As the oldest child of four, Lydia has often found herself in the position of “guinea-pig” for trying new things, and school was no exception. In 2013, Lydia’s parents explained that she would be taking a class with an unfamiliar online school, and Lydia remembers protesting the change. Six years, eleven teachers, and twenty classes later, Lydia finds it incredible what an enormous impact TPS has had in her life. These years have been filled with ridiculously late nights, days fueled by gummy bears and coffee, tears, laughter, unexpected friendships, patient teachers, and academic and spiritual growth. Today, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like, “Mom, guess what Mr. Crosby told us in class this morning…” floating around the Gilanshah house. Some of Lydia’s favorite TPS memories include studying and Skyping with classmates, laughing during class while getting weird looks from her family, and meeting some of the friends who have meant so much to her.
Lydia is incredibly grateful for each of her teachers, who have instilled in her a love and appreciation for learning, and taught from a Christ-centered worldview. She would like to thank Mrs. Crosby for her patience and advice throughout four years of math, Mr. Crosby for making her laugh despite how rough the week had been, Mrs. Troxell for her amazing stories and Biblical insights, and Señora Kelly for helping her blunder through countless verb conjugations and putting up with their crazy Honduras team. When Lydia is not diligently working through her school assignments without procrastinating ONE BIT ( 😉 ) you could find her playing soccer, reading, baking cookies, practicing piano, or stomping around the woods with her camera. Lydia will be attending a Northern Virginia Community College for one year before transferring to a four-year school in her sophomore year to study Exercise Science. She’s looking forward to finishing her senior year by catching up on sleep, attending TPS Summer Camp, and serving with the TPS Honduras team this summer. Although excited for what the future holds, TPS will always have a special place in Lydia’s life.
Number of Years Taking TPS Classes: 6
Favorite Bible Verse:
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Advice to the Younglings of TPS:
Work hard, rest with intentionality, and make time for the people around you. Take the time to cultivate real, deep friendships. Try to make the most of each learning opportunity, you’ll never regret doing your best. Always have a stash of gummy bears for emergencies, and never ever do class in bed because if you’re like me, there’s a 95% chance you will fall asleep.