An Open Letter to the @odessyrejects twitter account which makes me laugh

One of the beautiful things about the University of Pittsburgh is their commitment to giving students four months of summer, which means that for me the school year is pretty much over. Praise hands. 

The end of the school year has made me all sorts of sentimental, reflective, sappy, and also totally lost on what day of the week it is since we haven't had small groups this past week. 

A couple of ministry and life updates and just some things I'm super grateful for:

Next week the Pitt RUF staff, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 Pitt students, are headed down to Panama City, Florida for RUF summer conference. We're going to spend a week on the beach, attending seminar, large group, and strengthening friendships. I'll also be stocking up on vitamin D so I can make it through next winter I'm super excited. Our students are super excited. It's going to be awesome.

I've said it before, I'll say it again, I'm fifty shades of grateful for my community in Pittsburgh. My expectations for post-grad friendships were low, and these people have blown those up. 

Here are my tips on making friends in a new city as a young single person:

  1. Pray, pray, pray. 
  2. Ask people to be your friend. When I first met my gal pals Sam and Caitlin, I thought they were amazing, so at the end of our coffee date, I was "Hey, y'all are cool, will you please be my friends?" And now we're friends. They're still amazing and sometimes let me show up in tears on their front door. These are the people you need. 
  3. Host a weekly dinner. As an extrovert, I would eat every single meal with my friend group if that were possible. I make tacos because most Pittsburghers don't have very high expectations for tacos and tacos are easy, I would make pierogies in Texas, or fish in Kansas. Ask your friends that you asked to be your friend to bring things every once in a while, but also know that hospitality is such a sincere form of generosity. Plus the more you cook for your guy friends, the more likely they are to help you when you have to go to the hardware store. 

I'm super psyched for year two as an RUF intern. I will be continuing to lead and develop a Greek Life bible study, as well as going hard in the paint with freshmen outreach. Every time I see my freshmen girls from this year, I am just so proud of them and how much they've grown over the past year. I first met them as basically high schoolers, and now they're basically college sophomores. 

In my oh my gosh the year is over reflection, I've been thinking a lot about how God has been so faithful this year. Really, really faithful. In the tears, in the laughter, in the community, in the loneliness, God has been there, and God has been at work. I am so grateful to be able to stand at this halfway point and look back about the past twelve months as an intern, and be full of hope and promise for next year. 

It's been good. 

In other less, reflective news, yesterday I discovered the twitter account @odysseyrejects and I was rolling on the floor. If you have college girls in your facebook news feed, you need this in your life. 

Also, I am currently in the process of fundraising for year two. If you would like to help close the $12,000 gap, you can do so here, make sure to type in my name. Thank you!