Last week I had lunch with one of my connect group leaders, also a first year, and we started talking about blogs and talking to people about all we’ve been up to when we get home, and she said something that totally summed up how I was feeling, she said ‘I just don’t know how to put it into words’. Or maybe I said that? Hmm? Anyway it sums out how we were both feeling – that so much has happened here, so many experiences, changes and growth, and yet when I go to write it down or speak it out, I don’t even know what to say. Its really strange. So yes thats why this blog post has been so long coming – I just don’t know what to tell you.
One thing I can tell you is that I’m coming home, in fact I’ll be home in less than three weeks!!! CRAZY! I spent a lot of yesterday packing (can’t believe how much stuff I have accumulated – think that could be for another post though) and yet it doesn’t feel like that long ago that I was packing on the other end of this year! Time moves so fast – this year has shown me that we really need to make the most of every moment, every opportunity, every second, because you fall asleep and you’ve missed it, the season your in can be over before you know it.
This Semester is a lot shorter than first semester because the first half of the year has Colour and Hillsong Conference which takes us out of classes. This semester is more intense class wise and it felt like I was just working on assignments all the time. The classes have been incredible, they included Christian Doctrine (Wednesday morning mind blown), New Testament (Wednesday afternoon mind blown), World religions, Church History and Spirit filled living. My brain is tired from all the information I have taken in, I think I need a year to just stop and process, especially Christian Doctrine. Wednesday was finalisation date, when everything needed to be in and marked and good news guys i’m on track to graduate 🙂 which happens two weeks tomorrow (Monday 27th – which if anyone is interested is normally shown live online, will find details of the link).
Since I last blogged I also had a few days in Melbourne which is a very artsy city, can’t say beautiful because I don’t like cities but if you like cities I guess you would count it as beautiful. I went with Rachel and Kirsty from Northern Ireland and Domi from South Africa. We spent a day and half in the City, and did the longest walking tour of the city ever, saw the longest line of beach huts ever, saw little penguins (scared little penguins – not my story to tell), ate way to much food (wore too much food Rachel?), watched the sun set and took way to many photos. Then we drove down some of the Great Ocean Road, which was AMAZING but also WET, felt like home to three of us! However we fully embraced the miserable weather and got into the Christmas spirit, playing Christmas songs in the car, then climbing into our big bed and watching a Christmas movie. God is amazing though because every time we were due to get out of the car it stopped raining, and we only actually got wet once in a search for PIZZA (I had probably the most disgusting pizza ever – it had potato on it?)! I have loads of photos (as in thousands) I will put some on Facebook when I get home, just need to sort through them all first.
So even though all my assignments are due and my last class is Wednesday the next two weeks are going to be crazy. Tomorrow (Monday) is my last day in my Core Tutorial, so we’re having a Core party at our trainers house. Its also the last FYC (first year chapel) which I imagine is going to be crazy. This week Hillsong is running its first ever three day Worship and Creative Conference, which is super exciting that I get to be a part of it. I am the student leader for Kids Welcome, which is super fun, so glad I get to finally do a conference on welcome as i’ve been involved in so much prep for welcome over the year. Then next week we have encounter or unleash week, which is two days of Chapel. I don’t know 100% what it looks like, I think it has performances, testimonies and praying over all the students that are leaving. Then we have Graduation Dinner, also known as Grad Ball, which is going to be in the City. Then my last Sunday in church, then Monday is graduation! Super Exciting Times!
And then I’m coming home, which means I can sit down next to you, with a cup of tea, and share some of my many thousands of stories I haven’t typed. Because honestly this year has been incredible, and super busy, and my stories could go for days. I have met so many incredible people that have enriched my life, I’ve had so many lectures that have introduced completely new concepts and ideas, and I’ve heard hundreds of amazing sermons that have challenged my ideas and encouraged growth, change and movement!
I can’t wait to see you all, my people, I just wish I could bring my new people home with me because I am not looking forward to these two weeks of goodbyes … love you all, see you soon xxx