Yesterday, I got invited, along with 3 other friends, to attend a movie night down at the Sharp house. For anyone who doesn’t know Dean Sharp, he is very intimidating man at first but deep, deep down has a really soft heart. Over the years, I have gotten the privaledge of getting to know his wife, Lee, and their three kids. They are the biggest hoot ever and some of the sweetest and fun children.
Anyways, on our way down to their house, Luke and I were discussing if it was just us and the kids or anyone else. Well, little did we know pretty much the majority of CofO faculty and their children were going to be there as well. Seeing as how there seems to be a 3 kid minimum on children at this school, there was about 30 kids. At first, it was a little overwhelming but then it turned out to be an absolute blast. But more about the children in another post.
Another little backstory; last semester I was going through this ‘Im ready to be out from CofO’s scope and under scrutiny here’ phase. Ive been called into Deans offices for numerous reasons, none too crazy, don’t worry mom, and I was just so over it. Everyone always says they have our best at heart and just want to help but last semester I was just flat out not having it.
I know this may come as a surprise to some of you but, God is amazing. This summer, I started going into Dean Sharp and Dean Schoenecke’s offices every week between jobs just to catch up. And let me tell you, they, and everyone else here, really have my best interest at heart.
So today I am thankful for the administration, staff, and faculty here at CofO.
Every week I genuinely looked forward to walking into their offices for our weekly catch up sessions. I learned so much about them and from them and realized how much they do really care about me. Dean Sharp has always said the reason I get called into his office sometimes is to remind me of my potential (and I remind him of himself, but I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean). They really do care.
So back to the movie night, I was reminded exactly of this. Here I was, being invited to their home and to hang out with their kids. All the faculty that was there didn’t treat us like students, but like friends and people that cared for their children as well. Yes, they are still my teachers and leaders and I respect them as so, but they are some of the most friendly and loving people as well. I got to have a great conversation with Justin, a HD on campus, and one of the men I look up to most. got to play with crazy children, got to see a different side of many of the adults and it was a real blast.
Was I exhausted by 30 kids? Yes. Was I so ready for a shower and bed? Did I understand any part of the Lego Movie? Nope, but that’s a whole other story.
But I got to hangout with some of the best families on this campus and was reminded how much they really do care for us. My mindset on my last semester here at CofO has changed so much and I am so thankful for staff and especially Dean Sharp and Schoenecke this summer that showed me how much they really do care for and appreciate the students on this campus.
Here’s to the last semester at CofO and may it be blessed with more enrichments from leaders around me!