Random Ramblings

Just a few of my thoughts on the world around me

The End is Near!

on December 31, 2013

Okay, maybe not that end, but 2013 is pretty much over!

I’ve never really been the one to go all sentimental over stuff at the end of the year, but that’s mainly because I can’t remember what happened. This year, however, I’ve got loads on my mind as I reflect back.

I started off the year pretty interestingly. I began this blog and had no idea what I was doing, but I’ve continued and look how far I got! Okay, well maybe I had a hiatus or two, but at least I didn’t give up.

In May I went to Washington, D.C. with my senior class and had a blast. I really got to know several of them better as well as got to go to tons of museums (my favorite thing to do) and historic places. Then we came back for graduation and my high school days were officially over. I had no idea what changes lay ahead of me.

By this time I still had no idea where I was going to college, though I knew I should. I started working in the sales department of where my dad works and that really broadened my horizons. I had worked there before, but in a closet-like office where I never saw anyone. This time I was in a cubicle near lots of others and heard some interesting stuff. I also worked front desk during lunch break and had to handle loads of situations that I had known nothing about. In all, I think it was a good experience as I learned people skills and responsibility.

July had loads of stuff going on. I was preparing to leave as were many of my friends. It was kind of rough over all but probably the best thing to happen to me this year also happened during this time. The older of my two younger brothers went on a missions trip to Michigan to help a small church put on a big VBS program. While he was up there, our youth pastor had the opportunity to lead him to the Lord one night. Even though, we weren’t there, my entire family was pretty excited when he texted us the news. It definitely made up for everything else that was going on during that time.

Around June I had started looking for colleges in the area that would take a late applicant such as myself. I found two Catholic colleges in the area and visited the on my days off. One was very small and only had one dorm, which was coed. The other, was a fairly large campus with both coed dorms and a dorm reserved for Freshman girls only. Both had the program I was looking for, so the only thing I had to decide was whether I would live on campus or not. I didn’t have my license and wasn’t sure I’d have it in time so I made the rather difficult decision of living on campus. Now, this wasn’t difficult because I would miss my family, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to be that close to all the partying that frequently goes on in colleges. I definitely didn’t want to be in a coed dorm, as my understanding was your roommate or the room across the hall could be a guy. Yikes! (It isn’t that way. Coed dorms have locked doors and usually have separate halls for each gender) With this in mind, I chose the larger campus with the girls  only dorm. They accepted my late application and even gave me some scholarships. Things were looking good until I got my room assignment. They had filled up the girl’s dorm and had put me in the upperclassman, coed dorm. I panicked. We went for another tour to see that dorm and find out if there was any way I could change it. Nope, I was stuck.Moving day came and my roommate never showed. Yay! God had given me a semester to figure out what on earth I was doing. Classes were always early and I made a few friends. The semester flew by and I finished with good grades and more importantly, my sanity.

Tons of stuff happened to both my and many of my friends. Not all of it was good, but I still witnessed many blessings in my life and the lives of others. I could share many more stories but I don’t want to take up too much of you time. Have a Happy New Year, everyone!

~jojo

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3

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