#BaylorLights Profile: Nicole Young

February 27, 2018
Nicole Young
“My sophomore year I really struggled with depression and anxiety; I had lost friends that I thought were going to be best friends forever, and then my grades started slipping. It was like this downhill pattern of just not feeling like I was enough and not feeling like I’d ever reach this huge dream that I’d come all the way to college for...

“One of my bosses [at Baylor] really stuck out to me as a woman of God who was just solid in her faith. So, one day I was just bawling in her office for about the 10th time. I asked her, ‘Holly, can you be my mentor for the rest of the time I’m here?’, and she automatically said, ‘Yes, I would love to.’ It was just so encouraging that someone would step up to the plate for me and with me and walk through the rest of that hard, hard year with me, would not shame me in any way, and would be super patient even when I myself wanted to stay 10 steps back. So, she’s been amazing, and such an igniter for how I love God, and how I’ve continued to grow into this senior year and this last stage of my life.

“That was a rough year, but then after asking Holly to walk with me in that transition, I just realized in that moment, in my deepest moment, who God really was. She showed me a devotional by Oswald Chambers. In one of his devotionals he’s talking about the Mountain of Transfiguration when he takes Peter, James and John and basically tells them they weren’t meant for a life on the mountaintop, but in the valley. Then everything just made sense. It made sense that it’s ok to struggle with depression and anxiety; that’s where we find each other most, it’s where we find God the most. So after that, my relationship with the Lord just clicked and fell deeper and deeper into love.”

Nicole Young
-- Senior biology major
-- Collins Hall community leader
-- San Antonio, TX
-- One of thousands of #BaylorLights
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