Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Midterms Are Finally Over!



       Midterm week is finally coming to an end! I am so glad that I can have that weight lifted off my shoulders. Like other schools, midterms can be stressful, but one thing I like about Point University is that the professors do their best to help you succeed. I really enjoy that they give you study guides and have study sessions in and out of class.
       As an early childhood education major I didn’t have many midterms, but I did have enough to give me some stress (like any other test). I lucked out and only had to take three this week due to the snow days pushing some of those tests back. I feel for the other students though that had to take one every day this week! I do not think I could have handled it like they did.
       Another thing that I really am looking forward to this week is Spring Break! After a long week of studying and praying that I would do well on my tests, I am so ready to have a week off. I hope everyone powered through his or her midterms! Have a safe and fun Spring Break!

-Haley Whitley

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Enjoying Signature Voices!






This past semester I received the opportunity to audition for a vocal group called Signature Voices. Ever since my freshman year of college, I have always wanted to be a part of their ministry but I was never bold enough to audition. In my junior year, I had become friends with some of the students in the group and they encouraged me to try out when positions had opened up. When I went in for the audition I was a nervous wreck, but soon after I felt more confident. I realized the audition was not as difficult as I had originally thought. A few days later, after the audition, I received an email telling me that I was accepted; I was beyond thrilled. Just two days later, rehearsal kicked off. All eight of us were hard at work, learning and memorizing music for our first performance that was only a few days away. After our first couple of performances, the next thing on our list was to lead worship at our community wide chapel for all of the students of Point and the surrounding community. Having the opportunity to lead worship for all of them gave me an indescribable feeling. Leading people into the presence of God through music is one of my biggest passions. We continued to lead worship at our school’s community Chapel every month, as well as performing at churches around the community.
  
Being a part of Signature Voices has been a huge blessing in my life. The opportunity it has given, to meet so many different people and to welcome the presence of God in so many different places, means so much to me. We have the blessing of getting to travel to different states to perform, showing our love for music and God. Another opportunity Signature Voices has given me has been a new family. All eight of us are like siblings; we love, fight, and laugh like any family would do. The bond that we have made with each other is unbreakable. The group has also helped me in many ways musically. We sing mostly a cappella music, which has helped me to learn more harmonies and how to blend better in a group setting. Also, being in this group has helped me in developing more of my ear, which helps me hear pitches and harmonies better than before. This group has taught me many things and has given me amazing opportunities, and a family of vocalists that I never had before. I thank God every day for the blessings of this group and all that God has given through it.




 















-Misty Perry 

Friday, December 6, 2013

We are family



          On campus here at Point, we have a group of students who are carefully chosen to be Campus Life Ministers, CLM’s for short. They are the equivalent of a residential advisor (RA) at other universities in many ways. A CLM’s job is to handle different issues within the building and serve a ministry role not only within the building, but all over campus. So long story short, a CLM’s job is to love this campus to the best of their ability. Whether that means waking up at 2:00 a.m. because one of your residents is sick and needs you, or spending countless hours at their sporting events. They not only do it because it’s their job, but they enjoy being their for their residents and fellow students.

           This year I have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to be a CLM.  My girls and I have one semester under our belt, and it has been a fun, crazy roller coaster ride so far. In my building I have such a diverse group of girls, any where from student athletes to regular students. I also have four varsity sports teams represented: volleyball, soccer, softball, and cheerleading. I love having such a mixture of personalities and likes/dislikes.

I would have to say that one of my favorite parts of being a CLM has been getting to know the girls in my building and actually being apart of their lives. I love hearing their life story and going to their games to watch them do what they love. It’s such a beautiful thing and the fact that they give me the privilege of being apart of their lives, that’s even more beautiful and it means the world to me.

           Every month the CLM’s will usually put on an event for their building. This past November we did a huge Thanksgiving dinner! I loved sitting around the table with my girls while stuffing our faces with ham and mashed potatoes. I was able to tell them how thankful I really am for all of them. I was so thankful that no matter how  different they all are, they could all share a meal and a couple of laughs together. It made me smile because I couldn't help but to think this is what the kingdom of heaven will look like one day. There will be so many different people represented, but we’ll all be around one table while laughing and  rejoicing. The fact that I can witness and be apart of a little piece of that here on earth is so incredible.

           I am so blessed to have this opportunity! I get to see first hand what God is doing here at Point everyday through every part of my job. He is doing amazing things and I have the privilege to be apart of it. How awesome is that? I’m so thankful for my building and all of my girls. We really are one big family and I wouldn’t change a thing!

