There is something really exciting about the sunrise. Waking up early to catch that first light peeking through the window, taking in the crisp morning air. It signifies the beginning of a new day bringing with it new adventures, and new opportunities to grow. With every sunrise there’s newness that we are blessed to experience.
The beginning or the start of something new gives us the chance to explore new places, meet new people, and discover new things about ourselves. However, for some, the start of something new brings with it feelings of anxiety and fear. Sometimes the change that comes with newness makes us uncomfortable to the point of us feeling that we are no longer ourselves.
I was very excited to see what God had in store for me at APU, but for the first few weeks that excitement was laced with feelings of uncertainty and my fear of disconnection. I quickly found that these fears were erased as I got to know my roommates. As a transfer student, I was placed in University Park 101A, where I was blessed with 3 beautiful roommates. One of these roommates, in a hopes of getting to know me better, or just to fulfill a general education requirement, took Introduction to Philosophy with me (MWF at 7:15AM, crazy right?!). Although neither of us knew it, our living together was God ordained.
Up until this point, I never used the term best friend. Of course I understood the word in theory, but there was no one in my life that held that title. My roommate of one semester became that for me. I’ve heard that the friends you make in college stick with you for life and now I believe that! God has blessed me with someone who understands me, someone who has the ability to encourage me, and someone who knows that hugs are the fastest way to my heart (even though she doesn’t care for them that much).
If you are coming in this fall assigned to random roommates, I understand the feelings of uncertainty that come with the word “random roommate”. However, I would encourage you to approach your roommate assignment with openness and intentionality. Make time to get to know your roommates, whether that be through Donut Man runs or intentionally signing up for the same class, actively seek out moments to engage each other.
When I was assigned to UP 101A I knew that I would get along with my roommates, but I had no idea I would leave that semester finding my life twin, my best friend, and sister.
My prayer is that if you experience fear or anxiety, it is replaced with acceptance and love. May you be blessed with people who see you, your unique abilities and heart.