After lots of prayer and mental pro and con lists, I have figured out where I’ll be next year. I have been accepted to – and have enrolled in – the Joint Masters of Social Work program between UNC Greensboro and NC A&T State University! I am excited to move to Greensboro and be back in the classroom, further educating myself. The program is very unique and has so much to offer. Not to mention I’ve always loved the Greensboro area :)
Full disclosure: I am very sad to have to leave LA in August. After being accepted into the Social Work program at the University of Southern California, I was stoked at the idea of staying out here for school. But when it didn’t work out financially, I thought it best to not put myself through that financial burden. It still stings to know that, but I am feeling more at peace about it as I go. I tend to liken my last week or so to a roller coaster. At times I’m certain that I am making the right decision. Other times I’m terrified I’ve made the wrong one. But the more time that goes by, the more at peace I feel about it all. A big realization I’ve had recently is that I tend to feel at home just about wherever I am. New Jersey feels like home whenever we visit. Pinehurst also feels like home. Elon did, too. And then Argentina. And now Los Angeles. I need to leave LA to figure out if it’s where I am meant to be or if it’s just another experience and place that I’ve grown to cherish. Plus, different times in life call you to different places. I have a feeling once I get settled in Greensboro it will feel right.
Another thing I have to think about it Kingdom work. It’s a term I was pretty unfamiliar with until coming to LA and meeting Marvin, the Assistant Director for DOOR Hollywood. When I was discerning what to do and talking with him, he told me to figure out where I can best build up God’s Kingdom. I feel the best place to do that is by pursuing this program in Greensboro.
It’s an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time. I need to prepare for this upcoming year and commitment, yet stay mentally present here in Hollywood with my housemates, job, and responsibilities with this program. It will be a delicate balance over the next four months of so.
Here are some praises: I figured out my post-DOOR year plans! Yay! Also, work has been going a lot better. And I’ve been having lots of fun weekends lately with great friends. I’ve also had some very lazy weekends to reenergize :)
Some prayer requests: my lower back has been hurting a bit. Same with my neck. Hopefully I just slept on it weirdly or something. Also, I’m nervous about all the logistics of next year; I don’t want to dwell on it all to much…just enough to stay on top of it all.
Now for some lighter updates… I got to see my college roommate, Ellie, last weekend! She was visiting her brother (and also my friend) JP who lives in LA, so we all hung out for a bit.
I also got to hike to the Hollywood sign with my friend, Rebekah and then check out the Getty Museum with John, Freddie, and John’s college friend, Sam, who was visiting last weekend.
And this weekend I explored Pasadena with my prayer partner, Rachel. We tracked down Pasadena City Hall as that’s where they film exterior shots of City Hall for the fictitious town of Pawnee, Indiana as well as many interior shots. It was awesome!
That’s it for now…