Faith is the biggest part of my life. Although, sometimes it doesn’t get enough attention, or rather, the attention it deserves. Since I was little I knew who Jesus was and accepted him into my heart at a very young age. I am incredibly lucky to have started my walk so young because it has helped guide a lot of important decisions in my life. My relationship with God is very personal and deep, and it’s changed so much since starting college. I don’t know where I would be without my faith but I know I probably wouldn’t be at Judson. I value my faith because although it in itself is not constant, I have a faith in a God that is constant and unchanging. Through all of my struggles and heartbreaks it’s so clear to me that God is present and he has a plan. Trusting in his plan is the only thing I have most days and I know one day his plan will lead me home.
A huge part of my life has been my relationships with other people. I grew up going to a summer camp and spending weeks and months away from my parents, and it was at these camps where I learned what true friendship looks like and how amazing it can be. Having a best friend who knows me inside and out is extremely important for me because it is so good to know I have someone who is always there for me to listen to me, go out shopping with me, and give me advice. Friendship is so incredibly important and spending time with people gives me a lot of joy. I often find myself sacrificing some of my work to make these connections and spend time with people because I find more worth in building those relationships with real human people than secluding myself to always work hard on homework. This isn’t to say that I don’t care about my schoolwork, I just feel like there is a balance I need to have in my life where I can be with people that I love and also do a job that I like. At the end of my life, I’d like people to talk about my impact on them as a human who cared about them and made them laugh who was also a cool designer.
My dad and I are very similar. We’re sarcastic and funny and sometimes we go too far. But my relationship with my dad is really special to me. Every time I come home for the weekend or a break and my dad and I hangout we crack a lot of jokes and make each other laugh so much that we started calling ourselves “The Ol’ Comedy Team.” I think my humor is such a huge part of my life because of my dad. I grew up watching alot of comedians like Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, Jerry Seinfeld, and John Mulaney and I just find so much worth in making people laugh. I think because I was kind of insecure growing up I thought I had nothing really going for me so I learned how to be funny. I remember always making friends when I was little because I said something funny in class or would make a lot of witty comments. This was how I related to people and it’s sort of just become who I am now. There was a period in my life however where my humor was just really mean and offensive, but I’m better now and try to be more conscious of the things I say because I know some people just don’t think the way I do. Anyway, I believe humor can bring people together, and my closest friends are some of the funniest people I know. Having one of those laughs where I can’t breathe and my stomach hurts is one of the best feelings in the world. Humor is just another way I make connections with people.