Fall Retreat

Fall retreat is the weekend for Campus Outreach and I am more than thrilled.  I haven’t been on a retreat since last semester and it feels even longer than that.  The retreats purpose is to have a weekend away from school and grow in our faith.  Seven college campuses will get together at a hotel in St. Louis and have fellowship and listen to a speaker.

I only know people from two of the other colleges that will be there this weekend.  I am more than excited to see those people because some of them I spent all summer together at The Orlando Project.  I’m also excited to meet new people and spend time getting to know the other campuses in the St. Louis areas.

This weekend will also be good for me to get away and clear my mind from the stress of school.  I will be able to reflect on my relationship with God and what my walk looks like.  Plus, I will be encouraged by the talks we have and by my brothers and sisters in christ.


Friends going to Fall Retreat

I hope this weekend doesn’t go by as fast as the last one. I know once it starts, I wont want it to end.


Orlando Project Reunion


Orlando Project Roommates

This weekend USI (University of Southern Indiana) in Evansville, Indiana is hosting their annual Fall festival. A lot of my friends from project this summer go to that school and attend the fall festival. So, me and some friends are taking a mini road trip to see everyone and celebrate with them.

This weekend is going to be full of catching up with everyone that I spent 10 weeks with over the summer.   I am more than excited because we have all become such good friends and its been a little hard to be away from everyone and not having great schedules to be able to talk most of the time.

At the fall festival, there are over 200 food vendors, which are apparently really good, and rides for everyone to go on as well. This weekend is all about having fun and relaxing.  We all need it since it’s the middle of the school semester and we are stressed from all the hard work put into our school work and studies.

I hope that I am able to just clear my mind and not focus too much on everything coming up in the next few weeks of school.  That may just make me more stressed than I need to be.  This reunion is much-needed.

Orlando Project

This summer can not come soon enough.  I am living in Orlando for 10 weeks!! I have been given the opportunity to work at Universal Studios through a campus ministry called campus outreach. Not only will I be working at Universal Studios, but I will be with other students from different campuses growing in our faith and learning to evangelize. I can’t wait to get out there and start this experience.

I have given a lot of thought in to where I would love to work at universal and I have narrowed it down to Harry Potter Word.  I never actually read the books but I feel like it will be an awesome place to work since I loved the movies.  Plus I would never get bored cause I can imagine it’s probably the most visited part of the park now since it’s still pretty new. I can only hope for the best cause we don’t find out where we work until we get there.

Right now I still don’t have that much information about it besides the fact that I was accepted and what the purpose of being there is. I am so excited to learn more and start summer!

Universal Studios Florida 001

Universal Studios Florida 001 (Photo credit: Roller Coaster Philosophy)

Finding Dory?

Finding Nemo was one of those movies that I would watch over and over again when I was a child.  I was able to quote almost the whole entire movie.  One of the main reasons I loved the movie so much was because of the character Dory.  I found her to be hilarious because of how absent minded she was and her because short term memory.  She was just one of those characters that you would always want to quote or remember.  The whole movie was just a quality film.  The message, animation, and creativity was mazing.Finding_Dory.svg

As you could imagine when I heard that Finding Dory is in the making, I was beyond excited.  I have waited so long for a second movie.  Obviously by the title we know that Dory will be the main focus of the movie so that mean lots of laughing.  While reading about the movie and what exactly it will be about it brought up the beginning of Finding Nemo.  When Dory was first introduced to us she was lost.  I read that it is going to pick up with that and what exactly Dory was looking for and where she was going.

The movie isn’t supposed to come out until November 2015.  It seems like a long time but that just means that they are wanting to it to be the best as they can possibly make it.  All I know is I’m going to be a 21 year old in the theatre watching it along with everyone else on the first day it comes out.

No More Winter, Please.


Spring Flowers

Snow was the last thing that I was hoping for this week, but sure enough Illinois weather never fails to surprise us all.  We got around 5 inches of snow which in my opinion is too much.  Thinking back to last year we were already wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts.  The first day of spring I was bundled up in my winter coat and it sure didn’t feel like the first day of spring.  I can only be hopeful that this snow melts fast and the warmer weather moves in sooner that later.  Although getting that one day off of school was refreshing I would rather walk to classes in warm weather than be stuck inside all day.  The warmer weather would definitely be good for everyone’s moods too.  Everyone seems so down and depressed because this winter has felt too long. Spring will liven up people and get everyone motivated.

Small Unexpected Surprises

Going into this past weekend I was just ready to relax, go through with the plans I had made, and take time to work on homework and studying.  I headed to my hometown to babysit for a family that lives close to that area. Half way there I got a text from the family saying that their plans were canceled and they didn’t need me to babysit any longer.  This news was sort of discouraging and upsetting because I was looking forward to see the kids and be able to make some money. I really didn’t want to drive all the way back to Edwardsville and waste my gas so I decided to drive to my mom’s house to stop by and talk.


Surprise Visit taken by Alex Englen

As soon as I got to my mom’s house I got a phone call from one of my friends from Murray, informing me that her and a few other people were in my hometown stopped to get something to eat.  She explained that they were on their way to a mission trip in Colorado.  At first, I didn’t believe her because it was so random.  She challenged me to drive to the subway that was a few minutes from my house to see if they were there.  Sure enough, a group of my friends from Murray were all running towards my car when I pulled into the Subway.

It was such a blessing to get to see them even if it was only for a few minutes.  It’s funny to think that only a few minutes before I got her call I was upset that I had driven all the way to my hometown for no reason.  I love when small, unexpected surprises happen right as you get down because you aren’t upset for long.  Sometimes those unexpected  surprises make you whole day and that’s exactly what my friends did.

Focusing and Summer Break

Now that spring break has passed I feel like this year has flown by so fast. Spring break was kind of a tease because we got a great feel of being on break.  It reminds us of what we can do during the summer. We only have 6 weeks until the end of the of this school year.  Now I have all this stress to make sure I have the right grades and really concentrate on my school work. What makes concentrating on school really difficult is knowing that summer is only a few weeks away. Everyone is trying make all these summer plans and trip which makes you think less of school and more of relaxing. summer

Right now I just need to focus on studying and figure out my summer plans after finals.  Finals always ends up being a really stressful week for me.  I know that I will study and do well but I always freak myself out and worry about it. Right now my only motivation to study is to get as good of grades as last semester and keeping my GPA high. I want to strive to do well thorough out my academic career to insure that I get the most out of my college experience. To insure I learn and get good grades I really need to focus and put away all thoughts of summer.


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