Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Graduation



I am new to Wednesday Walk Down Memory Lane, but here goes nothing...

Four years ago today I graduated college. It was Friday, May 13, and we were graduating, Johnson Bible College, Class of 2005. Funny that a Bible College would have graduation on Friday the 13th, but even funnier that my mailbox number in college was 666. Not even kidding!

I sat next to two of my best friends, Jeremy on one side and Martha on the other. We were in the "M" section, since my maiden name is May. We all were graduating with double majors in Bible and Counseling. We had shared a lot. Johnson Bible College (JBC) is in Knoxville, TN, placed right on the side of a mountain, overlooking the city, and is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The first time I went to visit, I just knew I was going to attend college there. That was the only school I applied to, and got accepted early. I was so excited in fact that I graduated in three years with a Bachelor's degree. A lot more went into the early graduation thing, but I am still pretty proud of myself.

JBC is small, and considered a private college, but it had so much diversity. I went to school with missionaries, inner-city kids, kids like me, and kids who have so much musical and speaking talents that I am still amazed by them. We went to chapel 4 days a week, because we did not have school on Monday. We just had four day weeks, and it was great. I was seven hours from home and loved it! I also went with my best friend, and my boyfriend (now husband) was there too.

Fast forward to graduation...We were the first class to have graduation off campus, and I didn't mind. Some people made a stink about it, but doing it this way meant all our families could come and see us. I remember when we were practicing telling myself, don't trip, don't trip! Then what do you say to the President of the school, thank you, not say anything, all of these thoughts raced through my mind!

Well graduation went off without a hitch, I got my diploma, got a little recognition for graduating early (thanks Dr. Beam), and then I got married two weeks later, went on a honeymoon, then moved to Cincinnati for our first ministry.

A lot has changed in four years, marriage, had a baby, moved to another state, then another state, I am back in school going to graduate this summer with a master's in Counseling, then who knows what. The one that has stayed constant is my faith and trust in God. I thank him (not enough) for my time at JBC, I have wonderful memories there, and I love it so much!

10 comments:

Verna said...

That was great that you could go see your mother for Mother's Day and surprise her.

Yes, TN is a beautiful state. I can understand why you liked school there.

Have a great day.

Holly said...

It sounds like such a nice school. On the side of a mountain is a nice location!

Sally-Ann said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful experience in college. An added bonus to meet your husband there!!!

September said...

Kate,,
Visiting from Lynnette's Blog - new to your blog, but love it. Your little girl is so sweet. I enjoyed reading about your graduation - it amazes me all of the different paths that we take.
Just wanted to thank you for posting the Quotes the other day - I loved the one -"Faith is closing your eyes, and opening your heart." I am going to add that to my blog some day.
Stop by when you can. September

Kristin said...

From the way you described it, I felt like I wanted to go there! Welcome to Wednesday's Walk. Your little girl is so precious!!

Kelly @ The Beauty of Sufficient Grace said...

Hi there Kate...it's nice to meet you. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for becoming a follower of my blog and also to visit you on Wednesdays Walk. Thanks for sharing your sweet graduation memories. The mailbox numbers and date of graduation were kind of funny!I agree!! Blessings to you...

Kathryn said...

I lived in Knoxville as a child, until i was 8. We then moved to western Montana in the mountains. While i think Montana very beautiful & get homesick for it often (especially summers) Knoxville holds a special place in my heart. I always thought it so very beautiful.

My husband & i will get to spend a day there in June. Have any suggestions on where to go? :)

Lynnette Kraft said...

Thanks for joining us today Kate (my daughter Cecily's middle name is Kate and I love it!!)

You sound like an extremely motivated person with all that school! :) I'm sure God has wonderful things in store for you and your family. Enjoy each moment of it.

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts said...

Neat memories.. Molly is BEAUTIFUL!

Linda said...

Hi Kate, welcome to Weds. Walk.
I really enjoyed your post.

I always wished that I could go to Bible school and just soak up the word of God. But that never happened for me.

I love being a mom though, and that is what I always wanted to be. I just also love the word of God. I did go 5 years to Ladies Bible Study Fellowship once a week(Smile)

The LORD knows what we need, and what's best for us, and He leads us along as we trust in Him.

I went to Tennessee last fall and it is really beautiful!

Nice to meet you Kate.

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits