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The Ultimate Hangover Cure

Dylan Wiener's Story

Dylan wanted to be the life of every party at Clemson — and he chased that reputation relentlessly.

His goal was to be the cool guy. He craved the acceptance that came with girls and drugs and parties.

But by the end of the first semester, everyone around him — if not Dylan himself — was bracing for the destructive consequences to hit.

Dylan's family invited him to join them at NewSpring for Christmas that year.

In the service, Dylan realized he didn’t have to live the party life any more, and he asked Jesus into his life. Making the same decision, right beside him, was his father, his role model, a fraternity brother himself in his younger days.

To Dylan, it seemed like a miraculous confirmation that the mythical college life he was trying to live up to was just a dead-end.

"I went to places I never thought I would ever go,” Dylan says. 

But the peace of asking Jesus into his life that Christmas proved only the calm before the storm. Dylan returned to campus with no support or community to lean into for following Jesus. He got sucked back into his typical college life quickly, because it was all he knew.

“I couldn’t handle it,” he says.

The turning point came when a fellow student active at NewSpring reached out to him.

That friend’s investment in Dylan’s life changed everything. Now helping to establish the Clemson campus, Dylan is surrounded by a community who does life together with Jesus every day.

"I was becoming this person I wasn’t supposed to be,” Dylan says.

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