Life = Full of Choices

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” I really like this quote by Mark Twain. I cherish the memories of the chances I took in life and regret the ones I didn’t. If there is one thing I have learned in the past couple years it has to be this!

Life is full of many choices. Some we take, others we pass up. At the end of the day, I would rather look back and find joy in knowing I chose the best option.

Choices in life exist because every decision we make in life affects everything we do from then on out. The butterfly affect is a great example of this. Our life here has a reason and all of us have a purpose, it just depends on whether or not you will take it.

When I was little I didn’t realize it but accepting Christ into my life started a chain of events that would make me who I am today. That moment in my life lead to me going on 3 mission trips in the past 2 and half years that would open up my eyes even more to what life was all about.

Life had a meaning and it was because of one man’s decision to save the rest of humanity. You can believe whatever you want but I know deep down this decision I made changed my life for the better. The choices you make define who you are! What do you want to do with your life?

I hope you can see throughout the next few months the choices some Christian’s I know made and the outcomes that they would get out of their experiences.Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.”-C.S. Lewis 

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Tips for Getting the Grade You Want

Life is a mission and when in college your mission and goal in every class is to get an “A” or just pass the class. Sure everyone won’t admit it but we want it! Maybe it’t not an “A”, hopefully it’s just to pass this class but while in college I have noticed we need to do a lot in every class if your really want to earn that grade you want and desire.

I will share with you 5 tips I have done in every class I have to prepare myself to get the grade I desire! Maybe you know most of these things but truly apply them to your life and you will see a difference in the classes you have and who knows, your grades may even go up!

 

1. Show Up 

Show Up

No matter if attendance is required or not you need to show up for class. There’s a reason why the professors give lectures every week! Whether, you’re staying for college or not you need to understand the importance of showing up to class. Not going to class can affect what you take out of it. Who knows you may go to a class that changes your life! Imagine what would happen if you just showed up?

2. Take Notes

Take Notes

This can go along with showing up to class. To really learn and get the most out of lectures, you need to take notes on what is said and shown during class. Sure it’s a lot of writing and/or typing but by doing this simple task you will remember more and when studying have notes to go back on to help you understand a concept or question!

3. Actually Read the Book

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You probably hate the book for whatever class it is and I am right there with you, but I have noticed a lot that is said in lectures usually connects with what’s going on in the book! Theres a reason behind why the book you get is so bulky. Sure you may not read every chapter but the book can be a good teacher when you are away from the class. It probably can’t answer all your questions but you would be surprised what you find.

4. Study For Class

Study

No I don’t mean study the night before the exam but I do mean study every week leading up to the exam so that you truly will know the material that will be on the exam! By just studying week by week, you will be able to know what is going on in class and when the exam rolls around you’ll be able to walk in confident probably knowing more than most!

5. Ask The Professor

Just Ask

The Professor is there for you to ask questions! Sure you may feel very dumb but I would rather feel dumb and ask a question then just wait until the exam happens and then you may be stuck not knowing the answer. It never hurts to ask the professor!

 

Maybe you will use these tips, maybe you won’t. Just always know they’ll be here if you truly want to figure out how to get the grade you want!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Vienna, Austria

Europe is full of amazing countries rich with history.  Austria is one of those countries!

Where is Austria? Austria is a country located near the center of Europe. It is surrounded by Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, and Switzerland.

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Vienna is located in the north-east corner of Austria. It is know for its rich history, amazing landscape, and thriving city. I had an amazing opportunity to visit this city for a couple days this past summer!

1. The Food

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Vienna is known for some of the best food you will ever try in your life, well at least that  is what I think. The main dish you will find at many restaurants around the city is Schnitzel! You won’t regret eating anything you try there. Come for the food, stay for the chocolate!

2. The Buildings

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The picture above is St. Stephens Cathedral which is located in the center of the city. It is the focal point of the city to be more specific. You will find thousands of people visiting this historic cathedral everyday. When you walk in, you take a step back in time to images and architecture that is unlike anything else you have ever seen. This is a must see in Vienna!

Extra: The Catacombs- Located in the basement of       St. Stephen’s Cathedral

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The Catacombs is one of the coolest things you’ll see in Vienna. Most of these bones date back all the way to the prehistoric times. The site seen above is home to some bones that are from the Black Plague which ravaged through Europe in the 14th century!

3. The Historic Landmarks

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If you like touring historic landmarks and sites then this is the place for you! The city is known for its imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, and the Habsburgs’ summer residence. Above is Schönbrunn Palace which was a former imperial summer residence. The 1,441-room Baroque palace is one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in the country. This is a must visit site in Austria!

4. The Music

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Known as the Capitol of Classic Music. Vienna is known for some very famous musicians who lived and composed pieces in this beautiful city! Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and Franz Joseph Haydn are just a four of the most amazing composers to come out of this city. They all created masterpieces and so did many more. Music has a special place in Vienna!

5. The Historic Restaurants

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Wherever you eat, you can be sure you’re stepping into history! The older the building, the better the food! Old Vienna is where you’ll find a lot of these places. Lieber Augustin which is pictured above is one of the oldest restaurants still around in Vienna. The building itself has been around since 1350 and serving food since 16th century to even today! Who knows you very well could walk into the same place Mozart did!

I hope you can now see why Vienna is a city that you should definitely visit if you are ever in Europe! It’s time to take a step back into the past while enjoying the life you have in the present. See you there!

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Cyprus

Before I start off, I must ask. Do you know where Cyprus is? Most people I tell that I went to Cyprus this past summer have no clue where this country is. Yet it has been around for a long time.

Where is Cyprus? Cyprus is a country located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey, west of Israel, and north of Egypt.

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Now that we know where it is. I will share with you my top 5 reasons for why you should visit this historic and amazing country. I had an amazing chance during my Summer Mission there to explore some awesome places on the weekends.

1. The Country Side

IMG_2449One of the most beautiful things about Cyprus was the country side. To experience this full affect you need to stay in a village outside of the big cities. The hillsides and mountains are amazing to wake up to and see the sunrise early in the morning.

2. The Rich History

IMG_2578 Another amazing aspect of Cyprus is the rich history that each city has in it. Pathos is the oldest city in Cyprus. It has ancient temples and churches dating back to prehistoric times. If you are a huge fan of walking into history this is the country for you.

3. The Food

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Greece had a huge influence on Cyprus. The biggest impact, in my opinion, is the food! Cypriot food is a mixture of greek and the native Cypriots who put their own touch on every meal. If you are a huge fan of bread, you are guaranteed that every single meal. The food is authentic and original at every place you go. You will always leave satified with what you ate.

4. The Wilderness

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If you love hiking than this is the place for you. Just directly in the center of the country, in the mountains there are tons of trails that lead to water falls, cliffs, and outstanding views. The hikes are pretty long but are worth the journey!

5. The Beach

IMG_2540Everyone enjoys the beach. The beaches in Cyprus are some of the most beautiful ones I have traveled too. They are not too crowded and the weather is always around 75-80 degrees, so you can expect everyday to be a great time to go to the beach

I hope you can now see that Cyprus is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in all of Europe. It has a mixture of the nations that surround it. The people are very nice and the atmosphere on this island makes it a country you need to explore. I hope you can now see what it could look like to travel to such a historic and beautiful country!