On BCM.

Today was not only my last day of class as an undergraduate, but tonight was my last BCM ever.

I don’t get emotional about moving on very often, but when my friends started giving senior speeches and talking about what the last four years have really meant, I couldn’t help but tear up a little bit.

And as mad as I was about there not being a senior video, I have to admit that it might be a good thing. Don’t know if I could’ve handled that.

I chose not to give a formal senior speech for a couple of reasons, but this post will do a better job of saying what BCM has meant to me than any speech would have anyways.

BCM wasn’t the biggest part of my college experience, and it wasn’t even the most important, but I can honestly say that it had a huge impact on the last four years.

Without BCM, I probably wouldn’t have this group of beautiful friends (plus a few other lovelies not in this picture). There have been crazy times in the last few years, but somehow we managed to stick together since the freshman girls bible study that brought us all together in the first place. & I think we’ve come pretty far.

BCM 1Without BCM I probably wouldn’t have ended up with these two crazy roommates for the past couple of years either. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without them, and I don’t know what I’m going to do once we move out of the lovely Harriett Plantation. But BCM brought us together, and I will always be thankful for that.

BCM 2BCM also changed my whole life plan. Whoa. If I hadn’t done Sendmenow Summer missions, I might not have ever even thought about going into occupational therapy, and now I can’t imagine going into anything else.

& speaking of Sendmenow missions, without BCM I would have never started working at Camp Hawkins or Camp Jackie, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to fall in love with so many precious kids like these::

BCM 3..or have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people there. Like these crazy ladies and so many more that aren’t in the picture.

BCM 3Without BCM I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to go on seven different mission trips over the past four years, and I wouldn’t have gotten to spread Jesus and love on precious babies in Ecuador or Haiti.

BCM 4

And most importantly, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my relationship with Jesus. Just having a time to worship and learn with my friends every week made such a huge difference.

I would like to think that I’ve changed a lot in these past four years, and BCM has been a major part of that. Friends, a couple of awesome interns, a great campus minister, and missions opportunities have all helped me grow in more ways than I would have imagined when I signed up for an email list at summer orientation.

I feel like I need to say that, as great as it has been, it hasn’t been all rainbows & butterflies. People in BCM have hurt me and made me cry, and I’ve probably done the same to them. I’ve been offended, felt unappreciated, gotten mad at the way things happened, and even said a few a lot of things that I probably shouldn’t have. I also didn’t find my future husband, so that’s kind of disappointing. You know, whatever. But overall, I’m so, so glad that I didn’t just give up then because it has definitely been worth it.

I wouldn’t trade these past four years at Mercer for anything. I found a community that I loved here at this school, but I found my family at BCM. & while I’m ready to move on and see what’s next, I’m going to miss it so much. You don’t just find a family anywhere. I have been so blessed.

Lessons Learned from Living Like a (Sort of) Grown-up.

Living off campus has brought many new adventures this year. But we’re learning. & some of the lessons we’ve learned may be slightly amusing, so I thought I would share them.

Lesson #1: Even though the picture on the can may look exactly identical, hominy is not the same thing as corn.  & it is definitely not as delicious.  Do not make the mistake of buying it, because you may feel bad when your roommates try to force it down and then wasteful when the disposal eats the majority of it.

Lesson #2: If you forget to take the trash out, turn the air conditioner off, and go to the lake for four days, you kitchen well smell extremely unpleasant when you return.

Lesson #3: If your water heater stops working, you call the plumber.  Not any of the other repairmen listed on the call sheet.

Lesson #4: Some packages require signatures.  Some cheap things like 14 dollar water bottles require signatures for unexplained reasons.  But if you go to the lake for four days and can’t sign for your new water bottle, they send it back. Rude.

Lesson #5: There is no good way to attach fake flowers to you wall.  Well at least none that we can figure out…

Lesson #6: Bills are annoying.  That’s all there is to it.

Lesson #7: Sometimes extremely random and inconvenient things happen.  For example, one of the feet of your claw foot tub may decide to break off while you’re in the shower. Although, this may be a terrible start to your morning, it is, in fact, repairable.

Lesson #8: Don’t answer your door at 11 p.m. if you’re not expecting anyone.  You may become paranoid and be unable to sleep for the night.

Lesson #9: Just because you come home to 4 police cars and an ambulance in your street does not mean that one of your roommates is severely injured.  It may just be that you have some crazy neighbors.

Lesson #10:  It’s a good idea to remember when leftovers are from.  And also to throw them out periodically.  Nobody like molded potatoes.

Lesson #11: Shoo the cats that decide to make your front porch their home away, but do not throw rocks at them or spray them with the hose like your crazy landlord tells you.

Lesson #12: Don’t call the police on the plumber when he comes to fix your oven.  It was turn into a crazy mess and everyone will laugh and/or make fun of you when you tell them the story.

Lesson #13: Don’t accidentally leave the stove on for hours after you are done cooking. Or the oven for that matter.

Lesson #14: It might be worth it to make friends with the police if you have to call them at least four times in a year.

Lesson #15: Don’t put chicken carcasses in your trash can, or the opossum might make a visit.

I’m sure we have a lot more to learn, but I hope it’ll keep being this fun and entertaining to learn those lessons. Living like a (sort of) grown up is a lot more fun with a lot of laughs. 

Shorter 405 vs. Appleton 1266.

As this new school year has begun, and we’re settled into our new house, sometimes I can’t help but compare the differences between spending the last two semesters in Shorter 405 to our current living situation here at Harriett Plantation.

There are lots of advantages.  You have no idea.

The first thing we can do here than we couldn’t in Shorter is get to our room without having to climb 62 steps.  The two steps we have to climb up to get to our porch are a million times more manageable.

The next advantage of our new place of residence is that we can check our mail without having to use a combination.  This is extremely convenient when you’re as forgetful with numbers as I am.

The third thing we can do at Harriett is cook.  And not even in the microwave.  Whoa.

And, even though it’s hard to believe, after we cook, we can sit at a table and eat it. Because we have room for a table.  Crazy, I know.

Another advantage of Harriett is that we have the option to take a bath.  (Even though we haven’t tried this one out just yet. At least not with water..)

Also, while living in Shorter, we could never find parking.  But here, there is plenty of parking room for all of us.

Another difference is while there were many, many forbidden items in Shorter, we can now possess some of these items with no consequences.  For example, matches.

It’s also sort of wonderful that we can do laundry without having to pay for it.

And, as simple as it seems, it’s a big advantage to actually have a little bit of floor space.  I can lay on the floor without hitting anything, a concept that has been foreign for the past two years.

And finally, I can own a bed that’s bigger than a twin.  Totally worth it for this.

Plus, even though we have a Crazy Landlord right down the street, at least we don’t have an RA right next door.

But even without all of these advantages, I’m pretty sure Appleton 1266 would beat Shorter 405 just because of these lovely people.