My name is Aubrey Hope Downs (in case you forgot, or are new here). I am about to start my college “career” in exactly 27 days, when I will be moving into my first ever college dorm room. Honestly, what??? Just yesterday I was writing about being a senior in high school, and now I have graduated (literally) from high school to A COLLEGE FRESHMAN(!!!!???) I wanted to give y’all a little look into what I have been doing to prepare for my fall semester and also, just a little bit of an introduction, because pretty soon my audience might grow even more! I am one of the four freshman chosen to be a presidential ambassador for my college and I might get the opportunity to write blog entries as part of that role! Jesus is really so great, He shows His grace constantly.


Alright, so starting with the most obvious preparation: “Stuff Wise”. I gotta be honest with y’all, I have not been acting like myself lately. I am known for being super last minute with almost everything and also for being a huge procrastinator. I don’t like planning for things, but for some reason I have been accumulating all my things for my room probably before I even graduated. My mother calls it nesting, but I just see it as weird I am doing this. I have piles of things in different places in the house, my mom’s shower (don’t worry, it doesn’t work so nothing will get messed up) my closet, I probably shoved something under my bed or something. I have even made lists of things I still need to get, and even though I am a list maker, its not common that I ever look at said lists. Someone please assure me and tell me I’m not alone!!!???


Something else a little more than obvious: “Physically Wise”. I got a haircut!!!


I recently cut NINE INCHES to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths in honor of my beautiful aunt battling cancer. (More on that in a separate blog post!) My youth leader’s wife, Lindsey, told me that in a couple months it would be the perfect “college haircut”, so that’s actually kinda perfect! I have also been (mentally) decreasing my wardrobe and deciding what I am bringing along with me to Spartanburg, because I got a lot of clothes y’all. It’s definitely going to take a hot minute to fully prepare for decreasing my closet..we will see.


“Emotionally Wise”-I have lived with my mom in the same house for the past 18 years. I have never shared a with anybody, so I definitely need to prepare myself for sharing pretty much all of my space in college. I have always been super clingy towards my mom and suffered from terrible separation anxiety when I was a child, so it will definitely be a huge challenge for me to transition to my fall semester. It definitely won’t happen overnight, and I am fully aware of that and am more than ready to go through the process.


Last but certainly not least, how am I preparing “spiritually wise”? There is nothing specific that I am doing, besides simply letting go of MY plan and listening/following HIS plan for my future wholeheartedly. I was not planning on Spartanburg Methodist for college, but as soon as I let go of what I wanted, the Lord showed me He had plans for this gal. I just need to keep listening.


Bible verses that have helped me to prepare for the fall:

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Psalm 119:9-11 ESV How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.


COLLEGE. It’s a scary word. However, we are in this together, fellow college freshmen! I wish you all an awesome fall semester and I can’t wait to see what college holds for all of us!



♫ song of the day: like real people do // hozier






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