From The World Race to JBU

First-Year Student Reflections

About the Blog

We know, we know...The Beanie Blog is a strange name!  Did you know new JBU students wore beanies upon arrival way back in the 60's?  We enjoy that it is a part of our history and that it can remain just that...HISTORY!!  Here is some blurry proof!!

This blog was created in 2016 to provide a helpful resource for our current first-year students, parents of those students, and prospective students.  The first year is full of transitions as students adapt to a new place, new people, and have new experiences.  There are often very high highs and low lows that characterize the year as students get used to life at JBU.  This blog will hopefully help those reading it better understand what first-year students at JBU are experiencing at various points of the year and from various perspectives as contributors share their thoughts and reflections.  We hope this allows you to share in their experiences, ask great questions, and support them well as they trek through the year!

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Hello! My name is Shara Mullenix, and I am a sophomore at JBU (first year, though). I am studying international business and marketing and I LOVE it. I graduated high school in 2016 and in October 2016, I embarked on a 9 month mission trip to Cambodia, Thailand, Malawi, and Guatemala called the World Race: Gap Year. I was confused on what I wanted to do as far as a career was concerned and I thought that a year devoted to the Lord and His people would give me the answers. I had thought that those nine months were going to be about sharing the Gospel, they were not. It was the hardest nine months of my life and most of it, to be completely honest, I would never want to relive. BUT – I learned so much about the Lord – about His character, His grace, and His unconditional love. They were things I thought I understood, but I had no idea. The things He revealed about Himself, and in turn about myself, were difficult and painful at times, but ultimately so beautiful.

Transitioning from the international mission field to JBU was a lot more difficult than I expected. I was SO excited to get back into a routine and to make friends that I (probably) didn’t have to travel across an ocean to see again. But I did not realize I would desperately miss living out of a backpack, authentic cultural meals, and having limited access to wifi. I miss living the life of physical abandonment – one that is difficult yet so insanely rewarding. However, this new season at JBU has been incredible, I feel so encouraged to follow my passions and empowered to use my skills to help those around me.

One of the things I took away from those nine months was the importance of showing people that you care for them and providing ways for them to create a sustainable income for themselves, not just using your words and not just giving them things they need. In Guatemala, we worked with an incredible ministry on La Linea, a block of heavy prostitution in Guatemala City. The ministry, Tamar’s Hope, teaches women cooking skills, English, and sewing skills. They are encouraging and empowering those beautiful women to be who they were created to be. The time I spent with them has changed my outlook on my future and fueled my passion for vulnerable women to know who they and whose they are.

JBU is teaching me an incredible skillset that is going to help me empower women all over the world through action – using words when necessary. The World Race was a means for me to realize my passion and gave me incredible opportunities to see the world and meet the sweetest people. JBU is means for me to make that passion a reality and for that, I am so thankful.

Blog HomePosted By: Shara Mullenix - 4/16/18 9:00 PM