Hometown: Wendell, NC
Year: I’m a graduate student, and I finish this May
Studying: Master of Arts in Higher Education
Secret Talent: I give pretty fantastic back massages
Why did you decide to live in City House?
I loved that the students in this program were wrestling with big questions and then practicing living them out. What does it mean to live faithfully in a neighborhood? What does it mean to be a part of a Christian community? How do our actions impact our neighbors and community? These are such important questions for life and at City House we struggle with them together.
What is your favorite part about living in City House?
Community dinners have become my favorite time of the day and one of my favorite things about living in City House. We eat together almost every night of the week. Sometimes we are all tired at dinner and we don’t talk much. Other times we laugh and sit around the table for hours. It’s a time where we are together and can love an encourage one another, and it’s pretty wonderful.
Favorite shop or spot in downtown Beaver Falls? And why?
I have lots of places that I really like downtown, but my favorite shop is the Humane Society Thrift Store. This place is huge! Very reasonably priced, and the last Saturday of every month everything in the store is 50% off. You can’t beat that!
What is one of your best memories from your time living in City House?
Some of my favorite times at City House have been the spontaneous things we do together as a community. Just the other night we had a little campfire in our backyard, and I was reminded how much I love those times when we are just together enjoying one another.
What’s one way you have been challenged through living in the house?
Community is hard! We bother each other. We say things that are hurtful. We are inconsiderate, and we are selfish. Being a part of Christian community is messy and extremely challenging. Sometimes we just want to give up because it doesn’t meet our ideal of what we think community should look like. It can be easy to become apathetic when there are so many other things asking for our time and attention. But I’ve learned this year that it’s ok when community is challenging. It is out of those challenging times of us trying to figure things out that we receive the greatest blessing and growth. Community is messy and it’s ok to enter into the messiness. Jesus isn’t afraid of our mess and we don’t have to be either.
If you knew someone who was thinking about living in City House what would you tell them?
This could be one of the most transformational experiences of your time at college. What we study and struggle with together at City House will hopefully impact us for years to come. It’s a challenging experience, but one that matters and is completely worth it. Do it!