I thought I’d kick this new year off with a few thoughts from 2018. 🙂
On August 25, 2018, I moved 500 miles from home to embark on my first semester of college. It was better than I ever imagined and I absolutely fell in love with college life (even though it’s a killer sometimes).
I always planned to attend college, but during senior year of high school, I doubted myself. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t going just because that’s what everyone else does. I didn’t want to waste my time or money. But, after a lot of prayer and talks with my parents and mentor, I decided to go for it.
If you’re in the same boat and can’t decide if college is worth it, I totally get it! And I know college isn’t for everyone. But, I want to share with you 5 reasons I decided to take the leap, and I hope it helps you as you think about your next step. 🙂
I chose to go to college because I wanted to…
1) Keep learning
Obviously, life itself is exploding with learning opportunities. But I wanted to stay in the classroom a little longer. To learn from well-studied professors who know what they’re talking about and want to invest in my thinking.
I am so thankful for the variety of classes to choose from, for professors who answer my many questions thoroughly, and especially for the way they have all deepened my understanding of the Bible through every subject.
2) Sharpen my skills for my career
I’ve played the piano for 13 years, but I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface! There’s always more to learn and I want to become the best pianist–and teacher–that I possibly can. If God opens the doors, I would love to open a music school for underprivileged children, as well as maintain a private studio.
But I have a long way to go before I can be an effective teacher and entrepreneur. That’s why I’m pursuing a degree in Piano Pedagogy!
Friend, if God has given you a skill, do whatever you can to utilize it. ❤
3) Be equipped for ministry
Since I go to a Christian university, I get to take plenty of Bible classes and learn from encouraging believers. My professors have such helpful insights and experiences to share, and that’s a priceless gift to me.
Not only do I want to make the most of my degree to serve Jesus better, but I want to know as much as I can about His Word so I can share it with others!
College helps me prepare for ministry in other ways, too. There are endless opportunities to volunteer, get involved in church, and reach out to other students.
4) Make new, solid friends
College is a great place to meet like-minded people and build long-lasting relationships! I’ve met so many friends who share the same passions for music and ministry as I do, and that’s such a special gift. And it’s so much fun connecting with others from different majors, backgrounds, and pursuits too!
5) Be more independent
For me, college was small step of independence. I’m not constantly at home anymore. I had to find my own church, get a job, create my own schedules, buy my own groceries, and rely on God to help me make wise decisions.
I’m new to adulthood and I still have so much to figure out. But it’s been fun and challenging (and very humbling) to navigate this little adventure. 🙂
So, there ya go!
I hope this post gave you some food for thought! Let me know YOUR ideas about college!