Easter has always been the holiday where I reflect on my life. Those forty days of Lent allow reflection and thought about my life. I seem to think of what is most important in my life, how my life has changed since the previous year. From being 19 years old to now, being 20, a lot has changed which has made me a stronger and better person.
I am so fortunate to have a family that loves me. My large family is giving, unconditional, loyal, funny, and always there for me. My family always manages to be there for me, despite the fact we all are spread out across Iowa. We always manage to stay in touch and are fortunate enough to rely on each other. My friends are like my family. No matter how many times we fight, or feel alone, they are always there on the other side of the tunnel. In the past year, I have met and made a lot of new friends. Freshmen year was a great experience involving meeting new people. Sophomore year, I have settled into my friend group, and I am thankful for the people that have come into my life. These people I am friends with now are ones I want to be friends with for a long time.
I am also fortunate to be attending a great institution. I am surrounded by mentors who care about my education and success. The university creates great resources for my continuing path towards a great career. I have always been thankful for St. Ambrose because it provides a place I can call “home” whenever I am here. I love the campus, the people, and most importantly the person I am when I am here.
I think that in the past year I have become a more independent person. Going into my second year of college, independency is a given. For a while, I was considering what my summer would entail: stay at school or go back home. After much reflection, I decided to stay at school this summer. This will allow me to live on my own, have an internship and still go to school. This will provide a level of independence that I am excited to learn and gain from.
So Easter is the time for me where I reflect on my life’s givings….what’s yours?