This June entry concludes my year as a Parent Blogger for my incoming Freshman student, Hannah. In my last two posts I already summed up many thoughts of the past year - in this post I am going to look ahead. With dual enrollment, Smart Start, a full load of freshman classes, and now, two on-line summer classes, Hannah jumped into Sophomore level in January, and plans to stay ahead in total hours through all her years here. We didn't really start out to do that, we just wanted her to have a solid start and a slightly easier first year adjustment. What we hadn't counted on was her being asked to be in the Southern Scholar program. We didn't even know what that was until Hannah received their letter just before she arrived on campus for Smart Start. Since we (parents) were not the ones that had to do the work, we left the decision totally up to Hannah. She decided she would like the challenge and has done very well through this first year.
Another long time goal for her has been to learn Italian and visit Italy. Hannah was granted permission to take Italian for her particular music major and is working to help pay for two summers to study Italian in Italy with the Adventist College Abroad program. For her major she only needs beginner level, but for the Scholars program she will need to achieve to the intermediate level. Knowing Hannah's determination, I suspect this will indeed be a two summer deal!
A last big goal since completing a year at Southern is that Hannah has learned about the Student Missionary program. She has had a goal for many years to serve for a time in Russia as a missionary. She waited many years (and even got her passport) so she could go to Russia in an internship available to us through our home school program. They ended that opportunity just when Hannah was old enough to go. So she was very excited to learn she could possibly go in conjunction with SAU. We have made some initial inquiries about her possibly serving a year in Russia. This will definitely need to be a door that the Lord opens up as we are not SDA and there are (understandable) restrictions on where she could serve. We don't have a problem with her working under the banner of the Adventist church - a soul for Jesus is not exclusive to one denomination - but we also totally understand the care that must be taken by the sending organization. I suspect this is new ground for all parties - and we will just wait and see how it works out, if at all..
Our faith grows forward as we see the Lord's handiwork in our past. This first year has had many opportunities of seeing God at work in Hannah's life. It confirms that she made the right decision to attend Southern, that the classes she has taken and the people she has met have been good for her, and the foundation of her youth is built on firm Truths. I am sure that the next years at Southern will be exciting as evidenced by this past year!