Community at Cedarville
September 1, 2011
I am so excited to be a student blogger this year! Before I share about some of my experiences at Cedarville University, let me introduce myself. My name is Hope Cornelius and I am a senior Social Work major. While I actually ended up at Cedarville unexpectantly, I have no doubt that these past three years have been part of God’s plan for me, and I am so excited to see what He has in store for me during my last year here at the ‘ville. More than that, I am excited to share my journey with you, the reader!
If I had to pick one of the most exciting parts of my experience here at Cedarville, I would have to pick the community that I am blessed to experience through dorm life. When I first came to Cedarville as a freshman, one of things I was most worried about was dorm living. I wondered how I would adjust to living with a bunch of girls, if my roommate and I would get along, and whether I would ever get used to sharing a bathroom with strangers! But now as a senior, dorm life has become one of the most positive experiences of my time here at CU. If you think about it, there is so much potential for the building of a positive, Christ-centered community when you have a group of Christian young ladies living together. Yes, building this community takes work and there is always the possibility for much drama too. (After all, we are all human!). But living together in Christian community can provide so much opportunity for us to grow together in Christ Jesus.
Just earlier this week, I was having a stressful day and ended up sharing some of this frustration with one of the girls that lives two doors down. I explained what had gone wrong that day and that I felt so discouraged. She listened to me, and then did something I should have thought to do the moment I started to feel overwhelmed. She prayed for me. Just like that, God used this girl in my hall to help me put my focus back on Him, and that’s why I love building community in the dorm.