Before I came to Michigan I didn't really know what to expect. I had been raised for most of my life in Washington State and had spent some time in Phoenix. I didn't know much about what life would be like out here more towards the eastern side of the United States. I was really stoked to see how I would adjust or how different it would even be. I have served in some pretty diverse places which has given me a really good taste of Michigan as a whole. I would definitely say that I have enjoyed my time thus far.
I started my mission over in the Thumb of Michigan and it was quite an experience. I was pretty comfortable in a suburban environment and it was very different. I spent about a month in Cass City and then moved up to Bad Axe for a while. I met of lot of really nice people and really learned to like the little towns out in the Thumb. It was a great experience for me and I really felt that I learned a lot.
My next assignment took me across the state over to another smaller town called Paw Paw. I had heard some really good things about that area so I was really excited to go there. The people there were all really nice and the fall foliage was awesome. I stayed there for only 3 months but felt like it was a good amount of time for me to be there.
After that I moved over to the Kalamazoo/Portage area. It was definitely a change of pace from the other two areas that I had previously served in. I was there through the winter which luckily was not too harsh. I was in this area for about 4 months and got to meet some really amazing people. I really enjoyed my time there in the Kalamazoo area.
Then I moved up north a bit to the wonderful city of Mt Pleasant. This turned out to be the longest area of my mission comprising about six months or so. This was my first experience on a college campus and it was really cool. Central Michigan University is a pretty good sized place but still has that smaller school feel to it. I enjoyed talking to kids my own age for a change and met a ton of really cool people. I really felt at home there and would definitely love to go back again sometime.
That brings me to where I am today, serving at Michigan State University. I have only been here a couple months but have loved my time so far. The campus here is really awesome along with the fact that it is absolutely massive. I have enjoyed still being able to work with a lot of college aged kids. I guess I will just have to wait and see what the future has in store.