Hi there! Welcome to the third and final post in the Thriving at College blog series! I sincerely hope you have found the tips beneficial and can implement them into your life. Most importantly, I hope you can realize that God is with you through this semester–as it says in Tip #7 of this post. God bless and happy reading!
- Recognize that making friends is a process. You don’t have to make fifty friends right away—or ever. I have to keep telling myself this because one of my greatest fears about college is that I won’t make any (or many) friends. When I walk into the cafeteria, I want to be able to pick out at least twenty friends that I can eat with. Right now, I can’t—but that’s okay! God will bring the right friends to me and to you at the right time. It’s better to only have a few friends who are chasing Jesus than to have lots of friends who are chasing worldly things.
- Pray because it does miraculous things. (Actually, God does miraculous things through prayer.) Don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to ask other people to pray for you as you transition and as the semester gets harder. We can have peace when others are praying for us because we know Who they are praying to. Pray for yourself, and ask others to pray for you, too. And keep other college students in mind as you pray!
- Find a church where God’s Word is preached as the truth and where the people are seeking to love. It’s easy to let your former church-going habits fall by the wayside, but don’t let them. Even if your friends are sleeping in on Sunday mornings, choose to be different and obedient. The perfect church doesn’t exist, but God-honoring churches do. As best you can, find a church that teaches God’s Word and is focused on following Him.
- Eat a variety of foods. I used to consider myself a picky eater (and sometimes I still am), but I’ve learned to eat foods that I used to despise. I’ve tried (and enjoyed) foods I thought I’d never like, such as fish sandwiches, pulled pork, and even cauliflower. Try new foods because you might actually like them! Challenge yourself to try one new food item per day. You never know what new favorites you’ll find.
- Try not to procrastinate. Unfortunately, procrastination won’t lessen your load or make it disappear. Eating a pack of red velvet Oreos, bingeing on Netflix, or taking a late-night run won’t let you escape from your problems for long. The longer you put off your homework, the more daunting it will seem. Don’t let your work daunt you. Instead, dive into it with determination and endurance. The sooner you get it done, the sooner you can take a break. And I am all about taking breaks. 😉
- Talk to upper classmen. Most of them are not as intimidating as they seem. Get to know them, and ask them questions about things you’re interested in. For example, I’ve talked to some upperclassmen about taking and teaching music lessons. They seemed to enjoy sharing the information, and I was curious about it. It’s a win-win situation for you and the older student.
- Never ever ever forget that God is with you in everything. In every quiz, test, and homework assignment…in every meal, conversation, class, and club…in every situation. He is there. He is part of your journey—whether you’re a middle-school student, a college freshman, or a senior citizen. He walks with you on the journey, so you can’t get lost if you stay close to Him.
For You are my rock and my fortress; for Your name’s sake You will lead me and guide me (Psalm 31:3).
Blessings for your semester and for your walk with Christ!