When the Hard Days Come...

When the Hard Days Come...

 

When I thought about what I wanted to blog about and the substance I wanted to provide to you dear readers, the one thing that I always knew I wanted to be was honest and share parts of TWC experience you won’t get anywhere else. So let me follow through with that and tell you something important: in this program hard days will come.

 

I will never forget about the third or fourth week into the program, all of the students at the RAF (Residential and Academic Facility) seemed to be walking in a sort of funk. All of the girls in my apartment and friends at my internship shared stories of feeling “out of it, weird.” I think reality just began to hit us all. The fun, new city excitement began to wear off and all of us seemed to settle in a quiet, let-me-figure-out-how-to-deal-with-this haze. The rigorous program, internship responsibility, and demanding coursework are enough to engage anyone in a way that challenges and stretches you really quick. Most of us are far from friends, family, and all things comforting and familiar; along with adjusting to new schedules and living spaces, we are also learning to function and succeed without our safety nets.

 

 

How do you normally cope with challenges?

 

I think this is an important question to know the answer to as you prepare yourself for the program. How do you deal with stress? What support system will you have in place to keep you from looking for relief in unhealthy ways?

 

I felt the challenge of being away from my normal support system several months into the program. My sister got engaged about a month ago! It was thrilling, wonderful news, and yet I felt very aware of where I felt like I was missing an important family event. My family is my world, and being so far removed from my dear sister at such an exciting time for her was certainly hard for me to cope with. In the end, I had to remember that the Lord knew where I would be when everything happened at home. The Lord knew I would feel alone and He was giving me the opportunity to turn to Him in the middle of the stress and sadness.

 

I wish I could say I always turn to my relationship with the Lord when the hard days come. Let me be really clear and honest here: I don’t. But through this whole experience of living away from family and friends, I’ve learned that while taking my anxiety to God doesn’t necessarily fix anything; I have been able to continue through the hard days with more hope for the future and strength in Christ when I do.

 

You don’t live in a bubble while you are at TWC. Life continues at home and for yourself. You will still have to deal with your home institution, course credits, relationships (!), roommates and figuring out who YOU are.

 

How you deal with the hard days may look different for you than they do for me. My hope in sharing this part of the journey with you is that you will think about what you WANT it to look like for you.

 

 

{How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.} –Anne Frank

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