Hi everyone! I am Gracie Blastic, and I am a freshman from Orlando, Florida. Yes, Disney World! (Except there’s so much more to my favorite place than just the mouse and the castle.) I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team of Freshman Bloggers and can’t wait to see what this year brings.
The stage of life that is constantly talked about by persuasive high school counselors, reflective parents, and excited high school upperclassmen. This long journey starts your second year of high school by touring schools, making certain grades, and tutoring for standardized testing. You wait eagerly for deadlines, acceptance letters, and so much more.
Something I wish I’d realized during this rewarding journey was to become more patient and more grateful in my waiting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s amazing to be excited and expectant for the future, but it is also even more beautiful to sit in the present and appreciate the moments happening right in front of you.
For me, starting senior year meant one thing: to finish fast! I wanted to finish my college applications quick, and I wanted to be done with this stage of life. But there is something special about bearing patience in your current place, even if it means waiting for that letter that determines your next four years.
Scholarships, final transcripts, diplomas, messages from potential roommates, room assignments, Amazon packages, Move-In day, and final goodbyes are all part of a journey that requires patience. All this patience makes the end journey much greater. I have noticed that the reward at the end of this journey is something you treasure more because the patience you bore.
I am three weeks into my freshman year, and I am still reminding myself to be patient now that I’m at Samford. Coming into college, there are so many expectations you give yourself. I have learned that you do not have to meet all those high expectations the first few weeks.
Freshman year at Samford is such a gift. New friends, new classes, new appetites, new sisters and brothers in Christ. All this newness does not need to happen fast!
I am learning to go at my own pace. Samford is a place where people know all about this idea of a journey. They meet me right where I am in that journey. They not only make me feel that I belong, but make me feel excited for where I am in life at this very moment.
I found that the people at Samford understand the journey of applying to college, too. There are wants and expectations for your journey before, in, and after college, and Samford exceeds them. The Lord evidently shows that He provides in His own time, and you are where you’re meant to be in the waiting!
This place I now call home has become a place that celebrates and rewards the patience I have endured in this journey.