This is the night before the beginning of my 8th and final semester at PLNU. I have all sorts of mixed emotions that I can't even put in to words. I'm excited to be done with the school aspect of school (namely, homework and assignments), but I dread leaving this place (namely these people and opportunities). It doesn't feel real. I feel like I've been here my whole life. This feels like home. These people are my family.. How could I ever leave?
weekend was just a week ago from today and this was probably my favorite one of
the 4 I've been here for. Being a senior probably made me enjoy it more for sure but
there were a bunch of reasons why it was more incredible this year than other
I think I
mentioned in my last post that I had gotten nominated to be on the Homecoming
Court for this year so that added a lot to my enjoyment of the week.
last week, we had the 2013 Homecoming Variety Show andCoronation where they honor those on the
court and then reveal the winner out of the seniors who win "king"
and "queen." My parents came to the show to see me and took some
pictures. (The spotlights were so insanely bright it was really hard to see!)
Me and my
walking partner and fellow senior, Hayley, as we were being introduced.
court! Freshman prince/princess, sophomore, junior, and then the 3 senior nominees.
got to ride on the rotating stage as it turned around and the variety show
started. (by the way, being on the rotating stage was one of our favorite parts
of being on the court. A lot of people have that on their Loma bucket list and
we got to do it!) It’s so cool that there have been so many talented people to
come through Point Loma. From guitarists, to singers, and overall great people,
Point Loma has exported a lot of talent!
after the variety show, the court got to ride the stage around one more time!
We danced as it spun and that was a blast. So then they introduced the 2012 (last
year’s) Homecoming King and Queen because they were going to crown the 2013
(this year’s) King and Queen after the results were revealed. But before the
results could be revealed, they got the 1983 (30 year’s ago!) Homecoming King
and Queen to bring out the envelope!
the king first.
Homecoming King is… Orin Mozon!” (that’s me just in case you didn’t know who
was writing this).
How exciting! It was a pretty surreal experience to win
something like this for me. I was nominated to be on the court the last couple
years but never made it past the questionnaire part. And then, my senior year,
they let me in and I won! I was pretty excited!
the moment everyone was really waiting for, the Homecoming Queen! And it just
so happened to be my walking partner, Hayley! I was super stoked about that
year’s royalty crowned us, they played that one song that goes “Celebrate good
times come on doo doo doo do do do do doo.” We had rehearsed walking out
formally, but when that song came on, Hayley and I decided to dance our way out
so that was exciting too.
definitely an experience I’ll always remember.
Then to top it off, the next day, both PLNU men's and women's basketball won the homecoming game. The men's game went into overtime and I think it was the loudest game I've ever heard in the gym. The students here rock.
This year has been absolutely
amazing. I wish I could accurately and briefly describe how great things are
going here at Loma. From meeting new people, to deepening relationships I've
already had here over the years, I am constantly reminded that I am in the
right place. I never want to leave! Seriously. I have to find a way to not
leave. Maybe I'll fail just one class so I have to stay an extra year...
Parents probably wouldn't be happy about that though...
Well, what to say. In the last
month from my last blog up to this, quite a lot has happened I suppose! Life
has been great overall and I'm really thankful for that.
A cool thing about social media
is that as you post things, they save so you can look back on the past and see
what happened that was social media worthy and then track what you've been up
to. So that's what I did. Here's some of the things that have happened within
the last month!
