Friday, January 7, 2011

A Post-Christmas Update

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I meant to update during winter break but somehow never got around to it.

So I'm back at school now, I've been back since Monday evening and I'm so happy to be back! Winter break was good, it was really chill and I didn't do anything too exciting. My grandma came out from New Jersey to stay with us over break so that was good, and I got to hang with Lizzy and my sister and my friends a lot so that was good. And yeah, nothing too exciting but it was nice and relaxing. I got to go to VC and play on Sundays a few times too! That was really really good :)

Well, a new quarter has started at school, and so far it's been really good! I'm taking General Chemistry II, which is going a lot better than General Chemistry I. My professor actually gives us her powerpoint slides and such before class so we can focus on what she's teaching instead of trying to take notes the entire class, and she explains the subject matter a whole lot better and relates it to real life. Plus we do lots of practice problems in class, which is really helpful! I'm also taking Calculus II with the same professor, which is really good because I feel like I learn calculus really well from him and I like him as a teacher. My third class is another seminar class, this time on the arts and the christian community. We look at music, books and art and see how the christian community shapes these things and how both shape us. We get to go on field trips too! We're going to the Seattle Art Museum and seeing an opera at Seattle Center and all kinds of different things.

My last two classes are music classes, I'm in Gospel Choir again which I love, and I'm now in Worship Arts Ensemble. The professor directing the Worship Arts cadre I was in last quarter also teaches the Worship Arts Ensemble class, and this class leads worship for the chapels and different church services on campus. He decided to merge our cadre with the class so we can learn and be trained by the upperclassmen in the class and be a part of the ensemble in the coming years. It's pretty intimidating to be with students who know so much about music and performing, but I feel like I'm going to learn so much by being in this class, it's a great opportunity. I'm also a little worried about how much time that the class takes, with the performances and such, and I'm going to be very much relying on God this quarter to get through all of that. But I'm excited for it and excited for where God is going to put me with the class!

Finals went very well last quarter. I studied my butt off for my chemistry final and ended up getting a B on it, which raised my grade high enough to get a B in the class! I was so excited when I found out, I literally ran though the house screaming! I did well on my seminar final too and got an A+ in the class, and I got a B+ in my calculus class too. So overall, I'm very very happy with how I did last quarter, and hopefully this quarter I will do even better :)

I'm still looking around for a church, but I know that God will place me where he wants me to be and I'm not worried. I'm going to try Horizon Foursquare on Sunday, and I will hopefully be taking the bus down Sunday evening to go to the Village Chapel night of worship, which I'm pretty excited about :)

Well, it's midnight and I have a 9:30 class tomorrow morning, so I better get to bed... another update will be coming soon!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

We Made It To Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope you had a great day of good food and great times with your family and friends. Since I'm home on break right now and I have some time, I thought I would give an update on what's going on in my life right now!

So November has been a pretty busy month at school. Lots of midterms and papers, and it's starting to get to be crunch-time for the quarter. I go back next week for the last normal week of school, and then finals are the Monday and Tuesday of the week after next. So prayers would be much appreciated during the next 2 weeks, especially in chemistry!

I'm having the most trouble in that class, chemistry. My professor is brand-new at teaching, and while he is a wonderful guy, he's not a very experienced teacher, and I feel like I barely understand anything that's going on in the class. I'm studying my butt off right now in preparation for the final and just to keep up with the class. It's kinda weird, I thought that chem would be the easiest class for me this quarter because I had chemistry in high school and it all came so easily to me in high school. Maybe that's why I ended up having so much trouble in the class, because I underestimated it. It makes me nervous too. I keep asking myself how I'm supposed to be a chemistry major if I can't even pass general chemistry. But then I have to tell myself that God has a plan, and if I'm supposed to be a chemistry major it will all work out. My mom tells me that if I don't do well in the class I can always take it over again, but I would rather not take the class again if I don't have to. I would rather do well in it the first time around. So many prayers would be appreciated for that!

