Hi guys! I am so excited to take a little bit different approach from my typical blog posts and do a podcast for y’all! Today I am going to talk about how going away to college could not have been possible if it weren’t for my faith in God. So all you high schoolers that are listening, turn up the volume because this one is especially for y’all!
If many of you do not know, my name is Caroline Waller and I am currently junior at Louisiana State University. Coming to college is something that is scary for everyone, whether it be the student, or the parents dropping off their babies for a long four years. No matter how far away you are from home, it is hard to be out of the comfort of momma and daddy feeding you, washing your clothes, and being there when you need to cry.
Throughout my long 20 years on this earth, I have always been extremely close with my family. They have taught me right from wrong, how to selflessly love, and how to show God’s word. I am from a somewhat small town called College Station, Texas. Ok now, before all of you LSU fans turn off my podcast because I’m from Aggieland, hold your horses! Growing up in college station put a lot of pressure on me to attend Texas A&M University. When I started to apply my junior year of high school to college, Texas A&M was my number one choice, while LSU was my second. Going through the college applications was not fun and if it weren’t for my mom I probably wouldn’t be in college right now! I had good grades in high school but I was so scared of not getting in to A&M. LSU was not my first choice and I definitely did not want to end up there. After submitting all my applications, the only thing left for me to do was pray. My entire family prayed for me and where I needed to be. I think my mom spent half her days praying for God to put me at the school that He saw best fit. The decision was ultimately His but I thought I knew better. I believed that A&M was obviously the best fit for me for so many reasons-I mean, all of my friends were going there, it was close to home, I could see my two brothers grow up, and hey if I needed my laundry done, my parents were right down the road.
Now obviously we all know where God decided I needed to be but at the time of finding out I was not going to be attending A&M I was crushed. A&M offered me a dual enrollment program where I would be student at a community college as well as A&M. Although this is a wonderful program, I felt in my heart that God was pulling me towards LSU instead of A&M, for some reason.
After all the prayers God showed me LSU was supposed to be my home, but I was not happy. I kept questioning why God would want me to go somewhere where I did not want to be.
Going into my freshman year I had a bad attitude about God’s decision to send me to LSU. I contemplated many times transferring back home. All of my friends from high school were together at A&M and I was so disappointed I was not there with them. I prayed every day in my dorm room for God to show me His reasoning’s as to why I needed to be in Baton Rouge.
It wasn’t until my sophomore year that God answered my prayers. Going into this year I still was unhappy about attending LSU. I felt as if it was not the perfect fit for me. The first week of this year, I prayed more than I ever have in my life. I asked for God to show me what my purpose was here at LSU.
And just as God does, He answers your prayers. God put Godly friends into my life here at LSU that have made me never want to look back again. Going away to college has become the biggest blessing God has ever showed me. Over the past two and a half years, The Lord has showed me endless love and I have learned to put my whole faith into Him. Coming from a town where most people do not go away to school, which is totally fine, I cannot stress enough how amazing it is when you do. The lessons God has showed me here at LSU are amazing and I know there are more to come. Thank you so much for tuning and I can’t wait for y’all to hear my next post!