As my freshman year at Maryville College is coming to a close, I realize that I have had quite a time. I have grown from the mindset of a nervous freshman to a person excited for the next few years. I knew no one when I stepped onto the campus in August, but in the course of a few months, I had a family of people who I could trust just as my own family. I had no clue what to expect, but soon I would come to love the place.
The academics at Maryville College are rigorous and challenging, but I have already learned so much there. Right now, I am still in the core curriculum, but in the beginning of next year I will be starting in my English major courses. The courses not only strengthen you academically, but personally as they take your world view and build upon it. Next year, I also plan to study abroad to further expand my education to the fullest possible extent. I look forward to all the possibilities that Maryville College has to offer me.
I have done so much including joining a club called Intervarsity. We do different service opportunities and fellowship together each week. It has given me the opportunity to meet some great people and create lasting friendships while also becoming a participant in the Maryville community. Along with participating in Intervarsity, I’ve gone with friends on drives through Foothills Parkway, had midnight conversations with friends, and gone ice skating in the middle of Knoxville. Recently, I just got back from a retreat in the mountains with them where we hiked and enjoyed the outdoors.
From our midnight conversations to the retreat in the mountains, I’ve done a lot making great, lasting memories. Right now, I am having the time of my life and challenging myself academically. I greatly thank all the donors of the Simple Gifts Fund for this opportunity to attend Maryville College and have these experiences. It has been an incredible year and I can’t wait to experience the next three years!
Brianna Gibson, a Simple Gifts Scholar, is a 2016 graduate from Lakewood High School and attends Maryville College in Tennessee.