Spring 2018 Semester Review

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Growing Through the Storms of Life

There are many natural challenges and struggles that a college student-athlete goes through. A natural disaster in their hometown however is not something common for students to process. As a result of Hurricane Harvey in Houston Texas, Hurricane Irma striking the coast of Florida, and Hurricane Maria hitting Puerto Rico all this year, for several Lipscomb student-athletes they have been forced to process, struggle, learn and grow.

“Natural disasters are strange in the sense of being incredibly negative, but bringing out the absolute best in people. Though the hurricane in Houston was detrimental for thousands of people, it was amazing to see people who would normally never interact, be willing to give the shirt off their backs to someone who needed it more. This world we live in can appear to be so corrupt and broken, but in those moments I gained hope for humanity. Being so far from home during such a horrific time was hard, it was actually harder than hard, but the support system here at Lipscomb and through my volleyball team made each day a little easier.

The unknown was and always seems to be the hardest part. “What if it doesn’t stop raining? What if the creek overflows? What if the water gets into the house?” These real thoughts didn’t have answers at the time, and the only way to get through that was to understand that there was nothing else I could do or change. Life is so fragile and this was yet another reminder of that. Perspective is everything and it could always be worse. I’m grateful that my family is fine, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the support I had through the difficult time of uncertainty.”  Megan SullivanVolleyball


“Some things that I learned through the Hurricane in Houston were that I should never take anything for granted. I lived in that house for pretty much my whole life and whenever I saw it after the hurricane it was completely destroyed. I never thought about how much I would miss it until it was gone. A big thing I learned was just not taking anything for granted especially your house. The next big thing I learned was whenever a natural disaster occurs it’s very important that the community comes together and helps the people affected. After the hurricane happened, a church nearby donated 10,000 dollars and it helped my family so much. They also got some engineers and architects to come and help rip out the floor and walls and just get the reconstruction process to go by easier. I hope I never have to go through another disaster like that but if it happens I want to be able to help out the community in any way I can just like they helped my family.” Simon Holden-Soccer


“The feeling of helplessness is one of the worst feelings. You are not in control and there is nothing that you can do to help the situation at hand. This is how millions of people felt during Hurricane Harvey.  My family and my childhood home were safe and did not flood, but unfortunately so many of my close friend’s homes were destroyed. It is hard to understand how God could allow such a thing to people that are so good. That thought ran through my mind a lot along with anger and sadness. Sadness for the animals abandoned, the memories captured as pictures were destroyed, and the complete devastation of my home city of Houston, Texas.

Looking back now I still feel some of these emotions, but what I also realize is that Gods plans are way bigger then our own. (Proverbs 19:21). Houston will forever be changed after hurricane Harvey. We truly have to have faith in God and realize that His plans always surpass ours.” Maddie PhillipsVolleyball


“The first thing I learned when the hurricane in Puerto Rico happened was how truly scary it is. Not being able to communicate with your family is something you never really think about until something like this happens. It’s like your whole world stops and you can’t do anything but wonder how your family is. I was part of the lucky few who managed to get in contact with my family after the first couple of days but I know of friends who went weeks and months without knowing anything about if they were safe. It’s the little things that we forget to appreciate. We take so for granted the little thing.” Josh MartinezBaseball


“I always appreciated my beautiful island of Puerto Rico and my family but after the hurricane, different kinds of feelings surfaced. I felt sad that the island was destroyed, heartbroken that people were left devastated, and angry that there hasn’t been an immediate answer. Every time I heard of any situation going on around the world, I never put myself in the situation, and I honestly never tried to. But now I understand. I went days without speaking to my family, praying that they were ok. It was nearly impossible to get some family members to Florida because of flight and health issues. And it has been even harder to get a response from the government in regards to housing and electricity. I realized that we aren’t as big as we think we are, a truly humbling experience. And even though I realized that I am minuscule in the grand scheme of things, my God is the Creator of the universe and there is nothing too big for Him. I learned to lean on him when I felt confused or sad or hopeless. I trusted in Him and saw His hand throughout the lives of the people of the island. I also realized how great the people are. No matter what, we still smile and laugh and sing and dance because we know that God is in control. A beautiful mix of Puerto Rican pride and faith in God.” Marcella Emmanuelli- Volleyball


Thank you for your faithful prayers and generous support as the rebuilding efforts in these locations continue. If you would like to be involved in a Lipscomb Relief Mission Trip, please contact Chris Klotz at cpklotz@lipscomb.edu for more information.

