Choosing your roommate

It is that time of year, many are preparing for choosing roommates for next school year (excluding graduating seniors). Some are probably on top of their game when it comes to choosing their roommates for next year; there are some that are still lost and confused. Even worse, the fear of getting placed with someone they do not know or someone they prefer not to be placed with. If you are still looking for a roommate, there are a few things to consider while searching for a roommate.

One of the first questions to ask yourself is who is your closest friend(s)? If you can put a list of some of your friends (of the same gender, of course) that you are close to and have a great and healthy friendship with. Once you find out who these people are, start to consider who you will have more patience with. Patience is the key to this whole decision making because there might be a few things that each of your friends have with their personality that might not mesh well with yours. First, we need to come to understanding that whoever is your roommate, you will have possible disagreements and get irritated with each other from time to time. The question will be who you think you can work best with when those problems arise. For example: If that person is known to not be organized in their room and you like things neat, it is probably best to not pick them as your roommate if you have an extreme low patience with those kind of conflicts.

The next step now is to talk to the person and see if they do not have a plan yet for housing situations. If they do not, then you can plan discussing of the possibility of being roommates for next year. If the first person you talk to already has a set plan for next year, move on to the next individual on your list that you have considered. Try to have a list of at least five people; you will most likely find that future roommate when it is said and done.

It is very important that you try really hard in finding a roommate that will best fit you. Residence life is a very important part of your experience here at Toccoa Falls College and it is great to have a roommate that you can build your friendship and help encourage each other spiritually as well with pushing each other grow closer to God. Your roommates here could potentially be some of the best friends you will ever have in your entire life.

World Outreach Conference

This past month the annual World Outreach Conference (WOC)  was held at Toccoa Falls College. It is one of the biggest events that many students and faculty look forward to. Many mission organizations come for the conference and are able to share what God is doing through their organization and the missionaries who they work with. One student that was willing to share his experience about this past WOC was senior, Evan Garrett. Garrett commented on his thoughts concerning the Missions Organization Representatives and his perspective of them coming here:

“I liked that the Missions Organization Representatives were all very interested in the students and full of wisdom for those who spoke to them. I appreciated the idea presented by a few of the speakers that it does not place a person on pedestal necessarily that they participate in mission work but rather that they learn to trust God.”

Many have questioned if missions is for them. Missions can either create a good or bad taste in someone after they hear or say those words. I want to leave a food for thought from Mr. Garrett again on his thoughts concerning missions:

“I learned that Missions is not as impossible as it sometimes seems. It only takes a person with a willing and teachable mind to become incredibly effective for Christ’s kingdom.”

Believe it or not, missions work is not impossible or even limited to a specific group of people. Missions can surely be used by us all types of people with many gifts and talents that God has given to us. I am not saying that you should or should not go to missions, but this should really give encouragement on what the WOC can reveal to many of us who possibly did not have missions in our finite minds.

As Jesus commanded, let us go to every nation and spread the Gospel, making disciples in the name of the trinity, whether that be here in the United States, or in some other country. We are all missionaries here to serve in God’s kingdom.

TFC Theatrical: A Murder is Announced

Last month, Toccoa Falls College hosted its annual play for the semester. The play title was A Murder is Announced. From my observations, it was a really well put play. Just when you thought you had the answer to how the play will end and think the give you a foreshadow of what is to come, it made you think again as it threw another “curveball” at you. I was drawn in to the spectacular story plot. But behind the scenes, there is so much that goes on and our Director, Rachel Blackmon, along with her co-director, Callan Bentley, were able to give more of an insight on what went on and their thoughts of the play performance.

The first question that was asked was if there were any memorable moments from the play or even before during the play at their practices and rehearsals. Callan mentions plenty of the inside jokes that went on and this built friendships and helped in getting to know one another in the Drama club. One of the inside jokes they mentioned to me was the garlic jokes during the play and even before it as well. Rachel tells of how that joke was brought up from the play when they were practicing and just became an inside theme of the joking around they were able to participate in. Rachel also expressed a great appreciation of this being an outlet to minister with the others in the drama club. One memorable moment was when she came to practice really upset and they were ready to step in and pray and encourage her. The friendships sure formed more than both Callan and Rachel could imagine.

I then asked how they would rate this play performance over the weekend. Callan mentioned “it was pretty good. No play goes without errors. The fact that none had play experience and still did really well is sounding promising and I hope they come back.” Rachel’s review of it was “excellent.” She also said “it was shorter time to prepare. Most actors were freshman. All females were fresh and new into this. Only three experienced actors were males. There was definitely a fear of failing.” As I saw, there was sure no failure at all. They done really well and I imagine this play would create a greater appreciation for theatre and more would like to be involved.

