Honey, I’m home!

   As many of you know, I moved away from my childhood home to my new home at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor! I was both excited and nervous to make this transition, but I have just completed my “welcome week” here and I must say, I LOVE it and I’m completely at home!

  My roommate moved in a few days before me, and I moved in a day before official move-in, due to organizations we are involved in. Throughout the week, we met in “family groups,” which consisted of incoming freshmen in our major and upperclassmen “cru leaders” in our major. It’s been a week and we are already so unbelievably close- we really are a family. With our family groups, we got to participate in many games (I happen to be very competitive, as I was reminded of this week) like the “Crusader Cup,” and the “Color Games,” with other family groups on our team as our colors- ours was yellow (and we WON-of course). We also competed for “first family” by doing crazy things (like serenading random Welcome Week Leaders, singing loudly and randomly in Bawcom, rapping, reciting bible verses, cheering for people throwing away their trash, etc.) to win “welcome week money,” and though we didn’t have the enough to wind first family, we had a blast and I did things that typically contradict my shy and reserved nature- see college really does help you grow!

We also learned about the school through many sessions and had amazing services, a student organization fair, a block party complete with a concert from the amazing Hunter Rea Band & many many prayers. 

 The most meaningful part about UMHB so far, other than the traditions, is the emphasis on faith and growing in our walk with Christ. Going to a school that is so focused on faith definitely makes the transition easier- and so do all of the incredibly kind people! Today, we went to church with our family groups to start “church-hopping” to find a church home as we enter our collegiate years and I absolutely fell in the love with the one we attended today, I could really feel God speaking to me. We also ate lunch with some of the faculty- and let me tell you- they are SO nice! I’m full of excitement and am totally and completely sure that I have been brought to the university I’m meant to be at. Tonight, we had an amazing worship service with all of the other freshmen groups in our chapel and then became Crusaders Forever at dubbing (did I mention we are he largest freshman class in UMHB history?!). I will admit that I teared up a bit because I was overwhelmed with joy and pride for the purple, white and gold. 

Classes start tomorrow & so it is hitting me that I was not attending church camp all week, but I’m extremely excited to see what the semester entails! I am no longer the nervous incoming freshman, I am just an excited freshman who is ready to work hard and hold on to every moment and tradition in my next short 4 years here. If you’d like to know more about this amazing school, do not hesitate to ask me because I’d love to share with you how it is already strengthening my relationship with God and others. 



Faith, Life, Lifestyle


6“What’s my motivation?” Actors often ask this in cliché TV shows when they want to know what emotion to portray- what makes their character act the way they act. While this example is quite silly, I know you’ve seen it at least once (or 80 times) on a sitcom or movie, the question is quite interesting.

Motivation. What IS my motivation? What makes me, me? Why am I the way I am? I’m sure you’ve asked yourself these questions from time to time, I ask them of myself daily. I’m nearing the end of my Psychology summer course and we recently discussed cognition, behavior, personality and- you guessed it- motivation. This got me really thinking about what motivates me.

Before I go any further, let’s define “motivation.”

According to, motivation is: the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way.

Okay, so how does this apply to me?

As an incoming college freshman, what motivated me to go to college? To try out for the dance team? To major in nursing? To go to the school I have chosen?

I pondered over these questions for a while, trying to figure out a clear answer to these somewhat ambiguous questions. My motivation could be that my parents wanted me to go to college, or that college is just the  expected next-step upon graduation from high school. I could have tried out for the dance team solely because I’ve danced much of my life and it’s just what I do, or maybe it’s because I love it so much that I can’t live without it. Maybe I chose to be a nursing major because nurses make good money, or because my mom always thought I could be a good nurse, or because I really have the desire to help people feel better. I could have chosen my college based on its merit, or on how great the program of study in my chosen field is. There is an infinite amount of solutions for what my motivation could be. So what?

I know what you’re thinking, “Cassie, you’re just going on and on about a bunch of stuff that is irrelevant to me and I stopped really paying attention 2 paragraphs ago.” Bear with me, please, I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

As I dug deeper into the depths of my cognitive ability, it hit me. I have small surface motivations, such as future salary, hobbies I grew comfortable with, and societal expectations, but those aren’t really what pushed me to pursue my quickly arriving endeavors. It’s so much bigger than that! Or better yet, HE’s so much bigger than that! I could easily ignore the expectations of those around me and go on about my day, or save a whole lot of money by going to a community college instead of a university, but I’m led to do otherwise because HE has a plan for me.

God is my ultimate motivation, and knowing that he has a plan for me is my source of comfort. Truth be told, I’m terrified to move away for college- just as much as I am excited. I do not know what obstacles and twists & turns the next 4 years hold, but I know they will happen and God will guide me through it all. Just the other day, I was filling out my loans and scholarship forms thinking, “why did I choose a private school, how will I ever pay these off?” And I remembered that I didn’t choose my school, God did. He led me here and I must go, it will all work out if I put my trust in him, no matter how scary it can seem.  I couldn’t grasp a definitive answer on any of my questions because I didn’t have them, but God did. He put these choices in my heart because they were in his plan & I felt that they were instinctive and right, but I couldn’t deem myself as the force driving them. So yeah, I’m scared, but He is so much greater than any of our problems or fears.

I don’t really know why I’m sharing this with all of you, because you likely don’t care too much about what’s going on in my teenage mind, but I just had to let my thoughts spew out of this brain of mine. I guess the whole purpose of this post is that, no matter what stage of life you are in, whether you’re entering high school, college, or just a new chapter, God will be there to help you through it. Through all of the struggles and “I don’t know what I’m doings,” he has a plan for you and you need to remember that and trust it.

If you need a little reassurance, reminders of God’s amazing love, and motivation when you feel stuck, here are a few Bible verses I am quite fond of:

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge him & he will direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men, this is impossible. With God, all things are possible.'” – Matthew 19:26

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the glory of Jesus Christ,” – Philippians 4:19

Praying for love and blessings to you all,

Xoxo, Cassie