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Kendall McCrory’s Life Thus Far

23 Mar

A biography is a large task to accomplish in any format, for anyone. But I will attempt to give you some highlights of my crazy, yet ordinary, life in this one little blog post.

The family at Universal Studios, Orlando

Hi! My name is Mary Kendall McCrory, but I just go by “Kendall”. First of all, my faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely my foundation. He is my hope, strength, joy, love and purpose for being alive. Family is another huge part of my life, responsible for shaping so much of who I am and bringing me continuous joy and blessings. I was born in Pensacola, Florida where I lived for 18 years until moving to Gainesville, Florida for school. At West Florida High School of Advanced Technology I had a wonderful experience studying Sports Medicine and thought I would go to school to become a Physical Therapist.

Live Election Coverage in the CMIR Lab

Finishing up my last semester as a Telecommunication-News major at the University of Florida is a surreal experience. It has been a privilege to be in one of the best journalism programs in the nation. I have learned an incredible amount through all of the hands-on experience; working in the WUFT-TV news station on campus and collaborating to pioneer online and TV coverage for the Florida’s 2010 Elections in the new CMIR lab.

Besides Telecom, my theatre interest was sparked with Theatre Strike Force‘s alluring improvisation, which I enjoyed participating in for a time.

One major aspect of my college career was the time I spent working for UF’s Department of Housing and Residence Education as a Peer Mentor and Resident Assistant in Trusler Hall. This was an invaluable experience working with the housing staff and my floor of 52 residents. These relationships allowed me to share wisdom I’ve learned in my time here and, in turn, learn even more from those around me.

Some Trusler 1 residents see "Cats"

When I’m not focused on school or work, I love to fill my days with friends, great food and outdoor activities…and photographing all of the above. This could be just about anything, but some of my favorites include playing Ultimate Frisbee, tennis or riding bikes on the Hawthorne Trail.

Cooking and baking have become passions of mine and I admittedly spend entirely too much time drooling over recipes and pictures on Joy the Baker and The Pioneer Woman.

My attempt at Joy's Peanut Butter Fudge Treats. Success.

Traveling- whether to another part of the state or world, whether by bus, train, car or plane- fuels a passion deep inside of me. I think that being part of the news industry and having a heart for other nations feeds my desire to see and experience what’s really going on around the globe. Speaking about what’s really going on, I am especially passionate about being a voice for those who are victims of human trafficking and sex slavery. International Justice Mission and Project Rescue are two organizations making great strides and restoration to combat this growing crime. After graduating, I hope to use my skills to serve these victims and those who are seeking to offer them hope.

Look at the birds of the air

26 Feb

Today I took advantage of this incredible Florida weather and rode Blue Bell out on the Hawthorne Trail for a little while.

Many thoughts about post-graduation plans were creeping in, and bringing anxiety with them.

I stopped at a look-out point on the trail and noticed birds circling above…and all around. SO many of them.

The LORD reminded me of Matthew 6:25-27, 33

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?¬†Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?…But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Those birds have to migrate…twice…EVERY YEAR. Yet they never worry if they’ll have food or shelter…He takes care of them. And he does the same with His people, whom he cares so deeply for. He is so faithful.