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I came into Link Year after my sophomore year of college and I had experienced everything that the college world had to offer and saw the difficulties that you would have. Link Year helped me deal with the temptations that the world has to offer. It helped me understand simplistic things like how to study my bible, what community looks like and what discipleship looks like.
I know that considering a gap year like Link Year can be incredibly challenging because it’s not the normal thing to do. But if you look at the situation like you have so much more to gain than you have to lose. Being one year behind people that you went to high school with really isn’t that big of a deal. You might be more ahead of them coming out of Link Year than if you went the way they went.
The accountability at Link Year taught me the importance of finding it somewhere else. As I navigate college it helps me figure out what it looks like to be intentional with other students, not only being poured into but finding ways to pour out as well.
I knew what I believed before I came to Link Year but I think I struggled with what it looked like to apply that. Coming here and implementing a biblical worldview and how to live out my faith with everyday situations and how I should deal with things the way the Lord would.
Because Link Year’s foundation is in scripture and in Jesus you learn so much more about yourself and about God and you’re prepared to go out into the world afterwards.
Link Year is a great choice for a lot of kids that don’t know what they’re doing with their life. A lot kids are afraid to go to college right away. It’s a break from life but also it shows you the reality of life. They teach you a bunch of skills that you can use in your life afterwards.
Being at Link Year I learned how to be intentional with my time and do things that would help me grow as a person.
Link helped me prepare by giving me the discipline to stay on top of things and giving me the tools that I need to keep my priorities straight. The 7 Pillars still help me today and anytime that I’m not living by one of these pillars, I need to check myself and reevaluate my priorities.
Looking back Link Year has prepared me to turn away from being lazy, and unprepared for college. It has also taught me how to not conform to the social norm, instead be a light to people around me. Link Year has taught me how to be more social, and spiritual with those around me.
Link prepared me by letting me taste authentic community. Which challenged me to navigate through “thriving” ministries and churches to find authentic ones filled with authentic people.
Looking back Link has prepared me for where I am now by giving me a solid stepping stone, Link has prepared me in so many ways, everything from using time blocks to maximize my moments and work on a schedule , to preaching Christ to myself on the daily, to understanding my need for authentic relationships. So much of who I am now and where I am now, is because of the work God did through my time at Link.
I honestly don’t know where I would be without link year. If I had to guess, I would be at aTm in College Station, TX. I don’t think I would be a believer and I would have given into worldly choices. Link Year is where I truly found The Lord. I understood grace for the first time and how much I needed it. I understood what community is and how it should be utilized for accountability, mentor ship and to see growth in yourself and the kingdom. It’s made me desire The Lord. Link Year awakened my heart to the radical beauty if the gospel and made me a seeker of the King.
Link Year was a life-changing experience for me. It helped prepare me physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. I learned to take more responsibility, manage my time, lead others, and seek God in everything I do. My worldview was transformed at Link Year, and my Biblical knowledge grew tenfold. In college you run into many challenges and tough times, having gone to Link Year has allowed me to face those challenges with a solid Biblical foundation. I’m eternally grateful for what Link Year has done for me, it saved my life!!!
I can tell you that Link helped me mature in the importance of attending class, giving back to my community, managing money, doing my work, and still making great grades, but there is no other place that can prepare you for the trials you will face in college like Link can. I learned that the most important things is to have a body of believers surrounding you throughout college. I tried to do it by myself for a while, but just when I thought I was “fine” and “had everything together,” I was asked the hard questions by the Donyes and the Wangs and realized exactly where I needed to get back to. Link helped me set the standard of how I needed to live my life. Today I have the most incredible adults constantly praying for me. The same people continuing to push me in the Word, and the same accountability best friends that keep in contact with me every week to make sure I stay where the Lord has intended me to be. I can mess up and make mistakes, but Link has prepared me for the droughts in college that will come. Link has prepared me with the right Scripture and weapons to fight back the devil when he know exactly when to attack.