A Farewell to Dobbs

A Farewell to Dobbs

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We all have that special place in our heart for the ol' Dobbs dinning hall. With plans to tear it down, along with Jones residence hall, we remember the good times we all shared. 

For the freshmen living in the dorms, Dobbs is your best friend. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it is always there for you, whether you like it or not. You knew the meal schedule like the back of your hand and knew which days were the best (especially Thanksgiving dinner). You will never forget waiting in line outside, even in the winter, just for those magical doors to let you in.

For people living in Jones, Lathrop or Laws, Dobbs was a second home for you. It was a place where you could come in wearing sweatpants and a hoodie, or even wearing your clothes from the night before, and it never judged. But if you dressed up for Dobbs, people might look at you a little funny.

For the upperclassmen, you loved texting all the freshman asking them to swipe you in. As you get older, Dobbs is still a second home. You still go for spicy chicken sandwiches and wok Wednesdays, because why not. Also, you can never go wrong with the buffalo chicken sandwiches or the pasta bar, which was always reliable.

It is a place that always has your back. Whether it’s the times you waited outside in the freezing cold for the clock to strike 11 a.m., or when the Dobbs worker comes to open the doors, it was like Christmas morning. Even when you waited in the wok line for over an hour, everyone knew it was worth it.

Dobbs brunch is the best meal. On Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., they open up their doors, not only food but also for an experience. People come 30 minutes before the doors even open just to be the first in line for pancakes or an omelet. You can sit there for hours procrastinating studying by just gossiping about the weekend and listening to all the drama, but you love it.

Swipes have become our best friends and even though it is changing, it won’t change the memories we all shared sitting at those tables eating our t-ravs and finishing them off with an ice cream sundae.  Although the food wasn’t always reliable -- throwback to the broccoli spider eggs incident last year -- it wasn’t just about the food, it was all about the experiences you shared at the one and only Dobbs Pavilion. 

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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