This past weekend, one of our students spoke to some potential Link Year students and their parents about her experiences this year. Here is what she had to say…
“Adam asked me to talk for a few minutes about how link year has changed my life. I could honestly go on for hours because looking back on where I was in my walk with Christ just 7 months ago is like looking at a different person. Before Link Year, if you would’ve asked me why I was a Christian I wouldn’t have known what to tell you. I wasn’t living a life that was Christ-centered at all, calling myself a Christian became like just a fact about me, like my favorite color. I had just never owned my faith for myself. I’m pretty convinced that if I had gone straight to college I would’ve been blown out of the water by professors and even my peers. I have too many friends that I think I was in a similar boat with spiritually that have completely abandoned their walk with Christ after one year. Even at Christian universitites. That’s so scary to me because honestly, I’d probably be right there with them. I wouldn’t have been able to defend my faith because it had never been my own.
The community here is just irreplaceable and I honestly don’t know how to describe it. I have made the best relationships I’ve ever had here. The students are here because we are all striving toward the same thing every single day and that really shapes the way we interact with each other and makes our relationships so genuine and unique. The staff are so invested in us and are fantastic examples of what it actually looks like for Christ to be at the center of your life. We’re encouraged to to seek God for ourselves and always have encouragement along the way.
It’s become almost a joke how many questions I am constantly asking the staff. If I catch longer than a minute with one of them, I’ll probably be asking them something and they’re always stoked to work through them with me. Always pointing me straight to scripture and letting me form my own conclusion. God has done so much work in the hearts of every student here through this program and I’m so excited to see what else he does. I don’t want to leave at the end of this year. I don’t want to leave any of these people and move on to the next step. BUT i know that when it comes time to go, I’ll be ready for whatever comes because I have been equipped during Link Year to own my faith and live it out for the rest of my life. I cannot express how thankful I am for this program and how blessed I am to be part of it.”