— Herani Tesfamariam 16


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Does anyone like soccer?




            Does anyone like soccer? Okay well if you do, then you are in the right place and if you don’t, then, mmhhh! You should stick around so you can learn a bit more about my passion and what I absolutely love doing. Okay, so I belong to (in my opinion) “a one of a kind” group of guys that I absolutely love being with. Yeah, you got it right; I’m talking about the Men’s Soccer Team of Point University. I think we are pretty unique in a way that we have guys from literally all over the world. We have Americans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Uruguayans, Brazilians, Germans, Guatemalans, Russians and Scots! Now that, if you ask me, that's pretty exciting huhhhh!!! (Raising eyebrows from side to side).

            So okay, forming part of the soccer team makes me feel like I belong somewhere, makes me feel like I have a family outside of my own family. You know, I literally spend all my time with these guys. We go to school together. We have the same classes. We work together. We practice together. We work-out together. We eat together. We live together. I feel like I’ve signed my life away and I’m married to these guys! So in other words it’s like “how I am not supposed to love this group of guys?” We always try to have as much fun as we can together. When we are feeling active and like breaking a sweat, we go to the tennis courts and we play foot-tennis. Sometimes we go to the volleyball sand pit and we play foot-volley. Other times we go to the Sportsplex and we play Indoor Soccer. When we feel like having a pretty chill day we have movie nights (usually chick flicks). Wait, I almost forgot. We host FIFA Tournaments too (thumbs up). During these tournaments, each player of the team picks a team (which is usually a club team unless we play an international tournament) then we put everyone’s name in a hat and we draw name by name to make a bracket. Once the bracket is done we play and play until only two guys are left to decide the champion. Usually, I win the tournament…nah who am I kidding, I always loose on quarter finals!

            As you can see forming part of this group of guys makes my life so much easier and fun here at Point University. I know I can always count on these guys because we all treat each other like friends, like teammates, but most importantly like brothers. This group of guys is one of kind because we all push each other to the limit in the gym and on the field. We motivate each other inside the field when we are battling it out for the win, but we also push each other academically. We push each other on the classroom to make sure that we are fulfilling our main objective here in school and that is to become very important and successful people for the kingdom of God. If it wasn’t for these guys, my teammates, I don’t think my transition and experience in college would have been the same anywhere else. When I say I love these guys, I mean it. These guys have taught me so much in these short three years in college. It doesn’t matter if you like or don’t like soccer. I’m sure that if you decide to come to Point University you will find a group of people that you are going to connect with. I can assure you that they will make you feel like you are a part of a family. So with that said open your arms and don’t take your friends for granted. Allow them to shape your experiences in college, because at the end, you only have one chance to enjoy and mold your future to build long lasting friendships. Have a blessed day!!!

                                  Sincerely your best Pal, 
                                            Alejandro Guerrero…Tururu!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Life of a Recent Grad and Admission Counselor



I am one of the awesome admission counselors who have the privilege of being a part of this wonderful ministry and school! Point University means a lot to me. I am a recent graduate of Point- class of 2012. I started working in admissions in the fall of 2012 shortly after I graduated. I started my journey at Point University in the spring of 2008. This was the best choice I ever made! I was placed around positive people, loving staff and supportive professors. I was your typical growing Christian student that needed direction and God definitely provided that. After changing my major three times I successfully finished my B.A in Business Administration. Shout out to the awesome Business professors!

One great thing I can tell you about Point University is that people actually care about you here. Since we are a small school you get to make connections with astounding people who want to see you at your best; from the staff to the professors and even your peers. You get to encounter people who truly want to build up the body of Christ.

As an admission counselor I have been given the opportunity to connect with great prospective students. The life of an admission counselor is a journey but it is one that I have learned is worth it. I have been given so many opportunities to reach out to students in a way that has shaped and changed me into a different person. I have students who look up to me and rely on me for support. I do not take any student that I connect with for granted. In my heart I have learned that I may be the help they need not only to get in the right college for them but to build their faith as well. My favorite saying is “you never know what people are going through.” I believe that there is always room for improvement in everyone’s life and they can change just like Christ changed my life. 







I am so grateful for the connections that I have made at Point. I work with amazing people who truly care about building up Gods kingdom. Big shout out to the admissions staff! I can truly say that I know I am in the right place in my life. Point University has definitely added to the success of my life and I know it can be an asset to yours!

Blessings,

Lisa Gantt
Admission Counselor