Over the next few weeks, we have a series of blogs from our leavers. Here we have Charlotte’s reflections. Watching her grow from a shy first year has been a great joy. She reflects on her time in the chapel community, her growth at university and her shared love of the University of Chester senior management team.
I would like primarily, to say thank you. Chaplaincy has been a huge part of my university experience. It might be hard to believe now but before I stared coming to chapel, around halfway through my first year, I was rather shy. I have made so many great friends and memories. I could never have imagined that I would be playing Marco Polo in a dark chapel with a woman that spends her spare time in a beard! Even after I began attending chapel, I took my time in joining in with the community I now know that “making friendships that last a life time” isn’t just a rumour, although apparently some friends get out of bed before 9am!? Not me!
My faith in God has grown as much as I have in the past few years. Like my friends, God has helped me to overcome many challenges. University being a place of learning, I have also discovered much about his teachings and the way that different people worship. They say that there are no silly questions but those who have answered many of mine might just disagree.
While studying a science I have had many interesting lectures, one of my favourites was about photons and the way that light behaves and took place during the carol service at St Thomas’ Church.
One part of #My Chester story, that has combined personal, academic and spiritual growth was when I spoke at chapel. I enjoyed telling everyone all about the importance of looking after God’s planet as a Christian, and how entomophagy (which I can now pronounce with confidence) fits in to this. I learned a lot about worship from selecting the psalms and readings with Peter, and it meant that I had to get on with my literature review. Thank you to all of those that took part in my rather unorthodox dissertation. (Also, Orthodox is a type of denomination!)
Talking to you all helped me to grow in confidence. If a few years ago any one would have told me that a Rev Canon Dr Peter, Dean of Chapel would be telling me that one of the university governors would be telling the vice-chancellor about my dissertation, I would have asked you what all of those words meant. And I’m sure you would have explained patiently.
I hope to go on to find a career that I can get as enthusiastic about as I did my work-based learning placement. I can’t wait to see you all again after this is over, I couldn’t have done it without you all.
I will be back to see you all as often as I can,if not only to fan girl over the senior management team. While our friend Chris is my personal favourite, Adrian better be wearing his wig at graduation!
Charlotte Baker, Third Year Nutrition Student