by Nikki Elliott
The child is growing and becoming strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God is upon him. – Luke 2:40
Returning to the Heights for the start of a new school year reminds me of how great it is to be an Eagle. Reunions with close friends, the idyllic image of Gasson Hall, an invigorated sense of BC pride with the kickoff of football season, and the anticipation of what the coming year holds brings an air of joy and gratitude.
As I settle into my classes and adjust to the familiar routines and rhythms of college life, I recognize a strengthening of my relationship with God. This spiritual upturn happens every year, begging the question of what it is about BC that manages to renew my faith with such determination. I come to realize that the question is not a hard one to answer. BC is a unique and inspiring place—a place to think critically, to reflect deeply, to see new perspectives, to make and learn from mistakes, and to cultivate and share our gifts. As students, we are taught to live our lives with passion, purpose, and vision, so that we may ultimately discover an engagement with life that is vigorous and contagious. The four years we spend here are some of the most memorable and formative years of our lives, and the friends, classmates, professors, and mentors we meet at BC shape us and guide us in profound ways. Not a day goes by here that I do not recognize God’s grace at work in my life. I am grateful for these opportunities that open my eyes, mind, and heart to God’s unconditional love and strengthen my relationship with Him.
Dear Lord, thank you for guiding me to the places where I can feel Your presence in my life. As I begin the new academic year, broaden my perspective to recognize the precious gifts of this wonderful place; help me to see every blessing that strengthens my faith, grows my heart, and brings me closer to You.