One day not long ago an exciting email arrived announcing that Daniel got an on-campus job (not necessarily an easy thing to do when your competing with a lot of other students). But competition is good, as it is another introduction to the “real world”—which college is supposed to do.
Daniel is working as a graphic designer/writer/photographer for Southern’s Advancement office.
I smiled when I learned he was working there—happy for Daniel being able to do work that he enjoys, while gaining valuable experience—and smiling because of the truism about the “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” As a student a few (ahem) years back, I too enjoyed working at my college’s Advancement office, gaining a lot of experience that is still useful today.
I think that having a part-time job while a student is good for several reasons—for one thing, it teaches a person to balance their time and responsibilities carefully, finding ways to fit in class and homework responsibilities along with work demands. Also, the hands-on experience one gains doing work outside the classroom can be an excellent learning opportunity. In addition, the cash flow a part-time job brings can be useful in any college student’s bank account—or wallet!
In the meantime, I continue my work as a freelance writer, sitting at the computer, writing and editing material for various clients, and occasionally checking facebook, hoping to get a glimpse of any new pictures Daniel has posted lately.
Pictures have always been important in our family. Recently, I was going through some special boxes of pictures that my mother kept at her house. Being a proud and loving grandmother, she had taken many pictures of Daniel, her first grandchild. There was Daniel as a baby, toddler, boy, and teen. Sifting through those memories reminded me how very, very fast time flies. Sometimes I miss that little boy, and yet am so proud of him as he continues to grow into a young adult.
As he continues on in his life, studies and work at Southern, I remind him to stay close to God, and His plan. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11, NKJV).