Finding Your Faith Again In College

I'm Trying To Find My Faith Again, But Lord Knows It's Hard

I don't know what to do.

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Since the beginning of this school year, I have been doing a lot of things with myself. I am learning how to love who I am (refer to two articles back when I talked about BTS' latest album and loving myself), I have an amazing group of friends that support me as I do with them, and I am in a variety of activities and groups on campus that have changed my life for the better.

But there is one thing on my mind that has been a bit of a struggle.

I want to find my faith again.

I am a Catholic, I have been baptized and confirmed, and I know the idea of what God is and his plan. But I have not been the most religious person (I don't go to church every Sunday. The last time I went to church was back in May but it was for my cousin's first communion). As the year goes on, I feel like I want to go back to finding God. I know that he has a plan for me and that there is more than he has for me, but I feel like I can't find it right now.

With all of the stuff with school, I want to be able to find time to find this. But I don't know what to do or where to even start. So for now, I will just keep looking around.

I hope to find it soon.

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

Somehow a 15' x 12' room became a home.

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

A girl who is sad to go

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A Thank-You To The Christians Who Changed My Life

One event. One church. One inspiring woman changed it all for me.

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This past week I had the pleasure to hear Sadie Robertson, a devoted Christian, speak for the second time. It was a beautiful and inspiring time. Worshiping God with her and listening to her message sparked a new light in me.

While being away at college I have definitely run into many challenges. From physical to mental. Challenges with my faith, self-esteem, education, you name it. Some of the challenges I have faced have without a doubt set my personal goals back, have limited me and made me feel a certain way about myself.

Coming into a new city, being away from home has led to many struggles. From dealing with depression to deciding to stop performing and doing color guard, I have felt lost for a long time. Having lost a lot of people in my life. Having shut off myself from the outside world and stay to myself. Making friends while at college has not been the easiest task either, so being alone has become my norm.

However, re-finding my faith this past summer opened up doors I never knew existed. Opened up my world to so many new possibilities. New friendships. New Beginnings.

I was blessed to be able to attend Sadie Robertson's Live Original Tour in the fall and now hear her speak to a room full of us college kids about our worth and the love God has for us. I was super excited to attend this event knowing how meaningful and powerful the message last time was from her.

This event was held at a local church, one I'd never heard or been to before, but it would soon become my home away from home. The pastors there are a married couple that welcomed my friend and me with opened arms. Bringing us into their family. Showing me that God has a purpose for me. That I am not alone in this world. That there are people out there who care about me and love me.

Sadie and this church brought a new light into my life. They have brought me closer to God. Showing me what it means to be a Christian. Showing me that God loves me and that I am worth something.

I am truly blessed for them and to know that my journey with Christ is only now beginning and it will never be over. That there are new doors to go through and much to learn and experience.

I thank God for putting me down this path and putting it on my heart to attend these events and be shown the way to my faith.

I thank Sadie and the Daystar Family Church for putting on the free events for us college students to hear the word of Christ.

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