God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
- James 1:12
If I’m being honest, my transition into college was the most difficult period of my life. Nothing went according to the ideas and plans I had after graduating high school. I expected to find community and make friends in my classes, but my anxiety prevented that from happening. I hated going to class, and I felt so isolated, and that I was the only one who was struggling. Throughout my first year I was completely miserable, and had never felt more alone.
One of my biggest regrets through that period was my lack of trust in God. I gave up on the relationship, which in turn left me feeling empty. I was craving a sense of belonging, and didn’t turn to God to fulfil it. Throughout the later years of my university career, I have learned to put God first, and to trust in His plan for me. I now realize that I was never alone, and He was with me through every breakdown, and every sleepless night.
College isn’t easy. It is full of new experiences and challenges, and it is important to go in with an open mind. I went in thinking that it would be the best time of my life. For some people it absolutely is, but I have been learning to trust that God will be there even though I am going through trials. God doesn’t promise us an easy life, but His love is steady throughout the difficult times.
I would encourage you to find community during this transition. On campus or off, it can be incredibly uplifting to have support, especially from people who are going through the same difficulties as you. You do not need to do this alone!
1. Where can I find community during my transition into college?
2. How can I put more trust in God as I prepare to transition into college?
3. How can I learn from this season and apply it to future transitions? 4. If I'm not preparing to enter college, how can I encourage someone who is?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for the unwavering love You have for me. I ask that You would calm my heart as I prepare to transition into college. Ease any fears I may have, and remind me that I am never alone. Please give me a community of fellow believers to help me grow in my faith, and to be more comfortable in my new environment. Amen.