For the next few days, I’m going to write a blog post for each week of the things I did to finish out my semester in Newcastle. Since I didn’t post much in the last two months, I thought it would be fitting to let everyone know all the incredible things that happened in such a short amount of time in my life. So let’s begin!
On Monday, I got a position as a CALS Ambassador! I interviewed with Nathan from my first year in President’s Leadership Class and received an email on the day I posted my last blog saying I am on the campus visits committee! So excited to begin the new opportunity in leadership on campus, especially promoting the university that has given me so many life changing experiences that any potential Cyclone deserves to happen to them.
During the Connect Series on Tuesday, I learned that the husband of one of my co-table leaders is a multi-world champion endurance mountain biker and more than 10-time Australian national champion endurance mountain biker! We loved talking about how we’ve been able to mix ministry and cycling, which was really encouraging.
Wednesday, Matt drove Alex and I to the travel agency we used for Cairns to organize two weeks of travel at the end of the semester’s exams in New Zealand and Fiji! From whitewater rafting in frigid rivers to sunny beaches, we were more than excited to travel once the semester was over.
Thursday, I spent writing my essay for philosophy worth 50% of my final grade before getting picked up to head downtown with Nat Ball and Sarah El-Sayed. We planned out the next 3 weeks of KidsChurch at a table overlooking the Newcastle Port underneath the Queen’s Wharf Tower. Gorgeous sunset with a lot of good planning for teaching the Word of God (specifically about how to pray) with the kids! Matt, James, and I planned our fishing trip for Saturday once we finished Reality for the night.
Friday morning, about 2am, I woke up to schedule for my classes at Iowa State once they opened at 10am in Ames. I love this time difference thing! I have a very relaxed schedule next semester which caters to new leadership positions, a new part-time job, and preparing for the MCAT in the upcoming summer. Later in the morning, I got to video call my grandma and mom from Iowa! My sister and mom were going to tour ISU the next day and stayed with my grandma the night before. My grandma misses me and I plan to spend more time with her this upcoming semester in Iowa while I’m in school, because I miss her just as much.
Saturday, I found out Amber from both first year President’s Leadership Class and second year as a Sophomore Adviser with me gave a residence hall tour for Lauren and my mom! She recognized the last name on their name tags and asked if they were related to me. What are the chances? Very thankful I had a friend give at least part of their tour, since I couldn’t be there to give my word on how great Iowa State is!
Matt, James, and I’s fishing trip was not very successful but a very worthwhile experience. Matt caught two fish within the first 10 minutes of us on the Stockton break wall, then nobody caught anything for the remaining two or so hours. We figured the dolphin we saw in the harbor might have something to do with the lack of fish! An awesome sight to see a dolphin patrolling the ocean for fish like we were from land. I greatly appreciate the feeling of a fishing trip now. Just disconnecting from society and focusing just on the line in the water, the sound of the waves and the breeze. It felt serene and peaceful, and I hope to go again soon.