I feel like this should have been the name for a blog my freshman year of college. Needless to say, I have some stories about my freshman year dorm that would have made for a pretty interesting. Luckily, the second go around of dorm living has proven wildly different. Since last Sunday, I’ve been living on campus at Southern Miss while I attend classes. While not ideal, dorm living has been quite bearable. I get my own room and bathroom along with the convenience of having my partner in crime (Ashley) and a few other dietetic interns as my neighbors.
I really have started to feel like I’m back in my freshman year again. I get up early to make it to class by 8:30. Class finishes by 4:30 and in true college fashion, I retreat to my dorm room to watch Neflix and nap. After dinner, me, Ashley and the other out of town interns get together in one of our rooms to discuss worksheets, funny things from class that day, and how much we miss being at our big SEC schools (did I mention the out of town interns are from Auburn and LSU… we’ve learned to love them anyways).
With one week of class over and one more for the month of June, I already feel like I’ve learned so much. It’s exciting to be taking all the book knowledge that I was forced to memorize in undergrad and finally see where it fits in the world of dietetics. While 8 hours of class a day is extremely exhausting, I know that come August when I begin my rotations, I’m going to feel more than prepared.
Being back in a dorm has brought back a lot of memories. In a message from the Death to Selfie series by Pastor Steven Furtick, Pastor Steven talks about Jacob’s encounter with God at Bethel (Genesis 35). He talks about how we can sometimes get so caught up in where we’re going and what we want to be doing, that we forget to remember the places that God has already taken us.
Living in this dorm makes me remember back to a time when I knew who God was, I followed all of His rules, but I lacked a true relationship with Him. I remember back to a friend who lived in the same building. A friend who showed me what it meant to be in a real relationship with God. A friend who week after week, listened to me give her excuses about why I couldn’t go to church with her. And this same friend who continued to pray for me to come into a relationship with God and who stood by my side during one of the hardest times of my life. This friendship, along with countless others lead me into a real relationship with God. So to me, being in this dorm brings me “back to Bethel”. That freshman year dorm was the place where God revealed himself, and it was the place where I started to truly fall in love with Him.
So for now, I will be thankful for 8 hours of class, for being at a non-SEC school, and for dorm room living, because sometimes you have to go back to your past, to be thankful for your present.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18