Posted on April 30, 2010 at 11:11 am
As I write, I glance through my window, peering at the shining sun, puffy clouds, and blue sky while leaves rustle in the wind and streaks of rain cascade down to the ground. Only in Angwin do rain and sun co-exist like this. But it has not been raining this entire week, and the burst of summer sun lent itself to a splendid weekend.
On Sabbath, a group of friends and I spent the afternoon walking through the Redwoods. It was so peaceful! The trees towered over me (most things do, anyway), stretching like pillars and almost connecting, it sometimes seemed, to heaven itself. Later that evening, we drove to Goat Rock Beach to close the day in fellowship around a bonfire, complete with roasted hotdogs (veggie, of course), marshmallows, and warm, fuzzy blankets to hold out the wind. To top it all off, we found a baby seal along the shore! After arriving ‘home’ (a.k.a. Winning Hall), I spent the remaining few hours in celebration of my roommate’s twenty-first birthday. Even though the day has passed, I have to say it again: Happy Birthday Cristina!
The next morning I awoke to an equally exciting day: my first REVO event! This year, Cristina and I volunteered to help run the booth serving enchiladas, beans, rice, and chips and salsa – all donated from Armadillo’s Restaurant to help raise money to benefit the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation and KidzReach. As the PUC Mall filled to capacity and the number of enchiladas dwindled, I couldn’t help but consider how much of a blessing it is to be here at this campus. REVO doesn’t HAVE to happen. And even when it does, no one is obligated to come. But, students have gone out of their way to make charitable events like REVO a reality. They have shown that even comparably small groups of people can, when united, make a large and lasting impact in the lives of others. I love that.
Overall, this week has been one of those weeks – a little on the crazy side, with less-than-ideal sleep because of midterms, but completely worth it. Kind of like the weather we are having right now – despite the drizzle, the sun has still been shining all the while.
Sophomore, Pre-Nursing Major and History Minor
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