Today’s post is a little different from my usual content, but I just wanted to share an update on what’s happening in my life besides what I’m wearing and eating for breakfast. For the past few weeks, I’ve been alluding to some big changes that were on the horizon, and it’s finally time to share!
I’m going back to school! I’m heading back to Texas A&M to get my Master’s in Public Health, and will be working at a research institute in a related field. This was a huge decision, and a scary one, but I’m so excited about what the future holds for me these next two years (and maybe more) in Aggieland! As you may know, I got my undergrad degree from Texas A&M, so College Station truly feels like home to me. I’ve actually already been at my new job for nearly a month, but will finally be moving back next weekend!
As I said, this was a big decision, and one that I did not take lightly. Around August of 2016, I decided that my current job was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I loved the people I worked with, but I knew that God was calling me somewhere else. I tried for quite a few months to get another job in healthcare, but I wasn’t having any luck. The jobs I really wanted required either 7-10 years of experience or a Master’s degree, so I decided that going back to school was the best choice. Also, I had always had an interest in public health since I was an undergrad. Every time I went back to campus this fall for a football game, I felt like that was where I was supposed to be. I would just pray, “Jesus, please let me come back here.” I prayed that if going back to Texas A&M was what God had for me, that he would make it happen.
Getting into grad school was a stressful process for me, and I was constantly freaking out that I would work really hard but still not get accepted, and that scared the crap out of me. But at the same time, I was afraid that I would get in and would have to step out of my comfortable spot and do something that was difficult. Obviously I got accepted, or you wouldn’t be reading this. I was sitting on my bed with my roommate Catherine when I got my acceptance email, two weeks before I was expecting it. We screamed and laughed so loudly that the dog ran out of the room terrified. I was super excited, but almost immediately thought, “oh no. Now I’ve got to go do it, and it’s gonna be hard, and I’m not sure if I can handle it.”
There was a time after I got accepted that I thought, “Maybe I was wrong. Maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to do. I’ll just keep trying to get another job.” I love my friends and I love The Woodlands, and for a while I didn’t want to leave. But through prayer and a few events, God showed me that He has much greater things for me in College Station. Yes, I’ll be sad to leave my friends and the terrible shopping habits I’ve developed, but I am excited for what’s ahead.
I’ve learned so many things through this. God is faithful. He will answer prayers and direct your steps. He knows what we need way more than we do. He can do what seems impossible. He will work everything out better than you imagined. But the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to tell Satan that you’re not afraid of change or failure or anything else and run towards what God has for you. Even when that means risking your current job. Even when that means uncertain financial situations. Even when that means leaving the best friends you’ve ever had. That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard or scary. It just gives God a better chance to show you his glory. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” God has called us not to be afraid, but to trust Him. And I’m so thankful He allowed me to see that example in my life. (If you’d like to read more about trusting God event though you’re afraid, read this post by my friend Kristin! She posted this while I was in the thick of the application process, and it was such a great encouragement to me!)
Thank you for reading! I’m excited to start my new adventure in my favorite place in the world, and to be a College Station Blogger again!
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