To The Christian At A Big College Campus

To The Christian At A Big College Campus

Pursing God on a big campus is not as hard as one might think.

Dear College Christian,

So by now, you are probably moved into your dorm, and maybe you have even started your first week of classes. You may have met a lot of people or maybe you have met one or two people. When I first started school at UGA, I was worried about finding other Christians. The first week I was at school, I had a hard time finding people with the same values as me. However, I went to a few school events, and I found a lot of Christians like me. If you are a Christian, and you are worried about staying close to God at a big campus, do not worry. Most colleges have a lot of campus ministries at them. At the University of Georgia, it is actually overwhelming how many campus ministries there are. My suggestion would be to try some of them out, until you pick the perfect fit for you. For example I like the Wesley Foundation at my school, but I also like a group called BMC.

Maybe you are worried about staying close to God, and keeping track of your busy schedule. College is all about time management. You have to factor in time to eat, study, hang out with friends, do laundry, work at a job, etc. College is a busy time in your life, but it is also a perfect time to grow closer to God. If you grew up in a Christian home, you may had been told by your parents that you need to go to church every Sunday. However, at college, you have to decide for yourself whether or not you want to pursue God. It is your choice to make, no one else is forcing you to do anything. No matter what is happening, God is there waiting for you. God wants a relationship with you, you just got to make the effort. Think of God like a best friend. You don't ignore your best friend's texts, do you? In the same way, you have to take the time to spend time with God by reading the Bible or praying. I know it is hard to fit in time (trust me, I know!), but it is totally worth it. God is the only being that will always be with you for the rest of your life. He will always be by your side, no matter what happens.

College is also the perfect time to share God's love and hope. Not everyone on campus will believe in the same thing as you, but college is a great to share to people why you are a Christian. Do not be afraid to share your faith with people because you never know who will it impact. Maybe your story will be the next stepping stone to bring someone even closer to having a relationship with God.

So the main thing I want you all to get from my tangent is this - college may be scary, but you do not have to do it alone because God is always with you! No matter what happens, God will always be right beside you. Just talk to Him like him like He is your best friend, and get involved in your college's campus ministries, so you can find other people who have the same values as you.

Alright, I am ending my little tangent now! Hope you all have a great semester at college!

Peace out!

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.


In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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