At the end of my senior year of high school, I received a Bible from a teacher of mine. She wrote down Jeremiah 29:11 on the inside of it, which read: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” I came into college with that verse in mind.
Pacific Union College. That was my new home. When I saw the Angwin sign the first time, I knew I didn’t want to see Southern California again for a while. PUC became my safe haven, and dorm life was a dream come true. I was finally able to be out past 10 p.m.
It was then time for the interactions we like to call Fusion. It was actually nice to meet so many new faces after going to the same academy for 12 years. There were a lot of friendly people, and the first week of school wasn’t too scary because I knew that all the other freshmen were in the same boat as me.
The first quarter of the school year was like a breath of fresh air. I could taste the freedom while still under my Adventist umbrella. I was surprised how college life turned out to be. It seemed like being a college student left room for a lot of excuses. “Well I can stay up late to finish this paper. I’m a college student.” Or, “I’m broke. I’m a college student.”
As the newness cooled down, it seemed like there were more challenges. You learn more about yourself and your limits. There are low points. There were some moments when it was unclear where I would be in the future. There are times when you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. During this school year, there were a few moments like that for me. I love PUC with all my heart. I am so passionate about my school and our potential, but there were times when it seemed like I was isolated, pushed and broken. Everyone has those moments sometime, and it seemed like for me, all those moments happened this year.
A bulletin board on my floor in Winning had a Bible verse. I walked by it every day and each time it helped me get through that week. The verse was Jeremiah 29:11. It was one of the moments when you say, “Okay God, I see what you did there.” God has a plan for my life, and every time I walked out of my dorm room I had to remember to trust in Him. I can’t lie and say that everything this school year ended up the way I wanted it, but I have been given so much more than I expected. The bad times are bearable because God is with me and everything happens for a reason.
I love PUC from the bottom of my heart. My favorite part of my whole week is when we pray in groups on Friday night vespers. I feel like in that moment we achieve the goal for our school year, and that is a school united.
Also, I love the people I have met here. The upperclassmen are a true inspiration. I look up to many of them, and I hope to be as successful as they are. The people I have interacted with up here have changed my life.
Everyone has their own take on how this school year went for them. For some, this is there last year, and for others they’ll be coming back to this hill in the fall. Regardless of what the future holds, I am happy to say that my freshman year was here at PUC.