Today I heard some news that truly saddened me. The college I attended will be closing at the end of this accademic year.
For me the journey began back in 1986... my oldest sister Shawna started attending a small Christian college in Portland, Oregon. Our family would go visit her from time to time and I would get to stay in her dorm room occasionally. I played pool in the "lower JC" and ran around the campus as a young child loving the attention of all the really cool college students. I knew that someday I would attend this same school. The doors closing of Columbia Christian College was devastating to me, but as it re-opened a year later as Cascade College I was not truly affected by the transition. My turn came in 1997 when I finally stepped foot on the campus as a full fledged college student. This was MY school now!
I will not be able to recount for you the knowledge, the memories, the friends and the spiritual growth attained in my four years there. If I were to try, the list would be longer than a list of promises from a politician!
Cascade has given me so much. Sure, I paid for a degree from this school, but what I got was so much more than a piece of paper. I found the love of my life through this school. I found my best friend at this school. I learned about Christ's love as a relationship not just a religion. I became a lot less judgemental, and I believe, a lot more caring and more of what Christ would have me to be.
So I have to say Thank You; to all who were a part of my journey there. To those that played small roles and those who had big ones. I would not be where and who I am today if it were not for you! May God bless all who have ever graced the campus!