Today at 9:30 am, I will attend my last class at the undergraduate level. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday I will take final exams, and next semester I will be a student teacher in a fifth grade class. Lord willing, I will graduate in less than five months.
Looking back, I realize that some of the emotionally challenging days of college could have been avoided.
10 things I wish I could tell my freshman self
- God is God. You are not. Trust His plan, and don’t try to fix it.
- Be humble. Be a servant. Be like Christ.
- Treat your body like God’s temple. Worship in it, but don’t worship it.
- The accolades really don’t matter, so don’t get too engrossed in the competition. Enjoy the challenge for how it is building you individually.
- To have friends, you must show yourself friendly.
- Enjoy the moment because it is all you have.
- Quit worrying about money. God will supply your needs.
- Wear your polka-dot rain boots. Wear your green shorts. Wear your flowy skirts. Don’t be embarrassed by your quirky style. When you finally get brave enough to wear those clothes in your junior year, you will get a ton of compliments.
- Get involved in school events and at church. You want people to know who you are.
- Perfection is unattainable. Quit trying so hard.
I would never claim that college is easy, but the past 3.5 years have been some of the most rewarding years of my life. As I learned the ten truths that I listed above, I have grown emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. I have seen God’s provision to pay for college and missions trips. I have seen God’s sovereignty to orchestrate convenient class schedules and amazing summer jobs. God showed His grace by sustaining me through difficult classes and long nights.
Truthfully, student teaching terrifies me, but I must “walk the walk,” not just “talk the talk.”
- God will continue to provide for me.
- God will continue to orchestrate His plan.
- God will continue to graciously sustain me.
Meanwhile, I will believe the ten statements that I want to tell my freshman self.