#Adulting: STILL Trusting The Process, by Brianne Hoglin, Lipscomb Track Alumni

It’s been a year since Brianne graduated and first shared with us a year ago about #Adulting.  Her conclusion after her first year out of college?…

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About a year ago I sat in Ezell chapel listening to a panel of women describe their own transitions out of college and into the “real world.” I sat with anticipation for my own next steps; with the anxiousness that comes with being on the verge of something new.

I remember the things I was most curious about that evening – mostly practical things like how to find an apartment or how to budget for groceries. I was curious about the logistics. The how… the steps I needed to take to “get there.” I wanted someone to tell me how to #adult. I was looking for steps to achieve an end on an evening telling me to focus on the process.

I wanted someone to teach me – basically as if I were taking a class (Adulting 101, anybody?)

That makes sense. I was in college where the entire experience is (hopefully) centered around learning. Most of the lessons involve gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to have a successful career in your field – and in that, I felt enormously prepared. I had studied hard, spent the hours and slowly built up the knowledge necessary for my post-graduation endeavors. And since I have graduated and moved into the ‘real world,’ what I have struggled with most has had nothing to do with my job or research.

What has been hardest to adjust to hasn’t been the ‘career’ stuff – because my college education prepared me for that. The experiences which have challenged me most are those which required the skills I didn’t realize I had been at Lipscomb to also learn:

  • Learning how to make friends – without taking notes.


  • Learning what my values are and how to live into them – without taking a test on them.


  • Learning confidence in my decision-making and resilience in circumstances – without a textbook.


As ridiculous as it might seem to study my friendships built at Lipscomb or what my decision-making process looked like, those are the notes I found myself wishing for as I moved to a new city and began this next chapter. I was grasping at memories of how friendships developed because I found myself prepared by my education for highly specific skills such as giving lectures on intricate cell signaling – but amateur on how to build a community from scratch.


There’s no textbook or class which prepares you for interacting and making decisions in the real world – because adulting isn’t a test you can pass, it’s a process you continue to develop in. And while you may no longer attend classes after graduation, you definitely don’t stop learning.

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It has been almost a year since I was a student at Lipscomb, and while my experience there was certainly a time of highly concentrated learning, there have been many weeks where my ‘adult’ life has taught me lessons in amounts which resemble trying to drink from a fire hose.

And yes, I did learn about how to find an apartment, pay rent, budgeting for groceries and all of those good logistics. But the more valuable lessons on “adulting” have really been about what my values are and what it means to stick to them, about taking risks, and about giving myself grace.


I have learned that no amount of money or accomplishment will satisfy your heart the way that living into your values and your purpose will. And it takes enormous courage to make choices which reflect your values over what the world tells you is valuable. But when you live within your values and your purpose you don’t need the world’s approval; because God keeps you perfectly filled and overflowing in the work you love.


“Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart” {Psalm 37:4}


I have learned that you must take risks and that calculating risk sometimes mean you have merely calculated to the point of knowing you are taking a risk – not that you have any sort of prediction of how it will go. This forces us into discomfort.  You won’t continue to grow as soon as you become comfortable, so how long you wait before making yourself uncomfortable again directly correlates with the speed of your growth.


“Go to work in the morning and stick to it until evening without watching the clock. You never know from moment to moment how your work will turn out in the end” {Ecclesiastes 11:6}


I have also learned the habit of giving grace, reminding myself often that the relationships, trust, and belonging I developed in my Lipscomb community weren’t built in a day. They took the entire time I was there and were filled with countless moments of intentionality and vulnerability. I have to give myself grace when I go through one first impression after another, grace when I hesitate to open up to someone new and more grace as I stumble through making friends like it’s my first day of kindergarten. Because in the same way that I could have never written a research manuscript on my first day as a freshman biology major at Lipscomb, I can’t expect to be an instant pro at making friends as an adult in the real world.


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I’ve heard people say that “life is a classroom,” and I think that becomes even more apparent the more removed you become from an actual classroom. Because the learning doesn’t stop – it just requires more intentional reflection for the lessons to become clear.

When I went back to read the thoughts I’d had last year (for reference click here), it was fitting that the women’s spiritual formation event was called “Adulting: Trust The Process,” because in my year of experience so far trying to “adult,” I am definitely STILL trusting the process, and learning what that trust looks like.


While I may want adulthood to consist of steps leading to a definitive end, I have learned that ‘being an adult’ isn’t something I can “achieve” but a process to engage in whole-heartedly.


There will be no grade and no diploma – but plenty of lessons. And I know I will never stop needing to trust the process.


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Brianne is a Lipscomb alumnus and former student-athlete now living in Denver, CO. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology doing research at the University of Denver.



To read last year’s post by Brianne, and to learn from what the #Adulting panel had to share,  click here.

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