STUDENT VOICE - CATHERINE PETTIS

While it was great to be home for the holidays, it is great to be back in Branson at Link Year. Everyone at Link Year has become like family to me and I missed my Link Year family while I was away. Link Year has seven pillars, and it wasn’t until over the break that I was really able to see how these pillars have influenced my life over the past few months. The seven Pillars are: Maximizing Moments, Student of Scripture, Authentic Accountability, Biblical Worldview, Privilege Responsibility, Heart Transformation, and Growing in Gratefulness.

I have really learned the importance of maximizing my moments while here at Link. It’s important to make the most of the time that we have been given, but it’s so easy to get caught up in things and become lazy. Link Year has really stressed the importance of maximizing each moment, and not letting any part of our day go by wasted. This means that you must have self-discipline and I really noticed self-discipline while I was at home. Even if it was in little things I noticed myself making it a point to maximize each moment while at home.

I know that I am learning a lot here at Link but over the break I really recognized how much I really have learned, and how the program is teaching us to be students of scripture and equipping us with a Biblical worldview. I also realized growth in gratefulness for the things I have been given. The staff always reminds us of how blessed we are to be given such an amazing and unique opportunity to attend Link Year; it’s so easy to take things for granted but I along with all of my other classmates are so blessed with this opportunity and the staff does a great job in reminding us and teaching us to be thankful for the things we have been given.

I would have to say that authentic accountability is one of my favorite things here at Link Year. Over the break I was asked countless times what my favorite thing about Link Year is, and my favorite thing is the community here. This sounds strange to some because you can find community everywhere, but this community is different and I do not think I will ever find anything like it again. I am living with thirty-two of my best friends who see me on my good days and bad daysThey encourage me and they don’t just tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. They keep me accountable, even if that means saying some hard things. It’s an important to have authentic accountability and a great Christian community because it is so easy to get distracted and take our eyes off of the cross in our fallen world; they’re like family to me.

It’s taken a while for me to see how these pillars have influenced my life, but that’s because they are centered around heart transformation and not behavior modification. It was great to reflect over everything I am learning here over the break but I am so HAPPY I am back. I know this semester will fly by so fast but I am excited for what this semester has in store for everyone here at Link