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October 23, 2010

The Road to Manness

The Road to Manness

The road to becoming a man is a tough one.  Actually, that is an understatement; it is near impossible.  Here at Summit, I’ve gotten my head boggled pretty much everyday (the only exceptions would be free days!).   We’ve wrestled with about everything under the sun—abortion, terrorism, pacifism, you name it.  This is the sixth week of the semester, and I am proud to say that I have made it this far!  I surely CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!  As far as blogs go, this is my first.   I have not only learned about these tough subjects, but have also been pursuing the road to becoming a man. 


The road to “Manness” has been one I will not forget.  Who knew that growing up could be so tough?  I am only eighteen, so according to statistics, I will not achieve the “man” status until I’m in my mid-twenties.  I refuse to accept that.  I have always been able to grow up with a childish mindset, but, sorry folks, Summit Semester is changing that.  Throughout these two weeks, I have started writing a short little journal of some tidbits of how men are supposed to be so that when I have a son of my own, I will be able to help him grow even faster than myself.  I have obtained this information by consulting with teachers, mentors, some older guys here, and even some girls have been willing to pitch in from a female prospective.  I thank God for all that He has blessed me with and hope to continue down this incredible journey.


As far as this week is concerned, we’ve done pretty much the routine thing: wake up, eat, class, eat, study/work crew, eat, movie/hot springs/down time (By the way, the Hot Springs are INCREDIBLE!!!! They have some that go up to 113 degrees!  Don’t worry everyone if you are like me and want to cool down there is a 40-some-degree river within range!  It definitely is somewhat of a medicinal thing too.  Alex was having some back problems, and afterwards he said that he actually felt better!  Maybe we need to have more frequent trips!)  I don’t know who all reads this, but I encourage you to come visit us!  We love new people to talk with, eat with, laugh with, and, if you are up for the challenge, to play us in a game of volleyball!  I know this will not be what you parents want to hear, but all of us have gotten really good at volleyball!  And it is NOT because that is all we do.  We spend three hours a day for three days a week reading.  This doesn’t even include the extra late nights we spend reading.


In closing, I would like to thank all of the parents for sending their son/daughter to Summit Semester.  I have enjoyed becoming a part of their lives.  Please continue to pray for us as we finish out the rest of the semester.  God has surely blessed us here in Colorado, and I pray He blesses you just as much.


Blogger's Bio: “I love to tinker with electrical equipment,” Zach says.  He is planning to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering, and get an internship with John Deere after graduation.  Zach enjoys all sports and has played football, basketball, track, soccer, golf, and tennis.  He was a volunteer for AWANA, Dorothy Day House, and the YWCA and was on the student council.  In his spare time, Zach loves to write and play music on the guitar and piano.

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  • October 23, 2010 // 08:35 pm //  # 
    Mom and Dad's avatar Mom and Dad

    Being a real man is not easy….but you are on your way!  So proud of you Zach.

  • October 25, 2010 // 06:28 am //  # 
    Bill Schmidt's avatar Bill Schmidt

    Zach..glad to read you are enjoying Summit.

    You will find reading and imersing yourself in the word will add to true wisdom.  In many verses throughout Psalms wisdom is referred to as that which we are to seek.

    It helps us to train ourselves so that when various tests come, we can reply/respond in a way that would be pleasing to God, as His men!  God bless!

  • October 25, 2010 // 08:40 am //  # 
    Tina Eberle's avatar Tina Eberle

    Prayers for you to stay strong on your journey.
    Thanks for sharing Zach.

  • October 26, 2010 // 10:27 am //  # 
    Mack Everly (Class of  SS '09)'s avatar Mack Everly (Class of SS '09)

    I’m a bit confused. Did you say you get to watch movies during your downtime in this blog????

    Have the rules been relaxed??? We only got movie night on Fridays and on special occasions! Eric…. you must speak to this.

    I wish I could come visit all you lucky semesterites… I miss Snow Wolf so much.

    Stay strong and treasure EVERY SECOND with each other.

  • October 26, 2010 // 03:00 pm //  # 
    Grandma & Grandpa Ramsey's avatar Grandma & Grandpa Ramsey

    We already know what a fine, young man you have become.  So glad you are enjoying your time at Summit Semester.  Wish we were closer so could visit you & take in the beautiful scenery.  Learn all you can & be all you can be.  We are so blessed to have you for a grandson! God Bless You Always.  LOVE YOU!

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