I Went To Baylor's Chapel As A Non-Christian And I Learned It Was More Than Just A Worship Service

I Went To Baylor's Chapel As A Non-Christian And I Learned It Was More Than Just A Worship Service

You won't burst into flames when you walk in, I promise.

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When I chose to go to Baylor I knew exactly what I was getting into. I was a different race and had a different religious affiliation than about 90% of the students that I was about to meet. I came to terms with that a long time ago because I knew despite everything, Baylor was and still is an amazing university anyone would be lucky to attend. However, I was not prepared to attend one of Baylor's thousands of traditions, Chapel.

One thing I must give props to Baylor for is that while Chapel is mandatory, there are other ways to gain credit for it rather than having to just go to Chapel. But I didn't choose that route. I figured I would rather attend the usual chapel and learn just what happens there. I've always been interested in religion as a subject so this would be the perfect opportunity to experience Christian worship.

During Chapel, the main experience is supposed to be the prayers, speakers, bands, and whatever else is on the stage in front of you. I will warn you, there is a lot of singing and repeating of certain verses, but it's not like you're obligated to participate fully. Although they will insist on you standing with the rest (I know it sucks when those comfy auditorium chairs are right there, but a little standing won't kill you). Many things said on stage do address Jesus and how we should praise him, so I tended to just keep my mouth shut. One thing I will admit though is that these Christians beats are very catchy, so while I may not sing along, I will most likely be humming with the beat. However, some of the speakers they bring in, while they do love Jesus and all that jazz, have lived very full lives and are excited to share that with all of us. While the singing isn't the most fun part of my day, you can still appreciate some of the themes they talk about during Chapel.

When you attend Chapel, a lot of the experience is not just what is said on stage, but rather the people around you and the atmosphere created. It is those next to you that will give you the best experiences. Whether you're all laughing together at whatever weird thing the speaker of the day said, or if you all have your head bowed for the last prayer, there's still a sense of unity. I should mention the types of people you might encounter, like the girl that sings louder than the band on stage or maybe the kid that is trying so hard to work on some last minute homework that is just begging to be caught since his screen is at full brightness, but that can be another story. In the many sessions, you will have to endure, you'll meet people from all walks of life, and who knows maybe make a few fun friends (I hope at least).

I'm not saying you'll love Chapel every time you walk in, but I definitely think you should come in every week with an open mind. There will be singing, but don't feel forced to sing along if you don't want to. And hey, if Chapel isn't for you, you can always look into those alternative ways of gaining credit. Even if you're not Christian, there's still parts of this "Baylor experience" you can enjoy.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...

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It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top

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It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives

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There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming

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What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen

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"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 

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Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 

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It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready

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At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 

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Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table

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But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 

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There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 

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It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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