Reflections on the First of Two Senior Years

The 2013-2014 year at Union was much like an ocean. We had a lot of ups and a lot of downs between August and May and this is a year that will be remembered by students and alumni for years to come. As I sit here tonight in my bed, in my room, in my house at Mud Creek, I reflect on the moments I remember most about the first of my two senior years.

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Decorating Dr. Mathews`s office the night before his 40th birthday. One of the best “pranks” I have ever helped pull. I think actually might have liked it…

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Watching my high school band clinch their 8th state championship!

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Attending TISL and getting elected Speaker of the House, which allows me to serve with these awesome people.

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Participating for the first time in the One-Acts with these great thespians!

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Watching the Department of Music come even closer together when we suddenly and tragically lost Olivia in early February

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Going to Ireland with my best friends and singing in some of the finest churches and cathedrals in the world.

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Rocking the Cardinal Ball with these cool cats!

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And, hands down, having the best and most beautiful date in the whole place.

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Being inducted into the Beta Mu cast of Alpha Psi Omega

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Helping produce “We Remember.” This was a beautiful night of worship as we remembered our sweet Olivia, celebrated God`s faithfulness, and raised over $20,000 for the Olvia Greenlee Memorial Scholarship.

As you can clearly see, God has been so good to me this year. And this is only a snippet. But it is a bit depressing. Nearly everyone I came to Union with in the fall of 2010 graduated two nights ago. It felt so wrong not being in the procession with them. Yes, I will be a super-senior. I felt closer with this class than any other and I will probably not feel as close with the group I graduate with next year. I don’t believe in the “no regrets” theme that some people adopt. For me, I regret not getting to know some of those that graduated until this last semester. There were some fantastic seniors that I knew, but didn’t KNOW. And my last chance of seeing some of them ever again came two days ago. That is heart-wrenching.

However, I have managed to grow closer with several other people. I have also met some wonderful people that I haven’t met before. No matter the emotions surrounding my circumstances these past few days, God is still on the throne and He is always good. And at some point, I will anxiously await the things He will do during my super-senior year.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9

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