It’s insane what eleven days can do for a person mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard at first. There is unfamiliarity, a new environments to adapt to, lots of new people, new options of food (Chick Fil A on campus: hallelujah), and so many adaptations needed to succeed in such an environment. All that being said, I dove right into it. I embraced the uncomfortableness and delve deep into the unfamiliarity that I would call my home for the next four years. I made up tasks for myself such as finding someone new to talk to and hang out with if I went to eat alone. My psychology professor even mentioned the five second tool when entering a situation that makes you anxious or uncomfortable. Count for five seconds then go for it. “What is the worst that could happen?” I would ask myself. “What do I have to lose?” is another question I’d ponder upon in my head. With that in mind, I have become bold. Yes, I used to be outgoing and bold in Marion and in high school, but I never genuinely embraced who I truly was. I’m using gifts God created me to utilize for the expansion of His Kingdom. It’s honestly so exciting. Another question I ask myself while doing this at Panda Express or Jamba Juice (etc) is “Today could be going horrible for them. Why would you not just go for it and potentially turn their entire day around?” I also wrestle with the fact that everyone should be shown Jesus’ love. Why are we not spreading it more boldly? Loving others of different religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, background, whatever it may be, is SO IMPORTANT to being a Christian y’all!!!!! Showing that person God’s love could change their life. Planting that seed can look as simple as saying “Hey what’d you order?! Looks goood.” Bam, you started a conversation and can now go further with them by hearing about their story, background, or even go as far as sharing about beliefs. Building relationships is huge. What is the worst that could happen? Honestly? Being bold and having intentional conversations has brought me SO many amazing, intellectual friends that love Jesus and some that maybe don’t. Relationships can be challenging to maintain, but you have to at least start them before you can begin maintaining them. I’ve met numerous people in the past eleven days that have taught me various things about myself. As said before, I am bold. I am not afraid to embarrass myself or look silly. Enjoying deep, meaningful conversations is a huge part of who I am, and this is something I’ve realized over my time at GCU especially. I’ve realized what my outlets are and how healthy those outlets are for me. Another point I’ve recognized is the fact that having conversations about Christ is not as difficult as everyone makes it out to be. Sure, it is undoubtedly difficult at times if there is a disagreement or a topic comes up that you don’t see eye to eye on while viewing the subject. However, using it as a challenge to extend your faith and helping yourself grow is key. Being bold for Christ and showing His love and compassion for people has been something that has 100% changed the person that I am becoming. I’m really beginning to feel genuine growth within myself as I challenge myself in my faith, in relationships, and in class as well. God is good, and He has really shown up.