My other 2 classes are challenging, but not as challenging as chemistry and I am enjoying them a lot more. Calculus has actually been a really fun class so far. In high school it was so much more stressful because I didn't have the good trigonometry foundation that I got last spring. Now that I understand everything, I really like calculus. And my professor is hilarious, he's asian-american and once you get used to his accent, he says the funniest things and he also makes a lot of sense. I hated him at first because he's a notation nazi and is really particular about how you write the problems, but now I feel that his attention to these notations have helped me to learn the material a lot better, and I really like the class. I have him next quarter for calculus II and I'm actually really excited about it. And I feel like math may be a fallback for me if I don't end up doing chemistry. We'll see what God has for me though :)

And my college seminar class has been really interesting! It's all about the study of energy and renewable fuels. We've looked at electric cars and windmills and all of that stuff, and it turns out that nuclear may be the best option for energy for the future, which I hadn't even thought about. And there's so many myths and perceptions about nuclear that many people, including myself, have had that just aren't true, and nuclear really does make sense. Who knows, maybe I'll be helping companies develop nuclear power plants in the future after I get out of school? That would be pretty cool! But anyways, it's been a really interesting class to be in.

I've had the opportunity to get involved on campus with music and it's been a great experience so far. I joined the Gospel Choir on campus and the Worship Arts Cadre, which I've talked about in past posts and is still going well. In fact, next quarter I get to take a class where the members of my Worship Arts Cadre get to work with the SPU worship team on campus and learn from them, and I'm so excited for it!

Living in Hill has been a wonderful experience. I love my roommates, and we're getting along so well! Plus the girls on my floor all feel like my sisters, I feel like I have a second family at school that are always there for me. Add the boys on the brother floor across from us and all my friends on other floors, and I now have the biggest and best group of friends that anyone can ask for! Anytime that I need help or a study buddy or just someone to hang out with, I have a large group of people that I can go to.

I miss all my friends at school right now, but it's been wonderful being home this weekend. It's been very relaxed and nice to be with everyone, and it's been a great break from the constant studying! I'm excited to hang with my family and friends this weekend, and also play with Lindsay on Sunday at VC! It's been months since I've played with Linds and I'm so excited to be there!

Since I have not been able to get down to VC, I've been trying to find a church to go to while I'm at school. I've tried a few and liked some of them, and I'm still trying others before I find one to go to regularly. Or maybe I won't find one to go to regularly and just go wherever my roommates go, we'll see what God does and where he wants me to be. I'm not worried about it though :)

It's actually been a really great week with all the snow and everything. Afternoon classes got cancelled on Monday, and then Tuesday and Wednesday SPU closed for school. So it's pretty much been a party all week at school! After classes closed on Monday, a group of my friends on the floor and I walked to Fremont in the falling snow, which was amazing and so much fun!

Then Monday night, we ended up going sledding at 11:30 at night... crazy stuff that I've never done before, but hey it's college and you're only here once right? :)
On Tuesday, we walked downtown and went shopping at Westlake and Pike's Place, and then ate dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe!

Once we found out that classes were cancelled on Wednesday, a lot of us went home early, including me. Since my parents were having trouble getting out of my neighborhood, I took the bus home into Renton. So now I'm home! Which, like I said, has been wonderful :)

Well, since finals start a week from Monday, I will probably be getting rid of facebook and social networking once I get back to school and until finals are over and Christmas break starts. So I'll update everyone again once I'm on break! Have a fabulous next few weeks everyone!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Week 6

Here I am, 6 weeks in... and so much is going on. There's so much craziness and stuff going on that I sometimes have to remind myself to breathe... but it's so great, I am having the time of my life and learning so much!

hmmmm, let's see what's new... well since I posted last, we went on our all-hall retreat! It was at Camp Casey, which was interesting... actually that whole weekend was kinda interesting. It was super fun, but God had to do some stuff in my life in order to get to that point. It was kinda weird that retreat was at that part of Camp Casey, because youth group had gone there a few years ago to play outpost, and seeing it again brought back all those memories. Basically, the whole first afternoon of retreat was God helping me move on, from past relationships, from youth group, from things in the past that I was missing but I could no longer be a part of. It almost felt like I couldn't fully experience college in the way God wanted me to without the moving on and the closure that happened that afternoon. So as hard as that was, it was really good that it ended up happening. And the rest of retreat was wonderful! I got so much closer to the people on my floor and made new friends on other floors (including a certain person... but more on that later possibly ;)) and it was just a great weekend!

