Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Sunday, 17 November 2013
College is finished for the year. The exams are over, the parties have happened and we're now on holidays! Here's a bit of an update about what's been happening these last few days.
This semester seemed to be much more intense than first semester. We had what seemed to be a number of 'big' subjects this semester, with lots to remember for the exams. I'll write soon about some of the things I've learnt this semester at college.
Our last exam was Old Testament on Thursday morning. It was a relief to be finished after that. The exam was much better than I thought it was going to be which was a nice way to end the exam period. Then the parties began.
On Thursday night we went to the Graduation dinner at college because I'm a graduating student. We hung out with the other graduating diploma students who were similarly dressed and not quite as formal as the fourth years (no one told us there was a dress code...).
Friday was 'Final Friday' at college. We had a community chapel that spouses and children were invited to and then shared a lunch afterwards. Someone from each year level spoke briefly about their year level and the things we were thankful for.
In the afternoon and evening we had a party with the other first years who live around us. We had a dance party with the kids (well the women danced and the men sat in the other room drinking and talking). We ordered take-away and then after dinner we played a game called 'Times Up'. Most people know it here as 'The Hat Game'. You play in pairs with a stack of cards that have book titles, TV shows, songs and other things written on them and you have to get your partner to guess what is on the card. In the first round you can describe it like in 'Articulate'. In the second round you can use only one word, and in the third round you act it out like Charades. You play until the stack of cards is exhausted and each round uses the same cards so part of the trick is remembering what's there.
On Saturday we had the end of year party with all the college students in our community. There are twenty families living here so it is a decent number when we all get together. I was making macaroons for the party. My first batch which I made on Friday afternoon didn't go so well. The mixture was too runny so it came out of the piping bag too fast, spread too much on the tray, and didn't rise properly. I was a bit disappointed in them. So on Saturday morning I made some more, making sure that I added a bit more of the dry ingredients so the mixture wouldn't be a runny. This batch thankfully worked much better (but I still served both at the party). Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of them but you all know what macaroons are supposed to look like, imagine them like that!
I spend some of the afternoon looking after two children of one of the other students. Apparently the younger one and I bonded because even when dad had come back at dinner time (community dinner as part of the party) she came to sit with me as we ate. It has been lovely to be able to look after kids in this community and be helpful to their parents. They love that those of us without children are free to do things such as baby sit and we (well at least me, I don't presume to speak for anyone else), I love doing it: helping them and spending time with their kids. So BHG, if you need a baby-sitter I love doing it.
The evening's activities were the highlight. Some of the wives had organised a sort of trivia night and we played in teams based on our year at college. Needless to say it was hilarious. It was also a time to farewell the students who had finished college and were leaving the community. We heard about where they were going, what they would miss about our community, and what they were looking forward to in their new job and community. It will be sad to see them leave because they have all been so welcoming of us, so helpful and most of all such great examples of godliness.
After all of this we had an open mic time for anyone to come up and share something. People talked about what they loved about our community, gave advice about getting involved and what to expect next year when new people move in, the ways they have been loved, and reflections on their time here. I didn’t get up to speak (still being a bit too shy and disliking public speaking), but I heartily agreed with what everyone said. I feel truly blessed to live in such a community.
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Monday, 4 November 2013
This year of studying at Bible college is almost over. We have finished classes and are now in a week of study before exams start. I plan to write soon about why I enjoyed studying at Bible college, but I thought this would be a good time to update you on what my plans are for next year since lots of people have been asking me.
I’ve applied for four post-graduate psychology courses, two masters and two graduate diplomas in Professional Psychology, at three different institutions. Unfortunately none of them are at the uni closest to Bible college because they didn’t offer either of these courses. The applications closed at the end of October.
In late November or early December I will find out if I’ve scored an interview, which is based on my grades. At the interview (assuming I get one) grades don’t play a part in whether or not I am offered a place. I won’t find out about this until January next year.
I plan on applying for a masters or graduate diploma of counselling to study next year in case I don’t get into any of the psychology courses. I’m currently tossing up between two different institutions, one offering a masters and one offering a graduate diploma (both two years in duration).
I hope that answers any questions you might have about what I’m doing next year. J will start second year at Bible college and we’ll stay in the same house and same church. J is actually starting a student minister internship there for two years. Even though I don’t know what I’m doing, where I’ll be travelling to each day and what my timetable will look like, I trust that God has plans for me and that is enough right now.