Equan Hotson is from Virginia Beach, VA and has been serving as an active duty Marine for the last six plus years. He is pursing a Bachelors in Business Administration with a Concentration in Human Resources.
Liberty has taught me to be patient and have faith. For the last few years I have been contemplating my calling. Daily, I would find myself asking the question, what am I here for? Even as a Marine, I felt as if God had a higher calling for me. As most 24 year olds, I wanted to rush and figure all of Gods plans out overnight, until I was faced with adversity--ending in me quitting and searching for a new path.
Once I transferred into Liberty, I was welcomed by a staff that takes an interest in the person on the other side of the computer. Every interaction with my professors validated my choice to pursue business at Liberty. Learning became fun, and the puzzle of my future placed it self together. I could let go of the stress of figuring life out and enjoy the experience. I learned patience.
There were assignments that I struggled with more than others, but with a simple email and the occasional prayer, I found my way through. Slowly, the walls began to become speed bumps, and eventually, I found my way towards completing another course, earning a successful grade. This brought me closer to God and more comfortable with where I am in life.
God does not place an obstacle in our way without providing the strength to endure. Pursuing a degree will not be easy. There are going to be late nights, pondering how you can better your grades. Accompanied by numerous hours dedicated towards finding more references for your next discussion board. The memories you have about math from years ago are going to try and break you. When you believe you are beat, understand you are exactly where you need to be. You are undergoing an uncomfortable, temporary event--an event that is going to blossom into permanent results. You can and will succeed.
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
“ For I know the plans I have for you, this is the Lords declaration, plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
I am slowly realizing that in life, it is never too late. God, in fact, does have a plan for each one of us. Liberty University is indeed, making champions of Christ. We just need to be patient and have faith!