If you only remember a few things about the following paragraphs, remember these four:
- God is my everything
- I love others
- I am passionate about Spanish
- I’m a little crazy
To start, God is my numero uno, and I would be nowhere without him, literally nowhere. I grew up in a Christian home and have been blessed with godly parents to raise me. Each day I am growing stronger in my faith and learning more about what my relationship looks like with God. It’s definitely not an easy journey, but the best one.
I find myself exercising my faith most when I am with others. Being around people is something that I love. I love meeting new people, and though I may seem shy at first, once I get warmed up to you, my craziness will shine through my shyness. I am energized by other people and love to talk with others and spend time with them.
I always enjoy a good adventure. Doing new things, eating new things, and meeting new people excite me. Something that I really love about adventures is being outside in God’s creation. Every time that I am in nature, I am reminded of the vastness of God. It just blows my mind to see the wonders he has made. Along with nature, I love interacting with the people God has made.
Some of my favorite people to hang with are my siblings. We’re crazy together, and I love it. I am the oldest of 4 kids, so I grew up watching my siblings whenever my parents would go out. I strive to be a good role model for my siblings, which is a lot of weight on my shoulders at times. I want to be there for them to have someone to talk to about everything and to just be crazy with.
Another person that I am able to be my crazy self with is my loving boyfriend, Gabe. We have been dating for just about 2 years now, and we continue to grow closer each day. He is my best friend and the encouragement I need for the days that I feel like I can’t do anything right. He is always making me laugh and smile, and we are always doing crazy, fun things together. In the fall, he will be moving down to Arkansas where he took a job at John Brown University. The future for him is unclear, and it is looking like when I get back to Grand Rapids from Spain, he will not be there. I am anticipating many difficult months until I will get to be with him again, but nevertheless, I know our relationship will continue to grow. I have never loved another man so much in my life, and as they say, “distance makes the heart grow fonder.”
Spanish is another one of my passions. I have been studying the language for over 7 years and have come to love not just the language, but the people, customs, food and culture of the Latino people. Learning more about their culture excites and energizes me. This is what I am most excited about for studying abroad in Spain. I will get to live an experience that will grow me more as a person each day. I will be able to use what I have learned to communicate with the people in Spain, and that just excited me so much!!
After I graduate Cornerstone University in just a short year and a half, I want to become a teacher. What kind of teacher? I am not quite sure yet. I would either like to be a Spanish teacher or and ESL teacher for middle school and/or high school age children. I desire to share my passion for Spanish with as many people as I can. Wherever I am placed in the workforce, I hope to make a lasting impact on student’s lives. I feel that God has blessed me with the gift of teaching, so I want to use that to its fullest potential.
So there you have it, a short selection of information about me. I could go on all day. If you want to know more, I love talking to people, so let’s talk!
¡Un fuerte abrazo!