Category Archives: College

A Few Tips for College (that are opposite from what everyone tells you)

The wisdom for graduating college students is pretty predictable: Try new things! Balance your work and life! These are the best years of your life!

But practically, some practices are vital to your well-being in college, and vital to becoming an adult who is developing good habits.

Here are a few lessons I learned from doing things well, and doing things poorly, in college.

  • Don’t get too involved. Only do the things that make you feel alive.
  • Wake up early (even if it means going to bed early).
  • Take a Sabbath day once a week.
  • There’s more to your surroundings than your campus. Know your town.
  • Tutors are for smart kids, not dumb kids.
  • Let your mom help you.
  • Stop looking for your ring by spring.
  • Don’t believe everything that you read on
  • Try not to eat Ramen that often, but when you do, add a bag of frozen veggies.
  • Stop wearing headphones in public.

And most importantly: make a lot of mistakes, but learn from every single one of them.

You can do this.

Love from me: Ms. Johnson/Carissa/Mrs. Flores

On sweet little moments.

College is busy. Really busy. And if I allow it to be, college can also be chaotic. Assignments, meetings, shifts, and exams attack rapid-fire for the entire duration of each semester, and it’s so easy to be swept up in the rush and scarcely take time to breathe. Some days, I’ll look around and realize, “It’s 3:30 in the afternoon and I haven’t even had the time to sit down one time today.” But amidst the whirlwind pace of a college senior’s life, I can look back and see moments when time seems to slow down, and each second feels sweet and bright. When I break out of the monotony and catch a truly beautiful moment, the rest of the rush doesn’t feel quite as important.

Continue reading On sweet little moments.

College 2013. (The sappy post amidst the calm before the storm.)

I understand that anyone who happens to subscribe via email to my blog or who simply stumbles across my posts does not use this blog as a main method of keeping up with my life. However, I am going to make a post that is not a rant or a deep, elaborate thought. I just want to detail some of the biggest blessings that have come so far with returning to Liberty University for my senior year of college – because I am truly blessed. I do not intend to brag or show off the great opportunities I have been given – because they are not because of me, about me, or for the purpose of glorifying me. I am an undeserving wretch who has been not only redeemed, but given the opportunity to live an abundant, full life serving my Redeemer. This is how I am living a full, joyful, and impacting life in the year 2013.

Continue reading College 2013. (The sappy post amidst the calm before the storm.)

The next stop in this great adventure.

I have a dorm. I have roommates. I have a meal plan and a tuition payment plan. I’m registered for seven classes. I have applied for work study. I have my textbook list. And I will soon have my plane tickets.

This chapter of my life that is set in Utah is quickly coming to an end, and before I know it, the page will turn and I will be faced with something completely new. A page full of words I haven’t read yet. I find there to be so much promise and anticipation.

No turning back now. Here goes nothin’.

Letter to Liberty University re: Mitt Romney

To whom it may concern:
I will be transferring to Liberty University as a junior in the fall of 2012, and I respect the school and its foundation on the Word of God. However, I have just learned that Republican candidate Mitt Romney will be delivering the commencement speech at this year’s graduation ceremony, and I am concerned about this decision from my future college for a number of reasons, all stemming from the fact that, in case you didn’t read all of the man’s Wikipedia page, Mitt Romney is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In other words, he is a Mormon. He served a mission for his church, tithes regularly to the church, and even served as a bishop over a ward.
The first reason why I am upset about this decision is that it gives the university the appearance of acceptance of the man’s ideologies. Granted, the university may align with his political views and his presidency campaign is currently in the media spotlight; however, I would expect that there are many other conservative Republican men who could have been chosen by the school to speak at such a prestigious event. By allowing an actively practicing Mormon man onto the Christian school’s stage, it would seem that the school has given the man its approval, thus giving his religion approval on the school’s campus.
Even if this is not the university’s intention, as Christians we are to abstain from all appearances of evil (1 Thes. 5:22), and the appearance by allowing this man to speak at the ceremony is that the LDS religion is acceptable and tolerated on the campus. I pray that this is not the truth. To help you understand why I am so vehement regarding this subject, allow me to explain. My family lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, where my father serves as a missionary to these very people with whom Romney associates. My family’s lives, as well as our partners and Christian friends in Utah, are devoted to helping Mormons see the darkness and lies in this religion and show them the truth of the Gospel. I would grieve for any of that work to be damaged as a result of such a prominent Christian university blurring the lines between evangelical Christianity and Mormonism any further than has already been done.
The second reason why I do not approve of Gov. Romney’s invitation to speak is more out of concern for the students. I think that it is important for the speaker at a commencement ceremony to enforce what students have been learning for the past four years of their lives, to encourage them in their faith, and to commission them to go impact the world. I do not believe that Gov. Romney is in any position to offer students encouragement to go live as “Champions for Christ” if he himself is not a champion for Christ at all. He is a champion for a false gospel and a god who is, according to his Scriptures, not the only God nor has he always been a god at all. I am uncomfortable with a man like him addressing so many Christian young people who are so capable of impacting the world for Christ. Why not have a man such as Billy Graham, Ravi Zacharias, or John Piper – men who have impacted the world with their leadership and are truly champions for Christ – encourage the young people of this school and set a Godly example for what they may someday become?
I understand that, with planning so far underway for this ceremony, it is a difficult decision to reverse. However, I would implore you to reconsider Mitt Romney’s invitation to speak at the 2012 commencement ceremony. I believe it will do more harm than good for the Christian community, especially for those of us who are deep in the trenches of spiritual warfare here in Utah and strive to be a set-apart light to the followers of this religion which is void of hope and truth.
Thank you for reading and considering my request.
LU Class of 2014

Incomplete Thought.


What kind of future English major utterly fails the AP English exam?

What kind of future teacher gets a shaky voice when speaking to more than a few people?

What kind of future youth worker is denied by a national youth camp?


The kind that God wants to use in awesome and surprising ways… and the kind whose future biography is going to have a great introduction.