Speaking of God, it's been a tough few weeks for me. With retreat and school stuff, I haven't been to church in a few weeks and I've been feeling spiritually drained. I've been so busy that I felt like God's almost been put on the back burner, which I told myself that I wouldn't let myself get to that point. So I finally went to our worship service tonight, and it was a great refiller. I'm working on finding a church around here too for those Sundays where I can't make it back down to Renton to go to VC, but it's been pretty hard finding one. But I'm trying Bethany Community on Sunday, and I'm really excited... God's just doing some great things on campus and I'm excited to be a part of what he's dong!

We had our service performance for the worship cadre today, and it was really great! I actually played violin in it, I was originally planning to play guitar and sing but they had too many guitarists and no violinist, so I volunteered, and I love it! It's been really great to just stop in the crazy hectic day and go play violin and worship with my cadre people, and performing today was so great! It's also pretty cool because later on this quarter and next quarter we get to work with the upperclassmen in the worship arts ensembles on campus and learn from them, which is super exciting! So things are going well with that :)

So that's a little update on what's going on here at school and in my life! I better go start the reading that I was putting off by doing this... another post soon!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Here we are!

A month and a half after my last post.... ahaha life just seemed boring until school started, and then once school started things got crazy!

Well, today is Sunday, and I'm sitting here alone in my dorm room because one roommate went home, and the other went to church with her sister this morning and hasn't gotten back... which is okay because I was gone all weekend too at home! Probably going to study a lot after I'm done with this, I have midterms next week.... which doesn't make any sense, seeing as we have 10 week quarters and we've only had 3 weeks of school.

But enough about what I'm doing today, time to talk about life at college!

I love being here at SPU! There are so many great things about it that I don't even know where to start. The people here are wonderful, I've only known everyone for 3 weeks, but it already feels like these people are my family. The floor that I live on in the dorm is wonderful and they all feel like sisters to me, and the boys across the lobby from us are all like brothers, we call them our brother floor. And at any moment during the day you can go up and down the stairs on both the boy's and girl's sides of the floor and there are people there to welcome you and talk and hang out. It's a great community! And the best part is that most of them are christ-centered people. They are here for the same reason, to take what they learn and bring it to the world along with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is an amazing goal and one that I'm hoping to succeed in one day. We have our all-hall retreat next weekend at Camp Casey and I'm really really excited for it!

Classes are challenging, but I really enjoy them too. I'm taking General Chemistry, Calculus I, and University Seminar: Energy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Chemistry and calculus are difficult, but mostly just because of the pace that the class is moving at. Both classes are on things that I learned in high school already, but we're moving at such a fast pace that it feels like a fast-moving car speeding right by me! And I have a lab section for my chemistry class that is sometimes fun, but mostly very stressful and difficult. But luckily it's only once a week so I get it over with and just try not to think about it the rest of the week! And I'm not super happy about my calculus class because my professor speaks in an asian accent that is really difficult to understand and teaches all the problems from powerpoint, which is not my learning style at all... I wish I had my calculus teacher from high school that I didn't like! But luckily it's all review, so I'll hopefully be able to come out on top. And I love my energy class! It's so interesting, we're learning about different types of energy such as nuclear power and solar energy and coal, and discussing what our options really are for the future of our world. I'm really enjoying the subject matter! I'm doing well in my classes, but I haven't had any tests in them yet so it's hard to know for sure... after my tests this week, we'll see how I'm really doing!

