First, I want to thank everyone who supported me through my fundraising efforts (prayer and donations)!
These past couple of weeks really went by fast! I turned 20, I finished my sophomore year, my older sister graduated from college, and I leave in 2 days! I am so excited to go back to the island! Ever since I left last December, I always knew I wanted to go back and I am so thankful for this opportunity.
I’ve spent the past couple days thinking about what this trip is going to look like and whether I should’ve learned some Spanish besides “donde esta mi cabeza” (translation: ‘where is my head’), which my older sister taught me as she spent her middle and high school years learning Spanish. Thankfully, there are a lot of people on the island who speak English. While I was thinking about what everything was going to look like, I decided I would set some goals for myself, so here they are:
- Step out of my shell (especially on the first day)- I tend to be really shy when I am in big groups where I do not know anyone. I am really looking forward to meeting other Christian athletes and making lifelong friends
- Grow in my own faith- These past 2 years I have started taking ownership of my faith. When you come to college you are on your own and if you want to go to church and continue to walk with Jesus in this new chapter of your life, you have to make it happen. Thanks to 2 of my best friends at UMass, I have found a church I love in Amherst (Mercy House). I have also gotten very involved in Athletes in Action, which I look forward to every Thursday night at school and my friends, Hailey and Emily, and I also started going to a bible study at Amherst College on Tuesday nights (ABS) where we have met so many cool people and really dive into the word. All of these things have helped me to grow so much deeper in my faith but I know I still have more to learn. While in Puerto Rico, I want to really push myself to be comfortable sharing about my Christianity and answering any questions about Christianity.
- Memorize 2 verses/ passages- I have never been very good at memorizing, especially not Shakespeare in 10th grade. I think it is important to have some bible verses that you can pull off the top of your head with teammates, friends, family, etc. at any time.
Please keep me in your prayers as I get ready to journey to Puerto Rico!