What College Taught Me

Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well! Can you believe it is December? Time feels so different this year. On one hand it feels like time went by so slow, but on the other hand, it feels like I blinked and it’s almost Christmas.

I wanted to do a post on college. I graduated in December of 2019, and the Lord definitely taught me a lot of things during that time of my life. I wanted to talk about three here. If you are about to go to college or maybe you’re in college right now, I hope these things can encourage you.

1. Don’t Have Expectations.

Going into college, I feel like I had these expectations of how these four years of my life would go. I thought I would be engaged by the time I graduated and would be married soon after. I was so focused on that for so long that I think I missed what God was trying to teach me in my life. Instead of having expectations of how things will go in college, trust God. Know that His plans are perfect and for your good. Surrender to Him and let Him direct your steps. In the hard times and good times, He is constant.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.

2. Get Involved and Stay Involved.

I can’t emphasize how important it is to surround yourself with friends who uplift you, encourage you, and point you to Christ. Find a campus ministry if your college has one and get involved in a local church. I was involved in one my freshman year, but sophomore and junior year I wasn’t. Senior year I got involved again and I am so thankful I did, but I wish I had stayed plugged in every year of college. It’s so important to do so.

“If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” Ecclesiastes 4:10.

3. Do Your Best, But Don’t Stress.

Doing well in school is important, but it isn’t your identity. I definitely placed my identity in grades at points and would often stress out if I wasn’t doing well. Work hard at all of your schoolwork, but know that your grades do not define you. Christ does. If you studied hard for a test and still failed, know that it’s going to be okay. You will get through it. Don’t stress yourself out over worrying about grades. Do your best and then trust the Lord with the results.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24.

I hope these tips encourage you no matter where you are in your college journey. Never forget how much God loves you! Thanks so much for reading!

-Hannah

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