And outside of class, I'm really trying to get involved with music and worship. I joined Gospel Choir and I'm really enjoying it! The music is not at all what I'm used to, but I love it and I love trying to learn the different harmony parts. And my director is so cool! He really knows what he's doing and has a heart for worship. I'm also in a worship club here that is for freshmen trying to get involved with worship on campus, and my choir director is the director for the club too... I just want to be around him all the time, he knows so much about worship and music and I know that there's so much I can learn from him. In the club, he basically had us go around and introduce ourselves, then let us go off as a worship team with an assignment, to plan a 30-minute worship service that would be held 2 weeks later. It was a pretty intimidating assignment, seeing as I had just met the members on my worship team about 5 minutes before and now we had to work together to plan and perform a whole service, but I'm having a great time being involved in worship again and I love it!

Speaking of worship, I got to play on the worship team this morning at church! It was so much fun playing with Jen and her team and wonderful to play on a worship team after so many months. I really missed playing! I'm hoping as I'm going on in my college life that there will be more opportunities to be on worship teams and play, but I'm not really sure where God wants we church-wise yet, my heart is still with Village Chapel but God wants me to be a part of the community and the people up here in Seattle and school, so I'm not sure where I'm going to end up, which is okay seeing as it's only the 4th week of school. Still praying about it, still trying places out... I know that wherever God places me it's going to be perfect and wonderful :)

This has been the craziest week ever... I got super sick last weekend and slept all day last Sunday, and was still getting over the cold all last week. I still have a little bit left that I'm fighting off today! But hopefully I'll go to bed early tonight and will be all good tomorrow, and the rest of the week and all! I really miss home though, which seems really sad seeing as I'm only 20 miles away... but it's hard being away from my family. I really miss them and being at home. And going home this weekend was really great! I can't wait to go home again, because I really miss it... but I have to stay strong, I have to just ignore the fear and the homesickness and keep going. I don't know how I would ever survive at an out of state school or even Western or WSU, especially after being sick last week. It was kind of a scary week. But it's all good.

So yeah, I'm having a great time and God is doing great things! I'll post soon about more things that are going on :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Continuing the long wait

Hi there! Well, the past week and a half has been kinda boring, but not too bad. It's hard when your best friends leave for college and go back to school though, I have no one to play with :(

I mean, it wasn't too bad since I was still working... but HMAC ends tomorrow, and then I have 2 and a half weeks until move-in day. I guess I'll have shopping and packing and such to do, but it doesn't seem like that will take 2 and a half weeks. Maybe I'm wrong though. I'm not bummed to have all the free time, don't get me wrong. Working all summer has been crazy and tiring, so it'll be nice to have some time to myself. But now there's no one to play with me :(

And the anticipation for college is just killing me... it's like moving day is never going to get here! I just wanna move in and go to college, is that so much to ask?! Today was cool though, I got to meet my roommates! We talked for an hour and a half today, and I really really like them. Molly and Rachel are awesome! I think Rachel and I are even going to go watch Molly's last horse show next weekend. I got super lucky that I have cool roommates, we were all a little nervous about that lol! Meeting them made me even more excited to go, and it relieved a lot a anxiety about college, I'm definitely not as scared to go now that I know the people I will be living with.

Thank God for skype though! I skyped for the first time the other day with Kelsey and it was so much fun! I'm so excited to skype with Lizzy and talk about school and America's Next Top Model and such! I keep telling Mary that she should get a webcam so we can skype, but she doesn't sound as excited about it as I do. Maybe when she sees me skyping with Lizzy and see how cool it is. Because it would make this whole leaving my little sister thing a whole lot easier. I'm kinda dreading it right now, it's going to be really hard not to see her everyday like I do now. Mary get skype!

hmmmmm what else is new... well God and I have been transitioning and moving on with things from high school, shutting some doors and such. Thinking about getting rid of my myspace... no one's ever on it anymore, but it also has my blog from my entire high school days, and I'd really like to keep that for the memories and the lessons learned... maybe I'll just keep my myspace for that but like only check it once a month? That doesn't sound too difficult.

