By now everyone has heard (a version of) my story. Originally from Cincinnati, I went to Coastal Carolina University and competed as a track and field student-athlete in the Honors College. After one year, I transferred to the University of South Carolina and earned my B.S in Athletic Training. Through experiences in fraternity life, campus recreation, and sexual violence prevention, I found my passion in student affairs. This passion led me back to the great state of Ohio where I am a graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University.
Though it has been one hell of a journey, this year marks something special. This academic year marks my seventh year as a student in higher education.
Now, my favorite number is three because it is the number of divine perfection. However, the number seven is also a spiritual perfect number and represents the foundation of God’s word. Seven is also the number of both physical and spiritual completeness and perfection.
Reflecting on the past six years, I am reminded that I am not perfect. Throughout the course of my college career, I have made a lot of mistakes. Poor decision-making and ill-advised relationships almost derailed “the bright future” my mother and grandmother have echoed since I was a little kid. Moments of pain and suffering interrupted pivotal moments of college, and now I realize that these were moments of faith in training. And this year is the test.
This is the year I have been waiting for. During this academic year, the foundation of God’s word will manifest into reality. This is the year I stop mourning and walk into what God set me apart for. This is the year I submit to God so that I am at peace. This is the year I boldly walk in the steps that have already been ordered. Because this is the seventh year.
As a second-year master’s student, I have learned a lot about student development theory, how to read (or skim) hundreds of pages a reading per week, and how to finesse free meals from local Columbus restaurants. Never in a million years did I think I would be a student at Ohio State, until I learned that my plan B was God’s plan A. Since before I breathed life on this earth, God has had an exclusive mission for Timothy Ford Bryson and it was never going to fail.
I am not perfect, but I am gifted. There has been increased pressure as graduation and “the real world” is only a few months away. I embrace these moments as additional opportunities to believe in the promise on my life. God has been too good for me to stay anxious. Over the next 220 days, I will fight from victory because it is already done.
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