I think Boyz II Men said it best when they this…
How do I say goodbye to what we had?
The good times that made us laugh
Outweigh the bad
I thought we’d get to see forever
But forever’s gone away
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday…
And I’ll take with me the memories
To be my sunshine after the rain
It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday
Am I right?
When it’s time for seniors to graduate it is always hard. We have spent 4 years with these amazing people. We greeted you as walked through the wesley house door as a sweet newbie to an adult world and now we watch as you walk out the door to take on this life! We pray that we have helped equip you for what is next and we hope that you come back to say hey, cause we really miss you when you leave! Usually we get the chance to have a “last” with you…but this year leaves us wanting. You need to know that you have changed and impacted this ministry. You have loved those around you endlessley, you have discipled each other and the classes below you, you have pushed us to take you deeper spiritually and you have grown in your faith tremendously! You have offered insight and ideas, you have set the pace for culture change, and you, Class of 2020 have seen Wesley House through the most insane changes and growth. You are beautiful, we love you dearly, and we want to honor you and continue to learn from you!
Over the next month or two we will be hearing from some of our Seniors as they get to let you know more about them and what they may have to offer you. We are starting with Brittany Peterson. She is a ray of Joy and she graduated early, but is doing the 3 + 1 education program so we are glad we have gotten to see her around this year. It is appropriate that you hear from her first!
Here’s to you, Class of 2020!
My name is Brittany Peterson. I majored in History and Education with minors in Religious Studies and European Studies. I am “from” Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Within the first few weeks of freshmen year, Kayleigh (Dilworth) and I started going to The Chapel at HP every Sunday (RIP). I started coming to Wesley when Kayleigh invited me to Thursday lunches at the House. I still miss all those crock pots of soup and sitting at the fold out tables in the old upstairs (but I do enjoy the AC/Heat). After coming to lunch for a couple months I went to the last Well of the year and loved it! At the start of sophomore year, I started going to Bible Study, and whatever other events I could attend. I enjoyed how deep we could get into the scripture, every single week. I went to my first retreat that year too, which is when I got a lot closer with the people in my class. I also ran the social media junior year, which was a ton of fun, and a cool way to use a nontraditional “gift” for the church.
From participating in Wesley, I can say that my faith has gotten a lot deeper. We learned how to spend time with the Bible in ways that I hadn’t ever done before. I remember as a 13 year old in Confirmation, I did not enjoy journaling with the Bible, but now that is the only way I know how to spend time with the Word. These are skills that can and should last a lifetime, but I would have struggled with if I had not been a part of Wesley.
Hopefully in the next couple weeks, I will be getting a job to teach Social Studies to high schoolers in the DFW area (I will need all the prayers I can on that front).
My “how to Wesley” would be this: be unabashedly you. This is definitely a cheesy bit of advice, but something I struggled with for way too long. I tried to conform to SMU’s norms, and was usually left pretty disappointed when I didn’t think I could measure up. After I confronted my faith and actually leaned on it (with the help of the community at Wesley), I started to figure out that these “norms” really don’t matter. I started to have a lot more fun and enjoy all that SMU has to offer. My experiences over the last four years have been a rollercoaster that have made me a better and more mature person and I would not change a thing. Let Wesley be your haven.
WE LOVE YOU BRITTANY! So proud of you!