Stayed up all
night studying for a music history test
Burrito run for
a study break
Stayed up all
night two days after that for a psychology test
Had Lucky Puffs
(one of the many Caf creations that keep the Caf exciting)
sessions with friends who are way better musicians than I am
Went to a
spoken word event in North Park
Real talk with
to drive freshmen girls that live in my dorm to a Jason Aldean concert even though
I really don’t like country
fun at that concert
freshmen in my car that seats 5
Movie night by
myself all night to help me stay awake and finish mounds of homework
my social psychology professor is super cool and frequently browses reddit
Fall break and
Fall Festival at Point Loma (PUMPKINS
Tried my first
ever pumpkin spice latte and really liked it
Had another one
the next day
Heard that President
Obama is apparently releasing a rap album this year (should probably be called
The Black House
Led worship at
the Time Out service and it was awesome
Went to an ASB
event on Halloween night that was a ton of fun (see string of pictures from the photo booth below)
Went to LA for
the first time and saw a really amazing gospel choir competition/gospel concert
for homecoming and made it in to the top 3 so I’ll be on homecoming court later
Led worship in
chapel yesterday and a had a ton of fun. It was a preview day too so there were
a lot of students and parents on campus that had never been on campus before which
added to the excitement
Hung out in the
Caf for 3 and a half hours because I just love the Caf so much and there is awesome
food and so many great people to hang out with
Got a yellow
card from the stands at the girls’ volleyball game for yelling at the ref.
As you can see, there are tons of
things happening in my life and on campus (mostly burrito runs). This is only a glimpse!
I’m loving life and am so blessed
to be where I am.
Well, I'm a month into my senior year of college here at PLNU. It's
been an incredible month. The best month of school I've ever been a part
of. Coming off the greatest summer I've ever had, this year has been
far greater than what I expected. I'm a season of joy and excitement
right now in my life and I want to live here as long as the Lord will
A lot has happened in a month here but I will try to cover a few major things briefly.
NSO. New Student Orientation. Always a good time welcoming in the new
class of freshmen and transfers. It is seriously such a joy to get
pumped about new people coming to the school and trying to help them be
pumped up as well. I met so many of the incoming freshmen and transfers
(even if I couldn't remember their names) and it was so much fun. I was
so glad I got to be a part of it.
And then school
started. And it started off so great. The first day of school I only had
2 classes so that's definitely nice. And then after that I got to hang
out with a couple good friends and talk about what God had been doing in
our lives and then pray together. That's always a good time.
got to lead worship at the first Time Out service of the year later
that night too and it was so so SO much fun. It was really cool for me
because everyone was excited to be back and be together again so energy
was high and it seemed like people really enjoyed worshiping together as
a Point Loma community again.
The night day though, I
had a bit of a senior crisis after sitting in a Social Psychology class.
It was SO great. And it made me doubt why I had been a music major this
whole time. But after thinking about it and talking about it for a
while with some friends, I was able to talk myself down a little bit,
realize I couldn't just change my major senior year, and then figured
out a different way to resolve my crisis. I knew when I came here that I
was supposed to be in the major I'm in, but I had gotten tired of
learning the same thing. So having a psych class really opened my eyes
to how fun learning can be when you're learning things that are
interesting to you. I'm a music major, but I'm not that into classical
music, which is a big part of what the music department deals with. I'm a
people person, which is a HUGE part of what psychology deals with. So I
felt at home because we'd be talking about people. So I ended up moving
my schedule around so that I could take an Abnormal Psychology class
and have 2 psych classes this semester. That's been going great; I look
forward to going to class and it's awesome.
another note, I'm living in a freshman dorm this year (again) and I love
it. These freshmen are so excited about being at Point Loma and their
excitement makes me realize how blessed I've been to be here the last
few years. It's been such an experience meeting them and living with
them. One word of advice I have after seeing the differences between my
friends that I have that are seniors and the new friends I've been
making that are freshmen is to never lose your excitement. About school,
about God, about life. There's always so much enjoyment to be gained
from life and especially being at Point Loma.
leads to my final thing I wanted to write about. There has been so much
excitement and stuff all over campus this year. God has been doing a lot
of things in students lives (as He always does) and so many people are
seeing how He's working and growing so much in their faiths and in their
relationships with each other. I wish I could share all the stories
I've been hearing about and seeing, but there's far too many and I know I
haven't even begun to hear them all.
So to summarize, I'm so excited to be here at Point Loma for year 4. I don't ever want to leave.
Hey so remember that one time I said I was recording some music that I had written. Well, I did. And I posted it. So... these are some songs that the Lord has placed in me
over the past 3 and a half years. I'm really nervous about sharing them, but
here they are anyway. It's not perfect sounding, but here's my heart, if I were
to put it in to music.
