Saturday, September 13, 2014

Future. Thoughts. Plans.

Some of the older GSF disabled kids sorting beans
The question I've been asked most recently is 'what are your plans after high school?' {or some form of that}.  In the beginning it made me pretty nervous because NOTHING felt firm.  Now, I've gotten more comfortable answering it, partially because I'm feeling more sure of my plans and partly because I've answered that question so many times now.  I kind of just know now how to answer that question without making anything sound too firm.  This morning when my mom suggested that I write this post, it made me nervous again, but here I am writing it because I am sure many of you are asking some of these questions.  Let us go through question by question.
Two of our girls at GSF who are always holding hands
When do you graduate high school?  I technically am in my senior year right now and will finish in April.  But, I was doing online school and when you have bad internet and you aren't too good at math, well, you get the picture.  I need an extra math.  I will be doing it all in one semester since that will be my only class and we have an experienced high school math teacher here right now.
Dream seemed like a good word for this post.
What next?  Really good question.  The only thing I know for sure is that I am basically set on going to Word of Life in Florida for a year.  Word of Life is a Bible Institute {and they also have camps and other things} that has 4 campuses.  You can do 1 year, 2 year and 3 year courses.  You can find out more on their website here.  It seems like the most convenient time for me would be Spring 2016.  But that is only for closure reasons.  The Florida campus is small and everyone takes the same classes, so it looks like Fall 2016 might be better on that end.  I don't know exact numbers yet, but I am guessing not a whole lot of students go in the spring semester and it probably wouldn't be the best for a student to start in the middle of the year.
Sorry for all the hand pictures.  I apparently have a lot of them.
Are you looking at colleges?  Which ones?  Yes.  My current choices are Union University {In Jackson, Tennessee} and Liberty University {in Lynchburg, Virginia}.
Taking a picture of something on the side of the road in Kenya
What are you looking at majoring in?  At this point, my options are Photojournalism and Special Education.  I say 'at this point' because I have recently been investigating a 3rd option, but it is all new, so I'm just not going to mention it here now.
With Praise, one of our special girls
Why Photojournalism and Special Education?  Basically because I love writing, photography, helping people with special needs and teaching.  And I believe I am gifted in all of them.  I've had a good amount of experience in all of these areas and feel pretty comfortable in them.  At this point I am leaning towards Special Ed because it is easier to do photography and writing without having special degrees.
One of the boys I've been tutoring.
That is the basic rundown so far.  Overall, I am so glad that God is in control and already knows where I will be in 2 years, 3 years, 5 years, etc.  Please join me in praying for these things.
Couldn't end this post without this adorable picture of Kenny.  Love it and him so much!