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The article below is an inspirational story of an Appalachian State University student who is living her faith in a time when the college campus desperately needs hope.
Over the past year there have been many tragic deaths in the Appalachian State University family but there is still hope. I have heard many stories of courageous students using this season to spread hope through faith, such as the student who started this amazing sticky note movement.
These students continue to encourage each other and serve each other through acts of kindness and compassion.
From the Chancellor of Appalachian State:
The professional, dedicated and caring staff at the Counseling Center can provide students with support, within a confidential setting, in coping with grief, stress or other concerns. The center is located on the first floor of the Miles Annas Building. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, and you can reach them by phone at 828-262-3180. Should you call after hours, University Police will connect you with someone who can help.
While the Counseling Center is a very important resource, there are many other resources available to help you. Over the past several months, you have received communications directing you to the Appalachian Cares website. This is because it provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive list of campus, local, regional and national resources; it is available at any time; and many of the hotlines are available 24 hours a day. Additionally, always know you can call the Dean of Students office at 828-262-8284, which can provide tailored resources and assistance as needed. Consider contacting the Dean of Students office about becoming an “Appalachian Prevention Advocate,” which will provide you with training for peer-to-peer suicide prevention, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and sexual assault prevention. Above all, take care of yourself.
This article was written by our friend, Hanna Wilson. Hanna is a freshman at Appalachian State University. It is not easy holding onto and growing in your faith while in college – Hanna has some healthy tips on how to be a Christian at Appalachian State:
Tip #1: Get Involved
Appalachian has a variety of faith-based clubs and organizations to get involved in on and around campus. Individual bible study groups as well as campus wide worship are a great way to meet other Christians at App State. Join us as we study God’s word with open hearts!
Tip #2: Volunteer
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:7
Appalachian has a diverse group of students who are passionate about helping and improving the community. A great way to do this is by volunteering and giving back some of the abundances God has given us. There are several places you can do this: F.A.R.M. Cafe, Hospice, Samaritan’s Purse, to name a few. Pictured above is Katie Archer volunteering at F.A.R.M. Cafe, a place where people can come and eat regardless of their ability to pay. Rather than having set prices, they accept donations towards the meal. F.A.R.M. stands for “Feed All Regardless of Means.” F.A.R.M. Cafe is located only a short walk from campus on King Street. Grab a friend and go volunteer!
Tip #3: Worship
Along with the numerous churches that are available throughout the Boone community, Elevation Church is located right here on campus in IG Greer Sunday’s at 11:30 AM. Elevation App State’s vision is to aid in transforming lives by the love of Jesus, through worship, praise, and a unique way to experience the Gospel. Launched in March of 2011, Appalachian State is blessed to have our own extension of the church. Get more information about Elevation App State. We’ll see you next Sunday as you come to join us in this one of a kind worship experience!
Tip #4: Enjoy God’s Beautiful Creation
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy.”
Psalm 96: 11-12
Our campus happens to be situated in one of the most beautiful locations in all of North Carolina. Taking a trip to the parkway in between classes or to catch the sunset is a great way to witness God’s glory. Plus, there’s nothing a quick trip to the parkway can’t cure, right? I can already hear the forest singing with joy!