Welcome to Weimar! This blog post has fallen into the hands of your 2020-2021 student association team as we seek to welcome both new and returning students to campus. In the words below, we have each created a personal message of greeting, encouragement, and advice for the year to come. So please, allow us to introduce ourselves!
Andrew Robinson, President
Hey Gang, new and old, welcome to the 2020-2021 Weimar College school year. I am excited to get to know all of you better this year! I am honored to serve this year on the Student Association team as President. One of my favorite things about Weimar College is the love that the students have for each other and for God. Although the first half of 2020 has been full of unprecedented challenges and hardships, I believe the Lord desires us to continue to walk with Him in thankfulness and gladness of heart. My hope and prayer this year is that we can unite together through our similar goal of reflecting the character of Christ. Let us strive this year to share His love with a hurting world both on and off campus.
Nathan Hold, Vice President
Hello, I’m Nathan Hold and I can’t wait to meet you all. This is going to be an incredible semester despite some of the challenges we might face under our current circumstances. My advice to you is to always remember the reason for what you are doing. It’s easy to forget your purpose in the riffraff of everyday life, but by remembering, you will be able to work through the times when you wonder, “Why am I doing this?” If you remember your reason, it will keep you on track to accomplish what you set out to do. I am excited to join you in making this semester unforgettable!
Emma Claridge, Secretary
Greetings! Emma here. I don’t know how to express in words how excited I am for this year, but I’ll do my best! Weimar has held a very special place in my heart ever since the day God answered two very specific and unlikely prayer requests. Through this miracle, the way was opened for me to enroll in this one of a kind college, and I can confidently say God led me to Weimar. With this history, I can’t help but look expectantly forward to the coming year.
As a member of SA, I have made it my personal goal to get to know each and every one of you. (But if you do see me slacking socially, please have mercy. I am a nursing student after all!) So please! Come find me, come talk to me—I can’t wait to get to know you! We have so many amazing things planned for you this year, and I know God has great plans too. Yes, this will be a semester unlike any other, but we can choose what will make it unique. I believe God is ready to pour out His Spirit on this campus like never before, and that is what will make this semester different. All He needs are hearts that are seeking Him. Why not give Jesus yours today?
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Hannah Robinson, Event Coordinator
Hey! Welcome! My Name is Hannah Robinson. I’ll be your event coordinator this year. I have immensely enjoyed all that the Student Association has planned in the past, and this year I have no doubt the fun shall continue. I’ve always enjoyed planning events and I love investing in people, therefore I hope to highlight the hidden talents you all possess as I believe that we all have something to offer. I also hope that through the events of this coming year we will all become a family—as that is everything. Please join in on all our events as we aim to make this year unforgettable!
Lily Schultz, Treasurer
I distinctly remember my first week at Weimar College as one of the most challenging and hilarious transitions of my life. Sitting across from the enthusiastic upperclassmen that first morning at breakfast, I nearly dropped my (totally vegan) sausage when I was informed that my first class would be in the fishbowl.
“Don’t worry” I was told, “It’s the classroom you toured during New Student Orientation.”
Well, I suppose that was meant to be helpful, but I, with the memory of a goldfish, soon ended up flopping helplessly through the different rooms in the college building until a kindly staff explained where the ‘fishbowl’ was located.
As I became familiar with my schedule and campus life, I found that I was truly enjoying my time. From the classroom to the dorms, I began forming genuine friendships with students and staff alike. Weekend hikes, intense study sessions, and even impromptu visits to the nearby Jamba Juice made for quality memories with the most amazing people. While growing in academics, I found I was in an environment that fostered my own spiritual growth as well. Dorm worships, outreach, and the way the professors pointed out God’s hand in every subject gave me a desire to know Him better.
Now, while I no longer get lost on my way to class (mostly), I still find each semester has its own challenges and joys. As we come into this new school year, I am praying that each and every individual will feel God’s presence in everything they experience. I am excited for what God has in store and I can’t wait to get to know each and every one of you better. Welcome to Weimar!
Nik Hold, Media & Marketing
I would not generally consider myself wise, but if I did have to give one piece of advice headed into this year it would be to focus on the things that matter. It is easy in college to get caught up with your grades and all the activities and forget about God, your family, your friends, your future, and all the other things that matter too. I deeply believe that the world will not last too much longer. We are the generation that could be able to see the Lord come if we are willing to give Him all of our light; in order to do this, we do need to focus on him. This is what matters the most.
Dr. & Mrs. Feese, SA Sponsors
Welcome to Weimar! When God made it clear that Weimar was where He wanted us some 2.5 years ago, we really had no idea what to expect. We were engaged, but I was living in Montana and recently finished with grad school and Miriam was doing short term missions through AFM in Thailand. We had no family in or plans to move to California, but both of us are committed to following wherever God leads, even California. It seems God has called you too to Weimar, and with that being the case, I can assure you it is a wonderful place to be! In Isaiah 46:10 God says, “I declare the end from the beginning, and from long ago what is not yet done, saying: My plan will take place, and I will do all My will” (CSB). In The Desire of Ages Ellen White says, “God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him” (pg. 224.5). As long as we continue to dwell in the center of God’s will for our lives, no matter what may come, no matter where we are, or what challenges arise, we can rest assured that God is working all things together for good (Romans 8:28). As SA sponsors we look forward to getting to know each one of you during this coming year and learning more about the journey God is taking you on!