Age: 21

Year: Senior

Hometown: Portage, Michigan

Major: Family Studies

Residence: Off campus

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More about Amy:

What are your career aspirations?

I want to be a marriage and family therapist. My intention is to go on to grad school in order to get a master's degree in counseling.

Are you involved in any extra-curricular programs at CU?

I am a peer mentor through the discipleship program on campus.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my friends! My relationships are the most important thing to me. So whether I am having lunch dates, or watching movies, or staying up all night talking, I just want to be with people I enjoy.

How would you describe community life at CU?

Though Cornerstone is very intentional about creating a strong sense of community, CU community is truly what the student makes it. I have embraced different events and opportunities, and I have also dismissed all of it at some points. My description of community therefore looks drastically different depending on my actions. You can only experience community if you are willing to join in. Overall, Cornerstone gives plenty of opportunities to develop the community whether it be through dorm life, intramural sports, campus wide events, or even working on campus and being in smaller classes. Therefore, if I had to describe community life at CU I would say there is an intentional goal to foster community by providing many different outlets for students.

What was God teaching you last semester?

Last semester God taught me about priorities. I have always been studious and put a lot of my energy and time into my schoolwork. However, I am also relational. I realized that last school year I neglected my need to be social, have fun, and nurture relationships. This past year God has been teaching me the importance of relaxation, and how through his strength, I can still do well in school and dedicate time for what I want to do. The college experience is far more than academics. Learning how to let go of stress and enjoy fellowship has made my college experience more rewarding this year than the previous two year combined. Also God has been teaching me a lot about contentment. Even when certain semesters are more challenging than others (which this one has been), I need to make the most of each opportunity and find enjoyment in the place God has me.

What’s your favorite thing about CU?

My favorite thing about CU is that it feels like family. Being a smaller school, it is easier to get to know more people and to develop more personal relationships. Though I am more of an introverted person, I feel like I know a ton of people at the school. I also feel like I have good relationships with my professors. This is something that would not happen at a bigger school. It's just a good feeling to be able to walk to class, or the library, or to lunch, and see and say hi to so many familiar faces.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

I often feel like I live in the library because of homework and the fact that I work there. However, the staff lounge in the library is one of my favorite places because it feels like a second home.

What are you looking forward to most about the new school year?

This school year is going to have a lot of changes. I think I am most excited about those changes and stepping out of the familiar. Though living on campus as been a great experience, I am excited to move off and into my own apartment. I am looking forward to intentionally building my own community with the girls I am living with. I also am excited about my classes. I got a lot of my hard classes out of the way early, and next year I get to have some fun and take electives.

What was your favorite thing about Terra Firma?

I would say the friendships I made. I have stayed close to many people in my terra firma group and my terra firma leader. One of the girls I met the first week will be my roommate next year off of campus.

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