Words of Encouragement from a Graduating Student

Maegan Russell

Isn’t it amazing how God shows up in the most unexpected times?  I had that experience last week through a series of emails with one of our students, Maegan Russell.  Maegan is in the last days of her nursing education and will graduate in August.  With her permission I would like to share with you some of our conversation. While in the midst of our conversation, I mentioned that her last two trimesters of college had been crazy and would like to hear about her experience and the advice she would give students on surviving during the pandemic. 

Here is Maegan’s reply:

“It’s definitely been a struggle to get through nursing school during the pandemic, but anyone can get through this time with the right attitude and faith! My advice for any student going through this during the pandemic is, hold your head up high and realize that you are doing this for the right reasons. We were all chosen to go into this field for this specific purpose, to save lives and to make an impact in the healthcare field. Even with the pandemic going on, this is a monumental moment right now in the healthcare field, and it’s very exciting, although challenging to be a new nurse. But so rewarding at the same time. I wish them all the best in their careers as healthcare professionals.”

Maegan’s words of encouragement remind me of words from the Holy Scripture.  No matter what happens we all have the assurance that God has a plan for us….plans to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) And when we grow tired or weary in living out God’s plan we cannot give up, even in the midst of a pandemic because in the proper time “we will reap a harvest.” (Galatians 6:9).

As we begin a new week, yes today is Monday, may we live in the words of our loving Father…. I have a plan for you filled with hope; and no matter how tired and weary you may become don’t give up!

Karen Smith

Director of Campus Ministries


Thank you Karen and Maegan for your beautiful devotion.

God's Blessings

 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
  And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
  and to walk humbly[a] with your God

Micah 6:8