I came back on campus, seeing it hustling and bustling for the first time in over 18 months and was just so overwhelmed with a sense of joy. We were back. Campus life had returned with all its beauty and all its inconveniences. The inconveniences that would’ve gotten on my nerves in 2019 struck me with an initial sense of nostalgia and giggles. I never would have thought there would be a point where I walked into the dining hall, saw a long line for Chick-Fil-A, and found myself smiling. Never in my life did I think I would relish the feeling of sprinting to class to avoid arriving late. Granted, I was still annoyed. I needed my chicken sandwich and needed to get to class. Still, in moments like this, it felt like such a privilege to wait in line before running out of breath on my way to class. Man, it is good to be back.

By Alexis Barnhart

I am keenly aware that our bodies have absorbed a gauntlet of grief throughout this traumatic year. And some of us, for the first time since March 2020, are stepping onto campuses that have been closed for over a year. How then, when we are committed to seeing God’s kingdom come on campus, do we enter NSO well?

By Frank Espinoza

As we prepare for a new school year, I believe Jesus’ invitation for us is to see and care for these first-gen students’ unique experiences while also recognizing the agency and gifts they bring—to the campus, our ministries, the world, and the kingdom of God.

By JP Legarte

Last-minute final papers, weekly discussion posts, and 12-page reports that seem to extend forever—don’t worry, I know the feeling too. For those of us who are students (and some of us who aren’t as well), there are some days—maybe even many days—when writing feels like a chore, something on a checklist to cross off.

By Mikee Golingo

As the youngest generation, we may believe the lie that we are useless in times of crisis. But as we mature and understand ourselves more, we should be encouraged and empowered to use our voices.


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