Posts by Zach Bruick

Your Not So Typical Self-Help Manual: Stress Edition

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog

It can now be said that I am officially a sophomore at Valparaiso University! I am two weeks into the fall semester now and the time is flying by. This last week seems like it just began and now it’s already over. I have a sense that this is what the rest of the year will be like. To any new college freshmen reading this, be prepared: Thanksgiving will come quicker than it ever has before and finals will be right around the corner in a heartbeat. In addition to my academic life, I have taken on several leadership positions this year including serving as a peer minister in a freshmen residence hall, the chaplain for the Social Action Leadership Team, an Ambassador in Admissions, and various other positions in different organizations. It is an extremely busy semester for me, and I have begun to realize that I may have bitten off more than I can handle. Stress abounds in my daily life and sometimes I struggle to get a grasp on it. How does one manage stress? They don’t really teach kids how to handle it in high school. It’s just assumed that you know what to do when life gets busy and deadlines come at you from...

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Finding Home, Alaskan Style

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Blog

The last time I wrote a blog I was sitting in my dorm room six hundred miles east of here preparing for finals and the end of my first year of college. It was great to return home after the school year wrapped up and be welcomed back into the St. John and Seward communities. I recently had a second homecoming in Seward after spending two weeks in Alaska, which were amazing. This was my fifth year as a member of the Alaska Mission Team to Akiachak, Alaska. It was a true blessing to return there again with my family and a great group of friends and team members to share the love of Christ, while also being witnessed to by members of the village. During our last night in the village I found myself struggling to say goodbye to the kids, teens, and adults that I have gotten to know well during my five weeks spent there over the past years, as I know that my return to the village is unlikely in the next couple of years due to the reality of pursuing a career in science. I realized during the week that I spent in the village this year that Akiachak is one of my homes....

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Boxes

Posted on May 13, 2014 in Blog

It’s May and that means moving time for many people, including myself. I am currently working on packing up here at Valpo, and by the time this is posted I will be back in Seward! I look forward to seeing all of my Nebraska friends and family very soon! While packing here in my cramped dorm room, I am reminded about how tiny our lives are. My eight months here in Valpo is currently being condensed down into one carload of clothes, books, shoes, and anything else a college student could need. My entire life fits into just a few small boxes. That’s a shocking thought to me as I sit here on my now-bare mattress. A few boxes contain my life – and what is actually in them? Not very much to be honest. Sure, there are lots of things in them. Coats, blankets, utensils, paper, and miscellaneous objects fill them to the brim. Is that my life though? Am I as insignificant as these few boxes crammed full of common objects that everyone has? No, absolutely not! Both you and me are unique individuals and who we are can never be contained in boxes. Boxes can only contain material objects; they cannot hold memories, dreams, wishes, disappointments,...

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Springtime: A Reflection on the New Season

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 in Blog

“What is your favorite season?” This question seems to be one of the most popular get-to-know you questions of all time. So what’s your answer? Do you enjoy the freedom that summer brings with vacations and warm weather? How about autumn, which contains harvest, the turning of leaves, and most importantly, Husker football? Do you fancy winter and its holiday season? Or are you a spring person who enjoys the beginning of green growth (we pray) and the release from winter’s cold grip? Personally, I enjoy every one of the seasons. As a meteorologist, there is something to love about each season’s weather, and the challenges and blessings that each season’s weather brings with it. The pictures included with this post are some of my favorite memories from past springs. I am especially thankful for this spring, as winter seemed to last for half of a year. In case you didn’t know, Chicago had its third-worst winter ever, with almost 80 inches of snow and many days below zero. The warmer weather is a new feeling for Valpo students and we are very grateful to see the sun again. With the start of spring, I believe that three major emotions can emerge. These are anticipation, worry and excitement. In...

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Look Around You

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 in Blog

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4  It is great to be writing from my home in Seward this afternoon! It is spring break (or winter break part II in Indiana) and I am home for the week. It is great to be back in Nebraska for a little rest and relaxation before the second half of the semester begins. Valpo’s spring break lasts for two weeks and this is the second week of break now. If you’re wondering where I was for the first week of break, here’s the story: I participated in Valpo’s Alternative Spring Break, a collection of seven trips across the US aimed at immersing students and faculty into service and leadership opportunities. I had the wonderful blessing to serve as a student leader for the service trip to Detroit, Michigan. This trip was a faith-based servant leadership trip based around the study of urban ministry in Detroit. Your first reaction to Detroit, like mine, may be a negative one, as the city has faced many challenges related to the fall of the economy and auto industry. The...

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