Charlotte, You Have My Heart

Charlotte, You Have My Heart

My home away from home.
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This is going to be ironic because my last article was about being hurt, which is honestly an ongoing battle, but after a few weeks of refreshing my mind away from the lull of social media, I am feeling more at ease now instead of on edge.

I'll tell you why.

This past weekend, I went to a place that has felt like home for the past year even though I had never physically been there. I went to a place that brings light to dark days and situations. I went to a place that introduced me to the best relationship in my life.

Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina is my home away from home and I finally made a weekend trip to go visit and attend a Saturday night service.

Let me just tell you, Pastor Steven has been preaching on a series called #SavageJesus and Jesus is the bomb - even more so than I thought.

Sorry, I just had to get that out there.

But let me tell you what I learned from this sermon.

Pastor Steven was preaching in Mark 1:40 about the leper.

Lepers in that time were not allowed to go anywhere near "clean" people. If they did, they had to shout "Unclean" before even making it there.

Well, the man with leprosy was so tired of feeling unclean that he would rather risk trying to see and talk to Jesus than continue his life in isolation.

The leper made it to Jesus and asked Him to make him clean. Of course, Jesus did, because He's a loving Savior.

But this is what I took away from this sermon.

In the wise words of Pastor Steven: Jesus can't heal what you don't reveal.

This relates back to my last article; I felt hurt, sad, lonely, confused. I felt like my walls were caving in and I was being smothered by everything around me. I felt helpless.

Until....

I revealed my hurt, my sadness, my loneliness and confusion. I admitted that I had no clue what I was doing and I was tired of trying to figure it out on my own; I couldn't do it anymore.

So, I gave it to God. I had no other choice.

And then Pastor Steven put it into the perfect words: He can't heal what you don't reveal.

And when I revealed my hurt, I felt God take it all in His own hands, like a breath of fresh air.

Thank you, Elevation, for being the guiding light towards my relationship with God and Jesus Christ. It was the best coincidence I ever had by coming across you on YouTube. God put you in my life at the right time, when He knew I needed guidance, when I needed healing.

I can never say thank you enough to the clearness you have brought into my heart and mind.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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The Ultimate, Honest Ranking of Every Dorm On Boston University's Campus

Including the Fenway Campus, too!

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Nothing is scarier for an incoming freshman than move-in day. Is the roommate you picked actually going to work out? Is that random roommate going to stay up until 3 am with the lights on? Is there even such a thing as "freshman housing" anymore with so many sophomores in Warren and West? And for upperclassman, was moving to the Fenway Campus the move? Is Stuvi worth the price tag? Boston University on campus housing is abundant and guaranteed, which is a huge plus in the city. But, there can only be one winner.

1. Warren Towers

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C'mon, you knew this one. Often joked about as being like prison (probably because it was designed by a guy who actually made prisons) and a Boston University freshman dorm, Warren Towers is easily the grossest dorm on campus. Swiping in is as difficult as crossing national borders, RAs are perky and in your face, and the built-ins in the rooms are falling apart. Warren's also close to class, and has a dining hall inside, so if you can suck up sharing your shower with 40 other humans, you might be okay.

2. West Campus

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Sure, having a dining hall inside your dorm (if you live in Sleeper or Claflin) sounds really appealing, until you find out that all the food is really bland and probably smothered in oil. West is a 15-minute walk to most classes, and unless you already run some kind of fitness Instagram account, you probably aren't going to FitRec as much as you think you are going to. Distrustful security guards (and a few chatty ones), prevalent frat culture, RAs that can be invasive, and a large community bathroom are all cons of BU's triplet dorms.

3. The Towers

Sarcastically called, "The Stuvi of East Campus," The Towers isn't exactly living in luxury. Tour guides have done a pretty good job at turning this into Boston University freshman housing. It has a few pros, like only being a couple minutes from each of the best dining halls on campus (Marciano Commons and the terribly underrated Granby Commons), having a common area far from the RA room, being quieter overall than other dorms, and being close to all schools except the College of General Studies. But, Towers also has a mixed bag of people living there (freshman, sophomores, some juniors), RAs on every floor, community bathrooms, and common room couches that fall apart.

