Campus has been buzzing with activity over the past week as thousands of students from all over the world flew, drove, and bussed their way back to Pensacola to begin the spring semester at PCC.
The new semester is bringing an influx of new students with it. Over the past week, they’ve had the opportunity to meet academic advisors, register for classes, settle into their residence hall, and start making friends. Returning students enjoyed catching up with friends before classes began as they finalized their schedules, bought textbooks, and attended Opening Meetings. The question that seems to be on everyone’s mind, from energetic freshman to graduating senior, is similar: What’s next?
“I’m so happy to come back and see all my friends,” said Abigail Wood (Sr., IL). “I am really excited about graduation. One stage of my life is about to be over, and I’m curious to see where I’ll go next.”
Sunday night, Pastor Ray McCormick (’97) from NewLife Baptist Church in Arizona kicked off Opening Meetings with a message about what God has for students in each stage of life. Using examples from his own experiences as a student, he encouraged everyone to allow God to guide them even if they couldn’t see His ultimate plans.
“It’s hard to leave family and friends to come back sometimes,” said Sarah Jordan (Sr., AL). “There is always a twinge of homesickness, but it really is important to remember that God has a reason for everything. If we are following His will and allowing Him to guide us, we will be content.”
In the months to come, students will have the opportunity to learn new things, make new friends, and take on new challenges. Exciting events like Eagle Pride Tailgate and the Missions Run will give everyone the chance to make lasting memories, while chapel services with an array of dedicated, godly speakers will help them to grow spiritually.
“Some of my goals are to make Dean’s List, play a collegian sport, and get involved in Christian Service,” said Joshua Wilson (Sr., NC). “I am really looking forward to Bible Conference because there are some great speakers coming this year.”
With the excitement of the new semester still in their hearts, students started classes on Tuesday, January 22, eager to see just what is next for them.