Although I was by no means expecting this, I came to Calvin College with the tiny hope that this would happen. I love meeting new people and getting to know everyone I meet. I’ve always been a bit of a floater: having a lot of casual friends but knowing very few closely.
And that’s how I thought I liked it. I wear my heart on my sleeve, and those who know me know very quickly when I’m all right and when I’m not. Sometimes, it’s easier to not know people as well. They don’t know when that smile on your face is as fake as your parents' new Christmas tree.
However, God had a very different plan for me. My floor is, quite possibly, one of the closest floors on Calvin’s campus. Rather than being casual acquaintances with everyone on campus, I found myself developing incredibly deep relationships with the people on my floor. I learned what it meant to have people truly know you. Sometimes it’s scary. I can’t hide behind my plastic smile anymore. Being authentic is all too hard to do. However, I believe God knew I would need a solid group of friends to rely on these next four years, so he gave me just that.