This week’s senior spotlight is on Lexie Cross. Regent University wasn’t originally on her radar for college, but thanks to the prompting of God, she enrolled a month prior to her first semester. Three years later, she is graduating with a degree in business and a concentration in management. If graduating early isn’t impressive enough, Lexie has been active in Moot Court all three years, been a Resident Assistant (RA) for two years, drives for the school shuttle service, and plans to spend her summer in Central America immersing herself in culture and learning about venture capitalism projects. Yet, Lexie is incredibly down-to-earth. It is impossible to have a conversation with her without leaving a bit more joyful and a bit more aware of the goodness of God.
Though she heads back to Chicago in the fall to enter the real-world workforce, she is taking her time at Regent in everything she does. She is grateful for the supportive community she has found here. She’s had positive experiences with the Res.Life fam, her Life Group leaders, her professors, and her friends. Her best friendship advice is to stay open and give everyone a second chance. Why? Some of her closest relationships had awkward first interactions. By reaching out, she made some of the best college friendships she could have asked for.
As an RA, she’s had the opportunity to get to know, to share, and to invest in the lives of her residents. Last year, she organized a “clue live” event with her brother hall. They decorated rooms and dressed like characters from the board game, and a good time was had by all. When I asked her what her favorite memory was from being an RA, she was torn between two answers. One is from a group of girls she called “the McQuad Squad” who would leave her a jar of cookie dough with a sweet note attached to it any time they noticed she was having a bad day, simply because they knew she loved cookie dough. And once, after making a bulletin board expressing thanks to each of her residents, she came home to find her door plastered with sticky notes of why they all were grateful for her.
When Lexie was in high school she was involved with Mock Trial, had a blast, and decided to continue the fun by joining Moot Court at Regent. The intelligent debates of Moot Court taught her to craft arguments and think from different perspectives. It provided an environment where intense topics could be discussed, and tough conversations could be had through respectful dialogue. Even though she doesn’t plan on becoming a lawyer, she found her time with Moot Court to be an invaluable tool that will aide her as a business woman post-graduation. Lexie says that Moot Court is “applicable to everyone because it teaches you to think critically, think on your feet, and how to stay calm and professional when under intense pressure.”
Lexie says that “my time at Regent has taught me to walk confidently knowing that my identity is rooted in Christ. My value comes from the Lord, and He’s good. I’ve grown in who I am and walking confidently in the woman that God has called me to be. I know that nothing anyone else says or does or thinks can change that. I’ve come to a whole new understanding of how much God’s grace is there for us – learning how to extend His grace and how to receive it. When I’ve got nothing left, and I’m running on empty, He has proven again and again that He will show up. He will give me the strength I need, the words I need. I’ve come to understand how involved He is in all of our lives, and how much we can lean on Him.”
Even when the pressure does mount, as it sometimes does in college, Lexie reminds us to “trust the Lord and know that it’s ok not to have your life plan all figured out. Rely on God, remember that He is good. He will show you His will and what He has for you in His timing.”
Tasha Kobito is a staff writer for the Daily Runner.