COMMUNITY. I’m realizing that I heard a lot that faith will affect what you major in, but I didn’t expect to see huge extensive change. My faith in college has affected who I am and who I want to be when I graduate. If faith wasn’t a part of my college experience, then I wouldn’t be considering the YAV program. I wouldn’t be considering a career where faith is a top priority.
The first fall retreat with UKirk where it was super rainy and gross and cold and dark. Driving in, I felt a really strong sense of community where certain people thought there were headstones on the side of the road as we were driving to the retreat center. That’s where I felt like UKirk was where I belonged. Every Sunday the same people keep coming back and engaging.
I see God the strongest in other people. That’s where I can see compassion, grace, and understanding is through relationships (even ones I just get to witness) Seeing the same people come back on Sundays and friendships form and grow really close, that’s where I see God.
In my mind, I think about two [romantic] relationships have started in UKirk, and other campus organizations have discouraged people getting into romantic relationships, and we celebrate it and third wheel it and we are a part of it. I think it’s unique to UKirk and the way we view our members. It makes it seem like life starts in college and that these things will last past graduation.