One Year Down

Nine months, several course outlines, and a few papers later, I am finally finished with my first year at Pensacola Christian College. I can’t believe that it’s already summer again! Time really does fly by when you’re having fun — or when you stay busy all the time like I did! I can honestly say that I was never bored during my freshman year of college. Whether going to class, working, studying or just hanging out with friends, I was always doing something.

Throughout this past year at PCC, I have learned countless academic, spiritual, and life lessons. Whether it was in an easier class like New Testament Survey or in a more challenging class like Intermediate Spanish, all of my teachers helped me learn their subject and helped me grow in my Christian walk.

I have many unforgettable moments from my freshman year, but one of my favorites was the late-night ice cream runs with my roommates. My roommates and I would be sitting in our room studying and someone would say, “I want ice cream!” One of us usually gave in and went to get some from the Pelican, the convenience store in our dorm. We were set to finish our night of studying with some mint chocolate chip in one hand and pages of notes in the other.

During these past two semesters, I have had many opportunities to get involved in ministry. Some of the greatest lessons that I learned were at Saturday morning Bible club. It was one of my favorite times of the week because I was able to see the Lord work in the lives of the children. I found that we would go out to be a blessing, but we would come back blessed.

Looking back, this year has been full of fun times and spiritual growth. My advice to new students would be to get involved. Although you may be busy, it is definitely worth it. I hope that your first year at PCC will be as wonderful as mine was!


13 Responses

  1. Rachel

    That’s my roommate!….and my sister 🙂 Good post Am! It is so true that the first year of college is full of learning experiences – both in the classroom and in campus life. If you’re surrendered to the Lord and open to His leading, you will be amazed at what you’ll learn! We’re excited for all the new students coming in this fall and look forward to seeing all of you soon! 🙂

  2. Sarah

    I am going to be a freshman this year at PCC. I am so excited!!! Reading your post just makes me look forward to going to see what God has in store for me there! 🙂 You also look very familiar..were you a video student at the academy? Just wondering.. 🙂 Anyway, I am going for Elementary Ed. and Missions and am also interested in the work program there. I would love to get involved in children’s ministries and mission outreaches too. Are there many ministries like that to get involved in while going there? I assume there is, but I’m not sure how to get involved in it. Thanks again Amy for your post! 😉

    • Bonnie

      A couple of weeks after the beginning of the fall semester, there is a “Christian Service Expo,” where all the different outreaches set up a table so you can learn more about their ministry. The groups usually go out once a week, to places like nursing homes or neighborhoods in the area. Certainly pray that God will guide you the the right ministry that He would have for you!

      • Sarah

        Thanks Bonnie! I’ll definitely be praying about it and look into it when I get there! 🙂

    • Amy

      Sarah, Thanks so much for your encouraging comments. It is exciting to hear that you are doing missions and El Education because I am a Missions major with and El Ed. minor. There are several children’s ministries here at PCC such as Sunday School, Children’s church, Master’s club, and Bible clubs. Yes, I was on a few of the A Beka videos so that is probably why I look familiar. Hope that you have a great rest of your summer and that you have a wonderful first year at PCC!

  3. Charmie Becker

    Hey Amy,
    I will be going to PCC the fall of 2012. Any advice as to what to expect there? I loved your letter. It was such a great encouragement to me. Thanks alot and I look forward to seeing you at PCC

    • Amy

      Charmie, I am so excited to hear that you are coming to PCC. As to what to expect, I would say expect to have fun and to grow in your Christian life. College is work, but when you are at a Christian college, you realize that you are working to prepare to serve the Lord better. Hope this helps! – Amy

  4. Marina

    I am Amy’s suite mate and she is awesome!!

    • Amy

      Thanks girl! Hope you’re havin a great summer! Can’t wait to see you in a few weeks! 🙂

  5. Jennifer McDonald

    I am going to be a junior this year at PCC.I am so excited!!! Amy reading your post is making me look forward to the rest of my college career because not this year but next year I will be staying in the dorms and the year after that I will be staying in the dorms until I graduate. ice cream from the Pelican is so greatand so delicious!!! Hanging out with friends makes time fly by. I love working in childrens ministries and in church ministries and in college choir. My major is Bible and minor is Missions. Going to the Sports Center is also fun . The work program is also fun.When we nsudy with our friends we canget treats from the Plams Grille or fromthe bookstore, or from the Pelican. You can also have parties in the Plams Grille whenever it is your birthday or in the commons. or you can get a group of mixed friends, especially your date, and relax and enjoy a date at the Palms Grille for dinner or lu nch. If you don’t like the Palms Grille then you can have a date with your boyfriend at breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Four Winds. Dating outings are so exciting !!! to go on if you have a date. The cruise is the best dating outing. The teachers are great!!!. i learned alot these two years from my teachers and I pass my classes. Grow spiritually. Roommates are also fun because during my Junior year of high school I spent one night in the dorms for Junior day, and my roommates were incredible. Visiting college classes that same day were great beacuse i knew exactly then what I wnated my major to be. I might change my major to Early Childhood Ed. but I am not sure yet. i love PCC!!!. the Chapel speakers are great . Mission Prayer Band is another great highlight of the year because special people talk to us every Monday night and then on thursdays we get to pray for our Missionaries. Thankis again Amy for you post.

  6. Kayla

    I love reading all the good comments about the college. I am going to be a senior in high-school this year and then I plan to go to Penscola. My cousin just graduated from Penscola last year and I am so glad to hear others like the college as much as she did. Supposed to take a trip all the way from pa to flordia in the spring to check it out can’t wait. 🙂

    • Amy

      Kayla, it is so good to hear that you are excited about the college. I will be praying that God will guide you as you decide what college to attend.

  7. Alycia

    I’ve been here for almost one year now. I transfered last fall to PCC as an engineering major. I’ve really enjoyed being in an educational place that is made up of people who want to serve God. I believe that your experience depends on who chose to hang out with, how involved you are, and what kind of an attitude you bring with you each day. I’ve found plenty of activites to keep me busy, even during the summer while I’m working, such as singing at nursing homes, helping with bible clubs, and attending various sport events and church services.

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