I love summer! I love the hot weather, the beach trips, wearing shorts, and eating corn on the cob. It always feels like a season of refreshing to me. It’s like the sun sends it’s energy down to me. I feel relaxed and can move at a normal pace. Despite my love of summer, something odd generally happens around September. I get too hot. The sand from the beach gets too sticky, and if I see one more corn on the cob coming from our CSA box, I might cry. Summer just gets to be too much. I can’t take 108 degrees on a September day, I really can’t. I’m ready for a new season. I’m ready for the crunching of fall leaves. The crock-pot of soup to come home to. The feeling of a hot shower on a cold morning. The drinking of hot cider and hot chai at the local coffee shop. I’m always surprised to hear myself say it, but I think I am ready for fall!
This fall brings with it more than just a new weather pattern, but it brings some more significant changes. This fall, I’ve started a new season in my career. I’ve started working at Azusa Pacific University in the Office of Ministry and Service. See, I always thought I would get back to APU, but I anticipated it to be in more of a faculty role. I thought I would teach students about Hiebert’s excluded middle, or why Cultural Intelligence matters. And I still might do those some day. But right now, what I get to do is so much more cool! (Not that I wouldn’t be a cool professor, because I think I would – but being a cool staff member is much more fun right now!) I am the Program Coordinator of Local Mobilization for the MAS (Ministry And Service) office. That’s a really fancy title to say that I get students involved in local ministry. I get students and staff to see the importance of partnering with out community and working together to make it a better place. I’ve gotten to see some really cool things in Downtown L.A.. I’ve gotten to meet some amazing students who are impacted by service and who strive to impact others. I’ve also gotten to know some colleagues who are passionate about service and student development.
This job suits me in SO many ways. I have been so thrilled to work at an institution where Christianity and higher education collide; a place that taught me so much as a college student about life, Christ, friendships, and service. When I walk around the campus, so many memories come flooding back to me, and I start to see the twinkle of new memories being formed. The Freshman dorm where I lived my first year and my last year is now a place that one of my student workers lives as an RAR just as I did. The caf that I gained many pounds at as a freshman is now where I will potentially gain many pounds as a staff member! :) The list goes on and on.
So as the fall season approaches, the fall season of my career also is upon me, and I am pretty sure I am ready for both.