College will be starting back in just a few weeks, and many freshman will be hitting the halls for the first time. For those of you who will be experiencing your first tastes of Christian college, here are a few things you should know.
Ten Things You Should Know Before Attending a Christian College
1. Not all Christian colleges are alike.
My friend goes to Christian college X. He has no curfew, and he only goes to chapel four times a semester. I go to college Y. My weekend curfew is 1 am, and I go to chapel four times a week. He uses a communal bathroom in a filthy dorm; I share a bathroom with one other girl in our clean suite. Here’s what I am trying to say: don’t assume that everything your friend at college X has told you is true about college Y as well.
2. Dorm life at a Christian college is not a year-long summer camp.
If you’ve attended a Christian summer camp, you likely stayed up late at night laughing, eating pizza, and mourning the fact that you had to leave your new friends at the end of the week. Before my freshman year, I had the unrealistic expectation that my roommate and I would stay up late every night pondering God’s love and confessing our past sins. In reality, we usually went to bed around 11 o’clock (we aren’t really night people). The times that we did stay up late, we made ridiculous plans for our distant futures that involved opening cookie factories and taking adventurous trips together.
3. You may not find your mate here.
Sorry, but it’s the truth. Not EVERY match is made at Bible College. (Some matches are made in phosphorous factories. Either way, it all starts with a little chemistry). Also, not every guy is a “preacher boy” that walks around quoting Song of Solomon.
4. Jesus did not build the ark.
While it is not necessary, a basic knowledge of the Bible is definitely helpful. However, you do not need to be able to fully contrast Dispensationalism with Covenant Theology. Your professors exist to teach you.
5. Your professors are not God.
In light of the last fact, you must remember that your professors are not omniscient. They make mistakes, and they may (unknowingly) teach you a lie. You must still search God’s Word for yourself.
6. The “spiritual high” is not ubiquitous.
As one girl on my hall said, “I thought my spiritual life would explode with flowers.” Yes, the first few days will feel like literal Heaven. You will be surrounded by people of like-faith, encouraging you to focus on God. However, classes will start, and you will fall into a routine. If you do not consciously make God a priority, you will begin to backslide.
7. Knowledge about God cannot replace a relationship with God.
Do not be content to only learn about God in class. Continue to pray and spend time with Him daily.
8. Temptations abound.
Bible College is not a “Holy Zone” where you can escape sin. You must guard your heart.
9. God will work in your life.
According to I Thessalonians 4:3a, God’s desire is for you to be like His Son. He will bring trials and blessings into your life to change you.
10. Time flies.
Enjoy every minute of your four years. Once they are gone, they are gone.