Only 18 more days! Now I just gotta get though HMAC tomorrow...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Report from camp and sad day :(

Well hello there! I guess it's been 2 weeks now since I last blogged, which is quite awhile. And lots of stuff has happened!

First of all, Camp! It was an amazing camp, God moved in everyone's life so much! And I really enjoyed leading worship for everyone, even if I lost my voice from not using my diaphragm to sing the first night since it was out of shape. But really, camp was so much more than I was expecting. Mary and I walked away with a whole new family. I was kinda expecting to just be there to lead worship and then Mary and I would be on our own, but the Bethel Family Fellowship youth really invited us in to be a part of their group, and it was a wonderful experience. I feel like I have a whole new set of friends! Which is perfect seeing as Mary and I didn't get to go to a camp this year. So God really blessed the two of us in this opportunity as we got to go to a camp! We're returning on Sunday to do worship, they're having a youth service this Sunday so that should be good. Plus bonfires on Sunday!
Here's a picture of everyone at camp. Oh yeah, I finally got my own digital camera so I took so many pictures and videos! They're all on my facebook page here: Camp Shingledecker Photos 2010

So yeah, camp was awesome!

But now I'm back in working land... but I can't believe I only have 2 more weeks! This summer went by so fast. It's kinda sad that it's all ending, but I'm glad HMAC is almost over cause I don't know how much longer I could have taken it! And I really want to go off to school, I'm so excited to move in!

Speaking of school, this is the sad day part... I had to say goodbye to Lizzy tonight :( she leaves for NAU in the morning. We've been best friends since 7th grade, 5 years... and now I won't see her until Christmas at the lastest, hopefully in October though! It's sad, I've never gone more than a month without seeing her and now it's going to be months and months! At least we have skype and all that to keep in touch, but it's still really tough. We went out tonight and got pedicures and saw Vampires Suck, which was sooooo funny! And we updated our friendship bracelets, here's a picture of the friendship ribbon addition:

And everyone around me is panicking... someone said today that this is panic week! All the younger ones are realizing that school starts next week for them and they all have to get ready and see the friends they said they would hang out with but never did, and then my friends are all leaving for college... and I'm just chilling here, waiting with a month left until school starts. I mean it feels nice to have a month left and not to be panicking like everyone else is... but I really want to go to school! And not have to say goodbye to my friends :(

Oh well, it'll come soon enough. I'll just have to keep on being patient!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Waiting and waiting and even more waiting...

I am soooooo impatient for school to start. I already have my laptop and all and we're getting ready to order bed linens and applying for student loans, and half my friends are leaving either this week or in the next 2 weeks for their schools. It seems like all that I hear right now is college stuff. Which I'm not complaining about, I'm excited for this and love to talk about it! It's just the impatient waiting that I'm not enjoying right now. And the fact that Katie will be in my room once I leave :(

I am excited for next week though. I will be leading worship at a camp! It'll be the first time I've lead or even played worship since May when everything started to go down. It'll be sooo wonderful to finally go back to my passion! And it'll be nice to have a few days off from work too :)

Work is kinda winding down now too... this is my last week of lessons, then I have all next week off because of camp, then I'm just guarding in the afternoons for my last 2 weeks of work. Man, I can't believe it's almost over, it seems so short! I guess we still have 4 weeks until the pool closes, but it's like I only have 3 weeks left since I'll be gone next week. It felt like work would last so long though, a very long summer. But it's almost labor day weekend already! Everyone else is leaving for WSU and all their schools now, which makes it feel like the end of summer.

The end of summer... this would usually be the time when I start dreading stuff, like summer ending and school starting and all that. I'm actually excited though and not dreading anything. I actually want school to start now! Life's kinda funny that way.

hmmmm, well I guess that's all for now :)