Hey friends! It’s been a hot minute since I jumped on here to share a post with you!
Today I’m kinda writing tongue-in-cheek because I’m still a first-year college student; but God has taught me so much through this new experience, and I hope at least one of these tips will save your life. 😉
1) Schedule your classes in the morning
I’m not always a fan of getting up early for class, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s great to knock out my classes early in the day so I can work and practice before evening comes. 8 a.m.’s might be a bad idea every day (actually, it’s a terrible idea. I did it last semester. LOL.), but don’t be afraid to schedule them a couple times a week! You’ll be surprised by how much you can do in your free time afterwards!
2) Use the weekends to prepare for a new week
Last semester I felt like I was gasping for air all the time because I never scheduled in time to reset. This semester, I’m using my weekends to get ahead on homework, schedule out things for the week, do laundry, and organize my closet, bags, and books. And I try to make the most of Sundays to worship, spend time with friends, and refocus my heart. This makes a world of difference during the week!
3) Befriend your professors if possible
This is a wonderful thing to do, especially if you’re in a Christian college. Some of my professors have become special mentors and incredible helps to me because having a relationship with them takes away the intimidation of going to them for help.
Sit close to the front in class, answer questions, and talk to them outside of class when possible. Do what you can to encourage them and thank them frequently! They’re people who need to be built up too, and I promise they’ll really appreciate it. 🙂
1) Don’t date first semester
(That is, if you just met the person first semester.)
Honestly, when people told me this, I wasn’t a fan. Hah. I did date someone first semester, and I wouldn’t ever change that because it was a special learning experience that God had for me. But I wouldn’t ever go into a relationship that fast again.
If you like someone you meet first semester, that’s flippin-fantastic! I’m not saying freshmen aren’t capable of having a mature relationship. But take your time. Cherish cultivating a friendship before you talk about dating. I promise it will save you a LOT of pain, drama, and tears.
You’re worth waiting for, friend. And so is the spouse God has picked out for you.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV).
2) Be friendly to everyone, but be selective with your friends
I love meeting new people and connecting with all the students in my major! It’s a blast being able to interact with so many amazing souls every day. But in college, you only have so much time, and you can’t really invest in 20 friendships at once. Find people you click with and who pull you closer to Christ. Friends are a big deal. Be careful who you invest the majority of your time in. ❤
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ ” (1 Cor. 15:33, NIV).
3) Make friends with upperclassmen
God has given me such a special friend group, and 4 of them are juniors or seniors. I don’t know what I’d do without those friends keeping my head on straight! They have so much wisdom to offer and I’m really thankful I can learn from their experiences.
Do what you can to connect with older students who love Jesus and who will encourage you to grow. It’ll spare you some freshman drama. 😉
1) Find a good church as soon as possible
Ask God to show you what to look for in a church, and go find it!
When I got to college, music was a huge thing on my list. I wanted a church family that’s transparent worship, and enjoys a combination of old hymns and modern songs. Also, a pastor who is personable and whose teaching is dependable was non-negotiable. ❤ I visited several churches last semester, and I was really torn between two particular ones. But with a lot of prayer and counsel from my parents, God led me to the church I feel so at home in now. He always provides a place of belonging!
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT).
2) Plan in consistent time with Jesus
This is WAY harder than I thought it would be, but I’m tellin’ you, you’re gonna crash and burn really fast if you don’t set aside time to pray and quiet your soul with Him. Get up extra early before class, block off time in the afternoon, or read your Bible before bed. Do whatever you have to to nourish your heart. Nothing is as precious and energizing as alone time with Jesus.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33, ESV).
That’s all I have!
Again, I’m absolutely no college expert, but I hope the things I’m learning will help you too. Maybe the list will grow the longer I’m here. 😉