Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finals Frenzies

December means all kinds of different things for a Point University student. First and foremost, it means Christmas! It’s a time where we can celebrate the birth of our risen Savior. It means the annual Christmas choir concerts and other Christmas events. It also means beautiful decorations all over campus and the entire West Point area. It means the amazing and always well anticipated Christmas break. But, before Christmas break can come, us Point students have to get through one very important week: FINALS WEEK.
 Finals week can be the single most stressful week of the semester. It’s full of all- nighters and multiple coffee runs. Students spend hours preparing for these exams which can often make a huge difference in our final grades. Some students are preparing for graduation which can add even more stress onto this week! Finals week can include a couple of fun things as well. Our Campus Activities Board (CAB) organizes something they call “Finals Frenzies”. The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of finals week they hosted events to help decrease stress, offer some time for study breaks, and provide snacks for our studying! Some of our events include Midnight Breakfast, game night, pictures with Santa, and cookies and hot chocolate in the Point Living Community Clubhouse.   

Christmas time is often called the most wonderful time of the year, but to a college student it is the busiest! We know and are taught that Christmas is a time of joy and celebration. It’s a time to rejoice and be grateful that we were given such an incredible gift: the birth of Jesus. Often times it is so easy to forget that. We get so wrapped up in our final exams that we forget what a wonderful time of the year it really is. I know that during this time of the year I can get so busy that I forget to stop and think about that. I forget to stop and take it all in.
At the end of the day, finals do not last forever, (thank God for that!) but the birth of Jesus -- that is eternal. That will forever be something to celebrate. This holiday season, make sure you take the time to remember that! Spend time with your families and celebrate the savior.
“For to us a child is born, unto us a son is given. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Price of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6-7

-         Herani

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Senior Worship Concert… in the making

Senior year has finally come, which means graduation is right around the corner. Being a senior and a worship music major means that preparation for my worship concert is in full swing. All worship music majors have to complete a worship concert during their senior year in order to graduate. In preparation for it, all the students who will have a worship concert this year meet together with the director of music to discuss all of the details that the concert withholds. We have weekly assignments to keep us on track and not let us get behind on the planning. During my worship internship at my church over the summer, I had the opportunity to plan a night of worship, which gave me insight to how my worship concert planning should go.

 As I began to meet with my classmates and director to discuss details of planning the concert I realized that there are so many little factors I have to think about that go into planning a worship concert. When I planned the worship night at my church, it was similar to the planning of the worship concert, but there are a few more details that the worship concert has. A few of them consist of a theme, lighting, and ushers. I hadn’t given much thought to these factors before, but I realized that even the smallest details are detrimental for an event like this.  

Since starting the school year and planning my worship concert, the excitement continues to grow for that night that I have the chance to lead my family, friends, and peers into worshiping our God. My hope and prayer is that after every detail is planned, set, and ready for that night, all of those things will be out of sight and mind, and it will only be about leading the people into the presence of God. I desire for every heart that enters the building to feel God’s presence, and that they will have their hearts open to Him, and their lives will be changed. When everything is coming to a close for that night, it won’t be about the grade I receive, what did or did not go right, or what I could have done better. My hope is that whatever happens, and whatever I plan, all of it will be done for His name’s sake.

-Misty Perry