So, you've applied to Ambrose and you're wondering: what do I do from here? Is this really where I want to go for post-secondary? Let’s be real: paying that tuition deposit is the first step in the right direction and here is why: I am currently in my fourth year here in the Bachelor of Theology: Children and Family Ministry Degree. In all theology degrees, it is required to take part in a 3 to 12 month full-time internship in a church or an organization. I am currently on internship which has allowed me to grow in ways I never thought were possible (take a look at my previous blog when I talk about learning to fly and how afraid I was to take the first leap while on internship). Over my time at Ambrose, I have realized that I really value an education that challenges me both intellectually as well as spiritually, and Ambrose is where I discovered myself. Here are a few times I look the leap and it allowed me to soar.
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When you were young, did you ever try to fly and instead you flopped? I think we have all been there, however we didn’t just decide to fly all at once; we prepared ourselves. We found our favourite blanket and tied it around our neck, ran around the house yelling “I can fly- I can fly” , and jumped off every couch and chair we could reach. Then one day you got up the nerve to climb on top of the kitchen counter when dad was not looking. You stood there, heart racing, thinking “I can do it… it’s not that scary!” Then you jump. The moment your feet lift off from the counter, you see dad walk through the pantry door—shoot! But, for 2.5 seconds all you feel is pure joy as you are soar through the middle of the kitchen – pure joy, and a sense of accomplishment. Then it hits you—“I am not really flying and this could really hurt”. Then you hit the floor and roll your ankle or your head hits the refrigerator. You stop and think for a moment- “that was awesome” - then you suddenly look up to see dad towering over you as your tears start to flow.
My name is Miranda Perry, and I am a Student Ambassador here at Ambrose! I am also a full time student in my final semester of the Bachelor of Theology in Children and Family Ministry! I grew up in a very small town called Oxford, Nova Scotia—which is the blueberry capital of Canada in case you wanted to know.
Some fun facts about me!
- I got married to my high school sweetheart this past June!
- I changed my degree five times before I entered into Children’s Ministry
- I love chips, and I mean chips on any kind—except ketchup—that’s just gross!
- I’m 5 feet tall on a good day
- I’m a resident of Prince Edward Island and I still have yet to meet Anne of Green Gables
- My favorite holiday is Christmas
As students we usually go to university to gain knowledge from experienced and highly educated professors, to prepare for our futures through education, and to live in a Christ-centered community. I have been in post-secondary education for four years now, and this year in particular, I am starting to understand all of the values above as one rather than three separate things.
Last year, my friend Paul and my fiancé Josh were working on building a one stair step—basically a box made of wood for the stage at LYC (Ambrose’s Legacy Youth Conference). My grandfather was a carpenter and I watched him work growing up, so to me this simple task should have taken no time at all. Five pieces of wood, screws, and a screw gun can’t be that hard right? Well it took the men three hours to build this step which could have been finished in 45 minutes.
It is that time in the semester where every student dreads ‘Finals Apocalyptic Week’. This is where some students leave final papers, take home exams, and preparing those 150 cue-cards for your biology exam, all until the final week of classes.
While Traveling to Ambrose – From Near and Far
Life as a university student does not give you much free time. From going to class, attending floor meetings, going to work, and catching up on the endless readings and assignments I have found my devotion life happens less and less often. I have always felt as if it was a chore. When I take a step back I feel ashamed for putting God last in my life. Going to a Christian school and attending all the ‘spiritual activities’ does not count devotional life.
Being a Nazarene has its benefits; we have the best youth conferences (NYC) and some of the best camps to go to while growing up. Okay, yes I am a bit biased because all I have known is what it means to be a Nazarene. I will tell you the fun does not stop at just summer camps and the once in a lifetime experience we call NYC. As we grow in our faith and continue with the plan God has for us it can take us to places we would never dream on going.
Living with 21 sisters may sound a bit strange, but for me it is my favorite part of living on residence. Growing up without siblings in the home, I thought it would be extremely difficult to adapt to living with 21 people in “my space”. Boy, was I wrong! I was quick to think about all the negatives and I even feared no one would like me, nor would I get along with anyone. Within the first few days of being here at Ambrose my closet had grown 21 times the size of my own, I have made Christ centered relationships with the girls on my floor, and I know they will last a life time. I have also seen the support that comes from my Residence Assistant (she’s the one that looks over the floor to make sure we are doing okay), anytime I need to talk or for her to listen to me vent she is all ears.