My First Year

Whew! So my first year is quickly coming to a close and aside from lifeless studying, I have some pretty exciting memories to take away from it. My overall best experience of the semester was football. Sadly, however, the Lord led me to give up football and put my main focus on my work. It was rough at first but I am starting to enjoy the freedom. Even though I feel like its  the right decision, it is still hard to let go of a big part of my life. My favorite class would have to be Literature. Not because of the subject though, more for the teacher. I have never had a teacher as entertaining as Mrs. Ford. Now for the biggest suprise of the semester. I hope i dont jinx myself but i was incredibly suprised at how easy the classes were. Everyone always told me university would be incredibly hard, but if you just DO what you’re ASKED to, it’s actually quite easy. Well that is pretty much my favorite things from my first year.


Best Experience My Freshman Year

One of the best experiences I have had this past year as a freshman at Belhaven, was attending the Capital Gains conference in January. It was an extremely challenging experience. I was not quite sure what to expect when I walked in and received my schedule for the day. At first I was slightly disappointed that they had put me in a session that did not look like it would be as helpful to me as another. I remember making small talk with others around me wondering if they felt as anxious as I. After pouring myself a nice hot cup of free coffee, I walked into the first session and was positively surprised by how much I learned from the speaker. She spoke of networking and many different ways we can use that in our graphic design career—a concept I had always heard about, but not fully understood. I still do not understand it completely, but because of the information I learned in that session I am an on my way to mastering the concept!  The conference challenged me to overcome my insecurities and to try and do better with social networking and overall designing. I still struggle with wondering if I will ever master the art, but then I have to remind myself to not give up and realize that this is my first year at Belhaven. I have time.  God is control of my life and will help me grow. I know he as placed a passion for this art in me for a reason, and I have to keep trying and pushing forward towards my goals. We have to learn to trust Him to give us strength and courage to continue pursuing our dreams.

Art Factory

I just wanted to do a quick post and shout out to a place of healing and art.
…. and has a cool Belhaven connection as some of the founders of this place are the parents of a Belhaven Student…. 🙂

The Art Factory Revealed from Rick & Mary Beth Holladay on Vimeo.

Opportunities for visual artists and those supporting the visual arts in Europe. The Art Factory is a faith-based initiative to rediscover the possibility of a creative and restorative relationship with God and encourage and enjoy the making of art.

A Freshmen’s First Month

It is now more than a month into school and I was curious how the new Graphic Design majors were adjusting to life at Belhaven….. so I asked one of them and this is what they wrote………

First Month at Belhaven

What am I supposed to say? It’s been lonely, frustrating, boring, fun, stressful, challenging, intriguing… you could probably pick any word and I could say I have felt it in the last month. Maybe that’s just me being  my emotional self, but I’m a girl, give me a break. I’m sure boys have probably felt it at least once too, they just don’t tell anyone. It was exciting at first being on my own, but also saddening knowing I won’t see my family and close friends for a long time. Then almost immediately I got pushed into the adventure of meeting new person after new person after new person, and then trying to find at least a familiar face in the cafeteria, then classes start, and I started to see the same people repeatedly throughout the day. I started creating a habit, a routine of some sort to try and feel at home. 1st full week of classes hits. It’s not the easiest since I haven’t seen my best friend in 3 weeks or my family in 2, haven’t had a hug in 2 weeks and my 18th birthday is in the next few days and I’ve never had a birthday away from home. I spent the whole week dreading the thought of my 18th birthday (which is supposed to a big deal, right?) being so different and wanting to be somewhere where somebody actually knows me. Surprisingly the girls in my hall took me in and got some people together to do something for my birthday. I was shocked at how kind and much like home they made it feel. Each week had it’s stresses of papers, assignments, quizzes and challenges from the world view curriculum which wasn’t at all what I expected. It’s not that it’s harder or easier than I thought, just different. After freaking out about how to study, some upperclassmen told me I didn’t really need to read the book “just take good notes in class and study those”– a concept I had never even thought about. I had always thought you had to read the book. Apparently in college for certain classes we do not have do this. I signed up for almost every activity that came my way, trying to get involved and make some friends and find the place I belonged, then by the 4th week I figured out I had signed up for too much and had to quit several activities. Trying to find a church in state that’s not your home is a whole other challenge in itself but add no car, and it makes it even more challenging. First church I visited was WAY too “southern” for my tastes, second church felt like I was in a some monk school, third church had the right type of worship but some differences I was not used to since I am from a non denominational background. Needless to say, I am still looking around to see what church God wants me to attend. Hopefully you have had better luck than I. Being pushed outside of my box, stretched to where I didn’t think I could wake up the next morning, doubting my ability to perform the task given to me– that’s how God has been challenging me. But I can already feel myself growing and in spite of the challenges that come with the first month of college, I know this is going to be a great year, and I’m looking forward to impact I can help make on this campus.

Well how about the rest of you Belhaven Freshmen/Transfers  what has your first month been like? Are you going to make an impact this year?