Hello dear friends, family, kind strangers. This is the beginning of a new journey. The small, sassy, and sweet Evangeline you've all known is now... a slightly taller, still sassy, and still sweet soon-to-be college student! I have been accepted into Texas A&M's Program for Systematic Admission, meaning that I will attend Texas A&M Corpus Christi for one year and then transfer to College Station TAMU. I will be working towards a BS in Allied Health with the desire to go on and attend either Physician's Assistant or Nursing school. In addition to that, I plan to become a certified midwife, as my dream is to deliver babies and help women through pregnancy and post-partum.
I have never considered college to be my only option after high school, but I feel as though God has called me to live out what it means to be a radical follower of Jesus in an everyday, average situation. What does it look like to show people around me the heart of Jesus even when it's finals week and everyone is stressing? To former Christians who moved out of their parents house and decided God just 'wasn't for them'? How do I live out a life of radical, mind-boggling, soul-fulfilling, life-changing love when I've eaten ramen noodles for a week straight?
This is what I know Jesus is asking me for - to let go of what is here and move on to a new place, or in this case, two new places, and learn how to love Him and worship Him in unfamiliar territory. I know He has given me a passion for science, His beautiful creation, for the unique bonds of families, and the beauty of the human body that The Father so carefully and intricately formed. I am excited to study His work, and display His love, and worship Him in radical ways; every single day.
Now, I will be the first college student and graduate in my immediate family, so this whole process is very new to all of us. My parents, though wonderful in every single way, will not be able to contribute to my college expenses except for in very minimal amounts. I have applied for Federal Aid, and outside scholarships as well. I am also currently working at Equinox (a fitness and spa facility) in order to save money for unexpected finances during my first year in college.
However, TAMUCC is about $20,000 a year, and TAMU CSTAT is around $24,000 a year. Though I will do whatever I need to in order to complete my degree, taking out excessive loans will leave me in nearly $100,000 of debt - just for undergraduate school.
So, you can see why I need a little bit of help.
Regardless of donation, I am grateful to each and every one of you for helping shape me into the person I am today, and assisting me in reaching this goal; college! I am so excited to be an Islander and an Aggie.
Thanks, God bless, and Gig 'Em!