The Blessing of Friendship

Good-byes are sometimes harder than you think they’ll be.  But a simple “Hello” is not as challenging as it appears.

On Wednesday, my parents, brother, and sister all saw me off to my next chapter in life: Calvin College.  I didn’t cry – at first.  But walking away from the only life I’d ever known… it was a lot tougher than I thought it’d be.  I made it about six feet before turning around and running back into my Daddy’s arms again.  The moment was priceless.

My mind raced.  I kept thinking that “I don’t have to do this, I can go home.”

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Calvin College: My Unexpected Twist

Calvin College was never in the plan.

For seventeen years I anticipated and researched and considered all the things I could do after graduating from high school.  Will I take a year off and try to figure things out before going to college?  Will I go out-of-state?  How about a public university in the Upper Peninsula?  I can major in English and become an editor at a publishing company.  That seems like a solid career for someone who excels in spelling and grammar.

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