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Top Fears #1: Friendships

So often, fear keeps us from stepping out and doing what God wants us to do. Whether we fear failure or fear rejection, there are many reasons why we are hesitant to follow God’s leading in our lives. This series on “Top Fears” will focus on the different fears current students experienced in their time before coming to WOLBI and the beginning of their experience here.


Many different emotions tend to flood your mind when you realize you will soon begin that first year of college.

Joy. Anxiety. Excitement. Fear.

It feels like your mind constantly cycles through these different emotions where one moment you feel prepared for this new adventure and are ready to face it with excitement while the very next moment you start to doubt how your experience will be.

Honestly, that’s why opening day of WOLBI is of my favorite days of the school year. With every young lady who steps foot on campus to start their journey here, I see a little reflection of my college myself. The stress of unpacking and setting up your room and all the awkward “get to know you” conversations with these new people reminds me how I felt the first day of college. Every year on this day I have the same conversations with some of the incoming young ladies as I bring them to their dorm and reassure them the different emotions they are experiencing are normal in a time of transition. Every year they think they are all alone and have yet to realize a lot of others are feeling the same way.

Opening day is important to me because I remember the emotions I was feeling that first day and serving in this role now gives me the opportunity to point them back to the beautiful truth that although transitions are hard and are filled with uncertainty, God is always faithful to carry us through them.