What do you love about Durham?
Some people see this as a bad thing, but I love the fact that Durham is so small. It means you get to know people and places really well which I think is a good thing. I love that I can start my walk to the library by myself knowing that I will probably bump into someone I know to walk the rest of the way with. Or that I can recommend the whole menu of a café to someone because I’ve been to the same place so many times. Also, we’re so lucky to live in a place that is so pretty. I love a good scenic view and Durham has plenty of them!
What’s the most important thing/s in life to you?
My family are pretty great. I’m so fortunate to have three fun, loving sisters and amazingly loving and supportive parents who all mean a great deal to me. Family and friends and the relationships I build with people have always been what I treasure most in life. I wouldn’t have said this a few years ago but since coming to uni, my faith in Jesus as a Christian has given me a relationship that is greater than any other and one that now dramatically shapes the way I want to live my life. Knowing that I am fully loved and saved by a God that sent his son to die for me has become, and will remain, the single most important thing in my life.
What’s your story?
My Dad has been in the Army for most of my life so I grew up at boarding school along with my three sisters from the age of 7 to 18 while we moved around with my Dad’s work. We went to church a little bit as a family on special occasions but my school was where I first encountered who Jesus was.
After 10 years of school chapel talks, Christian Union bible studies, Christian camps and weekends away, I thought I understood the whole message of Christianity but still struggled to get why I actually needed Jesus in my life as everything seemed to be going pretty well without Him.
Yet the fact that Jesus died for me was something I just kept being drawn back to and just couldn’t shake off. It wasn’t until first coming to Uni that I realised how important this was. I realised that God knows me deeper than the surface and truly knows my heart yet still loves me the same. So my story now is that I’ve chosen to accept Jesus as my saviour and make him the centre of my life. This means I can live in a relationship with my Heavenly Father and I try to reflect this in every aspect of my life with the hope that others will discover the same love that I have found.