How small class sizes and a great professor helped me have the best weekend ever.
How on earth could Point Loma’s class size and professors have an effect on how FANTASTIC my weekend was? You’ll see.
Last year as a freshman I was require to take a writing class as a general and as freshman composition. My friend had recommended that I take the class from Dean Nelson, who is also the head of the journalism department. He is also from Minnesota, so that may have helped my decision to take his class (If you’re a prospective student, definitely take him fro writing. Best teacher I ever had). Anyways, through the semester I got to know him better and he helped my writing so much and actually helped me appreciate writing and not dread an essay or paper due for class.
I got back from study abroad this spring and saw him on campus and caught up for a few minutes, and told him I was attending the Storyline Conference that was coming to campus with fantastic speakers such as Donald Miller and Bob Goff. Dean helps out with the conference and is good friends with them too! The conference was this weekend and it was SO good! 1700 people from all over the US came and it was definitely worth the ticket. Also part of the conference was a concert with two of my favorite musicians, Ben Rector and Steve Moakler Friday night.
Friday after chapel I was hanging around because the first session of the conference was about to start and I wanted to get good seats but I realized I forgot my name tag, which I thought I needed to get in. Everyone had pretty much cleared the room but I saw Dean up front so I went up to see if he could help me get a new tag before the session started. As we were leaving, Bob Goff came out on the stage and Dean waved to him as we left. Bob is probably my favorite person ever. We were just walking out and I said to Dean “I can’t believe that was Bob Goff, I’ve never met him before!” and he responded “Well lets go talk to him then!” I was stoked. We turned around and Dean introduced me to Bob, and I was greeted with a big hug and smile and got to talk with Bob for a bit! Truly, I’ve never talked with someone who just gives off so much love like Jesus tells us too. Bob is amazing, and talking for just 5 minutes inspired me to love like that. That was huge for me, and I was so thankful for Dean Nelson!
Later, I knew Ben Rector was probably at Brown Chapel because his show was later and he needed to set up so I stuck around after the session to see if I could see him. Ben is my FAVORITE. I mostly bought the conference ticket to see him in concert. If you see me listening to music, it’s probably his. Anyways, I saw him on stage and then go backstage and realized I needed to get back there somehow to meet him. There were a few girls in the front clearly with the same goal. I went around the corner where you can get to the back of the stage, and as luck would have it, I heard Dean’s voice! Sheepishly, I went up to him asking if Ben was back there and if I could meet him. “Of course! Let’s go find him. ” THANK YOU DEAN. I got to talk with Ben for a little bit too and he was so fantastic. I don’t think Dean realized what that meant to me, but I was so giddy I was shaking.
The concert was amazing, they put on such a great show. We met one of the Storyline workers who was also friends with Steve Moakler so after the conference we got to meet him and he was kind enough to hang out and chat for a bit. Such a great musician and such a great guy. Ben came out a little after too and I got another picture with him! It was quite a day meeting 3 of my favorite people.
So yes, I had a great weekend. Honestly I can thank Dean for introducing me to what Storyline is, and for helping me meet some of the most inspirational people. Point Loma is full of professors with amazing connections and they really do care about you! Even the small class size is so helpful because then they can get to know all the students in their class. And because of our location, the most amazing speakers and musicians chose to be here this weekend. Here are some pictures of that day! I still can’t believe it!