A lot of this was written during my journey at Point Loma, so that's why it's relevant to this blog.
"Now to Him who is able to do far
more than all we ask or imagine..." –Ephesians 3:20
This verse came to life in a new way in my life in the last two weeks.
A couple weekends ago, I was hit with the reality of how close the end of the
school year and summer were and I felt extremely unready to be leaving Point
Loma after my junior year. So through prayer and talking with my mom I decided
to see if there was any way that I could stay on campus over summer. I had this
strong sense that this wasn't just my own idea but that maybe God was trying to
show me something.
So on the Monday before finals week, I spent the afternoon after classes
going all over campus to the different departments like OSV (Office of Strength
and Vocation), Public Safety, the department of theology and Christian ministry,
the library, Student Development, etc. Basically I went EVERYWHERE I could
think of. It was insane. None of those places had any jobs left so I started to
get really discouraged and wanted to give up. But I couldn't shake the feeling
that maybe I was being led by more than my own thoughts. So I thought of the
Admissions Office and a friend I have that works in there and went over there
to ask. I knew it was quite late to try to get a job for the summer because most
departments hired students for summer employment weeks ago. So the fact that I
was trying to find one this last minute seemed absurd and I knew it would take
a miracle if it was going to happen. But that’s exactly what I was hoping for!
I went in to the Admissions office and asked if there was possibly anything
they had available. They told me that they had 3 summer intern positions which
were all filled until recently. I later found out that three days before I came
in, someone who had the job dropped out, leaving one open spot. However, when I
went in on Monday, there was someone else coming in later that day to try to
fill that spot but the oh so friendly people in Admissions told me that if the
spot was still open by tomorrow, they would let me know.
I left the office and sent a couple emails to other departments and as soon
as I closed my laptop, I got a text asking me if I wanted to go lead worship in
in late May/early June in HAWAII. WHAT. That was insane. I've never been
to Hawaii before, I've never flown overseas before, I don't even like planes,
but I get asked to go to Hawaii! I didn't immediately accept that offer though
because I had just spent all day asking for things to do on campus and I
didn't want to throw away all the work I did and people I contacted. So I
decided it would be best to wait to see if I heard back from anyone.
And then, the next day, I get an email from Admissions, saying that they had
a tour guide/receptionist position open for the summer! Blew my mind! And then
I thought about the fact that I was also asked to lead worship in Hawaii. I
wasn't sure if I'd be able to do both but I went in to the Admissions Office
that day, told them about that opportunity, and they said that it could probably
work out to do both. By Thursday, we figured out that I would be able to work
on campus, live on campus, AND go to Hawaii to lead worship with PLNU's worship
ministries Summer Ministry Team (SMT) program.
Like in that verse in Ephesians at the beginning of this post, God did far
more than I asked for and way more than I ever imagined. Before, I wanted maybe
to live on campus and work. Now, I get to live on campus, be paid to work in
the Admissions office with GREAT people – some of the nicest and most helpful,
and fun people I've met – AND go to Hawaii at the end of the month. On top of
all that, I still get to go lead worship at a camp in Big Bear too in July!
THIS IS SO EXCITING.
I started work this week and it's been absolutely delightful. Getting to
work with the Admissions staff and talk to incoming students as well as
prospective students is so great. I've talked to some students who are coming
here in the fall and it's really exciting to hear their names before seeing them
next year. I'm super excited and looking forward to this summer working here,
talking to people, going to Hawaii, and enjoying to be on Loma's beautiful
campus for 4 extra months :)
Feel free to call the Admissions Office some time and say hello, especially
if you'll be coming to Loma in the fall! I'll be working the front desk most of
the day :)
"Now to Him who is able to do far
more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us, to
Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
forever and ever. Amen." –Ephesians 3:20-21
p.s. to add on to the greatness of the last couple weeks, yesterday I finally
got a car again! So grateful for all that God is doing in my life right now. He's doing so much more than I imagined!