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Learning Lessons

17 Jul

This summer has been really good to me. It has challenged me farther than I could have ever imagined, and it has affirmed in ways that have been both unexpected, but very needed.

I think the two greatest things it’s done to me is affirmed to me how large of a role faith plays in my life, and the thought and consideration of future/life plans.

This summer has proven that what seems to be to the most unreachable and most challenging is completely attainable and rewarding if you work hard enough. It has also allowed me to delve into discomfort, both professionally and personally. It has continued to push me to reach out and ask for advice, guidance, silence, and community. It has taught me how important my faith is to me, and how it helps in guiding me to clarity, patience, hurt, truth, and more. It has taught me that it’s okay to not know exactly what I want after I graduate from SMC.

Graduating from SMC is an exciting thought, but one that really makes me sad. I love SMC so much, for it has really given me the world. As naive as it sounds, I wish I could stay forever. Micah has opened my eyes to the possibilities of life after college. All the options are overwhelming, confusing, and intimidating- just as they are motivating. Yet, I think that the biggest thing Micah has taught me in regards to future plans is that I know that whatever I end up doing, it will need to be a place that welcomes in faith, justice, interaction, challenge, and community. Micah has taught me to be okay with not knowing and discomfort. Similarly, it has taught to validate, affirm, and celebrate both my work and feelings. These lessons are lessons I am so incredibly thankful for. I know they will help me and go with me everywhere I go.

I am so appreciative towards all the hands and minds that have put Micah together. It’s an experience that is hard to define with words. But it is surely one that will never escape me.

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Posted by on July 17, 2014 in 2014 Ariana Alvarez

 

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