Why Regent University?

Regent University offered a unique perspective in undergraduate studies. Christ-centered leadership and biblically centered classes develop students professionally and personally. The campus is beautiful, and I soon found that my professors and my fellow students exuded enthusiasm and dedication to the Lord and their educational pursuits. Classmates prayed with me and for me; studying became a group effort towards excellence and not just another homework assignment.

Why Online Learning?

I was 21 when I started the online learning program at Regent University. I had the opportunity to dual-enroll in a local college while in high school, so my associates degree was partially complete when I graduated in 2002. I hit the ground running by working full time after graduating from high school, attending night classes to finish my associates degree. I guess I got used to the schedule, and when it came time to find a university to transfer to, I knew I'd want a flexible format that would allow me to continue in my professional endeavors.

Why A Business Degree?

My degree is in Organizational Leadership and Management. I chose this concentration because of the unique mix of business strategy and leadership development. In choosing a degree program I wanted one that would emphasize the "people" part of organizations and their strategic development. Some degree programs focus primarily on the financial and strategic side of business development, but Regent stressed the importance of the organization's people and the effectiveness of biblical leadership.

Business Degree


So, again, I started to think to myself that I should think about [starting to think about] where life is going in the relationship area. I'd venture to say that I'm happily single, but that is because I am a firm believer in becoming happy wherever I'm planted.

I do believe, however, that if there is a certain longing in your heart, and as long as such longings are not leading you down the wrong path, there is no harm in pursuing those paths that might lead you to those dreams.

Wow- that was vague, wasn't it?

I guess as a woman I won't ever lose the dream of having a family, as much as I have tried to make that dream go away. I'm certainly not in any hurry, mind you. There is so much out there to do, and places to visit, and people to meet. I guess I just never thought it was going to be such an "either/or" type of thing, where one would have to choose one over the other. Where are those days when two people decided to go out and live life together, to greet each morning with the possibilities that it brings, and pack up and move wherever God sends you... together? At what point did it become such an anxiety-ridden quest to find the right person? I had no idea that my little girl dreams would be so very, very difficult to realize. For whatever reason, I've been viewed as some sort of a hold-back kind of girl. And not just once or twice, mind you. Which is odd, because I cannot wait to see what life has to offer, what sort of places God is going to send me, and what sort of adventures I'll get to tag along on. I am frustrated at how many times I've heard that I don't fit into whatever sort of box is out there that a girl's supposed to fit into: The Plan Box.
I read this article that was supposed to explain the reason why some men are single for so long and some are not. Basically, their wives were not "The One," but merely "The One When I Was Ready." Some interviewees were brave enough to admit that they dated someone for years, only to break up with her because of a college pursuit, job offer, or some other life-changing decision. Oddly, these same men found themselves engaged to someone else just months after their breakup. They admitted that they loved their exes, but she just didn't fit into their life at that moment.

I love conversations with sweet old people.
"Are you seeing anyone right now?"
"Oh, oh no... I'm taking a break for awhile."
"Well, dear, that's alright... Mr. Right is out there somewhere!"
(Pats hand sweetly)

Now, I have a pretty vivid imagination. At this point Chelsea's brain conjures up images of a tall, attractive man wandering around out there somewhere, afraid and yet refusing to ask for directions to his future bride. So around and around he wanders aimlessly, perhaps in a very fast and shiny car, while I am pretty much working hard and happily in my little corner of life but figuring it would be good to start building a life with someone, too. So if I am understanding this right, I'd have to be at the right gas station, at the right time, wearing the right dress and Chanel perfume and lipstick, just when Mr. Right decides he is ready to settle down and park his convertible for awhile...?

Show me something different. Show me something deeper, beautiful, and more timeless than what I'm feeling and watching and reading about and seeing my friends go through. Show me... because right now I can't see past all the shiny, fast cars.