Learning From Adversity

College is a great time for self-discovery with most students getting their first taste of freedom as they live on their own. There is so much opportunity to learn, both in and outside the classroom. While I would not call any of it easy, I would say most of those learning experiences are positive. Based on...
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Walking on Water

For as long as I can remember, I have been terrified of water. Sometimes I blame my fear on nearly drowning as a child, other times, I claim it stems from my inability to tread water. Regardless, I can’t stand the idea of being in water over my head, and my fear only seems to...
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It Takes a Village

Life is hard, busy, and fill in the blank with whatever word you feel best describes it for you right now. Along with whatever it is, we as students are told to, “Go make the world a better place” and “Be successful” and “Make a name for yourself.” Lately, I have been questioning the possibility...
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A Broken & Humbled Heart

When I visited UMHB for the first time in 2012, college was not even on my mind. My older sister was moving into Remschel Hall and was beginning to study to become a nurse. Bawcom Student Union and Crusader Stadium were only sparkles in UMHB’s eye (UMHB football played in Belton High School’s football stadium),...
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Go and Sin No More

The Gospels detail Jesus’ encounters with hundreds of different people. He instructs tremendous crowds, debates with scholarly religious leaders, and is even presented before powerful political rulers. He heals the sick, forgives the sinner, and calms the storm. However, of all the tales of Jesus’ interactions, none has struck me as powerfully as that of...
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Tips on Leading Your Peers

College is a unique place where the number of leadership opportunities is insurmountable. Further, most of the leadership opportunities available are among peers. This presents something of an interesting situation because leading one’s peers is not always the easiest thing to do. So here is a list of tips that I have collected over several...
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Silent Night, Holy Night

I love this time of year. The music, the time with friends and family, and the cooler weather all come together to make the Christmas season feel unique and special. I especially love taking my kids to look at Christmas lights. I love seeing the ambient glow of meticulously decorated houses light up their amazed...
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Fret Not

I appreciate people caring to know about my life, yet I find it difficult to answer, “How are you?” It seems like such a big question. How do I know what someone is really asking? Is the question really an extended form of a greeting? Is it their go-to question when talking with others, and...
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Brave the Arena

“It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points how one stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better; credit belongs to the one actually in the arena face marred by dust and sweat and blood who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who...
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Lend a Helping Hand

When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, many Texans found themselves thinking “What can I do to help?” After watching the scenes of unbelievable damage and destruction, a group of physical therapy students, faculty, and friends had the opportunity to travel to Houston to help with the cleanup. We headed to Houston at 5:30 on...
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