I know what you’re thinking, “Ugh. It’s January.” I get it. Another semester, which means another 3-4 months of school. It’s been hard to get back into school and, for some, start some new classes. You may even be in bed about to read this article like:
Well, when starting off the new year a common phrase we often hear is, “new year, new me.” We apply it to multiple things which include trying to get in shape, eating healthier, and even making a better effort to improve our spiritual life. The beginning of a year symbolizes a clean slate and a shiny new beginning. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, this time I’m willing to commit to a better me.” But really getting into the groove of things can mean extra effort and determination.
Since we all have come back from break everyone is in the same boat, which is getting back into the routine of a new semester and starting off fresh. I want to encourage all of you to push hard this last semester. I know, you’ve heard it A THOUSAND TIMES but hear me out! For seniors it’s only a few months of high school left, for juniors you’re half a year closer to becoming a senior, for freshmen and sophomores these last few months are an opportunity to build healthy habits for the rest of your high school career (which, trust me, will pay off later). Here are facts and a few tips to help crush your resolutions:
This is what the Bible tells us about a New Year, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18-19). God promises amazing things when we experience new beginnings. Take this year as an opportunity to do great things. Stay positive and happy (late) New Year Cougars! One more semester. You’ve got this!
By Faith Paden, Student Life Editor, Senior at Campion
The international student program at Campion continues to grow with the arrival of new Brazilian students. Four students started this week and three more are expected to come by the end of the month. The students all come here from Seventh-day Adventist families and schools in Brazil for the purpose of learning English this semester before continuing on to earn their high school diploma at Campion.
Zeca Santana, who is a native speaker of Portuguese, was instrumental in recruiting these students and making arrangements for them. “I have felt an affinity towards Brazil for many years,” Santana commented, “and I thought culturally that it would be good for Campion because Brazilians have a vibrancy of life and I wanted to bring some of that here.”
The new students were greeted warmly by mentor students at Campion. The mentor students help new international students make friends and integrate into our campus culture by walking with them to classes, eating meals with them, and participating in activities with them during the first few weeks after arrival.
In addition to the new students, a college-age volunteer from Brazil has also joined the staff at Campion for this semester. Erika Faria is a senior college student at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro where she studies Music Education. Here at Campion she will be assisting in the Music Department, the ELL classes, and in the Girl’s Dorm. “I needed an experience to improve my English and I chose Campion Academy because I saw an opportunity to improve my English and work with music in a Christian environment,” she explained.
We are thankful that God has blessed Campion with these new students and volunteer. Welcome to the Campion Family!
Jill Harlow, Communication Director