Monday, September 19, 2005

Hello, my name is Julianne and I go to a community college

There. I said it. I go to a community college. There's nothing wrong about that, right?

In the beginning, I told myself only one year at the CC. One year. I had seen too many people spend up to six or more years taking only 4-8 credits a term there. That was not going to be me. After the first year, I'd be up at the University. Now, doesn't that have a nicer ring to it?

However, God has changed my prior, prideful attitude about my continuing education. He has opened my eyes to the great advantages of CCs. Not that there aren't advantages with universities, but now I can appreciate a lot of my CC. First, I love the smaller class sizes. This has been really good for me because it gives opportunities to get to know my professors, whom of which are very nice, straighforward, and good teachers (a rare, but good trait to have).

Just last night, my psychology prof from last year gave me a call. He told me that I had gotten off to a bit of a shakey start (a B in the class), but by the 2nd term, I was improving (up to an A). Well, I had run into him two weeks ago in front of the library and I was telling him of my trip to Brazil (I can't stop talking about it). He told me on the phone that he was looking through my records and that he wanted to give me an opportunity to raise my first term grade up to an A by either writing a paper on how my trip to Brazil changed me or just coming in to his office and talking with him about it. Can you believe it??? I have been praying that God would bring opportunities into my life in order that I may share the wonderful work God has done in my life. He is so good! Another thing is, to get into the very competetive RN program, it all depends on my GPA. So this will definitely raise that. I'm very excited on being able to share this with him. He is not a Christian, and I remember from the first time I met him on the first day of class, he mentioned how he is just fascinated by the Protestant Reformation! How one man could go against an established religion. I know the answer! It is because of God! That is how one man could do it!

Anyway, this sort of thing would never happen at a crowded university. I am so thankful to God for where He has me right now. I love Him so much and His providence over all my life. You are worthy, God, of all my worship!

17 comments:

Matador190 said...

It's good to hear your good attitude at being in a community college. I'm glad you can see your situation the way that you do. Keep up the hard work for God's glory and go for the A'S! HOOOOOOAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHHHHH!

Matador190 said...

You know, in my last post I gave the impression that it was bad to be at a community college. On the contrary, it's a very good thing! What I meant was that I admire your general attitude about getting rid of your pride and all that. Just to clear that up.

stephen said...

Another way to get good grades is to slip the teacher a 20.

shadowlands said...

I like what you have to say, Julianne. I hope you live what you say with you friends and family.

Be careful, however, to not think better of yourself just because of all that God has blessed you with. I pray you are keeping a humble heart, and putting your friends before yourself.

You have quite a circle of friends. Jordan, Steve and Matador all seem like interesting people.

Remember, Julianne I don't mean to judge. I care.

Matador190 said...

Oh believe me, Shadowlands, I AM an interesting person and I DO care too.

Julianne said...

Thanks, Matador.

Steve, it doesn't seem to be working.

Shadowlands,

Thank you for visiting. You know, the hardest thing is to be Christ with family and friends. You can preach all you want, but if you're not living it, better to not preach at all. God is continuing to reform and sanctify me. He has so much work to do in me. However, my greatest prayer is that God will cultivate humility in me. It's no wonder God says to "love your neighbor as yourself" because naturally we love ourselves a whole lot. Now, if only we had that love for others! I pray for God's heart.
SL, do you see something in me that needs changing? Please, a true friend would tell me, knowing that my highest desire is to live pure and transformed before God and that anything less would not come from a friend who truly cares. Are you judging? If you care, you won't be so elusive. Please be honest.

Rand said...

I went to university for my first year of post-secondary education. It was a "Class A" mess. The following year, I enrolled in a CC. At first, I considered it a real humiliation, but after awhile I too began to see the advantage of smaller classes and the more "hands on" approach to education.

Anyway, I work at a National Research facility now, on par with men and women who have University Masters, so I think my little CC benefited me just fine.

May the Lord bless and direct you in your education Julianne,

Rand

Matador190 said...

Another plus was that the chicken bentos at the deli in the CC back home were superb.

Matador190 said...

Another plus was that the chicken bentos at the deli in the CC back home were superb.

Matador190 said...

Another plus was that the chicken bentos at the deli in the CC back home were superb.

Julianne said...

Wow, three times. They must be really good!

Julianne said...

Rand,

Thanks for the post. Did you have a good time up camping?

Matador190 said...

No, I mean it. They really were good.

Rand said...

Camping was great!

Later,

Rand

Jessica said...

I loved my community college experience I went part time for about 2 years and learned so much. It also gave MANY opportunities for being a light to unbelievers and that was an amazing experience in itself. I felt like a missionary in my classroom. :) Of course I need to see myself like that wherever I go. But opportunities arose alot more often there than they have at Geneva since it is Christian.

May God bless your time there! Enjoy it too!

stephen said...

I like community college.

stephen said...

I've found that every stereotype about community colleges are true. Oh well.