The last question was what came to inspire them to perform this play for the Fall semester of 2013. Callan tells me “Rachel was the one that picked it. I checked it out and thought it would be good and hilarious.” Rachel’s response was very inspirational and encouraging to hear her heart on this question. “My inspiration was my love to read, mystery novels in particular. This was originally a novel and then it was adapted for the stage. Everything that the actor does in important. There is more fun than something that is just humor and drama and there was that build up to the end.” Rachel’s love for mystery novels inspired her to put it in a stage performance and that was, in my opinion, a great success for the play altogether.

Other things that Callan and Rachel want the community of Toccoa Falls College to know is that next semester they will be doing King Lear, a Shakespeare play. They will need a lot of males for this play so anyone who is interested should try out for next semester.

Thanksgiving Festivities: How to Get Involved

It is that time of year. The leaves are finally falling off the trees, nights are getting cooler, and the fireplace is being used again. But the most important announcement of this time of year is that Thanksgiving is coming.

Turkeys are being roasted in the oven or fried (southerners cook it this way) as families and friends are gathering to visit other family members they often do not see. This is a time to cherish many memories, and make new ones as well. Many college students head home for this holiday. However, there are many students that might not be as fortunate to head home for Thanksgiving, for any particular reason. No one should miss out on this special holiday, so let the following ideas enlighten all who are currently at a loss in ideas for  how Thanksgiving should be spent.

If you are currently with no way to get home, a suggestion is to find a way to go somewhere for Thanksgiving. You do not necessarily need to stay on campus during Thanksgiving. The goal of this holiday is to enjoy fellowship among one another, and give thanks to our God as a community. If you have a roommate or a friend that is heading home for Thanksgiving, ask if you can tag along. Some families will welcome you with open arms, while some may politely decline because they want Thanksgiving dinner restricted to family members only. If the latter does happen, ask  a staff member here at Toccoa Falls College whom you have a relationship with if you could join them. They may not automatically say yes, but there might be professors or faculty here at Toccoa Falls College that are willing to have you partake with them in their Thanksgiving dinner.

If these ideas do not pan out, there is a final and possible option that you may strive for.  Ask around and find others who are staying for Thanksgiving break, and pool your money together to pay towards a good Thanksgiving meal between you all. You can make your own community Thanksgiving meal for those unable to travel home this holiday. If all of these ideas do not work, have the Thanksgiving meal at the cafeteria if you so choose.

Remember, do not be a hermit for this holiday and enjoy the fellowship you are able to have with one another whether it will be with family members or just your peers. God has created us to be relational and be with each other as a community and this holiday is a way in which we can practice it.


Fall Break: Making it Successful

It is that time of the semester that many are anticipating. People are trying to survive the anxiety of midterms and turning in last minute assignments that catch them by surprise. When a typical Toccoa Falls Student gets through this, they can relax and their anxiety level goes down. The light at the end of the tunnel has been reached; fall break is officially here.

During Fall break, the campus tends to get pretty empty. Many students decide to go home for the small break and sometimes bring their friends as well to come with them. There is a minority that does not though. These people that do not head home have few reasons as to why. Few of them are because their hometown is too far of a drive to even consider going for a few days, they have no ride to get home and back, or you just have no desire to go home whatsoever. They are stuck on campus with what appears as nothing to do. This is a false notion though. As a veteran in this life experience, there is so much to do. All it takes is a brain and a community of people that are willing to join you in some planned festivities.

Something to consider is potentially getting a group of people from your hall or terrace residence that stayed to form a movie night. I would prefer trying to do horror movie night considering it is October and Halloween is around the corner. Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and beverages to this. Another activity that you can do is go camping. We have such a big campus and lots of areas that are suitable for camping and are begging to be explored as well as enjoyed. Take an opportunity with your friends or by yourself to go out one evening and camp out. God created this Earth to be enjoyed. We should not take away or minimize the credibility of God’s great creation.

Last, but not least, try getting ahead with schoolwork. I know this does not seem to be anyone’s ideal break period, but you will be thankful putting some effort in getting ahead. Even though it is break, think of it as a break from regular routine of classes and other activities, and seek it as an opportunity to get ahead with much of your schoolwork (mainly your readings). You will not regret using your time wisely. You will be in the minority of students that will be further prepared for the remaining semester period. By the time the remaining students return from break to finish off the rest of the semester, they will be the ones crammed with work and you will have more time to relax and enjoy this semester stress free. Trust me when I say you will not regret this decision. This is someone who decided in-between breaks to get ahead with readings and chapter summaries (do they do these anymore?) and being less stressed and less busy. There was also less late nights doing schoolwork because of this and I was able to get the sleep I needed throughout the semester.

This is just a sample of ideas of what you can do to pass the time and enjoy your break here at TFC. Who knows, you might make those that went home jealous that next time around, they will stay here for break to experience the fun and productive time you had.

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