The Brand (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 1, Ed. 1, Monday, August 19, 1996 Page: 2 of 12
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Page 2 The Brand August 19 1996
Reflections of a fifth-year senior
As I reflect back upon four of the most wonderful
years of my life here at Hardin-Simmons University I
think to myself "How did they pass so quickly?"
It seems like I was sitting in front of a camera in
HSU's print shop only yesterday wearing my silly look-
ing Michigan cap and waiting for the lady to snap my
first college I.D. photo.
And the cap wasn't worn just any old way. Some of
you guys remember the old wavey-bangs-coming-out-from-under-your-bill
routine (and some of you guys
might shamefully still do that!).
Anyway the memory still lies fresh on my mind
but I really don't know why.
Probably because I realized at that moment that I
was finally through with a miserable high school
career through with the pressures of putting on the
front that was so highly demanded of me; through with
putting up a physod just to keep friends that really
weren't the friends I thought they'd be; and most of all
through with trying to fool my Lord.
When my first semester at HSU began I remember
meeting Angie Bolivcr in Dr. J's history class. She was
the first person here I really talked to and it felt good to
meet a person who was real right off the bat. (Thanks
for the first impression.)
I remember the first person I ever studied with
Shona Sugarek also from that same history class.
Through her I learned that I really couldn't study well
with other people but also that it was really easy to just
sit down and talk to someone if you gave it a chance.
(Thanks for being such a sweetheart.)
Editor in Chief
I also remember meeting C.J. Johnson in my first
English class and what it was like to let it all hang out
with a friend. She and I received more dirty looks from
Dr. Larry Fink than I can count on both hands for our
obnoxious behavior. She really showed me what having
fun with a friend was all about.
But most important of all on a cold November
night she introduced me to Cindy the woman of my
dreams and for that I could never repay her. (Thanks for
being such a wonderful tool for God.)
Of course I've had my share of bad memories too.
I will never forget playing baseball for HSU only
to suffer a career-ending injury in my first semester of
play. I encountered many sleepless nights over that one.
I won't forget the constant worrying of whether or
not I would choose a major that God would want me to
study. Believe me it's no easy task.
And I will never forget the times that my pro-
crasstination kept me up half the night finishing that
one last term paper. The next day is really when you'll
never forget that one.
However through all of that sadness and grief my
Lord Jesus Christ and Cindy were there.
They were there to pick up the pieces to help me
get back on my feet. They were there to listen to my
problems when it seemed like answers were running
low. And most of all they were there to love me when
I needed it most.
It's funny though. When I think about Angie
Shona and C.J. even though I still sec them around
campus now and then I think about how we never real-
ly spoke as much after that fall semester in '92. Time
and different interests took each of us separate ways as
it docs many times with people who arc new acquain-
tances. But that was o.k. because I always knew they
would be there if I ever needed them.
And that's the beauty of Hardin-Simmons
University it's like one big happy family. You will
always have the right people to truly call "friend" if you
just give it a chance whether it's someone you sec once
in a whilcor on an everyday basis. So my advice to all
of you new students is to jump in the college life with
both feet because it won't be around forever.
As for me? Well four years later I'm privilcdgcd to
be your editor of the HSU newspaper I have a beautiful
wife of two months who has continued to make my
dreams come true since that night in November 92 and
my life as a whole is a lot different than during my high
Although I still try to fool my Lord once in a while
and he's still not even close to falling for it.
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