How to Keep Your Faith in College
Holding on to my beliefs in undergrad was harder than I thought. College is a new adventure to begin with. Learning time management, facing new challenges, making new friends (while keeping old ones) and making good grades are all important and necessary. Yet, it took me a lot of time and a few mistakes to realize those things are not the biggest priority!
When I began college, I had to learn to stand up for what I believe, even when no one else was on my side. I am not ashamed of the gospel, but in an age where being “wild” and “free” is the “cool” thing, keeping your faith in college can quickly become a quicksand of intimidation and fear.
Once, I “objected” to a professor’s argument regarding evolution. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I learned that it wouldn’t be the first or last time that I would have to raise my voice and say, “I respect your beliefs, but they don't represent mine, because there are still Christians who believe in God and it is important to respect that, just as you would anyone else’s religion.” After class, a few students thanked me for representing the Christians in the room, yet none of them supported my arguments during class.
After all, being a Christian is not very popular in some schools.
This is why it is crucial to have a close relationship with God - to continue to pursue those things that have always kept you close to Him, because your peers and lack of free time will test your faith.
As I get ready to start law school this fall, I have started to contemplate ways to manage my life in accordance with keeping God first: setting time apart to write devotionals and finding innovative ways to meet God in the midst of a busy college life.
Journaling & devotionals
Over the years, keeping a journal and/or devotional, has helped me grow spiritually and as a person. It is a great way to keep in touch with my emotions and remain in-tune with God. Whether you use a fancy leather journal, a regular spiral-bound notebook or the notes app on your phone, make it easily accessible so you can write your thoughts down anywhere, at any time (a private blog is also a great way to keep track of your thoughts and prayers!).
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. -Psalms 25: 4-5
When something is weighing on my mind, I like to write it down and release it, at least temporarily, from requiring my immediate attention. This way, I can worry about other things that may also need my attention. God speaks through our situations and feelings, so being able to look at the big picture is invaluable, but it's hard to do when we are stuck in a drawer with our current affairs.