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MeaghanMcGann
CE333
11December2014
FinalPaper

Thissemesterhasgonemuchfasterthananticipated.Somuchhaschangedinsucha
shortamountoftimeandmuchofthathasbeeninfluencedbymyroleasRAonFischer3West.
NotonlyhaveIfeltandseenbigchangesaroundmeas600studentsmadeFischertheirhome,
butIhavealsobeenchangedintheprocess.ParticipatinginRAclasshasopeneduproomfor
goodconversationwithtrustedfriendsaboutimportanthumanandsocialissues.Classdiscussion
hasgivenmeinsightintodiverseperspectivesIhaveseenthevalueandwisdomthatdifferent
storiesbringtoanissue.SometimesinclassImafraidtotalkbecauseIworrythatwhatIsay
willhavelittlesignificanceinlightofthecomplexexperiencesofthosearoundme.IseethatI
tooeasilydiscountmyexperiences.Mystaffhasbeenextremelyinfluentialinthismanner.They
havetakenmeinandlovedmeasIam,forwhoIam.Theyhavecaredformeinwaysthatmake
mefeelvaluedandsupported.Ihavelearnedmuchabouttruefriendshipandcommunityinthe
waysthatthisstaffhaslovedandchallengedme.Theyhavemodeledsowelltomewhat
genuinelylovingothersandsacrificingofthemselveslookslike.Ihaveseenhowotherslead
differentlythanIdoandIhavebeenabletousethisasaccountabilitytogrowinmyleadership.
3Westhasbeenalotdifferentthanexpected.Ididnotanticipatebecomingsoclosewithmy
sophomoresorhowmuchtimeandenergybuildingrelationshipswithfreshmenwouldtake.It
canbeextremelyhardandexhaustingjustgettingtoknowpeople!TherehavebeenseveralIN
nightswhereallIwanttothinkaboutissleeptheideaofopeningmydoorandbeinghospitable
wasdraining.YetsomanymanytimesGodhasusedmygirlsassourcesofsuchjoyandenergy!

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Myinteractionswithmygirlshavebeendelightful,butIverealizedgettingtoknowpeopleis
hard.Ittakestimeandpatience.Youhavetobewillingtoinvestandwillingtogivepiecesof
yourselfinordertotrulybeinrelationshipwithothers.
Itismyhopethat3Westpursuesrealloveforeachother.Iwantittobeasafeandfun
andwelcomingplace,butIalsowantittobeaplacewherewecanchallengeeachothertobe
ourbestselvesuntotheLord.Aplacewherelivingtogetherallowsustolearnabouthowtolove
eachotherandappreciateourdifferences,usingthosetogrowstronger.ThissemesterIrealized
howharditistobeintentionalhowgoodcommunitydoesntjusthappen.OnmyfloorIve
takenpreparativestepstobemoreavailableandintentionalnextsemester.Ivefreedupmy
scheduleabitandhaveaskedmyCLCtokeepmeaccountable.Iwanttoopenupspaceintea
timesandflooreventstohaveconversationsaboutthingsthatarentnecessarilyeasytotalk
aboutthingsthatwillallowustogrowasafloorandasindividuals.
OneclassthatstandsouttomeistheAddictionslecturegivenbyDr.Struthers.Theway
hedefinedmanyofthedifferenttermshelpedclarifywhattheseaddictionsactuallylooklikeand
howtoapproachthempractically.Hetalkedabouthowtheculturaltheology,andeventhe
Christiantheology,ofthebodyisdistorted.Sometimespeoplediscreditaddictionsciting:All
youneedisJesus.SometimesJesuscanbethebodyofChristmovingintoanareaofneed.Ithit
methatmanyofusdonthaveabiblicaltheologyofthebody.Irarelythinkaboutmybodyas
fortheLord,orevenpraisehimforthingshehasmademybodycapableof.Itissomucheasier
tothinkofinsteadthethingsourbodiescanthaveordoandtoresentthosethingsinsteadof
delightinthewaythatGodhasmadeus.OurbodiesaremadebytheLordandtheyaregood.
Theyareforhisgloryandhispurpose.

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ThoughIhavedefinitelynothadthesemesterIanticipated,Iamsothankfulforthe
semesterIhavehad.Leadershipissuchaprivilege,especiallyhereatWheaton.Ifeelsoblessed
bythisopportunitytoleadandserveonmyfloorandonmystaffteam.