if this is the place for me, open the door for me and I will walk through it, no questions asked”. Within those next few weeks I told family, and friends that I was moving to SoCal. Although, I was assured and confident in my decision to switch schools I ran into a number of friends, and even family members, who were skeptical of my choice.
I will be honest, I love new things, but I am terrified of transitions! There is something very uncomfortable about transitions. I find that in the midst of transitioning it is hard to relax or settle because you know that you will be leaving that place shortly. At the same time, transitions can cause us to be apathetic or even afraid to make a decision. During this period of transitioning I was definitely more afraid, because I had given up control over my life and handed it over to God.
The decision to transfer to APU is one of the biggest God moments in my life thus far and it is a transition that altered my life. It lead me on a path where God has continually shown His grace, love, and favor.
My prayer and hope this summer is that if you take nothing else from my story, that you will see a glimpse of what can be, if you allow yourself to lose control, to let go, and to let God lead you.
Grace and peace to you all and may you find God in the midst of your transitioning to APU