How to Hold on to Your Faith at a Secular College

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Student, Greencastle High School

Feb   2016

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Assumption College Chapel. Image via Flickr.

Maintaining your relationship with Jesus in college can be hard, especially if you’re not going to a Christian school. This is the first time you’ve lived on your own, so finding time to study your Bible on top of the thousands of other books you need to study and being disciplined enough to get up for church on time as well as all of your classes—it’s all a bit overwhelming. But if you’re like me, keeping Christ at the center of your life is critical. So how are you supposed to manage that?

My favorite way to stay grounded is through journals and devotionals. They are personal and emotional, and have helped me stay connected to God through the years. Personally, I prefer having a physical notebook I can write in with a pen and highlighter, but if you would rather use an app on your phone, that works too. Whatever you can write in, it should be is easily accessible at almost any time of day. When I’m worried or anxious about something, I like to write it down so I can release it for the moment. Later, when I have more time, I return to my written worries and meditate on them. I pray and use scripture to lead me out of my troubles. God speaks through our situations, and I believe that this time in prayer is pivotal in my relationship with Him. Also, I think it’s pretty cool to be able to look back on my past journals and see proof of God working in my heart and my life.

You can also make a Pinterest board full of Bible verses and uplifting quotes for those days that you need a faith boost. It’s simple, but it can go a long way. Also, starting a weekly Bible study with friends or joining an online group can remind you that you have brothers and sisters in Christ. Additionally, you could set apart time each day spent solely on scripture and prayer. It’s amazing to see just how much an hour with God can affect your day.

The most important part of keeping your faith in college is maintaining a set schedule. You have to devote the time. It’s important to keep your faith strong, but to do that, you need to have good habits and be sustained in God’s words and presence. At the end of the day, your heart will be full of God’s love and peace.

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About Cecily Girton

Cecily is a senior at Greencastle High School in Greencastle, Indiana. Besides writing for CollegeXpress, Cecily writes for her school newspaper and participates in her school and community theaters. After high school, Cecily plans on attending a liberal arts college to major in English.

 
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