4. Fenway Campus

Okay, so everyone on campus is a little confused about what the Wheelock Merger actually means. But, in terms of living, current BU students have no idea where the Fenway Campus is or what the dorms look like. It does mean, you're a bit far from class, but you're actually about as far as Danielson. You are equally far from dining halls. But, looking at BU's pixelated floor plan, some of the rooms seem more spacious than the classic BU dorms. Bathroom situations seem more private, there's laundry in every building, and there are suites and dorms. It's seemingly the perfect place for sophomores who don't get the housing they originally wanted.

5. Danielson Hall

Ah yes, Danielson. The way to make your year the year of the BU shuttle. It is so far from class, a dining hall, FitRec, and anything you might actually want to be near. The inside can be fine, if you end up in an apartment, but it is also notorious for having all kinds of wonky semi-suites and dorms. Danielson is a mystery on BU's campus, if you can really call it on-campus housing.

6. 1019 Commonwealth Ave

1019 is often considered a sophomore rite of passage. It's technically a large dorm, but the suite-style living is ideal for larger friend groups and subsets of sororities, fraternities, and sports teams alike. The security is decently chill, the RAs don't really bother you unless you're being ridiculous. The major downside is the building is old, and smells kind of weird. It's also a good 15+ minute trek to class, but FitRec is only 5 minutes away, and T. Anthony's is only 1 minute away, which honestly, is a major perk.

7. South Campus

Whoever called Allston "Rat City" has never been to South Campus. Ideal for upperclassman, South is a good way to feel like you're living off campus without actually being off campus. The apartments aren't THAT bad, and if you can end up in one of the renovated ones with new appliances and the ability to have air conditioning, you've actually kind of hit the jackpot. The downside to South is definitely all the critters. Store your food high and keep your floors crumb-free, and you might actually go the whole year without a rat or a cockroach in sight.

8. Bay State

Lovingly known as Bae State to many, this lovely brownstone filled road is definitely one of the most aesthetically pleasing spots on campus. It's close to the two best dining halls and only about 5 minutes from most classes. The downside? You never really know what you're walking into. Sometimes the apartments have one more person than the space feels like it should. Sometimes, you can have a really spacious dorm with beautiful windows. The contrast is a really small dorm.

9. 575 Commonwealth Ave (HoJo)

Although it's brutal looking on the outside, HoJo really is the hidden gem of Boston University on campus housing. Admittedly, living in a triple room can be less than ideal. But for a private bathroom, a beautiful study space, proximity to class and food, and air conditioning is it really all that bad?

10. Myles Standish Hall

The Annex is newly renovated, and what more could you ask for? The suites are decently spacious, the walk to class isn't terrible, you're in the heart of Kenmore Square, and the kitchen is BEAUTIFUL. You can make of Myles whatever you want, but plenty of people go into it as sophomores and will end up staying through their senior year.

11. Kilachand Hall

This is the way to live on Bay State without actually living in a brownstone. The lobby level is new and clean and has a kitchen for you to try out any of your lovely chef skills. It's a minute away from Marciano Commons and only a couple minutes from class. The 9th floor is, by far, the best view of the Charles River and it. has. air. conditioning. As long as you don't live in the haunted suite, 401, you'll genuinely enjoy this accommodation.

12. Student Village 2 (StuVi2)

StuVi 2 is notorious for it's beautiful views of the city of Boston. The lobby, the apartments, the suites, the proximity to a shuttle stop, and the study spaces can definitely make you feel like you're living in a hotel. People are often questioning the price tag, but when again in your life are you going to be able to live in a beautiful high rise for that price? It's truly a gem of Boston University on campus housing.

13. Student Village 1 (StuVi1)

How can you beat this setup? Apartment style, plenty of study space, quiet, non-invasive RAs, Buick St Market at your disposal, close to FitRec, and no underclassman. Living in a setup as wonderful StuVi 1 makes a 10+ minute walk to campus so incredibly bearable.

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